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 commercial 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…

Beeston / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Brisbane QLD,
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Shaun Lockyer, Shane Marsh
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Trickett / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: QLD, Australia
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Shaun Lockyer, Lucy Hyndman, Jen Lambkin
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Sydney Greenland Centre Marketing Suite / PTW + LAVA

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Architects: LAVA + PTW
Location: 115 Bathurst Street, , Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Peter Murphy

Rise of the New Radical Pragmatist

Glenn Murcutt’s designs may be seen as an Australian Regional approach to Modernism. Image © Anthony Browell, Courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee

Using as her focus, Marissa Looby, in a recent article for the Australian Design Review, argues that the disappearance of architectural styles, combined with the proliferation of various guidelines and building codes, has created a new breed of architect: The New Radical Pragmatist. Her article “The New Radical Pragmatist (On Validation)” is reprinted here. 

The Architectural Review (December, 1955) first published Reyner Banham’s epochal and pivotal article, ‘The New Brutalism’, in which the critic pointed to the rise of a new architectural style. He also described an influx of -isms that were becoming increasingly conspicuous to the discipline, stemming from the then contemporary model of an art historian and their influence on the architectural historian-as-observer of the architectural profession. Banham incisively suggested that any proposition of the term ‘new’ has an unequivocal relationship to the past, so much so that in advocating for a new -ism an architectural theoretician must defend their claim with historic fact.

Ironically, Banham acknowledged that even ‘The New Brutalism’ title derived from The Architectural Review’s analysis of the International Style in the postwar article, ‘The New Empiricism’. He stated: “[the] ability to deal with such fine shades of historical meaning is in itself a measure of our handiness with the historical method today, and the use of phrases of the form ‘The New X-ism’ – where X equals any adjectival root – became commonplace in the early 1950s in fourth year studios and other places where architecture is discussed, rather than practised.”

In Progress: SAHMRI / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: North Terrace, Adelaide SA,
Area: 25,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Barnes, Peter Fisher

Salt Creek Rural Retreat / ARKit

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Architects: ARKit
Location: Salt Creek, Victoria,
Land Area: 20 acres
Area: 53.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of ARKit

South Durras House / Fearns Studio

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Architects: Fearns Studio
Location: , Australia
Project Team: Matt Fearns
Builder: RJ & JA Mates, Builders
Structural Engineer: Andrew Derbidge – Partridge Structural Pty Ltd
Area: 219.8 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Ferguson

Hihou / Denton Corker Marshall

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Architects: Denton Corker Marshall
Location: 1 Flinders Street, VIC 3000, Australia
Architect In Charge:
Area: 230.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Itsuka Studio

Round Up: Ingenious Interiors

Cinema Center in Matadero de Legazpi / ch+qs arquitectos. Image © FG+SG

The winners of the 2013 Interior Design Excellence Awards and the Great Indoors Awards have been announced, showcasing an innovative range of projects from around the world. We’ve rounded up some of the best of these award-winning interiors just for you, including: the origami-inspired, timber battens of Assemble Studio; the fantastic basketry of the Cinema Center in Matadero de Legazpi, by Churtichaga & Quadra Salcedo Architects; ’s golden Relojería Alemana; El Equipo Creativo’s PAKTA Restaurant of looms; and Breathe Architecture’s rebellious metallic and wooden Captain Melville. Enjoy!

Exhibition: Melbourne Now

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of .

This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across The Ian Potter Centre: NGV and NGV International presents the various ways in which visual artists and creative practitioners profoundly contribute to the society in which we live, and to Melbourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.

Melbourne Now is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest curators and artistic collaborators whose expertise and networks represent the excellence and diversity of Melbourne’s cultural community.

Complete information about the artists and projects can be found here.

Title: Exhibition: Melbourne Now
Organizers: National Gallery of Victoria
From: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 
Until: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria
Address: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Michael Ong Wins 2013 SOYA Award

Hans House. Image Courtesy of & Ricky Fung

Qantas has selected Michael Ong as the winner of the 2013 Spirit of Youth Awards 365 (SOYA 365) for architecture and interior design, awarding him $5,000 in cash, $5,000 in Qantas flights, and a rare 12-month mentorship with leading architect and founding partner of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Brian Zulaikha. Ong, a Melbourne-based architect, founded MODO () in 2011, and was chosen for the prize due to his work on the project Hans House. Check out more about the story here.

Leura Lane / Cooper Scaife Architects

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Architects: Cooper Scaife Architects
Location: , Victoria,
Structural Engineer: Structural Engineer
Builder: RD & KE Huf
Photographs: John Wilson

Pony Restaurant / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: , QLD, Australia
Client: Pony
Area: 510 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Trevor Mein

Blu Creativity / Facet Studio

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Architects: Facet Studio
Location: NSW, Australia
Design Team: Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Yoko Makino, Brandon Chin
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Chung

Australia Plans for Greener Cities by 2020

The Goods Line proposal. Image Courtesy of ASPECT Studios

As cities continue to attract more people, naturally vegetated areas slowly wither, leaving little to no green spaces for city dwellers to escape to, no to purify the air and enhance the environment. Australia plans to change this. The 202020 Vision is a concerted effort from the government, academic and private sectors to create twenty percent green areas in Australia’s urban centers by 2020. “Urban heat islands, poor air quality, lack of enjoyable urban community areas are all poor outcomes when green spaces aren’t incorporated into new developments and large scale building projects.” Read about the 202020 initiative here, “More green spaces in urban areas, says new national initiative.”

Blairgowrie Back Beach / Wolveridge Architects

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Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Location: Blairgowrie VIC,
Design Team: Jerry Wolveridge, Ricky Booth, David Anthony
Year: 2013
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Brunswick House / Christopher Botterill

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Architects: Christopher Botterill
Location: , VIC,
Area: 92.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Christopher Alexander