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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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Woods Bagot Creates Stacked Design for New Melbourne Business School

13:00 - 23 August, 2019
Woods Bagot Creates Stacked Design for New Melbourne Business School, Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot has created a design for a new Melbourne Business School in Australia. Made for one of the country's best business schools, the project will be adjacent to the current Melbourne Business School campus at 200 Leicester Street. Once completed, it will become the new address for the School as well as related activities in graduate business and economics education at the University of Melbourne. The proposal aims to build a new campus in the heart of Melbourne's emerging knowledge district.

FJMT's UTS Central Academic Hub Opens to the Public in Sydney

05:00 - 21 August, 2019
FJMT's UTS Central Academic Hub Opens to the Public in Sydney, UTS Central. Image Courtesy of Andy Roberts
UTS Central. Image Courtesy of Andy Roberts

The University of Technology Sydney has announced that the new UTS Central hub by FJMT has opened to the public in Australia. As the final building in the 10-year campus redevelopment program, the project was made to embody the university's strategy and approach to education while redefining the southern gateway to the city's CBD. UTS Central was designed to set a new standard for contemporary education in Sydney.

What Sydney Harbour Bridge Could Have Looked Like

13:00 - 15 August, 2019
What Sydney Harbour Bridge Could Have Looked Like, Courtesy of NeoMam Studios
Courtesy of NeoMam Studios

Insurance brand Budget Direct has released a series of commissioned images showcasing six alternative visions for Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge. Standing at 134 meters high, it‘s the largest steel arch bridge in the world. The design by Dorman Long was selected in a worldwide design competition back in 1924, but what if another entry had been chosen? The project brings to life different visions for the landmark structure and how they may have shaped The Emerald City.

REX, SOM and SHoP Among Finalists for $600m Tower in Brisbane

13:00 - 7 August, 2019
REX, SOM and SHoP Among Finalists for $600m Tower in Brisbane, 205 North Quay. Image Courtesy of Cbus Properties
205 North Quay. Image Courtesy of Cbus Properties

Developers Cbus and Nielson Properties have released a shortlist for the design of a $600 million office tower in Brisbane’s North Quay. Four local and international architectural teams have been selected to create proposals for the commercial tower that will accommodate 50,000 square meters of office space. The developers aim to establish an innovative workplace of the future that will represent the new world of work.

Four Finalists Selected for Cottesloe Beach Pavilion in Australia

05:00 - 16 July, 2019
Four Finalists Selected for Cottesloe Beach Pavilion in Australia, Cottesloe Beach Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers Architects with Ohlo Studio and Aspect Studios
Cottesloe Beach Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers Architects with Ohlo Studio and Aspect Studios

Four finalist teams have been shortlisted to design a new cultural hub along Perth’s Cottesloe Beach in Australia. Developed by the Minderoo Group, 11 Australian architecture firms were invited to submit ideas to reimagine the Cottesloe foreshore and the Indiana Tea House site. The designs aim to open and activate the waterfront and provide a destination for locals and visitors that brings people together.

Glenn Murcutt Unveils 2019 MPavilion Design

10:00 - 11 July, 2019
Glenn Murcutt Unveils 2019 MPavilion Design, © Two Feathers
© Two Feathers

Glenn Murcutt’s design for the MPavilion 2019 has been revealed. The scheme relays Murcutt’s longstanding interest in buildings that make efficient use of the researched site and climatic conditions that relate to the Australian landscape. The scheme will strike a white, refined, minimalist design, and will be a milestone summer attraction for Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens.

Sunland Reveals Futuristic Towers and $1 Billion Masterplan in Australia

05:00 - 8 July, 2019
Sunland Reveals Futuristic Towers and $1 Billion Masterplan in Australia, Courtesy of Sunland
Courtesy of Sunland

Developer Sunland has revealed plans for four residential towers in a $1.3 billion masterplan along Australia's Gold Coast. Sited in a former 42-hectare dairy farm, the project is designed to create a new urban village. Dubbed “The Lanes”, it would include the towers and new retail space, boulevard, and outdoor amphitheater. Conceived by ex-Zaha Hadid designer Contreras Earl, the towers are made to represent the geometry of plant life.

CX Landscape Creates a Biodiverse "Ribbon Bridge" in Canberra

07:40 - 28 June, 2019
CX Landscape Creates a Biodiverse "Ribbon Bridge" in Canberra, © CX Landscape
© CX Landscape

CX Landscape has released details of their proposal for the “Ribbons of Life,” a living bridge for Canberra, Australia. Submitted as part of the Remaking Lost Connections design competition organized by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), the scheme sought to create a water axis based on the existing road bridge above Lake Griffin in Canberra city center.

SOM and Architectus Complete Sydney Exoskeleton Tower

11:00 - 20 June, 2019
SOM and Architectus Complete Sydney Exoskeleton Tower, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Architectus, and Dexus Property Group have celebrated the completion and opening of 100 Mount Street, a 35-story mixed-use tower in North Sydney’s Central Business District. Inspired by the city’s rich architectural landscape, and shaped by SOM’s legacy of innovation in architecture and engineering, the scheme features a cross-braced exoskeleton structure surrounding a glass-enclosed interior.

Woods Bagot and Seidler Begin MLC Centre Redevelopment in Central Sydney

13:00 - 17 June, 2019
Woods Bagot and Seidler Begin MLC Centre Redevelopment in Central Sydney, Courtesy of Woods Bagot, Harry Seidler and Associates
Courtesy of Woods Bagot, Harry Seidler and Associates

Woods Bagot and Harry Seidler and Associates have begun construction on the MLC Centre redevelopment in central Sydney. The $170 million project includes four floors of retail, commercial and cultural spaces across 6,000 square meters. First unveiled in 2015, the project was designed to play on the geometry of the existing MLC tower and forecourt.

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