See 2015’s Best Public Toilets From Around the World

08:00 - 1 December, 2015
See 2015’s Best Public Toilets From Around the World, Stegastein Lookout. Image via DesignCurial
Stegastein Lookout. Image via DesignCurial

Now in its second year, DesignCurial has revealed the results of their annual “Top 10 Public Toilets” award, recognizing outstanding lavatory design across the world. The top 10 emerged as exemplars among over 1,000 public toilet designs, evaluated on “design, innovation and the relationship with surroundings”. “The aim of the list was to bring international design to the fore, especially unique architecture that may be overlooked due to the structure’s mundane stereotype,” said Katherine Houston, web editor at DesignCurial. “This list is well geographically spread, with distinctive designs emerging from Japan, Australia and the UK to name a few.” See the world’s best public toilets for 2015 after the break.

Trail Restroom. Image via DesignCurial Wembley WCs. Image via DesignCurial Tokinokura Lavatories Shimodate. Image via DesignCurial L'Uritonnoir. Image via DesignCurial +28

Stealth House / Teeland Architects

22:00 - 26 November, 2015
Stealth House / Teeland Architects, © Jared Fowler
© Jared Fowler

© Jared Fowler © Jared Fowler © Jared Fowler © Jared Fowler +19

Yellow Earth / TANDEM design studio

17:00 - 26 November, 2015
Yellow Earth / TANDEM design studio, © Nic Granleese
© Nic Granleese
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Director

    Tim Hill, James Murray
  • Architect

    Ken Nguyen
  • Graduate Architect

    Kirilly Barnett
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese +18

3XN Wins Approval for 200-Meter Tower in Sydney

13:50 - 24 November, 2015
3XN Wins Approval for 200-Meter Tower in Sydney, Courtesy of 3XN
Courtesy of 3XN

Update: 3XN's Quay Quarter Sydney has received final approval. The article below was originally published September 25, 2014, after the practice won the commission. New interior images have been added to the gallery.

3XN has won an international competition to design the “50 Bridge Street” tower and masterplan for the Quay Quarter Sydney (QQS) precinct. Just west of Jørn Utzon’s Opera House, the new tower will feature five rotating glass volumes, each equipped with a multi-level atria and views of the Sydney harbour. 

Blairgowrie 2 / InForm

17:00 - 23 November, 2015
Blairgowrie 2  / InForm, © Hilary Bradford
© Hilary Bradford
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mornington Peninsula, VIC, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Simon Perkins
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Hilary Bradford © Hilary Bradford © Hilary Bradford © Hilary Bradford +22

Footpath Guides Books Launch

06:30 - 21 November, 2015
Footpath Guides Books Launch, Footpath Guides Launch Invitation   design by Sonia Post
Footpath Guides Launch Invitation design by Sonia Post

Curiously enough, there has never been an accessible guide to the exceptional architecture of the world’s most liveable city. And certainly not a guide you can take with you as you wander Melbourne’s streets and pathways. The Footpath Guides explore the buildings that make a city like Melbourne what it is today: an eclectic mixture of eras, style and design that creates its essential character and living environment.

Footpath Guides feature clear maps, concise descriptions and accurate illustrations, showcasing notable examples from each architectural era, spanning the 1850s to the 1970s. The Guides are playful, timeless and informative. Meticulously designed in

Dalkeith Residence / Hillam Architects

17:00 - 18 November, 2015
Dalkeith Residence / Hillam Architects, © Joel Barbitta
© Joel Barbitta
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dalkeith WA 6009, Australia
  • Design Team

    David Hillam, Felipe Soto, Tom Letherbarrow, Scott Horsburgh
  • Interior Design Team

    Hollie Raymond Baker
  • Collaborators

    Maek; Taylor Landscaping
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Joel Barbitta © Joel Barbitta © Joel Barbitta © Joel Barbitta +15

Bubup Nairm Children's Centre / GHD Woodhead

19:00 - 17 November, 2015
Bubup Nairm Children's Centre / GHD Woodhead, © Martin Saunders Photography
© Martin Saunders Photography

© Martin Saunders Photography © Martin Saunders Photography © Martin Saunders Photography © Martin Saunders Photography +21

Fifth Avenue / O’Neill Architecture

17:00 - 16 November, 2015
Fifth Avenue / O’Neill Architecture, © Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows +20

AFFRIC / GHD Woodhead

19:00 - 13 November, 2015
AFFRIC / GHD Woodhead, © Andrew San Photography
© Andrew San Photography

© Andrew San Photography © Andrew San Photography © Andrew San Photography © Andrew San Photography +19

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

09:30 - 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.

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.