Four Teams Shortlisted For Parramatta Square Design Competition

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Four designs for two large commercial towers in the heart of Sydney have been unveiled by Parramatta City Council, with proposals from Sydney 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, Sydney 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

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 commercial 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,
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: NSW, Australia
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Rolf Ockert 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

Cook Park Amenities / Fox Johnston

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Architects: Fox Johnston
Location: Sans Souci, ,
Builder: Platinum Projects
Structural: Jones Nicholson
Hydraulic: Jones Nicholson
Access: Access Australia
Mechanical: Coutts Cost Consultants
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Bondi House / Fearns Studio

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Architects: Fearns Studio
Location: ,
Project Team: Matt Fearns
Area: 260 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Ferguson

Cowshed House / Carter Williamson Architects

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Architects: Carter Williamson Architects
Location: Glebe, New South Wales,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Divercity B / Turner

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Architects: Turner
Location: Waterloo, NSW,
Client: Becton
Site Area: 1.9 hectares
Gross Floor Area: 29,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

VSQ2 / Tony Caro Architecture

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Architects: Tony Caro Architecture
Location: Sydney,
Design Team: Tony Caro, Simon Mather, Blair Young, Jason Fraser
Area: 29,600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Apex / Turner

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Architects: Turner
Location: Waterloo, NSW,
Client: Payce Communities
Site Area: 4,649 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 16,660 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Silk Apartments / Tony Caro Architecture

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Architects: Tony Caro Architecture
Location: Pyrmont, NSW,  
Design Team: Tony Caro, Louise Chapman, Blair Young, Alex Koll, Jason Fraser, Katja Hempel, Nick Mittens, Simon Mather, Tony Camilleri, Rebecca Donoghue.
Landscape: FJMT
Area: 13,097 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman