St Alfred’s Church / Studio B Architects

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Architects: Studio B Architects
Location: Blackburn North, ,
Design Team: Fred Batterton, Clare Andrew, Tom Alves, Andrew Smith
Area: 1516.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Aaron Pocock

Four Renowned Practices Battle it Out to Design Sydney’s Next “Masterpiece”

Artist impression for Barangaroo Central’s current master planning competition (click image for more) © Barangaroo Delivery Authority

Four of architecture’s finest has been shortlisted to design what Australian businessman James Packer hopes to be the most iconic building in since the Opera House. Italian Pritzker Prize-laureate Renzo Piano will compete against Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and London-based Wilkinson Eyre Architects to design a $1 billion, six-star Crown Sydney on a 6000 square meter site in the inner-city waterfront precinct of Barangaroo.

“Sydney deserves one of the world’s best hotels and with these amazing architects I’m confident we will see the most iconic building constructed here since the Opera House,” Packer told The Daily Telegraph. “I want this hotel resort to be instantly recognizable around the world and feature on postcards and memorabilia promoting Sydney. That’s how you attract international tourists, create jobs and put Sydney on the map.”

More after the break…

North Fitzroy House / AM Architecture

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Architects: AM Architecture
Location: Fitzroy, ,
Architect In Charge: Andrew Mellios
Graduate Architect: Antry Lau
Area: 205.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dianna Snape

How Much Power Should The Public Have In Design Competitions?

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The ongoing competition for the redevelopment of the landmark Flinders Street Station in Melbourne,  has begun to raise some serious questions about the role of the public in architecture. The international competition, which narrowed down a total of 117 applicants to only 6 finalists, is due for completion in mid-2013. Each proposal will be put on display and the public will be invited to vote on their favorite design; what is raising eyebrows, however, is that the result of this public vote will be kept from the jury, who has the final say. The jury will not know what the public likes or dislikes when they place their own votes, and the public preference will only be revealed at the very end along with the jury’s decision. 

Although there are pros and cons for keeping this information from the jury members, some Australians feel very strongly about their station - and you can certainly argue that they should have a greater say in its future.

Read more about public participation in architecture after the break… 

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: ,
Leadership Team: Nik Karalis, Rodger Dalling, Ivan Kokrhelj, Peter Korkolis, Gordana Ticak, Bruno Mendes
Design Partner: NHArchitecture
Area: 66,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Hi-pod / BKK Architects + Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design

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Architects: BKK Architects + Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design
Location: , , Australia
Design Team: Tim Black, Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Peter Elliott, George Huon, Scott Woodward, Simon Linardi
Area: 10.4 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Bennetts, Mark Wilson

The Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition

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As part of the celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, the University of Canberra and the Gallery of Australian Design invite designers to participate in a Design Ideas Competition for a new official residence for the Prime Minister of . To be located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, this competition highlights the cultural value of the Prime Minister’s residence at ’s seat of government and hopes to build national significance. Submissions are due no later than May 4. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

‘Networked Ecologies: Rethinking Remediation’ Competition Entry / Studio One

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A finalist entry in the Transiting Cities – Low Carbon Futures competition, Studio One‘s proposal, titled, ‘Networked Ecologies: Rethinking Remediation’ a variety of programs ranging from landscape / mining remediation, to urban agriculture are defined. These “in-between” sites will grow and develop according to the specific conditions and uses, eventually creating a network of infrastructure that will provide robustness to the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Harold Street Residence / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Location: , VIC,
Design Team: Graham Burrows, Tim Jackson, Jon Clements, Simon Topliss, Peter Forsyth
Area: 405 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Gollings

The Cullen / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Location: VIC,
Design Team: Tim Jackson, Jon Clements, Graham Burrows, Michael Stelluto, Rob Kennon
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: John Gollings

Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre / Jackson Architecture + McConnell Smith Johnson

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Architects: Jackson Architecture + McConnell Smith Johnson
Location: Heidelberg, , Australia
Design Team: Daryl Jackson, Alex Stephanou, John Zadro, Kathy Lakis
Client: Austin Health
Area: 25,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dianna Snape, Tony Miller & Martin Saunders

Keast Park Community Pavilion / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Graham Burrows, Tim Jackson, Jon Clements, Veryan Curnow
Area: 580 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Gollings

Hue Apartments / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Location: Richmond, VIC,
Design Team: Graham Burrows, Tim Jackson, Jon Clements, Anthony Chan, Michael Stelluto, Veryan Curnow, Nick James, Huan Trinh
Area: 884 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: John Gollings

Enclave House / BKK Architects

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Architects: BKK Architects
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Design Team: Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Tim Black
Area: 509 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: John Wheatley – UA Creative

Henley Street / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Location: , VIC,
Design Team: Jon Clements, Graham Burrows, Tim Jackson Chris Botterill, Nick James
Area: 370 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: John Gollings

Boundary House / BKK Architects

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Architects: BKK Architects
Location: Victoria,
Design Team: Tim Black, Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Michael Roper, Stephanie Bullock, George Huon
Area: 115 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

‘The Cultured Landscape’ Transiting Cities Competition Entry / NAAU

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Designed by NAAU for the Australian ‘Transiting Cities’ competition, their Cultured Landscape proposal examines generative strategies for re-purposing the region, which is currently a center of brown coal fired power production, into a center of clean energy research and development, sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism. Drawing on an analysis of the existing agglomeration of towns, roads, infrastructure, and social and cultural sites, the project is configured around a generative network that will act as a growth structure for the future development of the region. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Golden Crust Bakery / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Location: , VIC, Australia
Design Team: Jon Clements, Tim Jackson, Graham Burrows Chris Manderson, Jane Mackay, Fiona Poon
Area: 800 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Shannon McGrath