Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2014 National Awards Shortlist

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The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the 61 projects making it to this year’s 2014 Australian National Awards. Selected from a pool of 153 regional winners across 13 categories, the jury have visited all the shortlisted projects (except the international shortlist) in preparation for the announcement of the National winners at a ceremony in Darwin on November 6th.

Commenting on the shortlist, jury chair Paul Berkemeier said: “As a jury and as members of the profession, we were inspired by the number of projects that had informed clients working closely with the architects to achieve better outcomes. In many instances, this relationship allowed the project to go well and truly above and beyond the original brief.”

Read on after the break for the full shortlist

Pittwater House / Andrew Burges Architects

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Architects: Andrew Burges Architects
Location: Pittwater, New South Wales,
Area: 425.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Zaha Hadid Unveils ‘Blossoming’ Towers for Brisbane Riverfront Development

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Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled their latest design, an urban riverfront development in Brisbane. The project consists of three 22 and 25-story sculptural towers containing 486 apartments and eight riverfront villas, along with car parking spaces and 7,300 square meters of landscaped public parklands. According to property developer Sunland Group’s Managing Director, Sahba Abedian, Grace on Coronation is slated to reinvigorate a historic site.

Albany Entertainment Centre / Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland + Roberts Gardiner

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Architects: Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland, Roberts Gardiner
Location: Toll Place, Albany WA 6330,
Area: 5091.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Alison Paine

Grimshaw Unveils Sustainable Glass Office Building in the Heart of Sydney

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Sydney‘s historic is about to receive a major facelift with the soon-to-be built 333 George Street, an 18 storey mixed use office and retail tower. Designed by Grimshaw Architects and executive architects Crone Partners for Australian property developer Charter Hall, the minimal glass and steel tower will contrast the historic structures on Sydney’s well-preserved original high street, with a 15 storey 12,500 square metre contemporary office tower tower atop a three storey 2,100 square metre retail podium.

Read on after the break for more on Sydney’s newest tower.

Elenberg Fraser Reveals Designs for Melbourne’s Tallest Residential Tower

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Elenberg Fraser Architects have revealed designs for what is slated to be Melbourne’s tallest tower. The project seeks to reinvent the natural landscape of Australia’s Victoria state in an urban setting, through an optically transformative facade and botanical aesthetic.

Craigieburn Library / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

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Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Location: 75-95 Central Park Avenue, VIC 3064, Australia
Area: 4640.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Trevor Mein

Hopetoun Residence / B.E Architecture

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Architects: B.E Architecture
Location: NSW 2030,
Area: 650.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Clarke

The Subiaco Oval Courtyard / Luigi Rosselli

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Architects: Luigi Rosselli
Location: WA 6008, Australia
Design Architects: , Kristina Sahlestrom
Year: 2014
Photographs: Edward Birch

AGL Pavilion / Kennedy Associates Architects

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Architects: Kennedy Associates Architects
Location: The Australian Botanic Garden, Narellan Rd, NSW 2567,
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts Photography

Montville Residence / Sparks Architects

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Architects: Sparks Architects
Location: Montville QLD 4560,
Architect In Charge: Dan Sparks
Design Team: Dan Sparks, Tommy Vuletic
Area: 160.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Christoper Frederick Jones

Light Cannon House / Carterwilliamson Architects

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Architects: Carterwilliamson Architects
Location: Annandale NSW,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Katherine Lu

Does Australia Need More Design Competitions?

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Architecture competitions offer an opportunity for architects to launch their careers, and in some cases generate unexpected designs in the process. Many iconic works of architecture, including the famous Sydney Opera House, were the result of open design competitions – but do architecture competitions today maintain the influence they might have had in the past? While critics in the United States have recently argued that it could be time to quit competitions, Donald Bates argues that Australians should be organizing more. In his article on The Conversation, Bates discusses the state of design competitions in Australia, and why we should take another look. Read the full article here.

The Dalmeny / Enter Projects

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Architects: Enter Projects
Location: NSW, Australia
Photographs: Brett Boardman

NAB Docklands / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: 700 Bourke Street, VIC 3008,
Area: 63000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath, Trevor Mein

Junya Ishigami to Install “Cloud Arch” in Downtown Sydney

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Set to be installed over a set of light rail tracks, Junya Ishigami’s Cloud Arch will soon be one of the biggest landmarks in downtown Sydney.  Commissioned by ’s public art program, City Art, the arch will symbolize ’s qualities of being “Green, Global, and Connected.” Over 50 meters high, it will change shape as viewer’s walk past it. Cloud Arch will act as both a gateway for the pedestrian , and a defining feature of the city.

Trifolium / AR-MA

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Architects: AR-MA
Location: 16/18-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington NSW 2021,
Design Team: Robert Beson, Gabriele Ulacco, Tony Ho, Guido Maciocci, Nono Martinez Alonso, Simon Vorhammer
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Westgarth House / Kennedy Nolan Architects

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Architects: Kennedy Nolan Architects
Location: VIC, Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Derek Swalwell