Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Awarded to Peter Wilson

Raakspoort Haarlem. © Christian Richters

, co-founder and director of Bolles+Wilson, was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, their highest accolade, at a ceremony last month in Canberra. The Institute bestows the medal upon architects who have designed, or executed, exceptional buildings, promoted the knowledge of architecture, or have made some defining contribution to the field.

Venice Biennale 2012: Australian Pavilion focuses on Architect’s Evolving Role

A complex robotically fabricated sculptural installation. © Supermanoeuvre

Return from a water taxi journey around the Giardini via zip line, explore the potential for “robot craftsmen” and discover much more this August at the Australian Pavilion during the 2012 International Venice Architecture Biennale. With the world-famous exhibition just around the corner, the have decided to release details on what to expect at their exhibit, Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture.

The Creative Directors, Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth, said: “It’s very exciting to see how the architectural profession is evolving, the new domains that are being explored and the vitality and variety of innovative architectural types that seems to foster. Formations highlights the range of unconventional and world-leading architectural practice types being developed across , celebrating new opportunities for architects that are working in non-traditional and unexpected ways.”

Continue after the break to learn more.

Melbourne Architecture Annual: ‘Talking Homes’ Panel Discussion

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-based architectural practice Lyons has brought together a panel of leading architects and designers to discuss the central theme of this year’s Melbourne Architecture Annual, What makes a home?

The panel discussion, “Talking Homes”, will take place at Lyons’ Bourke Street office on October 25th from 5-6pm and will feature; Jill Garner, Victoria’s Associate Government Architect; Dr Karen Burns, from the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University; and Rachael Nolan, of the award winning Melbourne architectural practice Kennedy Nolan. More information on the event after the break.

Trial Bay House / James Jones / HBV Architects

© Ray Joyce

Located at Trial Bay overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, the project required an addition of a new living room, verandah, courtyard and garage, along with complete reorganization of the existing dwelling which was built in 1981 and designed by Ray Heffernan. The new room is projected toward the Channel, in a manner and position that preserves the outlook from the house, and maximises direct sunlight to, and outlook from both. The house was awarded the prestigious 2010 Robin Boyd Award of Australian Institute of Architects.

More photographs and drawings of this project following the break.

Architects:  HBV Architects
Location: Trial Bay, Tasmania
Design Principal: James Jones of Architectus (previously of HBV Architects)
Project Team: Petrina Moore, Scott Christensen, Helen Daly
Structural Engineers: Gandy & Roberts Pty Ltd
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: TBS
Builder: Bennett Construction Pty Ltd
Photographs: Ray Joyce and Richard Marks