Sydney Illuminates Itself with City-Wide Light Festival

2014: The Lighting of the Sails of the © James Horan

Now through June 9, the city of Sydney will be illuminated by its annual, world-exclusive light festival known as Vivid Sydney. Each night from 6PM until midnight, many of the Harbour City’s most famous landmarks will be transformed into an interactive visual spectacular, paralleled with street side installations, laser shows, (free) live music performances and over 200 creative industry business events.

One of the festival highlights, of course, is the illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Watch as Jørn Utzon’s famous white sails are transformed by a series of mind-bending, 3D projections designed by 59 Productions after the break…

Sydney Pushes First-Ever Policy to Promote Culture

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The City of has requested that 1.6 million square meters of empty commercial and residential space be made available to artists for “creative activities.” The proposed cultural offers over 120 ideas in which the space can be used to enhance Sydney’s reputation as a world renowned creative city. “The City is proud to spend more than $34 million each year to support the arts, culture and creative activity in Sydney – but we know it is equally important to create an environment where ideas and imagination can flourish.” More information on the new can be found here

Eliza Apartments / Tony Owen Partners

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Architects: Tony Owen Partners
Location: Sydney, NSW,
Architect In Charge: Tony Owen
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners

Happy Birthday Jørn Utzon

in front of the Sydney Opera House during construction, 1965. Image Courtesy of Keystone/Getty Images

Pritzker Prize winning architect Jørn Utzon, who died in 2008 aged 90, was the relatively unknown Dane who, on the 29th January 1957, was announced as the winner of the ‘International competition for a national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney’. When speaking about this iconic building, Louis Kahn stated that:

The sun did not know how beautiful its light was, until it was reflected off this building.

Unfortunately, Utzon never saw the Sydney Opera House, his most popular work, completed. Learn of his fascinating story, after the break.

MUSE / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: Macquarie University, Sydney,
Project Team: Georgia Singleton, Alan Duffy, Jo Dane, Kori Todd, Danny Wehbe, Danny Chan, Chang Liu
Area: 900 sqm
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Glebe House / Nobbs Radford Architects

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Architects: Nobbs Radford Architects
Location: NSW, Australia
Architect In Charge: Sean Radford
Design Team: Sean Radford, Alison Nobbs
Assistant Architects: Trevor Black, Laura Bagnato
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects

The Tale of Sydney’s Urban Sellout

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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 New South Wales 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: NSW,
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, Sydney NSW 2000,
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 Bondi Beach. 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,
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: Sydney NSW,
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

Mario Cucinella 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 Sydney based , , 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,
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.