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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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Carme Pinós Will Be the First Spanish Architect to Design Australia's MPavilion

09:00 - 12 February, 2018
Carme Pinós Will Be the First Spanish Architect to Design Australia's MPavilion, Carme Pinós. Image © Livio Matticchio
Carme Pinós. Image © Livio Matticchio

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced that the fifth edition of the MPavilion will be designed by the Spanish architect Carme Pinós. The MPavilion 2018 will be the first public work commissioned to a Spanish architect in Australia and will be the successor of the pavilion designed by OMA / Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten in 2017. The 2017 pavilion received more than 117,000 visitors and hosted 477 free events over 133 days.

6 Star-Studded Teams Shortlisted in Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition

14:30 - 23 January, 2018
6 Star-Studded Teams Shortlisted in Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition, An aerial view of downtown Adelaide. The University of Adelaide can be seen on the left side of the photo. © Wikimedia user Normangerman at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
An aerial view of downtown Adelaide. The University of Adelaide can be seen on the left side of the photo. © Wikimedia user Normangerman at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Update 1/23/18: The jury for the competition has been announced as the architects arrive on site for walkthroughs.

Melbournites Protest Plans for Apple's First Southern Hemisphere Flagship Store Over Secrecy of Approval Process

16:00 - 4 January, 2018
Melbournites Protest Plans for Apple's First Southern Hemisphere Flagship Store Over Secrecy of Approval Process , Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

Plans announced last month for Apple’s first global flagship store in the southern hemisphere have prompted outrage among Melbournites, who are criticizing the complete lack of public input in the project’s approval process.

Apple Reveals Plans for Foster + Partners-Designed Global Flagship Store in Melbourne

11:40 - 20 December, 2017
Apple Reveals Plans for Foster + Partners-Designed Global Flagship Store in Melbourne, "Apple Federation Square complements the original vision for the precinct, increases public space and provides a daily program of activity to inspire and educate the community," says Apple. Image Courtesy of Apple
"Apple Federation Square complements the original vision for the precinct, increases public space and provides a daily program of activity to inspire and educate the community," says Apple. Image Courtesy of Apple

Apple has unveiled plans for their latest global flagship town square retail concept, to be located in Melbourne’s Federation Square. A product of a partnership between Apple, Federation Square and the Victorian Government, the store is envisioned as a shared resource that will increase the amount of public space in the square and will offer daily programs to “inspire and educate the community.”

Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten Discuss 2017 MPavilion, Reveal Temporary Installation 'Swings'

16:40 - 11 December, 2017
Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten Discuss 2017 MPavilion, Reveal Temporary Installation 'Swings', 'Swings' by OMA. Image © OMA
'Swings' by OMA. Image © OMA

Two months after the opening of the 2017 MPavilion in Melbourne, its designers, OMA’s Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten, have returned to discuss the commission and design process, as well as their reactions to its use thus far.

Australia's Sunshine Coast Plans for New $900 Million Mixed-Use Development

14:00 - 25 November, 2017
Australia's Sunshine Coast Plans for New $900 Million Mixed-Use Development, Courtesy of Sekisui House
Courtesy of Sekisui House

The Sunshine Coast of Australia’s Yaroomba Beach is about to get a $900 million upgrade. The integrated, mixed-use development will be the first 5-star resort developed on the Sunshine Coast in 30 years. HASSELL has been awarded the work as master planners, architects, and landscape architects for the massive project, focusing on sustainable and ecological goals to ‘touch the ground lightly.'

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Adelaide Creative Community Hub Competition

16:00 - 15 October, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Adelaide Creative Community Hub Competition, Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders announced the winners of the Adelaide Creative Community Hub competition, challenging designers to propose an innovative, vibrant public space for the city of Adelaide, Australia. Participants were required to design either a temporary pavilion or fixed landmark within the frequented public park. Competition submissions seemed to focus on one of three things: a flexible open program, half building/half landscape, or a temporary pavilion. Judges looked for a clear concept. Winning projects have the potential to do more than merely bring people together; they go a step further sparking innovation in creative communities.

Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Cultivate Thousands of Temperate Grassland Species

16:00 - 2 September, 2017
Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Cultivate Thousands of Temperate Grassland Species, Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright. Image © Sharyn Cairns
Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright. Image © Sharyn Cairns

Following an open competition, the Australian Institute of Architects have announced "repair" as the theme of the Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Baracco+Wright Architects, collaborating with artist Linda Tegg, will oversee the cultivation of "thousands of temperate grassland species" within the pavilion, alongside "large-scale architectural projections." According to the AIA, "visitors will enter a physical dialogue between architecture and endangered plant community, reminding us what is at stake when we occupy land."

HASSELL's Sweeping Entertainment Development to Become New Gateway to Sydney CBD

16:00 - 2 August, 2017
HASSELL's Sweeping Entertainment Development to Become New Gateway to Sydney CBD, © Bloom Images. Courtesy of HASSELL
© Bloom Images. Courtesy of HASSELL

HASSELL has unveiled the design of a striking new building to be located along Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Known as The Ribbon, the $700 million mixed-use development will rise between two elevated highways, connecting visitors between the city and the waterfront and becoming the new gateway to the western end of Sydney’s central business district.

Sydney’s Brutalist Sirius Building Saved from Demolition after Court Ruling

16:30 - 25 July, 2017
Sydney’s Brutalist Sirius Building Saved from Demolition after Court Ruling, © <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreas/2951113717'>Flickr user andreas</a>. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
© Flickr user andreas. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

In a major victory for preservationists, one of Sydney’s few examples of brutalist architecture, the Sirius Apartment Building, has been saved from the wrecking ball after court ruled against the government’s attempt to deny it a place on the State Heritage Register.

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