Venice Biennale 2016: 5 Proposals Shortlisted for Australian Pavilion

The Pool / Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet . Image Courtesy of

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed the five proposals shortlisted for exhibition at the Australian Pavilion at Venice’s 2016 Architecture Biennale. The announcement comes following a two-stage presentation and selection process judged by the Venice Biennale Commission, currently helmed by AIA Immediate Past President Paul Berkemeier.

The 2016 Biennale will mark the inaugural exhibition within Australia’s new pavilion at Venice, designed by Denton Corker Marshall and slated for a May 2015 opening.

Read more about the shortlisted projects after the break.

6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

Image of the planned new capital of , masterplanned by SOM. Image Courtesy of SOM

Threatening to end Cairo’s 1,046 year dominance as the country’s capital, earlier this month the government of Egypt announced their intentions to create a new, yet-to-be-named capital city just east of New Cairo. The promise of the more than 270 square mile ‘new New Cairo’ has attracted headlines from around the world with its sheer scale; a $45 billion development of housing, shopping and landmarks designed to attract tourism from day one, including a theme park larger than Disneyland. And of course, the plans include the promise of homes – for at least 5 million residents in fact, with the vast number of schools, hospitals and religious and community buildings that a modern city requires – making the new capital of Egypt the largest in history.

The idea of building a new capital city has appealed to governments across history; a way to wipe the slate clean, stimulate the economy and lay out your vision of the world in stone, concrete and parkland. Even old Cairo was founded as a purpose built capital, although admittedly urban planning has changed a little since then. It continues to change today; see the full list of different ways to build a totally new city after the break.

House 3 / Coy Yiontis Architects

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Architects: Coy Yiontis Architects
Location: Balaclava VIC 3183,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Clarke

Lorne Hill House / Will Harkness Architecture

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Architects: Will Harkness Architecture
Location: VIC 3232, Australia
Area: 184.0 sqm
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Bike House / FMD Architects

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Architects: FMD Architects
Location: VIC,
Design Team: Fiona Dunin, Katherine Peasley, Robert Kolak, Caroline Tan, Alex Peck, Ryan Fothergill
Area: 202.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: John Gollings

Loreto College / ThomsonAdsett

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Architects: ThomsonAdsett
Location: 415 Cavendish Road, QLD 4151,
Architect: Chad Brown, Phil Horwood, Martin Hammond
Project Director: Graham Legerton
Project Architect: Geraldine Dawson
Architectural Technician: Tom Fowler, Steve Foro
Area: 1115.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alicia Taylor

M House / MAKE architecture

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Architects: MAKE architecture
Location: VIC, Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Pacific House / Casey Brown Architecture

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Architects: Casey Brown Architecture
Location: Palm Beach NSW 2108,
Photographs: Courtesy of Casey Brown Architecture

Tower House / Andrew Maynard Architects

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Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
Location: Alphington VIC,
Directors: Mark Austin, Andrew Maynard
Area: 225.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

The Corner / Bower Architecture

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Architects: Bower Architecture
Location: VIC,
Architect In Charge: Jade Vidal
Design Team: Jade Vidal, Chema Bould, Anna Dutton, Ben Shields, Rose Heeley
Area: 460.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Merton House / Thomas Winwood Architecture + Kontista+Co

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Architects: Thomas Winwood Architecture, Kontista + Co
Location: VIC 3206, Australia
Area: 263.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Emily Bartlett

Sandringham House / Techne Architecture+Interior Design + Doherty Design Studio

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Architects: Techne Architecture + Interior Design, Doherty Design Studio
Location: 23 Susan Street, VIC 3191,
Area: 83.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Cabin 2 / Maddison Architects

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Architects: Maddison Architects
Location: , Victoria,
Architect In Charge: Peter Maddison
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Will Watt

Tintern Middle Schools / Architectus

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Architects: Architectus
Location: 90 Alexandra Road, Ringwood East VIC 3135,
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn)

Curtin University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia

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The Curtin University Master Plan has become the first project to receive a 5 Star Green Star-Communities Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Helmed by AECOM and Donaldson and Warn architects, the plan sets forth a strategy for the renewal of the University’s main campus in Bentley, Perth, aiming to create a “vibrant urban community” that combines commercial, retail, residential, , and transport infrastructure. Sustainability is a cornerstone of the project, which seeks to be adaptable to, and respectful of, its site and heritage. 

The 5-star rating honours Australian Excellence in “innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and liveability”. Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtyard House / ​Aileen Sage Architects

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Architects: Aileen Sage Architects
Location: NSW,
Builder: Lochbuild
Landscape Architect: Sue Barnsley Design
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tom Ferguson

Hawthorn House / Chan Architecture

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Architects: Chan Architecture
Location: VIC, Australia
Project Team: Anthony Chan, Michelle Ng
Year: 2014
Photographs: Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn

Stone House / CHROFI

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Architects: CHROFI
Location: Northern Avenue, NSW 2322,
Area: 160.0 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman