Melbourne, Australia is about to reach new heights with Australia 108, a hotel and apartment tower designed by Fender Katsalidis. Last week the government of Victoria gave Australia 108 the green light to be built in the Southbank area. Upon completion, the tower will rise up 108 levels and 388 meters tall, which would make it the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.
More about Australia 108’s design after the break…
Architects: ARM Architecture
Location: Southbank VIC 3006 Australia
Design Team: Ian McDougall, Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt, Neil Masterton, Peter Bickle, Stephen Davies, Jonothan Cowle, Andrea Wilson, Rhonda Mitchell, Doug Dickson, William Pritchard, Paul Buckley, Justin Fagnani, Sarah Lake, Tom Denham, Matthew Ginnever, Allira Davies, Tim Brooks, Asako Miura, Andrew Lilleyman, Aaron Poupard, Andrew Ta, Deborah Rowe, Jason Lee, Ken Billan, Lee Lambrou, Mark Raggatt, Martine De Flander, Monique Brady, Mordechai Toor, Natalie Lysenko, Sarah Box, Sarah Lake, Simon Shiel, Tobi Pederson, Tom Denham, Tom Marsh
Photographs: John Gollings, Peter Bennetts
Designed for the 2013 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar by HASSELL attempts to play on this element of intrigue and surprise, creating an unexpected landscape in a familiar urban setting. The architects’ design brings a jungle of coffee trees on the edge of a central business district which opened just last week and runs until March 17. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Architect In Charge: Peter Elliott, Justin Mallia
Design Team: Felicity Soh, Julian Tuckett, Wil Goodsir
Structural Engineer: Clive Steele & Associates
Landscape Architects: John Patrick & Associates
Head Contractor: Ducon
Photographs: John Gollings
The ongoing competition for the redevelopment of the landmark Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia has begun to raise some serious questions about the role of the public in architecture. The international competition, which narrowed down a total of 117 applicants to only 6 finalists, is due for completion in mid-2013. Each proposal will be put on display and the public will be invited to vote on their favorite design; what is raising eyebrows, however, is that the result of this public vote will be kept from the jury, who has the final say. The jury will not know what the public likes or dislikes when they place their own votes, and the public preference will only be revealed at the very end along with the jury’s decision.
Although there are pros and cons for keeping this information from the jury members, some Australians feel very strongly about their station - and you can certainly argue that they should have a greater say in its future.
Read more about public participation in architecture after the break…
Monash University Department of Architecture, in collaboration with architecture and engineering practices, Rintala Eggertsson, Grimshaw, and Felicetti, shared with us their Sealight Pavilion project which can be found at the Melbourne Docklands in Australia. The aim of the project is to amplify the natural phenomena of sea and sky, while offering a place to meet, to escape the elements, or simply to witness the passage of time, which it has been doing for about a year now. More images and architects’ description after the break.