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Architects Revitalize Australian Downtown in Winning Master Plan

The Downtown Q 2025 Design Ideas Competition, aimed at revitalizing Queanbeyan, New South Wales’ downtown area, has just selected its first place winner. A collaboration between STEWART ARCHITECTUREStewart Hollenstein, and ASPECT Studios, the winning proposal focuses on increasing pedestrian traffic, creating more green spaces, and taking full advantage of the town’s riverfront property.

2015 Glenn Murcutt Master Class

The Glenn Murcutt Architecture Master Class in  has become an major annual event on the international architecture calendar. Started in 2001, architects and senior students from over 70 nations around the world have now traveled to  to participate in the two-week residential studio based program. The intensive two-week design studio program involves a design project undertaken in groups and culminating, at the end of week two, with a design presentation by participants and a critique by Glenn Murcutt and the other tutors.

Fujitsu HQ / Woods Bagot

  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: 118 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, Australia
  • Design Team: Kate Gillies, Amanda Stanaway, Jenny Saul, Benji Williams, Young Lee, Chris D'Onofrio, Trinh Tran
  • Area: 9000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tyrone Branigan

© Tyrone Branigan © Tyrone Branigan © Tyrone Branigan © Tyrone Branigan

Erskineville Studio / Pivot

  • Architects: Pivot
  • Location: Erskineville NSW, Australia
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Justin Alexander

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Andrew Burges Architects Wins Competition for Park and Aquatic Centre in Sydney's Green Square

The City of Sydney has selected the team of Andrew Burges Architects working with Grimshaw and TCL, as the winners of a competition to design a new park and aquatic centre in Green Square, around 4 kilometres to the South of central Sydney. One of the city's six "Major Development Zones," the park and aquatic centre is part of a larger development in the centre of Green Square, with an adjacent site slated for a new public square and library.

© Andrew Burges Architects via www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au © Andrew Burges Architects via www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au © Andrew Burges Architects via www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au © Andrew Burges Architects via www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Riverview House / Bennett and Trimble

  • Architects: Bennett and Trimble
  • Location: Riverview NSW, Australia
  • Architects in Charge: Marcus Trimble, Matthew Bennett
  • Collaborator: Erin Field
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Peter Bennetts

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Jury / Biasol: Design Studio

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Damian Rogers Proposes Surf Park for Melbourne's Docklands

Damian Rogers Architecture is hoping to “bring surf to the city” by proposing a $8 million AUD artificial beach and wave pool for the Victoria Harbor in Melbourne. Capable of simulating “surfable” 1.5-meter-high waves, the heated salt-water pool is envisioned as an extension of Central Pier in the Docklands. If built, the pool would be complimented by a beach, encompassing boardwalk, and grass-covered recreation and retail facility. 

How Brisbane's Translational Research Institute Revolutionizes Medicine Through Architecture

In Brisbane, the largest research institute for medicine south of the equator, the Translational Research Institute (TRI), is transforming the world of medical research in part thanks to its new building by Wilson Architects and BVN Donovan Hill. Opened last year, the building has found success in the way it encourages chance encounters, offers a shaded breakout space for the neighboring hospital, and simply makes researchers feel like they "must be doing something important." In this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "In Brisbane, An Innovative Laboratory Complex Is Home to Pioneering Medical Research," Mikki Brammer explores how such a building can have such a powerful effect on the world of medicine.

It’s not often that the aspect of chance is considered a positive thing in the world of medicine, where the smallest error can determine life or death. But at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Brisbane, Australia, chance encounters are leading to lifesaving discoveries.

High Street / Alta Architecture

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CTBUH Names One Central Park “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2014

This year’s title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” has been awarded to One Central Park, in Sydney, Australia. The award, presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), was chosen after a year long selection process across 88 entries in four regions. Senior representatives of each of these four winners presented at the CTBUH Awards Symposium on November 6th at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and the winner was announced at the Awards Dinner following the Symposium. Read on after the break to learn more about the winning building.

One Central Park. Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Collaborating architect: PTW Architects. Image © Murray Fredericks © Richard John Seymour © Tim Griffith Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building / SERA Architects + Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © Nic Lehoux

Missy Lui Spa / Sasufi

  • Architects: Sasufi
  • Location: 1/1161 High Street, Armadale VIC 3143, Australia
  • Architect in Charge: Anne-Sophie Poirier
  • Area: 65.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Anne-Sophie Poirier

© Anne-Sophie Poirier © Anne-Sophie Poirier © Anne-Sophie Poirier © Anne-Sophie Poirier

Australian Institute of Architects Announce 2014 National Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2014 National Architecture Awards. A total of 43 awards and commendations were given to 36 projects across the 12 national categories. "Projects honored include a housing project with an emphasis on communal spaces, a mental health facility with a welcoming domestic feel, a primary school that provides a sanctuary for the culturally diverse local population and a pro bono surf club that celebrates the coastal features and protects an adjacent fairy penguin habitat." View them all, after the break. 

The Commons. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects UQ Advanced Engineering Building. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects GASP! Stage 02. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

City West Water / Gray Puksand

  • Architects: Gray Puksand
  • Location: Footscray VIC, Australia
  • Area: 6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mark Duffus

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Lune de Sang-Shed 2 / CHROFI

  • Architects: CHROFI
  • Location: Northern Tablelands, NSW, Australia
  • Project Director : John Choi
  • Project Leader : Toby Breakspear
  • Project Team : Steven Fighera, Tai Ropiha, Jerome Cateaux, Clinton Weaver, Linda Lam, Felix Rasch
  • Area: 2360.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman

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Bates Smart Sydney Studio / Bates Smart

  • Architects: Bates Smart
  • Location: 43 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Brent Winstone

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Lune de Sang-Shed 1 / CHROFI

  • Architects: CHROFI
  • Location: Northern Tablelands, NSW, Australia
  • Project Director : John Choi
  • Project Leader : Toby Breakspear
  • Project Team : Steven Fighera, Tai Ropiha, Jerome Cateaux, Clinton Weaver, Linda Lam, Felix Rasch
  • Area: 1320.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman