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Damian Rogers Proposes Surf Park for Melbourne's Docklands

Damian Rogers Architecture is hoping to “bring surf to the city” by proposing a $8 million AUD artificial beach and wave pool for the Victoria Harbor in Melbourne. Capable of simulating “surfable” 1.5-meter-high waves, the heated salt-water pool is envisioned as an extension of Central Pier in the Docklands. If built, the pool would be complimented by a beach, encompassing boardwalk, and grass-covered recreation and retail facility. 

Tetra Pak Headquarters / Berdichevsky Cherny Arquitectos + AtelierB Arquitectos

© Federico Kulekdjian
© Federico Kulekdjian

© Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian

Fairhaven Residence / John Wardle Architects

  • Architects: John Wardle Architects
  • Location: Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
  • Project Team: John Wardle, Andy Wong, Diego Bekinschtein, Chloe Lanser, Robert Kolac, James Juricevich
  • Builder: Spence Construction
  • Structural Engineer : Felicetti
  • Area: 430.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Trevor Mein

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St Alfred’s Church / Studio B Architects

  • Architects: Studio B Architects
  • Location: Blackburn North, Victoria, Australia
  • Design Team: Fred Batterton, Clare Andrew, Tom Alves, Andrew Smith
  • Builder: James Morison, Cooper Morison
  • Construction Manager: Hank Leine, Cooper Morison
  • Structural: Barry Roben, Irwin Consult
  • Landscape: Peter Boyle
  • Area: 1516.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Aaron Pocock

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'Fields of Synergy' Competition Entry / PUPA

Located in Latrobe Valley in South East Australia, the ‘Fields on Synergy’ proposal is an integral brown field strategy which aims at providing a unique opportunity to create outstanding future by combining, re-cycling, and cascading transiting territories. Designed by PUPA (Public Urbanism Personal Architecture), their concept received honorable mention in the Transiting Cities international design ideas competition in Australia. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Zaha Hadid, Herzog de Meuron, Others Banned From Exhibit

Artist aerial impression of architect Andrew Burns' design for Flinders Street Station, one of the designs which didn't make the short-list. Image via The Age.
Artist aerial impression of architect Andrew Burns' design for Flinders Street Station, one of the designs which didn't make the short-list. Image via The Age.

In November, the 6 shortlisted firms for the Flinders Street Station competition each received a letter. The letter, written by Major Projects Victoria, a division of the Victoria city government, warned them of a certain act that would not only result in their disqualification, but would also bring the entire competition into "disrepute."

What potential act could deserve such a warning? Attending an exhibit of the rejected design entries. 

On November 22nd,  Fitzroy-based architecture firm Edwards Moore organized the "Long-Listers" exhibit to build on the public excitement for the competition, using the momentum to generate more conversation and debate about the project. As architect and organiser Juliet Moore put it: "We wanted peer collaboration . . . too often these things are done behind closed doors. By the time the designs are revealed [a year later] the moment has passed."

More after the break...

Power Street / Steve Domoney Architecture

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© Derek Swalwell

Architects: Steve Domoney Location: Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia Architect In Charge: Steve Domoney Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Derek Swalwell

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© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

Sunken Courtyard / Gestalten

© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning

Architects: Gestalten Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Nils Koenning

© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning

The Atrium / D'Ambrosio Architecture & Urbanism

  • Architects: D'Ambrosio Architecture & Urbanism
  • Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Architects: D’Ambrosio Architecture & Urbanism
  • Structural Engineer: Stantec Consulting
  • Civil And Mechinal Engineer: Genivar Consultants Ltd
  • Landscape Architect: Murdoch DeGreeff Inc.
  • Client: Jawl Investment Corp.
  • Electrical Consultant: Applied Engineering Solutions Inc.
  • Acoustic Engineer: Wakefield Acoustics Ltd.
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Sama J.Canzian

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Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards Winners

Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The six winners of the Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards are presented here.  The competition demonstrated the architects’ abilities to express innovative structural techniques and surfaces in new construction and in renovations using Western Red Cedar.  Winners included Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Mark Cavagnero Associates, Chadbourne + Doss Architects, Albert de Pineda Álvarez and Manuel Brullet Tenas, Bureau B+B, and Alfred Waugh Architects.

More images and information after the break.