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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 Wins Competition for Sydney's First Luxury Hotel in 20 Years

09:00 - 7 March, 2019
Woods Bagot Wins Competition for Sydney's First Luxury Hotel in 20 Years, © Woods Bagot, by SYNTHETICA
© Woods Bagot, by SYNTHETICA

Woods Bagot has won an international competition for the design of Sydney’s first luxury hotel in 20 years. The hotel and office tower at 4-6 Bligh Street in central Sydney will be flanked by a mixture of commercial and hotel buildings, shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen to Transform Curtin University Library in Australia

13:00 - 5 March, 2019
Schmidt Hammer Lassen to Transform Curtin University Library in Australia, TL Robertson Library Renovation. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen
TL Robertson Library Renovation. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Danish design firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen is partnering with Australia-based Hames Sharley to transform the existing Curtin University Library in Australia. At the center of Western Australia’s largest university, the landmark library building will be transformed into an open, light-filled building to meet the needs of future users. The team aims to create a “living library” with new pathways for visual and physical connectivity throughout the building site.

Glenn Murcutt to Design Sixth Edition of Melbourne's MPavilion

05:00 - 18 February, 2019
Glenn Murcutt to Design Sixth Edition of Melbourne's MPavilion , © Anthony Brownell. ImageWalsh House / Glenn Murcutt
© Anthony Brownell. ImageWalsh House / Glenn Murcutt

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced that the sixth edition of the MPavilion will be designed by Australian architect and Pritzker laureate architect Glenn Murcutt AO. Murcutt's announcement comes as the 2018 edition of the MPavilion, designed by Spanish architect Carme Pinos, closed after a record-breaking season that saw more than 133,000 visitors. Murcutt will be the second Australian to design a pavilion for the Melbourne-based program; Sean Godsell designed the inaugural pavilion in 2014.

NAAU and Enlocus Set to Transform Australia's Jabiru Mining Town

13:00 - 22 January, 2019
NAAU and Enlocus Set to Transform Australia's Jabiru Mining Town, Jabiru Masterplan. Image Courtesy of NAAU and Enlocus
Jabiru Masterplan. Image Courtesy of NAAU and Enlocus

Australian practices NAAU and Enlocus have designed a plan to transform the mining town of Jabiru in Kakadu National Park into a tourism destination. The Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation will receive $446 million in funding to support the project, setting out a vision for the future of the town following the scheduled closure of the nearby Ranger uranium mine in 2021. The plan includes new accommodation, education and health services, and a World Heritage Interpretation Center.

Azusa Sekkei Designs Historic Courthouse Expansion for Nihon University

05:00 - 3 January, 2019
Azusa Sekkei Designs Historic Courthouse Expansion for Nihon University, Nihon University Newcastle Campus. Image Courtesy of Azusa Sekkei
Nihon University Newcastle Campus. Image Courtesy of Azusa Sekkei

Japanese practice Azusa Sekkei has been selected for the Newcastle Courthouse adaptive reuse in Australia. The project will become an international campus for the Tokyo-based Nihon University. The proposed facility will include the demolition of later modern additions to the courthouse that will be replaced by four story buildings. Designed with minimalist aesthetics, the project is made to follow the symmetry of the former courthouse while conserving the original structure for educational programs.

UTS to Build Australia’s First Indigenous Residential College

13:00 - 2 January, 2019
UTS to Build Australia’s First Indigenous Residential College, Courtesy of University of Technology Sydney
Courtesy of University of Technology Sydney

The University of Technology Sydney will open Australia's first Indigenous residential college to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into higher education. The $100 million facility will offer a comprehensive range of services to celebrate Indigenous identity and culture. Students from across Australia will be invited to apply and the cost of their accommodation and support services such as tutoring and mentorship will be covered by the university.

Skyscrapers of 2018: Soaring Beyond the Archetypal Crystal Tower

07:00 - 14 December, 2018
Skyscrapers of 2018: Soaring Beyond the Archetypal Crystal Tower, © Viktor Sukharukov
© Viktor Sukharukov

Either as singular outcroppings or as part of a bustling center, skyscrapers are neck-craning icons across major city centers in the world. A modern trope of extreme success and wealth, the skyscraper has become an architectural symbol for vibrant urban hubs and commercial powerhouses dominating cities like New York, Dubai, and Singapore.

The Tallest Timber Tower in Australia Opens in Brisbane

09:00 - 23 November, 2018
The Tallest Timber Tower in Australia Opens in Brisbane, © Tom Roe
© Tom Roe

Australia’s largest engineered timber commercial building has opened in Brisbane, designed by Bates Smart. At 10 stories, and 45 meters in height, the “25 King” open plan office complex is the tallest timber structure in Australia, and “establishes new frontiers in the design of commercial buildings.

3XN Unveils Sloping Design for Sydney Fish Market

05:00 - 6 November, 2018
3XN Unveils Sloping Design for Sydney Fish Market , Sydney Fish Market. Image Courtesy of 3XN
Sydney Fish Market. Image Courtesy of 3XN

Danish office 3XN has unveiled finalized designs for their Sydney Fish Market project after announcing their attachment to the project last June. The scheme, which is expected to begin construction in 2019, combines the traditional working market program with contemporary features and is intended to establish a strong public connection to the waterfront at Blackwattle Bay.

Olson Kundig's Hydro-Solar Generator Proposal Could Power 200 Melbourne Homes

09:00 - 12 October, 2018
Olson Kundig's Hydro-Solar Generator Proposal Could Power 200 Melbourne Homes, © Olson Kundig
© Olson Kundig

Seattle-based Olson Kundig has released details of their second-place winner from the 2018 Land Art Generator competition, set in Melbourne, Australia. The “Night & Day” scheme combines solar energy with a hydro battery, generating enough power for 200 Australian homes, 24 hours per day.

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