Zaha Hadid, Herzog de Meuron, Others Banned From Exhibit

Artist aerial impression of architect Andrew Burns’ design for , one of the designs which didn’t make the short-list. Image via The Age.

In November, the 6 shortlisted firms for the Flinders Street Station competition each received a letter. The letter, written by Major Projects Victoria, a division of the city government, warned them of a certain act that would not only result in their disqualification, but would also bring the entire competition into “disrepute.”

What potential act could deserve such a warning? Attending an exhibit of the rejected design entries.

On November 22nd,  Fitzroy-based architecture firm Edwards Moore organized the “Long-Listers” exhibit to build on the public excitement for the competition, using the momentum to generate more conversation and debate about the project. As architect and organiser Juliet Moore put it: ”We wanted peer collaboration . . . too often these things are done behind closed doors. By the time the designs are revealed [a year later] the moment has passed.”

More after the break…

Malvern House / Canny Design

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Architects: Canny Design
Location: , Victoria,
Architect In Charge: Mary-ann Woff
Interior Design: Miffy English
Landscape Architecture: Ben Scott Design
Landscaping: Simon McCurdy Landscapes
Furniture: Jardan
Year: 2011
Photographs: Andy Gibson, Shannon McGrath, Gerard Warrener

HASSELL, OMA, and Populous To Redevelop Sydney Harbour

International Convention Center (ICC), view from the water. Image © SICEEP

Australian firm HASSELL Studio, and Populous have been announced as the winners for the redevelopment of Sydney’s new convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct (SICEEP) at Darling Harbour.

The 20-hectare, billion dollar project, which will stretch from Cockle Bay to Haymarket and Ultimo, will include ’s largest convention and exhibition facilities, Sydney’s largest red carpet entertainment venue,  a hotel complex with up to 900 rooms, and a new urban neighborhood in Haymarket.

More on this project, after the break…

Unit B4 / Make Creative

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Architects: Make Creative
Location: , Australia
Project Team: Antonia Pesenti, Patricia Bondin, Anna Trefely
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Remond

Bjarke Ingels in Sydney for HASSELL and AIA

Slussen in Stockholm / Courtesy of BIG

Bjarke Ingels, who heads up the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), was in recently and did a talk at the Australian Institute of Architects, which was sponsored and organized by HASSELL. With the common design values and easy fit between BIG and HASSELL, they make a powerful team. So BIG, whose projects we have published here, visited Sydney to explore the potential for future project collaborations. More information and a video after the break.

EyeOpener / Christopher Polly Architect

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Architects: Christopher Polly Architect
Location: , Australia
Builder: Travmatt Construction & Shopfitting Pty Ltd
Lighting Consultant: Euroluce Lighting
Area: 37 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Gehry To Design Sydney’s Next Architectural Icon

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Frank Gehry, in collaboration with construction giant Lend Lease, will design and construct the new 12-storey UTS building – said to be ’s most distinctive project since the Opera House. The building, which will consist of 320,000 homely brown bricks, laid by hand, is due to be completed in mid-2014. Mr. Gehry has described the building’s internal structure as being like a “tree house”, designed to encourage a sense of “creative play”. The building will be built on the former Dairy Farmers site between the ABC Ultimo Centre and the Powerhouse Museum and hold up to 2000 students and 390 academics. More information after the break.

Abbotsford Residence / Chan Architecture

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Architects: Chan Architecture
Location: Abbotsford, Melbourne,
Design Team: Anthony Chan, Miriam Harris, Mei Yang, Michelle Ng
Year: 2012
Photographs: Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn)

Block House / Taylor + Reynolds

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Architects: Taylor + Reynolds
Location: Kew, Melbourne,
Architects: Lauren Taylor, Jeremy Reynolds
Area: 554 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

Woolamai House / Kerstin Thompson Architects

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Architects: Kerstin Thompson Architects
Location: Woolamai, ,
Design Team: Thompson, Kelley Mackay, Lynn Chew, Erica Diakoff, Julian Patterson
Area: 275 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Craigieburn Train Maintenance Facility / HBO+EMTB

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Architects: HBO+EMTB
Location: Melbourne,
Area: 20,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dianna Snape

The Good House / Crone Partners

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Architects: Crone Partners
Location: Sandringham, Victoria,
Director/ Designer: Matthew Smith
Developer/ Contractor: Good Constructions
Year: 2010
Photographs: Derek Swalwell & Peter Clarke

Hill House / Andrew Maynard Architects

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Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
Location: Melbourne, , Australia
Team: Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin, Tommy Joo
Building Surveyor: Metro Building Surveying
Engineer: Robin Bliem & Associates
Builder: Ficus Constructions
Landscaping: Bonnie Grant
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nic Granleese, Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects

House at Big Hill / Kerstin Thompson Architects

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Architects: Kerstin Thompson Architects
Location: , Victoria,
Design Team: Kerstin Thompson, Lynn Chew, Laurence Dragomir, Julian Patterson, Sophie Herel, Michael Artemenko, Gemma Hohnen, Jacqui Alexander
Area: 240 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Trevor Mein

Carrum Downs Police Station / Kerstin Thompson Architects

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Architects: Kerstin Thompson Architects
Location: Carrum Downs, ,
Design Team: Kerstin Thompson, Kelley Mackay, Scott Diener, Mike Macleod, Jacqui Alexander, Laurence Dragomir
Area: 2,080 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Green Square Library & Plaza Competition Entry / Bild + INDEX

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Presenting a public art strategy deeply embedded within the design of the building & plaza as a whole, the proposal by Bild + INDEX is entwined and inseparable from the aesthetic, function, and environmental performance of the plaza and building as a unified design proposition. The key element of this strategy is the use of text as an aesthetic motif, acting as a functional and environmental performance element within the design. In the library’s traditional role as the community’s repository for and interface with information, text and typography have enormous historic resonance and offers significant potential in negotiating the project’s interaction in the wider urban domain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Green Square Library & Plaza Design Competition Entry / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

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Hyunjoon Yoo Architects shared with us their proposal for the Green Square Library & Plaza Design in . By locating the building on the west side of the park, this gave them the opportunity to integrate the library and the transport corridor together. The architects believe that a good library is the one that allows people to read books with nature. Therefore, they folded the park on the site to make a terrace garden on each floor of the library. People can read the book facing the garden, and sometimes they can get out and enjoy the fresh air. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Biosciences Research Building / Lyons

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Architects: Lyons
Location: , Australia
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dianna Snape