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

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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…

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse / HDR Rice Daubney

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

Australian Garden Shelters / BKK Architects

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Architects: BKK Architects
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens , VIC 3977, Australia
Design Team: Tim Black, Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Adi Atic
Area: 228.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: John Gollings

Port Of Echuca Discovery Centre / JAWSARCHITECTS

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

Artist’s Studio / Chan Architecture

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Architects: Chan Architecture
Location: VIC,
Design Team: Anthony Chan, Michelle Ng
Year: 2014
Photographs: Folded Bird Photography

Woy Woy Rehabilitation Unit / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: NSW,
Area: 2200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Villa by the Lake / Alexander Diem

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Architects: Alexander Diem
Location: Austria
Area: 630.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andreas Balon

Bow House / Edwards Moore

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Architects: Edwards Moore
Location: VIC, Australia
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fraser Marsden

Nepean Mental Health Centre / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: Parker Street & Derby Street, Kingswood NSW 2747,
Area: 7278.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Trevor Mein, Ethan Rohloff

One Central Park / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Location: LOT 1 Broadway, Central Park, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Design Architect: .
Architect Of Record: PTW Architects
Green Walls: Patrick Blanc
Year: 2014
Photographs: Murray Fredericks, Simon Wood, John Gollings

3XN Wins Commission to Design 200-Meter Tower in Sydney

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3XN has won an international competition to design the “50 Bridge Street” tower and masterplan for the Quay Quarter (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.

“This project looks at the ‘high rise’ in an entirely new way, from both the inside out and outside in,” said Kim Herforth Nielsen, founding partner and creative director of 3XN.  “Its dynamic, shifted massing maximizes views for all of the building’s users while also creating expansive open spaces that encourage the possibility for interaction, knowledge sharing and vertical connectivity.”

Skylight House / Andrew Burges Architects

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Architects: Andrew Burges Architects
Location: Sydney NSW,
Design Team: Andrew Burges, Louise Lovmand, Anna Field
Area: 205.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

The Deli Counter / studio Y

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Architects: studio Y
Location: 211/213 Queen Street, VIC 3000, Australia
Design Team: Yaron Kanor, Dana Goldberg
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ashley Feldman

Harcourt / Steve Domoney Architecture

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Architects: Steve Domoney
Location: VIC 3123,
Area: 383.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Mr Big Stuff / Techne Architecture + Interior Design

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Architects: Techne Architecture + Interior Design
Location: Meyer Street, VIC 3781, Australia
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: James Geer

Hambleton / Steve Domoney Architecture

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Architects: Steve Domoney
Location: VIC 3206,
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Birchgrove House / Nobbs Radford Architects

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Architects: Nobbs Radford Architects
Location: NSW,
Area: 221.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Murray Fredericks

Jump Off A Cliff and Land in Bed in this Edgy Australian Home

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Picture yourself waking up daily to a 180-degree view of the ocean without leaving the comfort of your living room. The owners of the as-yet-unbuilt Cliff House have teamed up with Modscape of Australia to design their compact dream home, delicately perched above open water, hanging off the cliff’s edge. Cliff House redefines “living dangerously” with its vast floor to ceiling windows and slender steel supports acting as the only separation between watching Jaws and actually being in Jaws.

Dive into Cliff House with images, plans and more info after the break.