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TRIAS Proposes Museum to House Jørn Utzon Archive in Sydney

14:00 - 13 January, 2017
TRIAS Proposes Museum to House Jørn Utzon Archive in Sydney, Courtesy of TRIAS
Courtesy of TRIAS

TRIAS has created a speculative museum proposal for the MA | UA (Museum of Architecture | Utzon Archive), a permanent exhibition space for Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s archive in Sydney, Australia.

Jørn Utzon’s archive is buried in boxes and basements across Sydney. This rich body of knowledge—of original drawings, prototypes, photographs and models—is a valuable public resource, alive with thoughts and experiments. Yet, it remains inaccessible and intangible to most.

Courtesy of TRIAS Courtesy of TRIAS Courtesy of TRIAS Courtesy of TRIAS +18

House 33.2 / Grafika

20:00 - 18 December, 2016
House 33.2 / Grafika, © Grafika
© Grafika

© Grafika © Grafika © Grafika © Grafika +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Gorgi Gulevski
  • Area

    110.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Interview with Neil Durbach: “You Don't Want to do the Same Thing Again; You Want to do Better!"

09:30 - 14 December, 2016
Interview with Neil Durbach: “You Don't Want to do the Same Thing Again; You Want to do Better!", Holman House (2004). Image © Peter Bennetts
Holman House (2004). Image © Peter Bennetts

Alongside Camilla Block and David Jaggers, Neil Durbach of Durbach Block Jaggers has carved out a unique place in Australian architecture. Known primarily for their carefully sculpted modernist houses, the firm's architecture is simultaneously rich in architectural references and thoroughly original. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky's “City of Ideas” series, Durbach explains the true inspirations behind their work, why these inspirations have little to do with the public descriptions of their projects, and why for him, the intention of all of his architecture “is to win Corb’s approval.”

Vladimir Belogolovsky: You came to Australia while the Sydney Opera House was still under construction. Does this mean you were here even before going to the US?

Neil Durbach: Yes, I first came to Australia as an exchange student while still in high school.

VB: So you have seen the Opera under construction then. How special was that? Did that building change anything in particular in you?

ND: Well, at that time I wanted to be an artist. A friend took me on a boat to see it. It was kind of staggering... And I thought – you know, this is much more interesting than art. And I felt – maybe architecture is what I should pursue.

Commonwealth Place (2002). Image © John Gollings North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club (2013). Image © John Gollings Roslyn Street (2009). Image © Anthony Browell UTS Thomas St Building (2014). Image © Anthony Browell +42

Power Lane House / CHORDstudio

20:00 - 11 November, 2016
Power Lane House / CHORDstudio, © David Yeow
© David Yeow

© David Yeow © David Yeow © David Yeow © David Yeow +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Amy Clark
  • Area

    255.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Seaforth House / IAPA Design Consultant

17:00 - 26 October, 2016
Seaforth House / IAPA Design Consultant, © ZENG Zhe
© ZENG Zhe

© ZENG Zhe © ZENG Zhe © ZENG Zhe © ZENG Zhe +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Paul Bo Peng, Jessica Paterson
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Challenger / Woods Bagot

20:00 - 21 September, 2016
Challenger / Woods Bagot, © Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

© Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein +14

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    5 Martin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
  • Area

    9000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Art Installation in Sydney Marks the Footprint of 19th Century Destroyed Palace

16:00 - 17 September, 2016
Art Installation in Sydney Marks the Footprint of 19th Century Destroyed Palace, Courtesy of Kaldor Public Art Projects
Courtesy of Kaldor Public Art Projects

Kaldor Public Art Projects, in collaboration with artist Jonathan Jones, has created barrangal dyara (skin and bones), the first Kaldor Public Art project to be produced together with an Aboriginal artist in the Royal Botanic Garden of Sydney, Australia. Inspired by the history of the 19th century Garden Palace building, which originally stood in the Royal Botanic Garden from 1879 to 1882 before burning to the ground, the artwork marks the original footprint of the building with a sculptural installation of 15,000 white shields spanning 20,000 square meters. 

Where the Garden Palace’s dome once crowned the city, a dynamic meadow of kangaroo grass now disrupts the garden’s formal European design.

Eight Aboriginal language soundscapes, which were developed with communities throughout south-east Australia, are installed throughout the site.

