Architects and Specifiers
Browse the latest architect and specifier news, trends, standards and information in the Australian Architect and Specifier industry from architects, specifiers, professionals, media and associations on Top4 News.
Curated by Top4
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Winners revealed: AIA Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards

Winners revealed: AIA Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Ormuz Specialist Eye Clinic and the Noosa Coastal Bus Shelter were among the ten projects honoured at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards announced recently.

 

 

Designed by Loucas Zahos Architects, the Ormuz Specialist Eye Clinic in Caloundra was the big winner on the night, bagging the Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the Year in addition to a Regional Commendation.

 

The Regional Project of the Year award was won by Majstorovic Architecture for the Noosa Coastal Bus Shelter in Noosa Heads. The prize is awarded to a local architect for an exceptional project.

 

Queensland 2016 Awards Jury Director Michael Lavery (m3architecture) noted that ‘entries on the Sunshine Coast this year have retained the very high standard we have come to expect from this region. These projects show high levels of climatic and cultural sensitivities specific to their location. Projects do reference the style the region is known for, however we are also seeing new ideas and new forms that add to discussions about what makes an architecture that belongs to the Sunshine Coast’.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Hotel set to be Hobart’s tallest building approved after height cut

Hotel set to be Hobart’s tallest building approved after height cut | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Tasmania’s Hobart City Council has approved a $40 million hotel development, which was to have been Hobart’s tallest building.

 

The initial proposal would have seen the building reach the same height as the Wrest Point Hotel Casino – designed by Roy Grounds in 1973 and currently slated for a $70 million refurbishment – but the council deferred the proposal over concern the building might negatively impact the streetscape and townscape values of the surrounding area.

 

At a 21 April meeting the council recommended the hotel’s parking space be relocated underground to reduce the height of the structure to better match the adjacent heritage buildings. The original height of the tallest tower was 73 metres.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Wesley Church redevelopment approved

Wesley Church redevelopment approved | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Victorian government has approved the $500 million redevelopment of the Wesley Place site at 130 Lonsdale Street, home to Melbourne’s historic Wesley Church.

 

Investment and fund manager Charter Hall recently acquired the rights for the Wesley Place development from Leighton Properties, who submitted the Planning Permit Application in January 2015.

 

Under the redevelopment plans, the Princess Mary Club, a heritage building that until about 1970 was used to provide accommodation in the city for young women who would otherwise be unable to receive tertiary education, will be demolished to make way for a new office tower.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

New study reveals state of the architectural profession in South Australia

New study reveals state of the architectural profession in South Australia | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Findings from a new research study conducted by the Association of Consulting Architects – SA reveal a comprehensive picture of the architectural profession in South Australia.

 

Led by John Held and Sue Phillips of ACA – SA, the study was funded through a grant from the Architectural Practice Board of SA (APBSA) with the project providing three reports including the findings of a comprehensive survey of architectural practices in the state as well as the demographic analysis of the last three Censuses and the ABPSA's own data.

 

Together, the three reports provide an insightful view about architectural practices in South Australia, and form a comprehensive base for developing strategy, policy and action.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Liminal Architecture and WOHA's new UTAS cultural hub approved

Liminal Architecture and WOHA's new UTAS cultural hub approved | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Hobart City Council has unanimously approved the University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) new cultural and performing arts hub designed by Liminal Architecture in partnership with WOHA and Arup Acoustics and Theatre.

 

The $90 million project, known as the Creative Industries and Performing Arts Development, will be located on the corner of Collins and Campbell Streets in the Hobart CBD. The project is billed as a world-class performing arts centre with new facilities including a studio theatre, a recital hall and education spaces.

 

The site is adjacent to the historic Theatre Royal, which will be upgraded as part of the development. The proposed new building will be linked to the theatre via a glass walkway. The site also encompasses the heritage-listed former Hedberg Bros. Garage building, a rare surviving example of an early commercial garage in Hobart. The building has been partially demolished and the remaining parts will be integrated into the new development.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Saving Sirius: in defence of brutalist architecture

Saving Sirius: in defence of brutalist architecture | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

To keep or not to keep? That is the perennial and inevitably vexed question of heritage.

 

Right now, the for-and-against arguments are focused on a pile of concrete boxes in Sydney’s The Rocks.

 

Late last week Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, added her assenting voice to those of the NSW branches of the National Trust and the Heritage Council to conserve the circa-1980 Sirius public housing apartment building on Cumberland Street.

 

The 79-unit structure designed by Tao Gofers is “rare” according to the Heritage Council. Clover Moore says it contributes to multiple social bottom lines, citing “building diversity and design excellence” amongst its worthy attributes.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

The enduring myth of the 'Australian' architect

The enduring myth of the 'Australian' architect | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The lazy clichés used to characterize Australian architecture muddy attempts to explain what it is architects do, finds Sandra Kaji O’Grady.

 

On learning of my recent visit to Stonehenge, English acquaintances invariably quipped, “Smaller than you expected?” British humour has a reputation for being rooted in the comfort of inevitable disappointment. Australian friends, however, were more interested in Denton Corker Marshall’s (DCM’s) Stonehenge Visitor’s Centre, asking “Is it any good?”

