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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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Bates Smart Plans to Suspend a New Sydney Stadium Above the City's Central Station

16:00 - 12 September, 2018
Bates Smart Plans to Suspend a New Sydney Stadium Above the City's Central Station, Sydney Football Stadium. Image Courtesy of Bates Smart
Sydney Football Stadium. Image Courtesy of Bates Smart

Australian architecture practice Bates Smart has revealed a plan to suspend a new Sydney stadium above central station. The design is a response to the New South Wales State Government and their proposal to demolish the main Sydney Football Stadium in the city's south-eastern suburbs and replace it with a new stadium. The new project would be a 45,000-seat stadium over the rail yards of Sydney’s Central Station that address the broad public opposition to the government's plan.

Grimshaw Creates Tiny House Prototype to Address Australia's Housing Crisis

16:00 - 6 September, 2018
Grimshaw Creates Tiny House Prototype to Address Australia's Housing Crisis, The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects
The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects have created a prefabricated tiny house to address Australia's housing crisis. Made to raise money for the not-for-profit organization Kids Under Cover and support homeless youth, The Peak project provides an affordable option for young people priced out of the housing market in Australia's cities. Designed to go completely off grid or integrate with city infrastructure mains, the project was formed around IKEA furniture within a double-height volume. All profits from The Peak support Kids Under Cover in Melbourne and the state of Victoria.

The 25 Largest Sports Stadiums in the World

06:00 - 4 September, 2018
The 25 Largest Sports Stadiums in the World, 1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea. Image via Viktoria Gaman / Shutterstock.com
1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea. Image via Viktoria Gaman / Shutterstock.com

In 776 BC, the Olympic Games of antiquity were hosted at the Olympia stadium in Peloponnese, Greece, an arena widely believed to be the world’s oldest stadium. The elongated U-shaped track and stand had a capacity of up to 45,000 people.

$700m One Sydney Park Development Submitted to the City of Sydney for Approval

16:00 - 31 August, 2018
$700m One Sydney Park Development Submitted to the City of Sydney for Approval, One Sydney Park. Image Courtesy of MHN Design Union, Silvester Fuller and SBD
One Sydney Park. Image Courtesy of MHN Design Union, Silvester Fuller and SBD

Plans for One Sydney Park, a $700 million mixed-use development, have been submitted to the City of Sydney for approval. Located on a 44-hectare site in Alexandria, the project is designed by MHN Design Union, Make Architects, Silvester Fuller and Sue Barnsley Design. Planned to be built with close to 400 apartments, the mixed-use complex would include commercial and cultural programs.

UNStudio Named Winner of Landmark Melbourne Skyscraper Competition

04:00 - 15 August, 2018
UNStudio Named Winner of Landmark Melbourne Skyscraper Competition , Green Spine / UNStudio + Cox Architecture . Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture
Green Spine / UNStudio + Cox Architecture . Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture

UNStudio and Cox Architecture have officially been announced as the winners of Melbourne’s landmark Southbank Precinct overhaul. Selected from a range of high-profile offices, including BIG, OMA, and MAD, UNStudio's vision for the $2 billion project includes a pair of twisted towers called Green Spine. As the largest single-phase project in the history of Victoria, Australia, the Green Spine is designed as a state-of-the-art, mixed-use environment centered around innovation in architecture and design.

Repair: Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018

14:00 - 4 August, 2018
Repair: Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Australian Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Australian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Architecture's Relation to Endangered Plants."

OMA, BIG, and UNStudio Among Prominent Firms to Reveal Visions for Landmark Melbourne Southbank

12:30 - 27 July, 2018
OMA, BIG, and UNStudio Among Prominent Firms to Reveal Visions for Landmark Melbourne Southbank, The Lanescraper. Image Courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group / Fender Katsalidis Architects
The Lanescraper. Image Courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group / Fender Katsalidis Architects

A prominent shortlist including BIG, OMA, and UNStudio have revealed their visions for Melbourne’s landmark Southbank Precinct overhaul. The $2 billion project will be the largest single-phase project in the history of Victoria, Australia, intended as “a state-of-the-art, mixed-use environment” to be “centered around innovation in architecture and design.”

Foster + Partners Revises Design for Apple’s Melbourne Store Following "Pizza Hut Pagoda" Backlash

14:00 - 24 July, 2018
Foster + Partners Revises Design for Apple’s Melbourne Store Following "Pizza Hut Pagoda" Backlash, The redesigned Apple Fed Square store. Image via ArchitectureAU
The redesigned Apple Fed Square store. Image via ArchitectureAU

New images have emerged of the revised Foster + Partners-designed Apple Global Flagship Store at Federation Square in Melbourne after the original proposal attracted criticism and comparisons to a “Pizza Hut Pagoda.”

Best International Projects of 2018 Awarded by Australian Institute of Architects

12:00 - 20 July, 2018
Best International Projects of 2018 Awarded by Australian Institute of Architects, Kampung Admiralty, Singapore / WOHA . Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall via Australian Institute of Architects
Kampung Admiralty, Singapore / WOHA . Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall via Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of their 2018 International Chapter Awards. Recognizing projects from beyond Australia, but designed by members of the Australian Institute of Architects, the jury has honored six projects from a shortlist of 17.

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.

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