The Tale of Sydney’s Urban Sellout

Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression. Image © Barangaroo Delivery Authority

A recent, well-written article for The Guardian chronicles the story of Sydney’s East Darling Harbour (also known as ‘Barangaroo’), from the city’s optimism in 2003 to the relative disappointment of today. David Shoebridge, a  Greens MP and the party’s planning spokesperson, recounts the series of compromises and sellouts that have turned what was meant to be a “prime public space” into – to add insult to injury – the site for a casino.You can read this cautionary tale in full here.

Waterloo Youth Center / Collins and Turner

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Architects: Collins and Turner
Location: Sydney NSW, Australia
Area: 252.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Richard Glover, Paul Bradshaw, Josef Nalevansky

Pablo & Rusty’s / Giant Design

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Architects: Giant Design
Location: Castlereagh Street, NSW 2000, Australia
Associate: Chris Wilks
Director: Ed Kenny
Photographs: Andrew Worssam

Sustainable Container Home Selected in Competition for Sydney’s Bondi Beach

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Czech architect Ales Javurek has been awarded first prize in the [AC-CA] Architectural Competition for his design of a two-story, 340 square meter vacation home utilizing shipping containers in Sydney, Australia. The proposal situates the home on the edge of a 1500 square meter hillside to maximize the striking panoramic view of . By preserving current trees and the slope’s profile, consisting of “three platforms,” the proposal successfully addresses the main brief: to design a contemporary, sustainable vacation house which sensitively fits into its context and considers ’s climate conditions. 

Learn more after the break…

House Maher / Tribe Studio

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Architects: Tribe Studio
Location: NSW, Australia
Design Team: Hannah Tribe, Tony Tribe, Ben Wollen
Area: 327 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Katherine Lu

Sydney Greenland Centre Marketing Suite / PTW + LAVA

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Architects: LAVA + PTW
Location: 115 Bathurst Street, , Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Peter Murphy

Blu Creativity / Facet Studio

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Architects: Facet Studio
Location: NSW, Australia
Design Team: Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Yoko Makino, Brandon Chin
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Chung

Four Teams Shortlisted For Parramatta Square Design Competition

Architects. Image © Parramatta City Council

Four designs for two large commercial towers in the heart of Sydney have been unveiled by Parramatta City Council, with proposals from  based Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Johnson Pilton Walker, Bates Smart, and Italian practice Mario Cucinella Architects. Attracting over 73 submissions from around the world, the two towers will act as the centerpiece for the Parramatta Square’s three-hectare site.

The shortlist is part of stages five and six of the total master plan, previous projects of which have been awarded to the likes of Grimshaw ArchitectsReview the projects and read the jury’s comments after the break…

Lion / PCG

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Architects: PCG
Location: Murray Rose Avenue, Olympic Park NSW, Australia
Area: 12,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of PCG

Sydney Cruise Terminal / Johnson Pilton Walker Architects

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Architects: Johnson Pilton Walker Architects
Location: Sydney, Australia
Client: Sydney Ports Corporation
Area: 4,600 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff

The Opera House Project: Telling the Story of an Australian Icon

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To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the completion of Danish architect Jørn Utzon‘s Sydney Opera House, The Opera House Project takes you on a journey from the project’s inception in 1954 – known as Design 218 – to the completed masterpiece up to 2012, and all the personal, political and technical struggles that the designers were faced with. As expressed by Sam Doust, writer and director of the project, the epic journey is based on an “aspiration to perfection” and then the “failure to achieve it”.

The Sydney Opera House: Celebrating 40 Years

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Today is the 40th anniversary of the completion of the Sydney Opera House, the symbol of . Since its opening in 1973, the Opera House has welcomed over 65 million people to more than 80,000 memorable events. To celebrate, an Anniversary program will run from mid to late October, with concerts, tours, exhibitions, and cake! A true masterpiece that continues to redefine the ambitions of , the Opera House is part of an incredible story, a work of architecture that belongs to everyone.

Parramatta Square Design Competition

Parramatta City Council is delighted to invite you to participate in an exciting architectural design competition, Architectural Concept Competition for Stages 5 and 6 of the Parramatta Square Precinct development, .Council is inviting architects to submit visionary ideas for two large towers in the heart of Parramatta City Centre.

The four nominated architecture practices or teams will then be invited to participate in a Design Excellence Competition. Each shortlisted architecture practice or team will be paid $30,000 on submission of a complying Design Excellence Competition entry. For complete information, please click here.

Lizard Log / McGregorCoxall

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Architects: McGregorCoxall
Location: Sydney, Australia
In Association With: Choi RopihaFighera (Architecture), Fiona Robbé (Playground Specialist), Equatica (Water Sensitive Design) and Northrop Engineering
Photographs: Simon Wood

Red Rock / Rolf Ockert

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Architects: Rolf Ockert
Location: Sydney NSW,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Rolf Ockert

Bronte House / Rolf Ockert Design

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Architects: Rolf Ockert Design
Location: Sydney NSW, Australia
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Design

Balmain House / Fox Johnston

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Architects: Fox Johnston
Location: Sydney NSW,
Area: 360 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

BLAXLAND / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

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Architects: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
Location: Sydney, Australia
Collaborators: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer with JMD Design
Area: 52.27 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman