Damian Rogers Proposes Surf Park for Melbourne’s Docklands

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Damian Rogers Architecture is hoping to “bring surf to the city” by proposing a $8 million AUD artificial beach and wave pool for the Harbor in Melbourne. Capable of simulating “surfable” 1.5-meter-high waves, the heated salt-water pool is envisioned as an extension of Central Pier in the Docklands. If built, the pool would be complimented by a beach, encompassing boardwalk, and grass-covered recreation and retail facility. 

How Brisbane’s Translational Research Institute Revolutionizes Medicine Through Architecture

The green “atrium,” open to the elements, is essential to the concept of the building. The laboratory spaces all look onto the atrium. On the ground level, there are many interaction zones around the green space. Image © Christopher Frederick-Jones

In Brisbane, the largest research institute for medicine south of the equator, the Translational Research Institute (TRI), is transforming the world of medical research in part thanks to its new building by Wilson Architects and BVN Donovan Hill. Opened last year, the building has found success in the way it encourages chance encounters, offers a shaded breakout space for the neighboring hospital, and simply makes researchers feel like they “must be doing something important.” In this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “In Brisbane, An Innovative Laboratory Complex Is Home to Pioneering Medical Research,” Mikki Brammer explores how such a building can have such a powerful effect on the world of medicine.

It’s not often that the aspect of chance is considered a positive thing in the world of medicine, where the smallest error can determine life or death. But at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Brisbane, Australia, chance encounters are leading to lifesaving discoveries.

High Street / Alta Architecture

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Architects: Alta Architecture
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Construction Contractor: R.Z.Owens Constructions
Area: 705.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Our Media Design Studio

Missy Lui Spa / Sasufi

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Architects: Sasufi
Location: 1/1161 High Street, Armadale VIC 3143,
Architect In Charge: Anne-Sophie Poirier
Area: 65.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Anne-Sophie Poirier

CTBUH Names One Central Park “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2014

One Central Park. Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Collaborating architect: PTW Architects. Image © Murray Fredericks

This year’s title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” has been awarded to One Central Park, in Sydney, Australia. The award, presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), was chosen after a year long selection process across 88 entries in four regions. Senior representatives of each of these four winners presented at the CTBUH Awards Symposium on November 6th at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and the winner was announced at the Awards Dinner following the Symposium. Read on after the break to learn more about the winning building.

Australian Institute of Architects Announce 2014 National Awards

Chifley Square. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2014 National Architecture . A total of 43 and commendations were given to 36 projects across the 12 national categories. “Projects honored include a housing project with an emphasis on communal spaces, a mental health facility with a welcoming domestic feel, a primary school that provides a sanctuary for the culturally diverse local population and a pro bono surf club that celebrates the coastal features and protects an adjacent fairy penguin habitat.” View them all, after the break.

City West Water / Gray Puksand

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Architects: Gray Puksand
Location: VIC,
Area: 6000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mark Duffus

Lune de Sang-Shed 2 / CHROFI

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Architects: CHROFI
Location: Northern Tablelands, NSW,
Project Director : John Choi
Project Leader : Toby Breakspear
Project Team : Steven Fighera, Tai Ropiha, Jerome Cateaux, Clinton Weaver, Linda Lam, Felix Rasch
Area: 2360.0 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Bates Smart Sydney Studio / Bates Smart

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Architects: Bates Smart
Location: 43 Street, NSW 2010, Australia
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brent Winstone

Narrabeen House / CHROFI

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Architects: CHROFI
Location: NSW 2101, Australia
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Simon Whitbread

Lune de Sang-Shed 1 / CHROFI

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Architects: CHROFI
Location: Northern Tablelands, NSW,
Project Director : John Choi
Project Leader : Toby Breakspear
Project Team : Steven Fighera, Tai Ropiha, Jerome Cateaux, Clinton Weaver, Linda Lam, Felix Rasch
Area: 1320.0 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman

David Chipperfield, Kengo Kuma and Renzo Piano Among 12 Shortlisted for Sydney Art Gallery Expansion

Art Gallery of NSW. Image © Flickr CC User Jason Starr

Twelve local and international practices have been invited to participate in a two-stage competition for the “ Modern Project,” a $450 million of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW). Five practices from the shortlist, which also includes SANAA, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Herzog & de Meuron, will move on to produce conceptual designs in the competition’s final round.

“The Sydney Modern vision for expansion and transformation is much more than just a building project,” stated gallery director Dr. Michael Brand. “Through this invited competition the Gallery is seeking ideas that will create an architecturally ambitious, intelligent, sensitive, sustainable and highly functional design. Our site overlooking Sydney Harbor will inspire each of the invited architectural practices, all of whom have extraordinary design skills.”

The invited architectural practices are…

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse / HDR Rice Daubney

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Architects: HDR Rice Daubney
Location: NSW 2050,
Area: 430000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Tyrone Branigan, Simon Grimes

Australian Garden Shelters / BKK Architects

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Architects: BKK Architects
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens , VIC 3977, Australia
Design Team: Tim Black, Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Adi Atic
Area: 228.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: John Gollings

Port Of Echuca Discovery Centre / JAWSARCHITECTS

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Architects: JAWSARCHITECTS
Location: 74 Murray Esplanade, VIC 3564,
Project Architect: Catherine Williams
Project Director: Neal Mackintosh
Heritage Architect: David Button
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of JAWSARCHITECTS, Cameron McDougall, Brett Boardman

Artist’s Studio / Chan Architecture

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Architects: Chan Architecture
Location: Thornbury VIC,
Design Team: Anthony Chan, Michelle Ng
Year: 2014
Photographs: Folded Bird Photography

Woy Woy Rehabilitation Unit / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: Woy Woy NSW,
Area: 2200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Villa by the Lake / Alexander Diem

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Architects: Alexander Diem
Location: Austria
Area: 630.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andreas Balon