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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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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.

Sydney Opera House Becomes Carbon Neutral

14:00 - 24 September, 2018
Sydney Opera House Becomes Carbon Neutral, Courtesy of Sydney Opera House
Courtesy of Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is celebrating a significant environmental milestone, having become carbon neutral five years ahead of schedule. For reducing its carbon dioxide emissions through efficiencies in waste and energy management, the Opera House was awarded certification from the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).

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.

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