The Esplanade / Finnis Architects

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Architects: Finnis Architects
Location: Brighton VIC,
Builder: Progressive Properties
Year: 2010
Photographs: Dianna Snape

Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio

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Architects: CRAB Studio
Location: Queensland, Australia
Design Team: Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, Mark Bagguley, Jenna Al-Ali, Ting-Na Chen, Lorene Faure, Yang Yu, Tim Culverhouse
General Contractor: ADCO, Gold Coast
Structural: Arup, Brisbane
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts, Rix Ryan Photography

Royal Wolf / Room11

© Ben Hosking

Architects: Room11
Location: Sunshine VIC 3020,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ben Hosking

The Tale of Sydney’s Urban Sellout

Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression. Image © Barangaroo Delivery Authority

A recent, well-written article for The Guardian chronicles the story of Sydney’s East Darling Harbour (also known as ‘Barangaroo’), from the city’s optimism in 2003 to the relative disappointment of today. David Shoebridge, a  Greens MP and the party’s planning spokesperson, recounts the series of compromises and sellouts that have turned what was meant to be a “prime public space” into – to add insult to injury – the site for a casino.You can read this cautionary tale in full here.

GASP! Stage 2 / Room11

© Ben Hosking

Architects: Room11
Location: Derwent Haven, TAS 7010, Australia
Client: Glenorchy City Council
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ben Hosking

GASP! Stage 1 / Room11

© Ben Hosking

Architects: Room11
Location: Derwent Haven, TAS 7010, Australia
Client: Glenorchy City Council
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ben Hosking

Waterloo Youth Center / Collins and Turner

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Architects: Collins and Turner
Location: Sydney NSW, Australia
Area: 252.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Richard Glover, Paul Bradshaw, Josef Nalevansky

Pablo & Rusty’s / Giant Design

© Andrew Worssam

Architects: Giant Design
Location: Castlereagh Street, NSW 2000,
Associate: Chris Wilks
Director: Ed Kenny
Photographs: Andrew Worssam

Convertible Courtyards House / Christopher Megowan Design

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Architects: Christopher Megowan Design
Location: Prahran VIC, Australia
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nils Koenning

Advanced Engineering Building / Richard Kirk Architect + HASSELL

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Architects: Richard Kirk Architect & HASSELL in joint venture
Location: Brisbane QLD,
Architect In Charge: & HASSELL in joint venture
Area: 18,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

University of Queensland Global Change Institute / HASSELL

© Peter Bennetts

Architects: HASSELL
Location: QLD, Australia
Area: 3865.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Quartette Haus / Bluebottle

© John Gollings

Architects: Bluebottle
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Gollings, Pia Johnson

Nebula / Andrew Maynard Architects

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Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
Location: ,
Area: 62 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects, Nic Granleese

Point King Residence / HASSELL

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Architects: HASSELL
Location: Portsea,
Area: 510 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Earl Carter

Sustainable Container Home Selected in Competition for Sydney’s Bondi Beach

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Czech architect Ales Javurek has been awarded first prize in the [AC-CA] Architectural Competition for his design of a two-story, 340 square meter vacation home utilizing shipping containers in Sydney, Australia. The proposal situates the home on the edge of a 1500 square meter hillside to maximize the striking panoramic view of . By preserving current trees and the slope’s profile, consisting of “three platforms,” the proposal successfully addresses the main brief: to design a contemporary, sustainable vacation house which sensitively fits into its context and considers Sydney’s climate conditions. 

Learn more after the break…

SLASH with Phillips/Pilkington Architects Win the Royal Adelaide Hospital Competition

SLASH. Image Courtesy of ODASA

Slash with Phillips/Pilkington Architects have been announced as the winners of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Site International Design Competition, which was open to registered architects and landscape architects from around the world. The competition centred around redesigning the current hospital site, which will be vacated in 2016, in order to create an iconic place within the Greater Riverbank Precinct of Adelaide. See the winning and shortlisted proposals after the break.

House Maher / Tribe Studio

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Architects: Tribe Studio
Location: Sydney NSW,
Design Team: Hannah Tribe, Tony Tribe, Ben Wollen
Area: 327 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Katherine Lu

Winner of Parramatta Square Design Competition Announced

Courtesy of Parramatta City Council

The Parramatta City Council has announced  firm Johnson Pilton Walker as the unanimous winner of the Parramatta Square Design Competition, beating a shortlist (curated from 73 submissions) that included Sydney based Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Bates Smart, and Italian practice Mario Cucinella Architects.

The 53-storey towers will provide up to 140,000 square metres of office space to Parramatta’s central business district as well as act as centrepieces for the future Parramatta Square, in the heart of the CBD.

See images of the towers, which feature a unique floating “public space in the sky,” after the break…