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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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Bosske Reimagines the Australian Dairy Farm with a Robotic Creamery

05:00 - 10 May, 2019
Bosske Reimagines the Australian Dairy Farm with a Robotic Creamery, The Creamery, Bannister Downs Dairy. Image © Peter Bennetts
The Creamery, Bannister Downs Dairy. Image © Peter Bennetts

Bosske Architecture has designed a new dairy farm facility with a robotic creamery in Northcliffe, Australia. Made for Bannister Downs Dairy, the project creates a ‘grass-to-gate’ facility for the family run, vertically integrated producer. The project was designed to showcase innovation in dairy production and ethical milking practices by opening its doors for public viewing and education.

Steven Holl and Carlo Ratti Among Final Teams for Sydney's Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta

05:00 - 9 May, 2019
Steven Holl and Carlo Ratti Among Final Teams for Sydney's Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta , MAAS Project. Image Courtesy of NSW Government
MAAS Project. Image Courtesy of NSW Government

Six design teams have been shortlisted in the competition for the landmark new Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta, Sydney. The Powerhouse Precinct is the largest cultural infrastructure project in Australia. The competition is focused on a 24-hour museum that will showcase Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) collection. The project aims to transform one of Australia’s oldest cultural institutions, setting an international benchmark in cultural precinct design.

Yhonnie Scarce and Edition Office Win 2019 NGV Architecture Commission

05:00 - 29 April, 2019
Yhonnie Scarce and Edition Office Win 2019 NGV Architecture Commission, In Absence. Image Courtesy of Yhonnie Scarce and Edition Office
In Absence. Image Courtesy of Yhonnie Scarce and Edition Office

Contemporary artist Yhonnie Scarce and Melbourne architecture studio Edition Office have been announced as the winners of the 2019 National Gallery of Victoria Architecture Commission. Occurring annually, the NGV Architecture Commission is an open national competition that invites architects to create a site-specific work of temporary architecture to activate the NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden. The winning scheme, In Absence, explores the histories of Indigenous construction, design and agriculture, as well as the villages and dwellings of Indigenous communities.

Woods Bagot Designs Sawtooth Technology Hub for Victoria University in Melbourne

12:00 - 26 April, 2019
Woods Bagot Designs Sawtooth Technology Hub for Victoria University in Melbourne, Sunshine Skills Hub. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Sunshine Skills Hub. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot has designed a new technology building and campus hub for Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Located in the suburb of Sunshine, the project was made for Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses to foster a transition from a manufacturing economy. Dubbed the Sunshine Skills Hub, the project provides space for education and training alongside the university's Construction Futures trade training center. The center will provide training in health technologies, advanced manufacturing and construction.

John Wardle Architects Designs New Curtin University School of Design in Australia

13:00 - 19 April, 2019
John Wardle Architects Designs New Curtin University School of Design in Australia, School of Design and the Built Environment. Image Courtesy of John Wardle Architects
School of Design and the Built Environment. Image Courtesy of John Wardle Architects

Melbourne-based John Wardle Architects has been selected to design Curtin University's new School of Design and the Built Environment in Bentley, Australia. The $110 million building will include five floors of open-plan work spaces for learning and teaching. The new School of Design will be the first piece of Curtain’s Exchange innovation precinct with 2,500 square meters of integrated spaces available for lease by commercial tenants.

The World's Most Liveable Cities in 2019

07:30 - 8 April, 2019
The World's Most Liveable Cities in 2019, Strandbar Herrmann. Vienna, Austria. Image © Christian Stemper, via Vienna Tourist Board
Strandbar Herrmann. Vienna, Austria. Image © Christian Stemper, via Vienna Tourist Board

For ten consecutive years, Vienna ranks first in the Mercer survey on cities with the best quality of life in the world. In this edition to the global ranking, eight Western European cities join the top ten, even when "trade tensions and populist undercurrents continue to dominate the global economic climate", as Mercer points out in its report.

John Wardle's Southbank Centre Conservatory Opens in Australia

05:00 - 1 April, 2019
John Wardle's Southbank Centre Conservatory Opens in Australia, Ian Potter Southbank Centre. Image Courtesy of John Wardle Architects
Ian Potter Southbank Centre. Image Courtesy of John Wardle Architects

John Wardle Architects' Ian Potter Southbank Centre for the University of Melbourne's Conservatorium of Music has opened to faculty and students. The $109 million project was designed as part of the larger Southbank campus transformation in Australia. Made to house more than 1,000 music students, the project includes a series of performance areas, studios and rehearsal spaces. The Southbank Centre also features one of the world's largest oculus windows.

Australia's New Housemuseum Galleries Open in Melbourne

13:00 - 25 March, 2019
Australia's New Housemuseum Galleries Open in Melbourne, Lyon Housemuseum Galleries. Image © Dianna Snape
Lyon Housemuseum Galleries. Image © Dianna Snape

Australian architect Corbett Lyon's expansion to the Lyon Housemuseum in Melbourne has opened. The new public galleries, located adjacent to the original museum, offer space for local and international events, as well as exhibitions and installations. After establishing the Lyon Housemuseum in 2009, Lyon and his wife have been been expanding their collection with a range of work from the likes of Patricia Piccinini, Howard Arkley and Brook Andrew.

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.

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