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Australian Architecture

Capital Canberra

Language English

Area 7,692,024 km2

Population 24,272,700

Australian architecture is rooted in contemporary western aesthetics combined with adaptations based on climatic concerns and unique cultural nature. Though strongly influenced by its British past, Australia architecture has come to embrace a multicultural identity when it comes to design. The architecture of Australia ranges based on proximity to the coast, historically using local materials to create semi-permanent beach homes by indigenous people. This background finds itself in how modern architects design with consideration to light, landscape, and ancestry. This list of projects, firms, and interviews examines the influence and character of contemporary Australian architecture.
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New Details Released of Estudio Carme Pinós' 2018 MPavilion in Melbourne

12:00 - 2 July, 2018
New Details Released of Estudio Carme Pinós' 2018 MPavilion in Melbourne, Courtesy of Estudio Carme Pinós
Courtesy of Estudio Carme Pinós

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has released images of the MPavilion 2018, designed by Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós, and situated in Melbourne, Australia. The fifth MPavilion in an ongoing series, the Estudio Carme Pinós design seeks to invite interaction at an intersection between people, design, nature, and the city.

Broadway Malyan to Design an Expansive "Health City" in Brisbane

18:00 - 27 June, 2018
Broadway Malyan to Design an Expansive "Health City" in Brisbane, Courtesy of Broadway Malyan
Courtesy of Broadway Malyan

For their first major project in Australia, international design firm Broadway Malyan has been selected by the developers behind Greater Springfield, the continent’s largest master-planned community, to design a new health-focused district around the site of Mater Private Hospital Springfield outside Brisbane. Already a healthcare hub containing the hospital, Aveo Springfield Retirement Village and a hotel, the proposed development would expand the so-called “health city” to include a hospital expansion, medical offices, residential and retail space, as well as facilities for wellness, education, research, hospitality, aged care, and start-up businesses.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot Win Star-Studded Competition for Adelaide Contemporary Art Museum

11:00 - 5 June, 2018
Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot Win Star-Studded Competition for Adelaide Contemporary Art Museum, © Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot
© Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot

Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot has won an international competition for the design of the Adelaide Contemporary art gallery in Australia. Offering a “dynamic people-friendly” space for Adelaide’s North Terrace, the scheme features a dramatic “Super Lobby,” sky galleries, and a suspended rooftop garden.

Rogers Stirk Harbour, HASSELL, and Weston Williamson Design Five Metro Stations for Melbourne

12:00 - 30 May, 2018
Rogers Stirk Harbour, HASSELL, and Weston Williamson Design Five Metro Stations for Melbourne, Anzac Station. Image Courtesy of Metro Tunnel, via HASSELL, RSHP, Weston Williamson
Anzac Station. Image Courtesy of Metro Tunnel, via HASSELL, RSHP, Weston Williamson

VA Australia’s Minister for Transport has unveiled designs for five new underground metro stations in the city of Melbourne, designed by a collaborative team comprising HASSELL, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Weston Williamson. Scheduled to open in 2025, the new stations will “combine functionality, space and natural light with the latest in public transport infrastructure design.”

Australian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Architecture's Relation to Endangered Plants

16:00 - 19 May, 2018
Australian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Architecture's Relation to Endangered Plants, © Linda Tegg
© Linda Tegg

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Australian Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words. 

Designs by Adjaye Associates, BIG, DS+R Released for Adelaide Contemporary Museum

18:10 - 11 May, 2018
Designs by Adjaye Associates, BIG, DS+R Released for Adelaide Contemporary Museum, © Adjaye Associates and BVN / Malcolm Reading Consultants
© Adjaye Associates and BVN / Malcolm Reading Consultants

Arts South Australia has unveiled 6 designs shortlisted in a competition for the Adelaide Contemporary, a new cultural destination in Australia's fifth-most populous city. The shortlist, which was announced in January, features a star-studded list of international practices, pairing some of Australia's most famous firms such as Woods Bagot, HASSELL, and Durbach Block Jaggers with international names such as Adjaye Associates, BIG, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, David Chipperfield Architects, and Ryue Nishizawa.

Austrian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Focus on the Importance of "Free Space" in Urban Spaces

06:00 - 9 May, 2018
Austrian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Focus on the Importance of "Free Space" in Urban Spaces, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Austrian Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

BIG, OMA, and MVRDV Among Shortlisted Firms for Melbourne Landmark Competition

12:00 - 27 April, 2018
BIG, OMA, and MVRDV Among Shortlisted Firms for Melbourne Landmark Competition, via Southbank by Beulah
via Southbank by Beulah

The shortlist for a new landmark project in Melbourne has been announced, comprising award-winning global architects such as Bjarke Ingels Group, MVRDV, and OMA. For the “Southbank by Beulah” mixed-use development, the shortlisted architects will engage in a design competition working in collaboration with local Australian firms, each producing a design proposal for Melbourne’s BMW Southbank site.

Ken Shuttleworth Talks with CTBUH About Make's Growing Office in Sydney

16:30 - 12 April, 2018
Ken Shuttleworth Talks with CTBUH About Make's Growing Office in Sydney

Ken Shuttleworth is a founding partner at Make, where he currently oversees several high-profile tall building schemes around the world. He is President of the British Council of Offices and in 2013 set up the Future Spaces Foundation to advance research and debate about sustainable cities. 

Woods Bagot Masterplan "The Next Generation of Mixed-Use Development" in Perth

16:00 - 8 April, 2018
Woods Bagot Masterplan "The Next Generation of Mixed-Use Development" in Perth, © Tom Nattrass
© Tom Nattrass

International design studio Woods Bagot has generated a masterplan for what they are calling, “the next generation of mixed-use developments for Perth.” The 17,469-square-meter island development, named Applecross Central, boasts three sides of storefront in the heart of the Canning Bridge Precinct, overlooking the Swan and Canning Rivers.

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