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The Kinghorn Cancer Centre / BVN Architecture

  • Architects: BVN Architecture
  • Location: Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia
  • Client: Garvan Institute and St Vincent’s and Mater Health
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings

Green Square Library & Plaza Proposal / Gus Wüstemann Architects

The proposal for the Green Square Library & Plaza in Syndey rethinks a common emphasis on new technologies and the transformation of a reading room in a library being an inside storage space of books to a public space that communicates with its boundaries. For this design, Gus Wüstemann Architects suggests a bridge from the virtual world to the authentic world, from nature to culture, society and technology. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006

Taking place at the Japan Foundation Gallery in Sydney from April 2-May 1, Parallel Nippon, a world-class exhibition, will feature Japan’s most influential architects including 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Tadao Ando, Kenzo Tange, SANAA, and many more. Containing over 100 large-scale photo panels of landmark designs, architectural models and video footage, the exhibition is divided into four thematic sections: Urban, Life, Culture and Living, a cross-sectional view of Japanese society. These areas represent the revolutionary, innovative and progressive architectural achievements realized not only in Japan but across the world as projects of Japanese architects. More information after the break. 

Hewlett Street House / MPR Design Group

  • Architects: MPR Design Group
  • Location: Hewlett Street, Bronte, Australia
  • Project Architect: Sebastian Kaintoch
  • Design Team: Kevin NG, Sebastian Kaintoch
  • Builder : Onsite
  • Structural Engineer: NB Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: Peter Glass & Associates
  • Area: 332.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of MPR Design Group

Courtesy of MPR Design Group Courtesy of MPR Design Group Courtesy of MPR Design Group Courtesy of MPR Design Group

House Boone Murray / Tribe Studio Architects

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts
  • Architects: Tribe Studio Architects
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Architect In Charge: Hannah Tribe, Ricci Bloch
  • Builder: JLS Construction
  • Area: 197.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts

Eden Art Wall Apartments / Tony Owen Partners

Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners
Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners

Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners

Jamberoo Farm House / Casey Brown Architecture

  • Architects: Casey Brown Architecture
  • Location: Sydney
  • Design Architect: Rob Brown
  • Project Architect: Antje Mahler
  • Builder: Bellevarde Constructions
  • Foreman: Steven O’Ryan
  • Structural Consultant: Ken Murtagh
  • Area: 413.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

© Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Four Renowned Practices Battle it Out to Design Sydney's Next "Masterpiece"

Four of architecture’s finest has been shortlisted to design what Australian businessman James Packer hopes to be the most iconic building in Sydney since the Opera House. Italian Pritzker Prize-laureate Renzo Piano will compete against Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and London-based Wilkinson Eyre Architects to design a $1 billion, six-star Crown Sydney resort on a 6000 square meter site in the inner-city waterfront precinct of Barangaroo. 

"Sydney deserves one of the world's best hotels and with these amazing architects I'm confident we will see the most iconic building constructed here since the Opera House," Packer told The Daily Telegraph. "I want this hotel resort to be instantly recognizable around the world and feature on postcards and memorabilia promoting Sydney. That's how you attract international tourists, create jobs and put Sydney on the map."

More after the break...

'Open Exchange' Green Square Library and Plaza Competition Entry / MODU

The “’Open Exchang’ proposal, for the Green Square Library and Plaza competition, creates a space of public engagement by challenging the role of the library in the contemporary city of Sydney. Designed by MODU , in collaboration with Future Green Studio landscape architects, their project becomes a social and public space made possible by new technology, with the potential to transcend the traditional definition of learning spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

HASSELL, OMA, and Populous To Redevelop Sydney Harbour

International Convention Center (ICC), view from the water. Image © SICEEP
International Convention Center (ICC), view from the water. Image © SICEEP

Australian firm HASSELL Studio, OMA and Populous have been announced as the winners for the redevelopment of Sydney’s new convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct (SICEEP) at Darling Harbour.

The 20-hectare, billion (Australian) dollar project, which will stretch from Cockle Bay to Haymarket and Ultimo, will include Australia's largest convention and exhibition facilities, Sydney’s largest red carpet entertainment venue,  a hotel complex with up to 900 rooms, and a new urban neighborhood in Haymarket.

More on this project, after the break...

ICC Hotel At Night. Image © SICEEP International Convention Center (ICC), view from the east. Image © SICEEP International Convention Center (ICC) Exhibition, view from Tumbalong Park. Image © SICEEP The Theatre, view from Tumbalong Park. Image © SICEEP

Bjarke Ingels in Sydney for HASSELL and AIA

Bjarke Ingels, who heads up the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), was in Sydney recently and did a talk at the Australian Institute of Architects, which was sponsored and organized by HASSELL. With the common design values and easy fit between BIG and HASSELL, they make a powerful team. So BIG, whose projects we have published here, visited Sydney to explore the potential for future project collaborations. More information and a video after the break.

EyeOpener / Christopher Polly Architect

  • Architects: Christopher Polly Architect
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Builder: Travmatt Construction & Shopfitting Pty Ltd
  • Lighting Consultant: Euroluce Lighting
  • Area: 37.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman

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

Gehry To Design Sydney’s Next Architectural Icon

Courtesy of Frank Gehry
Courtesy of Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry, in collaboration with construction giant Lend Lease, will design and construct the new 12-storey UTS building – said to be Sydney’s most distinctive project since the Opera House. The building, which will consist of 320,000 homely brown bricks, laid by hand, is due to be completed in mid-2014. Mr. Gehry has described the building’s internal structure as being like a “tree house”, designed to encourage a sense of “creative play”. The building will be built on the former Dairy Farmers site between the ABC Ultimo Centre and the Powerhouse Museum and hold up to 2000 students and 390 academics. More information after the break.

Green Square Library & Plaza Competition Entry / Bild + INDEX

Presenting a public art strategy deeply embedded within the design of the building & plaza as a whole, the proposal by Bild + INDEX is entwined and inseparable from the aesthetic, function, and environmental performance of the plaza and building as a unified design proposition. The key element of this strategy is the use of text as an aesthetic motif, acting as a functional and environmental performance element within the design. In the library’s traditional role as the community’s repository for and interface with information, text and typography have enormous historic resonance and offers significant potential in negotiating the project’s interaction in the wider urban domain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Delany House / Jorge Hrdina Architects

  • Architects: Jorge Hrdina Architects
  • Location: Seaforth, Sydney Australia
  • Architect In Charge: Jorge Hrdina
  • Project Team: John Marshall, Terry Bail, Tracy Loveridge, Dan North
  • Structural Engineer: D’Ambrosio Consulting
  • Lighting Consultant: LDP Lighting
  • Area: 745.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Brigid Arnott

© Brigid Arnott © Brigid Arnott © Brigid Arnott © Brigid Arnott

BIG and Diller Scofidio Renfro shortlisted for Barangaroo Central

Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression © Barangaroo Delivery Authority
Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression © Barangaroo Delivery Authority

The redevelopment of Sydney’s an inner-city waterfront precinct of Barangaroo is making progress, as the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) has announced the five teams shortlisted for the master planning services for Barangaroo Central. The project will complete the long term vision for Barangaroo, which was masterplanned by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, by forming the “heart of the site” that will be the transition along the waterfront walk from the southern urban and commercial spaces to the natural form six hectare of the Headland Park. The full shortlist includes: