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Amanda Levete's MPavilion Inspired by Forest Canopy

Images have been released of Melbourne's second annual MPavilion. Designed by British architect Amanda Levete of AL_A, the temporary structure will use the latest technology in nautical engineering to stimulate a forest-like canopy within the city’s Queen Victoria Gardens. A series of three- and five-meter wide petals made from ultra-thin translucent composite and carbon fiber will "sway" on top slender columns, mimicking the tree line to the site's east.

Our Lady of the Southern Cross Primary School / Baldasso Cortese Architects

  • Architects: Baldasso Cortese Architects
  • Location: 2/20 Howqua Way, Taylors Hill VIC 3037, Australia
  • Design Director: Steven Cortese
  • Design Team: Devkrishna Mistry, Loris Rebeschini, Hannes MacNamara
  • Project Architect: David Choate, Nick Nackovski
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Peter Clarke

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Office in Fremantle / Payne Designs

  • Architects: Payne Designs
  • Location: 19/21 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Dion Robeson

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Hutch & Co / Biasol: Design Studio

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Perth Zoo Orang-utan Exhibit / iredale pedersen hook architects

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Doll's House / BKK Architects

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Beyonce's Curves Inspire Elenberg Fraser's Design for Melbourne Tower

Beyonce's Ghost has inspired plans for a curvaceous, 226-meter-tall in Melbourne. Designed by Elenberg Fraser, the dubbed "Premier Tower" has received planning permission and will be built at 134 Spencer Street, adjacent to the Southern Cross station.

According to the architects, the mixed-use project's "complex form" was shaped by climatic restraints and after Beyonce's moving body seen in her recent music video Ghost. It is set to rise 68-stories on a stepped podium in the city's central business district. Once complete, it will house 660 apartments, a 160-room hotel, and retail space. 

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Trinity Apartments / K20 Architecture

  • Architects: K20 Architecture
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Developer: Longboat Development Group
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of K20 Architecture

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Margaret Court Arena Redevelopment / NH Architecture + Populous

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Student Led Interprofessional Health Clinic / Woods Bagot

  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: Victoria University, Ballarat Road, Footscray VIC 3011, Australia
  • Design Team: Bruno Mendes, Chris Free, David Ley, Emma-Louise Hannigan, Jo Dane, Matt Si, Melissa Blandford, Olda Kurdiovsky, Richard Galloway, Sarah Ball
  • Photographs: Peter Bennetts

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Caroline Street Aberfeldie / Architecton

  • Architects: Architecton
  • Location: Essendon, Essendon VIC 3040, Australia
  • Area: 420.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Axiom

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Study Shows that Timber Buildings Cost Less to Build

A new study shows that timber buildings can be up to 10-15% cheaper to construct than traditional designs in several different building types. The study, “Commercial Building Costing Case Studies – Traditional Design versus Timber Project,” was led by Andrew Dunn, chief executive of the Timber Development Association (TDA) in Australia. Part of a seminar series touring Australia, the report contains detailed designs of four building types in both timber and conventional construction, with a quantity surveyor comparing cost estimates between them. See how timber compared to conventional methods after the break.

Brookfield Multiplex Melbourne / Woods Bagot

  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: 499 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Architects in Charge: Elenberg Fraser, Olaf Detering, David Shultis
  • Area: 2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shannon McGrath

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Woollahra House / Tzannes Associates

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Bridge House 2 / Delia Teschendorff Architecture

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