Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station May Not Be Built

Flinders Street Station Proposal. Image Courtesy of + Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron and HASSELL‘s winning design for Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station might not be built due to the fact “the State Government has of yet, refused to promise funding for the design, and ruled out selling the station in order to finance the .” The project was estimated to cost “approximately $1 billion to $1.5 billion to be realised”, which is “on top of the $1.6 million already spent on the competition”, leading critics to describe the competition as a “waste of money.”

The Über Shed / Jost Architects

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Architects: Jost Architects
Location: Greens Road, VIC 3928, Australia
Interiors: Nina Caple
Builder: The client
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Patrick Jost

Craigieburn Bypass / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer + Taylor Cullity Lethlean

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Architects: Taylor Cullity Lethlean + Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
Location: Hume Freeway, VIC,
Design Team: Peter Tonkin, Neil Mackenzie, Heidi Pronk, Kon Vourtzoumis, Richard Healey-Finlay
Landscape Architecture: Taylor Cullity Lethlean. Artist: Robert Owen
Photographs: Peter Hyatt

Bentleigh Secondary College Meditation and Indigenous Cultural Centre / dwp suters

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Architects: dwp suters
Location: Bentleigh East, Victoria,
Architect In Charge: Nick Cini
Project Team: John Schout, Shea O’Donoghue
Area: 109 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Emma Cross

Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law / Architectus + Guymer Bailey Architects

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Architects: Architectus + Guymer Bailey Architects
Location: Queensland,
Design Director: John Hockings
Project Director: John Grealy
Project Architect: Henry Hancock
Area: 64,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Architectus

Lizard Log / McGregorCoxall

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Architects: McGregorCoxall
Location: Sydney,
In Association With: Choi RopihaFighera (Architecture), Fiona Robbé (Playground Specialist), Equatica (Water Sensitive Design) and Northrop Engineering
Photographs: Simon Wood

Islington House / Bourne Blue Architecture

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Architects: Bourne Blue Architecture
Location: NSW,
Architect In Charge: Shane Blue, Claire Lavis
Area: 165 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture

Red Rock / Rolf Ockert

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Architects: Rolf Ockert
Location: Sydney NSW,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Rolf Ockert

Postcode 3000 Exhibition

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Once labeled ‘an empty useless city center,’ by architectural commentator Norman Day, the city of Melbourne’s transformation since the 1980s has been dramatic. Today, Melbourne is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most liveable cities, with a vibrant, urbane downtown. Currently on show until December 21st at City Gallery in Melbourne, this exhibition examines the impact and legacy of the Postcode 3000 planning policy. Curated by Rob Adams, the exhibition looks at the genesis and typologies of this change and its ongoing impact on the form and vitality of central Melbourne. It asks the question: do we fully comprehend the impact of this latest boom? For more information, please visit here.

Luna Apartments / Elenberg Fraser

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Architects: Elenberg Fraser
Location: 173/177 Barkly Street, St Kilda VIC 3182,
Council: Port Phillip cit y coun cil
Project Manager: AWC Property
Contractor: Hacer Group
Area: 7000.0 sqm
Photographs: Peter Clarke

33 MacKenzie Street / Elenberg Fraser

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Architects: Elenberg Fraser
Location: VIC,
Architect In Charge: Callum Fraser
Project Manager: CEL Australia Pty Ltd
Contractor: Brookfield Multiplex
Photographs: Peter Clarke

Aspendale Beachfront Apartments / Wolveridge Architects

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Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Location: , Australia
Practice Team: Jerry Wolveridge, Ricky Booth, Elise Maynard, Tjeerd van der Vliet, David Anthony, Courtney Gibbs
Year: 2012
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

House in Greenwich / VOLPATOHATZ SA

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Location: , Australia
Design Team: Marco Volpato, Nicole Hatz, Axel Eichler, Frangiska Skiadas
Area: 360.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Richard Glover

Hong Kong Tops Charts as World’s Most Expensive Construction Market

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EC Harris’ 2013 International Costs Report has named Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to build in. The annual study, which benchmarks building costs in 47 countries across the globe, found that relative costs have been affected by substantial fluctuations in currency throughout the year. Despite a stagnant economy, Europe has six of the top ten most expensive markets in this year’s report, reflecting the competitive challenge faced by the Eurozone. 

The top ten most expensive countries to build in are:

Blairgowrie House / Wolveridge Architects

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Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Location: ,
Practice Team: Jerry Wolveridge, Sina Petzold, Ricky Booth, David Anthony
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ben Hosking

Bronte House / Rolf Ockert Design

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Architects: Rolf Ockert Design
Location: Sydney NSW, Australia
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of

Kew House / Nic Owen Architects

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Architects: Nic Owen Architects
Location: Kew VIC,
Builder: Melpro building
Area: 230 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Rhiannon Slatter

Northbridge House II / Roth Architects

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Architects: Roth Architects
Location: Northbridge NSW,
Builder: Oricon Developments Pty Ltd
Structural Engineering: Law & Dawson Pty Ltd
Year: 2013
Photographs: Murray Fredericks