Sydney is once again illuminated by the fourth annual Vivid’s Festival of Light 2012 that celebrates the creative industries with light shows, music, design ideas conferences and entrepreneurship conferences. The seventeen-day festival, which started on May 25 and will run until June 11th, features light shows and graphics projected on buildings, concerts, lectures and conferences. This round of light projections will have over 50 installations and includes cityscapes, street furniture, monuments and emblematic buildings like the Sydney Opera House.
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Coinciding with our earlier post announcing the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre as recipient of the 2012 Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year, the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded this rainforest tree house as the 2012 House of the Year. Suspended above the forest floor on a secluded and private lot on the flanks of Mt Whitfield in Cairns, mmp Architects strived to create a low maintenance home that embodies a relaxed ambience, structural honesty, plentiful natural light and airflow, and generous reference to the site and the forest.
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Camouflaged in an Australian rainforest located in Far North Queensland, this unique gateway into the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre is the recipient of the 2012 Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year presented by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). In June 2009, Charles Wright Architects (CWA) was invited by the Cairns Regional Council to enter a limited competition for the design of a new Visitors’ Centre for the Cairns Botanical Gardens. The Council sought fresh and challenging ideas to create a memorable piece of tropical architecture that would blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment.
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Architects: Tina Tziallas + Factor Design
Location: Wildes Meadow, Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia
Completion Date: February 2012
Site Area: Interior Space Approx 100 sqm
External Glazing: Renlita
External Products: Highly Tinted External Glazing on Front of Building; Remaining external surfaces rendered and painted black
Interior Fitout: Factor Design
Photographs: Holly Treadaway
Architects: dKO Architecture
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Project Team: Michael Drescher, Jesse Linardi, Dana Goldberg, Oliver Ingram, Georgia Cannon
Contractor: Element Constructions Pty Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 450 sqm
Collaborators: ASA Building Consultants, Adams Consulting Engineers, Energylab, Brighton Pools
Photographs: Derek Swalwell
Architects: Luigi Rosselli Architects
Location: Sydney, Australia
Project Architect: Corrado Palleschi
Interior Designer: Alexandra Donohoe
Landscape Architect: Terragram
Builder: Moulds Constructions
Joiner: Corelli Joinery
Structural & Hydraulic Engineer: Rooney and Bye Pty Ltd
Photographs: Justin Alexander, Richard Glover
Architect: Turco & Associates assisted by Mitsuori Architects
Location: Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia
Project Team: Michael Turco, Matt Chamberlain, Michael Giese, Melissa Lim
Structural Engineer: M.R. Anderson Consulting Engineers
Builder: BDH Constructions
Building Area: 194 sqm
Site Area: 4,402 sqm
Photographs: Michael Giese, Jeremy Davis
Architects: NH Architecture
Location: Point Cook, VIC, Australia
Design Team: Peter Dredge, Hamish Lyon, Andy Gentry, Fiona Collie, Emily Kilvington, Astrid Jenkin, Mitch McTaggart, Chris Reddaway, Silvia Tasani, Jan Vastestaeger, Chad Harrison, Ramiro Marroquin
Cost: $6.1 million
Photographs: Dianna Snape