Courtesy of Kaldor Public Art Projects Courtesy of Kaldor Public Art Projects Courtesy of Kaldor Public Art Projects Courtesy of Kaldor Public Art Projects +6

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project / Turf Design Studio, Environmental Partnership, Alluvium, Turpin+Crawford, Dragonfly and Partridge

17:00 - 23 August, 2016
Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project / Turf Design Studio, Environmental Partnership, Alluvium, Turpin+Crawford, Dragonfly and Partridge, © Ethan Rohloff Photography
© Ethan Rohloff Photography

© Simon Wood © Adam Hunter © Ethan Rohloff Photography © Simon Wood +31

Architensions Shortlisted for Civic Center Design Using Local Vegetation in Sydney, Australia

16:00 - 20 August, 2016
Architensions Shortlisted for Civic Center Design Using Local Vegetation in Sydney, Australia, Courtesy of Architensions
Courtesy of Architensions

New-York-based studio Architensions has released the design for its shortlisted project, Rising Ryde, for the Ryde Civic Center in Sydney, Australia. In an effort to embrace local communities and contexts, the project is conceived as a hill-shaped building covered in local vegetation and it aims to prioritize people through its complex system of social connections and interactions with nature.

Courtesy of Architensions Courtesy of Architensions Courtesy of Architensions Courtesy of Architensions +10

Hidden House / Jackson Clements Burrows

17:00 - 18 August, 2016
© John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +18

Vic's Meat Office Fit-out / Those Architects + End of Work

17:00 - 12 August, 2016
Vic's Meat Office Fit-out / Those Architects + End of Work , © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • End of Work Team

    Geordie McKenzie, Justin Smith, Goran Momircevski
  • Those Architects Team

    Simon Addinall, Ben Mitchell
  • Client

    Vic's Meat
  • Area

    650.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Sydney Opera House to Undergo $202 Million Renovation

12:05 - 11 August, 2016
Sydney Opera House to Undergo $202 Million Renovation, Concert Hall. Image Courtesy of Sydney Opera House
Concert Hall. Image Courtesy of Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House has revealed designs for a $202 million renovation project, the largest upgrade program to the Jørn Utzon-designed building since it opened in 1973. Announced by New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, the project’s main goal is to “improve access and ensure it meets the needs and expectations of audiences, artists and the 8.2 million people who visit each year.”

Concert Hall Lift. Image Courtesy of Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Image Courtesy of Sydney Opera House Function Center. Image Courtesy of Sydney Opera House Northern Foyer. Image Courtesy of Sydney Opera House +12

MDS / Corben Architects

20:00 - 28 July, 2016
MDS / Corben Architects, © Justin Alexander
© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Mohit Keni
  • Design Team

    Philip Corben, Mitchel Ovens, Amy Beech-Allen
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Woods Bagot Designs Butterfly-Inspired Biological Sciences Building at the University of New South Wales

12:00 - 19 July, 2016
Woods Bagot Designs Butterfly-Inspired Biological Sciences Building at the University of New South Wales, Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot has revealed designs for the new Biological Sciences building at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia). Currently under construction, the 21,000 square meter (226,000 square foot) building will provide world-class facilities for UNSW biomedical and environmental researchers and create a new northern gateway for the university’s upper campus.

In the design process, Woods Bagot explored a series of iterative responses aimed at dividing the eight-story structure into three distinct elements: the laboratory box, the workplace box, and the atrium. The building skin takes inspiration from natural elements, such as the movements of a butterfly and the colors of Australian rock landscapes, to produce a distinct aesthetic for the Biomedical Precinct, as well as reference the terra cotta heritage on the university grounds.

Unfurled House / Christopher Polly Architect

17:00 - 7 July, 2016
Unfurled House / Christopher Polly Architect, © Brett Boardman Photography
© Brett Boardman Photography

Tzannes Releases Designs for Australia’s Largest Commercial Timber Building

12:00 - 24 June, 2016
Tzannes Releases Designs for Australia’s Largest Commercial Timber Building, View from Hickson Road pedestrian bridge. Image Courtesy of Tzannes
View from Hickson Road pedestrian bridge. Image Courtesy of Tzannes

Adding to the growing trend of timber-framed architecture, Tzannes has released plans for International House Sydney, the “first modern commercial engineered timber building of its size and type in Australia.” Located in the new urban district of Barangaroo, the building was conceived as a gateway to the area, linking pedestrian infrastructure systems and providing six floors of new commercial space.

Upcoming Feature Film to Chronicle the Trials and Tribulations of Jørn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House

16:00 - 18 June, 2016
Upcoming Feature Film to Chronicle the Trials and Tribulations of Jørn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House, Courtesy of Flickr user Chris Maidlow, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0
Courtesy of Flickr user Chris Maidlow, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic buildings in the world. A momentous achievement in design and engineering, the building quickly cemented itself as a defining feature of the Australian cultural landscape. But the realization of the building was not a straightforward one, and almost immediately after the project was awarded it became fraught with controversy and uncertainty. At the center of this controversy was the architect, Jørn Utzon, who eventually resigned after mounting conflict with the state government. Now, this period of Utzon's life will be chronicled in a new feature length film, Utzon, The Man Behind the Opera House, reports The Guardian

Armory Wharf / Lahznimmo Architects

17:00 - 27 May, 2016
Armory Wharf  / Lahznimmo Architects, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +18