Arena Apartments / Ellivo Architects

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Architects: Ellivo Architects
Location: QLD 4101, Australia
Architect In Charge: Michael Small (Project Architect), Mason Cowle (Director)
Area: 3350.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Burwood Highway Frontage Building / Woods Bagot

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Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
Location: Deakin University, Melbourne Campus, 221 Highway, VIC 3125,
Architect In Charge: Sarah Ball
Project Architects: David Ley, Karl Engstrom
Area: 17000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Spotlight: Jørn Utzon

Jørn Utzon in front of the during construction, 1965. Image Courtesy of Keystone/Getty Images

Pritzker Prize winning architect Jørn Utzon, who died in 2008 aged 90, was the relatively unknown Dane who, on the 29th January 1957, was announced as the winner of the ‘International competition for a national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney’. When speaking about this iconic building, Louis Kahn stated that:

The sun did not know how beautiful its light was, until it was reflected off this building.

Unfortunately, Utzon never saw the Sydney Opera House, his most popular work, completed. Learn of his fascinating story, after the break.

Amanda Levete to Design Melbourne’s Second Annual MPavilion

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British architect Amanda Levete of London-based studio AL_A has been selected to design Melbourne’s second annual MPavilion. The temporary structure will be used to house talks, workshops, performances and installations in the ”downtown oasis” of Queen Victoria Gardens starting this October. 

“I’ve visited Australia three times in the past six years and without doubt Melbourne is my favorite city,” said Levete, commenting on her commission. “It’s people that make a city creative – and that’s why I love Melbourne. The brief from the Naomi Milgrom Foundation is a great opportunity to design a structure that responds to its climate and landscape. I’m interested in exploiting the temporary nature of the pavilion form to produce a design that speaks in response to the weather.”

Cooroy Studio / JMA Architects

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Architects: JMA Architects
Location: QLD 4563, Australia
Project Team: John Mainwaring, Paolo Denti, Tom Kanchanasinith, Garth Hollindale
Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Hyatt

Video: Jørn Utzon’s Nature-Inspired Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Opera House recently created a video exploring how Jørn Utzon was inspired by the form and function of nature. While may not have seen himself as a pioneer of sustainable techniques, sustainability was inherent in his design philosophy. Watch the video above to learn more. 

2 Girls Building / Kavellaris Urban Design

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Architects: Kavellaris Urban Design
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Design Team: Billy Kavellaris, Rodrigo Mateluna Sandoval
Project Architect : Rodrigo Mateluna Sandoval
Builder: Liberty Builders
Area: 4300.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Clarke

St Kilda House / Jost Architects

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Architects: Jost Architects
Location: Saint Kilda VIC 3182,
Architect In Charge: Patrick Jost
Area: 238.0 sqm
Photographs: Andrew Wuttke & Project Client

Venice Biennale 2016: 5 Proposals Shortlisted for Australian Pavilion

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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 Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image Courtesy of SOM

Threatening to end ’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: VIC 3183, Australia
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: Melbourne 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, Australia
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: Melbourne VIC,
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, Australia
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