Jury / Biasol: Design Studio

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Architects: Biasol: Design Studio
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Area: 475.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Martina Gemmola

High Street / Alta Architecture

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

Sean Godsell Unveils Melbourne’s Inaugural “MPavilion”

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On Monday, Sean Godsell unveiled the inaugural MPavilion in Melbourne‘s Queen Victoria Gardens. Intended as an Australian counterpart to London‘s wildly successful Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the Pavilion will be open until February 1st, hosting a series of events throughout its four-month stay including talks, workshops, film screenings and art interventions.

Funded primarily by the recently established , with assistance and support from the Serpentine Gallery itself, the pavilion is the first step in the ’s goal to position Melbourne as “Asia-Pacific’s hub of design and architecture.” The first instalment by Godsell features a simple frame covered with automated aluminium panels, which open and close in response to the sunlight.

The Deli Counter / studio Y

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Architects: studio Y
Location: 211/213 Queen Street, VIC 3000,
Design Team: Yaron Kanor, Dana Goldberg
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ashley Feldman

Elenberg Fraser Reveals Designs for Melbourne’s Tallest Residential Tower

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Elenberg Fraser Architects have revealed designs for what is slated to be Melbourne’s tallest residential tower. The project seeks to reinvent the natural landscape of ’s Victoria state in an urban setting, through an optically transformative facade and botanical aesthetic.

Bold Urban Renewal Projects in City of Port Phillip, Melbourne

Screenshot of video courtesy of Traces Films

The near Melbourne is taking bold measures to enhance the vibrant atmosphere and livability of their city through a variety of urban renewal projects. Promoting a four part community plan of working together to take action, neighborhood development, community leadership, and monitoring progress, and fifteen priorities for action, the city’s commitment to environmentally and socially conscious design and policy alongside a strong support for the arts has resulted in a number of noteworthy projects, attracting designers such as of Convic, Gregory Burgess Architects, and Paul Morgan Architects to take part.

Read on after the break to see three videos featuring the award winning projects, created by our friends at Traces Films.

Melbourne to Launch Its Own Serpentine Pavilion

2013 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 “” 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

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

Wertheim Factory Conversion / Kerstin Thompson Architects

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

Sneakerboy Store / March Studio

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

Fairbairn House / Inglis Architects

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

Northcote Residence / Wolveridge Architects

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

Flipboard Cafe / Brolly Design

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

Brighton House / InForm

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Architects: InForm
Location: Melbourne 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

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Architects: Edwards Moore
Location: Melbourne VIC,
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

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