Gehry To Design Sydney’s Next Architectural Icon

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Frank Gehry, in collaboration with construction giant Lend Lease, will design and construct the new 12-storey UTS building – said to be ’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

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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

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Architects: Jorge Hrdina Architects
Location: Seaforth, 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 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brigid Arnott

BIG and Diller Scofidio Renfro shortlisted for Barangaroo Central

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:

Video: 1 Bligh Office Tower / Ingenhoven Architects

Peter Hyatt, of Hyatt and Associates, shared with us his recently completed 53-minute documentary on the 1 Bligh Office Tower. Designed by Ingenhoven Architects, the building is the first office tower in Sydney to get the highest score in the Australian “Green Star”-standard, a “6 Star/World Leadership”-certification. Derived from view corridors and the solar orientation, the 30-storey transparent office building offers unobstructed views of the world famous Harbor Bridge of Sydney and complements the opposite Farrer Place to create one of downtown Sydney’s most attractive urban spaces.

Queen’s Park House / Fox Johnston

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Architects: Fox Johnston
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Fox Johnston
Design Team: Conrad Johnston, Emili Fox, Felix Junker, Rana Abboud
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Simon Wood

Rose Bay Apartments / Hill Thalis Architecture

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Architects: Hill Thalis Architecture
Location: Rose Bay, Sydney,
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Chinaman’s Beach House / Fox Johnston

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Architects: Fox Johnston
Location: Sydney, New South Wales,
Design Team: Conrad Johnston, Emili Fox, Felix Junker
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Balcony Over Bronte / Luigi Rosselli Architects

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Architects: Luigi Rosselli Architects
Location: Bronte, NSW,
Design Team: Luigi Rosselli
Project Architect: Corrado Palleschi
Interior Design: Alexandra Donohoe
Photographs: Justin Alexander

Majestic Theatre Apartments / Hill Thalis Architecture

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Architects: Hill Thalis Architecture
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Saatchi & Saatchi / Smart Design Studio

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Architects: Smart Design Studio
Location: The Rocks, ,
Project Team: William Smart, Victoria Judge, Anita Panov, Maggie Lum, Marie Burgess, Tonie Sauers
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Sharrin Rees

Wentworth Rd House / Edward Szewczyk Architects

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Architects: Edward Szewczyk Architects
Location: Vaucluse, , Australia
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Justin Alexander

Kangaroo Point House / DMJ Design Studio

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Architects: DMJ Design Studio
Location: Oyster Bay, , Australia
Design Director: Diego Jaime
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 550.0 sqm
Photographs: IMAGEination & C. Ocampo

Uchi Lounge 02 / Facet Studio

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Architects: Facet Studio
Location: NSW,
Design Team: Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Neo Di Sheng, Benjamin Chan
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 77.0 sqm
Photographs: Andrew Chung

Uchi Lounge 01 / Facet Studio

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Architects: Facet Studio
Location: NSW Australia
Design Team: Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Neo Di Sheng, Benjamin Chan
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 77.0 sqm
Photographs: Katherine Lu, Andrew Chung

Connect Sydney / Facet Studio

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Architects: Facet Studio
Location: NSW, Australia
Design Team: Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Mariona Espinet, Woraphin Lowpakulkiat
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 150.0 sqm
Photographs: Andrew Chung

The Martian Embassy / LAVA

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Architects: LAVA
Location: Sydney NSW,
Project Manager: Berents Project Management
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 150 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Peter Murphy

Green Square Town Centre Library and Green Square Plaza International Competition

The city of has launched an international design competition as part of the the Green Square Development Project for a new Library Centre and Plaza at the heart of a 278 hectare area south of the city centre.  The Green Square Development project is an initiative to redevelop a 278 hectare area south of the city centre of Sydney, by bringing in diverse functions of housing, open spaces, offices and facilities that contribute to a vibrant, sustainable community. The library will be designed as a community centre and hub and used as an educational and creative resource, as well as a lounge.  The project is allotting $40 million for the design and construction of the new facility and should be an integrated whole between the library and plaza which will also be a host to public arts, community events and markets.  Stage one entries close on August 21st.  Visit the official Green Square Library website to learn more.

More details on the competition and the project after the break.