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Otherothers' "Offset House" Reveals the Architecture Hidden in Suburban Homes

10:30 - 12 November, 2015
Otherothers' "Offset House" Reveals the Architecture Hidden in Suburban Homes, Courtesy of Otherothers
Courtesy of Otherothers

In the classic film The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and friends manage to obtain a visit with the great and powerful wizard, who appears to them as an enormous, grotesque head, surrounded by smoke and flames, with a booming voice and a hostile demeanor. But when Toto pulls back the curtain, the wizard’s true nature is revealed, and it is only then that he is able to help the gang get the help for which they journeyed many miles down the yellow brick road. In architecture today, suburban houses share many of the characteristics of the wizard’s illusion: large, stand-offish and intimidating. But what if there is a more benevolent architecture hidden behind the smoke and flames? This is the thesis of Australian firm Otherothers' Offset House, on display now at the Chicago Architecture Biennale.

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Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2015 National Architecture Awards

06:00 - 11 November, 2015
Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2015 National Architecture Awards, Frederick Romberg Award – Upper House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (Vic)
. Image © John Gollings
Frederick Romberg Award – Upper House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (Vic)
. Image © John Gollings

The 2015 winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards have been announced at a ceremony in Brisbane.

Overall, 42 projects received 46 awards in 14 categories, including commercial, public, and interior architecture. Winners were selected by a jury from the Chapter Architecture Awards, held earlier this year.

Read on after the break for a list of the winners.

Residence in Hawthorn / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture

17:00 - 10 November, 2015
Residence in Hawthorn / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture, © Itsuka Studio
© Itsuka Studio

© Itsuka Studio © Itsuka Studio © Itsuka Studio © Itsuka Studio +14

March Studio's Hotel Lobby in Australia Named World's Best Interior of 2015

14:00 - 9 November, 2015
March Studio's Hotel Lobby in Australia Named World's Best Interior of 2015, Winner: Hotel Hotel Lobby and Nishi Grand Stair Interior / March Studio. Image Courtesy of March Studio
Winner: Hotel Hotel Lobby and Nishi Grand Stair Interior / March Studio. Image Courtesy of March Studio

The "fragmented" lobby of Australia's Hotel Hotel in Canberra by March Studio has been named World Interior of the Year 2015. Announced at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors in Singapore, concurrently with the World Architecture Festival's Building of the Year award, the winning project was selected over 100 nominated and 50 shortlisted projects for being the best global interior completed within the last 12 months. It also took top prize in the award's hotel category. 

The project has created a "Bilbao effect" that has helped rejuvenate the area, said the judges. Adding, it's a "masterful integration of different spaces into a seamless and delightful interior."

Urban Oasis Design Competition

10:13 - 7 November, 2015
Urban Oasis Design Competition, Urban Oasis Public Art Commission
Urban Oasis Public Art Commission

We’re commissioning an artist, or artist led team, to design and deliver a major public artwork – an Urban Oasis in the heart of one of Australia’s bustling tourist cities.

A design competition to choose the successful artist or artist led team is open now to local, national and international artists. The winning design will receive a $330,000 commission.

We’re asking artists to respond to a space and transform it through art. It’s a challenging yet rewarding site for an artist. Located at one of the Gold Coast’s busiest junctions - where the city’s expanding light rail network crosses a

Exhibition Opening: UTS ISD 2015 Honours High School

07:32 - 7 November, 2015
Exhibition Opening: UTS ISD 2015 Honours High School, HIGH SCHOOL - UTS ISD 2015 HONOURS EXHIBITION
HIGH SCHOOL - UTS ISD 2015 HONOURS EXHIBITION

A High School in the CBD?

The University of Technology Sydney would like to invite you to join us celebrate the Honours’ 2015 Interior and Spatial Design Thesis projects. The focus of this years undertaking aims to develop a public high school in Sydney’s CBD.

The high school encompasses the relationships between authority and an emerging sense of individuality, teachers and students, as well as parents and their teenagers. It is a space of rules and constraints to be determined, tested and broken. Beyond its gates, the school is ruled and regulated by the surrounding social and urban conditions. Pedagogically the school

UTS Interior & Spatial Design Graduate Show 2015

02:30 - 1 November, 2015
UTS Interior & Spatial Design Graduate Show 2015, Knowledge Spaces - Interior & Spatial Design Graduate Show 2015
Knowledge Spaces - Interior & Spatial Design Graduate Show 2015

Please join us for food and refreshments at Pier 2/3 to see the innovative showcase of spaces from the UTS Interior & Spatial Design students.

MJA Studio Proposes Multi-Use Surf Park for Subiaco, Australia

15:00 - 31 October, 2015
MJA Studio Proposes Multi-Use Surf Park for Subiaco, Australia, Image © M Parsons. Image Courtesy of MJA Studio
Image © M Parsons. Image Courtesy of MJA Studio

The Australian city of Subiaco has recently proposed closing its primary football stadium, the Subiaco Oval, which follows the shutdown of two major public markets. In response, and in order to avoid the closure of another cultural center, MJA Studio has reimagined the former Subiaco Oval site as a mixed use complex centered on a man-made wave pool. Read more about MJA's proposal after the break.

700 haus Trentham / Glow

17:00 - 21 October, 2015
700 haus Trentham / Glow, © Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Trentham VIC 3458, Australia
  • Area

    253.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Wilkinson Eyre Selected to Design Australia's Second Tallest Tower

14:05 - 20 October, 2015
Wilkinson Eyre Selected to Design Australia's Second Tallest Tower, © Wilkinson Eyre
© Wilkinson Eyre

Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won an international competition to design Australia's second tallest tower. The proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower, planned for Melbourne’s Southbank area, will be comprised of a 388-room luxury hotel and 680 apartments, as well as ground floor retail and rooftop garden terrace. As BDOnline reports, the winning scheme will rise 317-meters - just five meters shy of the country's tallest building: Q1 on the Gold Coast. Pending approval, it is scheduled for completion in 2020. 

WOHA and Liminal Architecture to Design Performing Arts Building in Tasmania

16:00 - 19 October, 2015
WOHA and Liminal Architecture to Design Performing Arts Building in Tasmania  , Creative Industries and Performing Arts Development. Image Courtesy of Liminal Architecture
Creative Industries and Performing Arts Development. Image Courtesy of Liminal Architecture

Liminal Architecture is partnering with WOHA and Arup Acoustics and Theatre on a new cultural and performance development for the University of Tasmania. Planned for the corner of Campbell and Collins Streets in Hobart, the building will envelope the existing Theater Royal and create a backdrop to the historic Hedberg Garage.

So far only one image of the schematic design has been released, revealing a porous structure that will, as the architect's describe, "evoke a sense of the activities happening within."

Tectonic Poetry: A Photographic Exhibition

18:00 - 16 October, 2015
Tectonic Poetry: A Photographic Exhibition, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Federation Square - photo Bob Munro
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Federation Square - photo Bob Munro

From photographer Bob Munro comes a new project called Tectonic Poetry. Resulting from an ongoing interest in urban scenes, architecture and the built environment, it focuses on the architectural surrounds of Melbourne’s Federation Square Atrium.

Call for Submissions: CityLife Project

10:30 - 16 October, 2015
Call for Submissions: CityLife Project, The CityLife Project research competition
The CityLife Project research competition

The Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW office wants to create more affordable, connected and livable cities and it wants your help. The CityLife Project competition presents the opportunity for three organisations or research teams to partner with the UDIA NSW on research projects in exchange for cash and promotional opportunities worth up to $145,000 AUD each.

Stepping House / Bower Architecture

17:00 - 14 October, 2015
Stepping House / Bower Architecture, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Caulfield VIC 3162, Australia
  • Design Team

    Jade Vidal, Chema Bould, Anna Dutton, Ben Shields
  • Area

    520.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

New House / Grant Maggs Architects

17:00 - 12 October, 2015
New House / Grant Maggs Architects, © Folded Bird Photo
© Folded Bird Photo

© Folded Bird Photo © Folded Bird Photo © Folded Bird Photo © Folded Bird Photo +14

2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners Announced

07:00 - 6 October, 2015
2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners Announced, The Jane; Belgium / Studio Piet Boon. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
The Jane; Belgium / Studio Piet Boon. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

The winners of the seventh annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards—the only awards in the world dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces—have been announced in London. Out of over 860 entries from the United Kingdom and 70 other countries, 36 designs were awarded, with two grand prize winners.

The winners of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are:

Hudson Parade House / Corben Architects

17:00 - 5 October, 2015
Hudson Parade House  / Corben Architects, © Richard Glover
© Richard Glover

© Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover +24

Amanda Levete's MPavilion Opens in Melbourne

16:00 - 5 October, 2015
Amanda Levete's MPavilion Opens in Melbourne , © John Gollings
© John Gollings

AL_A has completed Melbourne's second annual MPavilion. The temporary installation, initiated by Naomi Milgrom Foundation, was unveiled today in Queen Victoria Gardens. For the next four months, the public is welcome to populate the artificial "forest canopy," whose translucent petals were developed using aerospace technology to demonstrate how an ultra-lightweight structure that can "sit lightly on the landscape and gently respond to the climate." "Each petal is fitted with LED lights that are activated by the sunset to give a light performance synchronized with music," says the organizers.