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Hugg Store / TANDEM design studio

  • Architects: TANDEM design studio
  • Location: 282 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Director in Charge: James Murray
  • Director: Tim Hill
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TANDEM design studio

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Monocle 24 Visits Some of the World's 'Second Cities'

For this week's edition of The Urbanist, Monocle's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team explore why being 'number two' is not always a bad thing in an episode about second cities and the ways in which they step out of their capital's shadow. From Milan to Melbourne, the team examine how and why some cities are carving their own niche in the international business and tourism markets. They also interview the Mayor of Aarhus about the challenges – and advantages – of governing Denmark’s second city.

MY80 / Hayball

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Amanda Levete's MPavilion Inspired by Forest Canopy

Images have been released of Melbourne's second annual MPavilion. Designed by British architect Amanda Levete of AL_A, the temporary structure will use the latest technology in nautical engineering to stimulate a forest-like canopy within the city’s Queen Victoria Gardens. A series of three- and five-meter wide petals made from ultra-thin translucent composite and carbon fiber will "sway" on top slender columns, mimicking the tree line to the site's east.

Beyonce's Curves Inspire Elenberg Fraser's Design for Melbourne Tower

Beyonce's Ghost has inspired plans for a curvaceous, 226-meter-tall in Melbourne. Designed by Elenberg Fraser, the dubbed "Premier Tower" has received planning permission and will be built at 134 Spencer Street, adjacent to the Southern Cross station.

According to the architects, the mixed-use project's "complex form" was shaped by climatic restraints and after Beyonce's moving body seen in her recent music video Ghost. It is set to rise 68-stories on a stepped podium in the city's central business district. Once complete, it will house 660 apartments, a 160-room hotel, and retail space. 

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Trinity Apartments / K20 Architecture

  • Architects: K20 Architecture
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Developer: Longboat Development Group
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of K20 Architecture

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Margaret Court Arena Redevelopment / NH Architecture + Populous

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Monocle 24 Travels to Tokyo, Vienna and Melbourne Examining 'Quality of Life'

For this week's editions of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, and The Urbanist, their weekly "guide to making better cities," the Monocle team travel across three continents exploring the seemingly illusive question of 'quality of life.'

In this week's edition of The Urbanist, and to coincide with Monocle's annual Quality of Life survey, Andrew Tuck examines why Tokyo is at the forefront of an urban-garden revolution, how the Austrian capital is planning on self-facilitating its development as a major business hub, and talks to Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, about the apparent cultural boom currently taking place in his city. In Section D, Josh Fehnert transports listeners to the UK's "post-industrial heartland" to talk to the people behind this year's Sheffield Design Week, plus more.

Listen to both episodes after the break.

Brookfield Multiplex Melbourne / Woods Bagot

  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: 499 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Architects in Charge: Elenberg Fraser, Olaf Detering, David Shultis
  • Area: 2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shannon McGrath

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Bridge House 2 / Delia Teschendorff Architecture

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McIlwrick Residences / B.E Architecture

  • Architects: B.E Architecture
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Project Team: Broderick Ely, Jon Boucher, Andrew Piva
  • Area: 410.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: B.E Architecture

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Bond Bar / HACHEM

  • Architects: HACHEM
  • Location: 24 Bond Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shania Shegedyn

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Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct / HASSELL

E589 Apartments / Architects EAT

  • Architects: Architects EAT
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Collaborators: Marshall Day Acoustics, Meinhardt Group Engineering, Adams Consulting Engineers, Slattery Quantity Surveyors, Ferran Group Land Surveyors
  • Area: 5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: James Coombe

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Napoleon Perdis Chapel / Studiobird

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