2015 Glenn Murcutt Master Class

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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 and the other tutors.

Fujitsu HQ / Woods Bagot

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

Erskineville Studio / Pivot

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

Riverview House / Bennett and Trimble

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Architects: Bennett and Trimble
Location: NSW,
Architects In Charge: Marcus Trimble, Matthew Bennett
Collaborator: Erin Field
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

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

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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 . 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.

Jury / Biasol: Design Studio

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Architects: Biasol: Design Studio
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Area: 475.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Martina Gemmola

Damian Rogers Proposes Surf Park for Melbourne’s Docklands

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Damian Rogers Architecture is hoping to “bring surf to the city” by proposing a $8 million AUD artificial beach and wave pool for the 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

The green “atrium,” open to the elements, is essential to the concept of the building. The laboratory spaces all look onto the atrium. On the ground level, there are many interaction zones around the green space. Image © Christopher Frederick-Jones

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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Architects: Alta Architecture
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Construction Contractor: R.Z.Owens Constructions
Area: 705.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Our Media Design Studio

Missy Lui Spa / Sasufi

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

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

One Central Park. Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Collaborating architect: PTW Architects. Image © Murray Fredericks

This year’s title of “” 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 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.

Australian Institute of Architects Announce 2014 National Awards

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The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2014 National Architecture . A total of 43 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.

City West Water / Gray Puksand

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

Lune de Sang-Shed 2 / CHROFI

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Architects: CHROFI
Location: Northern Tablelands, NSW,
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

Bates Smart Sydney Studio / Bates Smart

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

Narrabeen House / CHROFI

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Architects: CHROFI
Location: NSW 2101,
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Simon Whitbread

Lune de Sang-Shed 1 / CHROFI

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Architects: CHROFI
Location: Northern Tablelands, NSW,
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

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

Art Gallery of NSW. Image © Flickr CC User Jason Starr

Twelve local and international practices have been invited to participate in a two-stage competition for the “ Modern Project,” a $450 million 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…