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Jean Nouvel's First Melbourne Tower Receives Go-Ahead

14:00 - 30 November, 2016
Courtesy of Sterling Global
Courtesy of Sterling Global

Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Australian firm Architectus’ 70-story mixed-use tower, 383 La Trobe Street, will be the newest addition to the Melbourne skyline, after its approval by the Victoria Department of Planning.

Upon completion, the building will be Nouvel’s first project in Melbourne and second in Australia following One Central Park in Sydney, which was named the  Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building Worldwide in 2014.

The Acute House / OOF! architecture

17:00 - 24 November, 2016
The Acute House / OOF! architecture, © Nic Granleese
© Nic Granleese

© Nic Granleese    © Nic Granleese    © Nic Granleese    © Nic Granleese    +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Architect

    Fooi-Ling Khoo (OOF! Architecture)
  • Area

    145.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Ruyton Girls' School / Woods Bagot

17:00 - 7 November, 2016
Ruyton Girls' School  / Woods Bagot, © Michael Downes
© Michael Downes

© Peter Bennetts © Michael Downes © Michael Downes © Michael Downes +17

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Team

    Jo Dane, Emma-Louise Hannigan , Nick Deans, Matthew Si, Lawrence Ng, Christopher Free
  • Principal in Charge

    Sarah Ball
  • Principal Design Leader

    Bruno Mendes
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Michael Downes , Peter Bennetts, Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Melbourne Tattoo Academy Competition Winners Announced

15:00 - 5 November, 2016
Melbourne Tattoo Academy Competition Winners Announced, Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Architectural competition organizer Bee Breeders has announced the winners of the international Melbourne Tattoo Academy competition, which sought to “recollect and [postulate] principles of architectural humanism in contemporary culture,” asking entrants to consider disciplinary introspection into spatial and material issues concerning culture, society, and individuality. 

Successful entries to the competition thus challenged personal and social conceptions of the tattoo as an art form, as well as the cultural and philosophical implications of tattoos in architecture.

Notable among the relationships and juxtapositions established include: critiques on permanence and longevity; the irreversible transformation of flesh and nature; correlation between graphic and retinal expression, graffiti and street art, the scenographic and decorated shed; lastly, body art as boutique parlor fashion, and high couture - noted the compatition organisers. 

The winners of the Melbourne Tattoo Academy competition are:

Call for Entries: Kenyan Children’s Village Masterplan

17:00 - 3 November, 2016
Call for Entries: Kenyan Children’s Village Masterplan, Enter the One Heart Foundation International Design Competition 2016
Enter the One Heart Foundation International Design Competition 2016

The One Heart Foundation is calling all architects interested in contributing to a life changing international design project. The Australian based ‘for-purpose’ organisation has announced a design competition offering entrants the opportunity to design and masterplan an eco-village for abandoned and orphaned children in Kenya.

MPavilion 2016 / Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai

20:00 - 17 October, 2016
MPavilion 2016 /  Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +8

Journey House / Nic Owen Architects

17:00 - 10 October, 2016
Journey House / Nic Owen Architects, © Christine Francis
© Christine Francis

© Christine Francis © Christine Francis © Christine Francis © Christine Francis +23

Monocle 24 Explores Creative Uses of Wood in Contemporary Architecture and Design

04:00 - 10 October, 2016

In this edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the show explores how wood is being used creatively at every scale by designers and architects today. From the "timber terrazzo" of London-based designer Conor Taylor, to the four protected (yet threatened) wooden escalators at Sydney's Wynyard Railway Station, the episode questions how innovative designers are, or need to be, with this age-old tried and tested material. Finally, the show visits Folkhem in Sweden – a construction company who believe wood "to be superior to conventional alternatives in almost every respect, from construction time to acoustic properties."

60 Storey Tower Maximizes Energy Capture with Photovoltaic Facade

16:00 - 9 October, 2016
60 Storey Tower Maximizes Energy Capture with Photovoltaic Facade , Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects
Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects

Peddle Thorp Architects have submitted their proposal for the Moray Street Residential Tower in Melbourne for approval. At 1173.5 square meters, Sol Invictus is wrapped entirely in solar panels, attaining 10 times more solar surface area than a traditional roof covering. The facade can achieve up to 5000 square meters of solar panel array and is connected to a battery storage system. 

Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects +20

Bijoy Jain's 2016 MPavilion Opens in Melbourne

19:01 - 3 October, 2016
Bijoy Jain's 2016 MPavilion Opens in Melbourne, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

The 2016 MPavilion, designed by Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, has opened in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. Over the next four months, the bamboo structure will play host to a free public program of over 400 talks, workshops, performances and installations.

Bijoy Jain’s design joins the growing international trend of “handmade architecture” as it becomes the largest bamboo structure in Australia, utilizing 7 kilometers of Indian bamboo, 50,000 kilograms of Australian bluestone, 5,000 wooden pins and 26 kilometers of rope to cover a 16.8 square meter area. The slatted roof panels are constructed from sticks of the Karvi plant and were woven together by craftspeople in India over a four month period.

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +6

The Corner House / Poly Studio

17:00 - 3 October, 2016
The Corner House / Poly Studio, © Tatjana Plitt
© Tatjana Plitt

© Tatjana Plitt           © Tatjana Plitt           © Tatjana Plitt           © Tatjana Plitt           +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Wolkenberg
  • Area

    240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Parkville Residence / Steffen Welsch Architects

17:00 - 20 September, 2016
Parkville Residence / Steffen Welsch Architects, © Rhiannon Slatter Photography
© Rhiannon Slatter Photography

© Rhiannon Slatter Photography © Rhiannon Slatter Photography © Rhiannon Slatter Photography © Rhiannon Slatter Photography +15

Pod House / Nic Owen Architects

17:00 - 19 September, 2016
Pod House / Nic Owen Architects, © Christine Francis
© Christine Francis

© Christine Francis © Christine Francis © Christine Francis © Christine Francis +28

Garden State Hotel / Techne Architecture + Interior Design

17:00 - 13 September, 2016
Garden State Hotel / Techne Architecture + Interior Design, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +30

Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings

09:30 - 11 September, 2016
Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings, Copenhagen. Public domain image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vor_Frelsers_Kirke-view8.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a>.
Copenhagen. Public domain image via Wikimedia.

Metropolis Magazine has released their 2016 rankings of the world's most "livable" cities. Acknowledging that what makes a city "livable" can often be subjective, the team at Metropolis emphasizes that in creating the list they "focused on the concerns at Metropolis’ core—housing, transportation, sustainability, and culture." The result of this research was last year's top prize-winner Toronto dropping to the number 9 spot and Copenhagen, which last year took the number 4 spot, jumping to the top. Rounding out the top three are Berlin and Helsinki.

Call for Entries: Melbourne Tattoo Academy

08:15 - 7 September, 2016
Call for Entries: Melbourne Tattoo Academy, Enter the Trans Siberian Pit Stops architecture competition now! US $6,000 worth of prize money! Closing date for registration: SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
Enter the Trans Siberian Pit Stops architecture competition now! US $6,000 worth of prize money! Closing date for registration: SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

As the second most populous city in Australia, Melbourne was originally established in 1835 and grew dramatically during the goldrush of the 1850s, transforming itself into one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities at the time. To this day Melbourne constantly ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world, ranking highly in education, entertainment, healthcare, research and development, tourism and sport, taking the number one spot f every year from 2010-2015. Melbourne also acts as the unofficial “cultural capital” of Australia. It is the birthplace Australian impressionism, the Australian film and television industries, and Australian contemporary dance, and is recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature and a major centre for street art, music and theatre.

Woods Bagot Melbourne Studio / Woods Bagot

17:00 - 6 September, 2016
Woods Bagot Melbourne Studio  / Woods Bagot, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    498 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Arbory Bar & Eatery / Jackson Clements Burrows

17:00 - 22 August, 2016
Arbory Bar & Eatery  / Jackson Clements Burrows, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    361 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Design Team

    Tim Jackson, Jon Clements, Graham Burrows, Chris Botterill, Chris Rigney
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs