Melbourne to Launch Its Own Serpentine Pavilion

2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto. Image © Danica O. Kus

Mirroring the Serpentine Galleries of London, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced its own yearly pavilion commission for the city of Melbourne. Sited in the Queen Victoria Memorial Gardens, the premier “MPavilion” will be designed by Sean Godsell, opening October 6th of this year.  The pavilion will host a variety of community events, including art installations and performances, over a four month period.  It remains to be seen whether the MPavilion will have a lasting impact on the architectural culture of the city, as some critics have pointed out. To learn more about this now annual commission, visit this article from infolink.

Flinders Lane Apartment / Clare Cousins Architects

© Lisbeth Grosmann

Architects: Clare Cousins Architects
Location: Flinders Lane, VIC, Australia
Interior Designer: Dita Beluli
Graduate Architect: Jessie Fowler
Area: 75.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lisbeth Grosmann

Wertheim Factory Conversion / Kerstin Thompson Architects

© Derek Swalwell

Architects: Kerstin Thompson Architects
Location: 22/50 Bendigo Street, , VIC, Australia
Photographs: Derek Swalwell, Shannon McGrath

Sneakerboy Store / March Studio

© Peter Bennetts

Architects: March Studio
Location: Little Bourke Street, VIC, Australia
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Fairbairn House / Inglis Architects

© Derek Swalwell

Architects: Inglis Architects
Location: VIC, Australia
Area: 230 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Northcote Residence / Wolveridge Architects

© Derek Swalwell

Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Location: VIC,
Architect In Charge: Jeremy Wolveridge
Year: 2014
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Flipboard Cafe / Brolly Design

© Tanja Milbourne

Architects: Brolly Design
Location: 141/149 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000,
Design Team: Martin Heide, Megg Evans
Area: 25.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tanja Milbourne

Brighton House / InForm

© Brendan Finn

Architects: InForm
Location: VIC,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brendan Finn

The Question of Preserving Melbourne’s Modernism

Total House, one of the buildings at the center of the debacle. Image © Flickr CC User Rory Hyde

Melbourne newspapers are reporting on an argument breaking out over the preservation of the city’s postwar modernist buildings, centering (as ever) on the dispute between their value as cultural heritage vs their ‘ugliness’ (you can see all the contested buildings in a neat graphic at The Age). While many are in favor of , Alan Davies, in anarticle for Crikey, warns that the cultural benefit in protecting these buildings should always be weighed against the cost of preventing the developments that would have taken their place. Read the full article here.

Altus / Edwards Moore

© Fraser Marsden

Architects: Edwards Moore
Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fraser Marsden

BIG, SHoP, Snøhetta Among Shortlist for Melbourne Office Complex

Pre-existing structures permitted for ‘part demolition and refurbishment’. Image Courtesy of Future Melbourn (Planning) Committee

Australian developer CBUS Property has invited four pairs of Australian and internationally-renowned architectural practices to compete to design an office complex at a 6,000 square meter site in downtown MelbourneAustralia where the National Mutual Plaza currently stands.

See the full shortlist after the break.

Cross Stitch House / FMD Architects

© Peter Bennetts

Architects: FMD Architects
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Design Team: Fiona Dunin, Andrew Carija, Robert Kolak
Landscape Architects: Eckersley Garden Architecture
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Nebula / Andrew Maynard Architects

Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects

Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
Location: Melbourne,
Area: 62 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects, Nic Granleese

Hihou / Denton Corker Marshall

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Architects: Denton Corker Marshall
Location: 1 Flinders Street, VIC 3000, Australia
Architect In Charge:
Area: 230.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Itsuka Studio

Exhibition: Melbourne Now

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of Melbourne.

This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across The Ian Potter Centre: NGV and NGV International presents the various ways in which visual artists and creative practitioners profoundly contribute to the society in which we live, and to Melbourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.

Melbourne Now is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest curators and artistic collaborators whose expertise and networks represent the excellence and diversity of Melbourne’s cultural community.

Complete information about the artists and projects can be found here.

Title: Exhibition: Melbourne Now
Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbournenow/about-melbourne-now
Organizers: National Gallery of Victoria
From: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 
Until: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria
Address: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Bluetrain / Studio Equator

© Andrew Wuttke

Architects: Studio Equator
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Wuttke

The Mullet / March Studio

© John Gollings

Architects: March Studio
Location: VIC, Australia
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Gollings

Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station May Not Be Built

Flinders Street Station Proposal. Image Courtesy of + Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron and HASSELL‘s winning design for ’s Flinders Street Station might not be built due to the fact “the State Government has of yet, refused to promise funding for the design, and ruled out selling the station in order to finance the construction.” The project was estimated to cost “approximately $1 billion to $1.5 billion to be realised”, which is “on top of the $1.6 million already spent on the competition”, leading critics to describe the competition as a “waste of money.”