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The Tale of Sydney's Urban Sellout

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

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

© Richard Glover © Paul Bradshaw © Paul Bradshaw © Paul Bradshaw

Pablo & Rusty’s / Giant Design

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

© Andrew Worssam © Andrew Worssam © Andrew Worssam © Andrew Worssam

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

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 Sydney's climate conditions. 

Learn more after the break…

House Maher / Tribe Studio

  • Architects: Tribe Studio
  • Location: Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Design Team: Hannah Tribe, Tony Tribe, Ben Wollen
  • Structural Engineer: Cantilever Engineers
  • Area: 327.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Katherine Lu

© Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu

Sydney Greenland Centre Marketing Suite / PTW + LAVA

  • Architects: PTW, LAVA
  • Location: 115 Bathurst Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman, Peter Murphy

© Peter Murphy © Brett Boardman © Peter Murphy © Brett Boardman

Blu Creativity / Facet Studio

© Andrew Chung
© Andrew Chung
  • Architects: Facet Studio
  • Location: Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Design Team: Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Yoko Makino, Brandon Chin
  • Area: 180.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Andrew Chung

© Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung

Four Teams Shortlisted For Parramatta Square Design Competition

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 Architects. Review the projects and read the jury's comments after the break...

Councillor John Chedid, Lord Mayor of Sydney, described the the projects as "forward-thinking, innovative solutions," going on to say that "without question, this creative range of designs, submitted by many of the leading architecture firms across the world today, will help us meet our future business, cultural, entertainment and tourism needs, and signpost Parramatta in a distinctive, unique way."

The Sydney Opera House: Celebrating 40 Years

Today is the 40th anniversary of the completion of the Sydney Opera House, the symbol of Australia. 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 Australia, the Opera House is part of an incredible story, a work of architecture that belongs to everyone.

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The Opera House Project: Telling the Story of Australia's Icon

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".

Sydney Cruise Terminal / Johnson Pilton Walker Architects

  • Architects: Johnson Pilton Walker Architects
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Client: Sydney Ports Corporation
  • Contractor: AW Edwards
  • Structure & Civil Engineers: Taylor Thomson Whitting Engineers
  • Services Engineers : Hyder Consulting
  • Photography: Brett Boardman, Ethan Rohloff
  • Area: 4600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff

© Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff © Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff © Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff © Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff

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, Sydney.Council is inviting architects to submit visionary ideas for two large commercial towers in the heart of Parramatta City Centre.

LIZARD LOG / McGregorCoxall

  • 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

© Simon Wood © Simon Wood © Simon Wood © Simon Wood

Red Rock / Rolf Ockert

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

Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Courtesy of Rolf Ockert

Bronte House / Rolf Ockert Design

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

Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design

BLAXLAND / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

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

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman

Cook Park Amenities / Fox Johnston

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

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman