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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

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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

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David Chipperfield, Kengo Kuma and Renzo Piano Among 12 Shortlisted for Sydney Art Gallery Expansion

Twelve local and international practices have been invited to participate in a two-stage competition for the “Sydney Modern Project,” a $450 million expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW). Five practices from the shortlist, which also includes SANAA, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Herzog & de Meuron, will move on to produce conceptual designs in the competition’s final round.

“The Sydney Modern vision for expansion and transformation is much more than just a building project,” stated gallery director Dr. Michael Brand. “Through this invited competition the Gallery is seeking ideas that will create an architecturally ambitious, intelligent, sensitive, sustainable and highly functional design. Our site overlooking Sydney Harbor will inspire each of the invited architectural practices, all of whom have extraordinary design skills.”

The invited architectural practices are…

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse / HDR Rice Daubney

  • Architects: HDR Rice Daubney
  • Location: Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
  • Area: 430000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman, Tyrone Branigan, Simon Grimes

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Port Of Echuca Discovery Centre / JAWSARCHITECTS

  • Architects: JAWSARCHITECTS
  • Location: 74 Murray Esplanade, Echuca VIC 3564, Australia
  • Project Architect: Catherine Williams
  • Project Director: Neal Mackintosh
  • Heritage Architect: David Button
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of JAWSARCHITECTS, Cameron McDougall, Brett Boardman

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Artist's Studio / Chan Architecture

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Woy Woy Rehabilitation Unit / Woods Bagot

  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: Woy Woy NSW, Australia
  • Area: 2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Peter Bennetts

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Villa by the Lake / Alexander Diem

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