 

January is probably not the best time to see either the ancient monument or the new building. How humans could have survived English winters without central heating is as mysterious as the origin of the stones themselves. English Heritage, though, has attempted an answer to the mystery with four little round huts based on archaeological finds, into which it has installed a shivering teenage docent. The huts are intriguing, but seen through eyes half-closed against the incessant drizzle in the wan light of winter, I’m in no position to venture a belated critique of the building. I am, though, interested in the response to it by critics and what it suggests of the tensions within globalised architectural markets.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Glenn Murcutt to lead jury for architecture's Pritzker Prize

Glenn Murcutt to lead jury for architecture's Pritzker Prize | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Australian architect Glenn Murcutt is the new jury chairman for the Pritzker Prize, architecture's top global award.

 

Mr Murcutt, Australia's only winner of the award regarded as architecture's Nobel prize, will take over from Lord Peter Palumbo, who has stepped down after 11 years in the role.

 

Tom Pritzker, president of the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the annual award, made the announcement on Monday night, New York time, at the ceremony awarding the 2016 prize to Alejandro Aravena, a Chilean architect who specialises in social housing.

 

"Lord Palumbo is stepping down as chairman of the jury and Glenn Murcutt will become the chair," a spokesman for the Chicago-based foundation said.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Celebrating WA’s finest architecture

Celebrating WA’s finest architecture | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

A record number of projects are in contention for WA’s highest architecture honours, with the residential and interior architecture categories the most hotly contested.

 

The entries for this year’s Australian Institute of Architects WA Architecture Awards also reflect the changing face of Perth, with major public architecture projects represented including the Cathedral Square precinct, Perth Airport’s T1 terminal and City Beach’s new surf club building and commercial development.

 

“2016 has seen the completion of a number of important projects stretching from Perth Airport to City Beach, with a number of big projects in the city,” Australian Institute of Architects WA president Philip Griffiths said.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

$100,000+ raised in charity auction of architect-designed cubby houses

$100,000+ raised in charity auction of architect-designed cubby houses | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The five cubby houses shortlisted for the 2016 Cubby House Challenge raised more than $100,000 for youth homelessness prevention charity, Kids Under Cover following a public auction.

 

Designed and constructed by leading building and architectural firms for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, the five cubby houses included Pl-yground by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design and Hartman Homes; Duplay by Archsign, James Hardie, CasProperty and Gratton; Cubey House by Arkhefield and Grocon; Fun House by Fairhaven Homes; and The Relic by Porter Davis Homes.

 

The Best Architectural Design award was won by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design and Hartman Homes for the Pl-yground cubby house, which featured a ball pit, lavender-scented walls and blackboard walls with the highlight being a ladder and fireman’s pole connecting the cubby’s levels.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

80 finalists announced for 2016 Dulux Colour Awards

80 finalists announced for 2016 Dulux Colour Awards | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

 

Schools, libraries, hospitals, private homes, restaurants, cinemas and art galleries are among the 80 finalists announced for the 2016 Dulux Colour Awards. The 30th edition of the Dulux Colour Awards received a record-breaking 256 entries from across Australia and New Zealand.

 

The Dulux Colour Awards recognises and rewards the best application of colour to transform a space, with awards given across nine categories:

Top4's insight:

This nine categories are:

 

  • Commercial Interior - Public Space & Hospitality (15 finalists) and Office Fitout & Retail (10 finalists)
  • Commercial Exterior (9 finalists)
  • Single Residential Interior (15 finalists)
  • Single Residential Exterior (9 finalists)
  • Multi Residential Interior (4 finalists)
  • Multi Residential Exterior (5 finalists)
  • Installation and Events (4 finalists)
  • International (6 finalists)
  • Student (3 finalists)
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Kengo Kuma’s timber hive brings sting to Darling Harbour transformation

Kengo Kuma’s timber hive brings sting to Darling Harbour transformation | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Kengo Kuma’s first Australian project is set to become one of the major pieces of the $3.4 billion transformation of Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

 

The Japanese architect announced his entry to Australia at a Lendlease launch party 14 March, where his design for a piece of the developer’s Darling Square precinct was revealed.

 

Kuma will contribute a six storey mixed-use building to the Darling Square urban renewal project which will see a new city neighbourhood injected into a harbourside site made vacant by the demolition of the Sydney Entertainment Centre carpark.

Darling Square is expected to become home to around 4,200 residents including circa 1,000 students and will also see residential building contributions from Denton Corker Marshall and Tzannes Associates and a retail podium by Archer Office.

 

Kuma’s project, The Darling Exchange, has been called the heart of the Square and will be the bookend to the precinct’s 2,700sqm public space which has been masterplanned by Aspect Studios.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Architecture and neuroplasticity collide

Architecture and neuroplasticity collide | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

An exhibition and a pavilion opened last week in the SLQ Gallery at the State Library of Queensland as part the 2016 Asia Pacific Architecture Forum: Sulcus Loci and Over the Boundary.

 

The Sulcus Loci installation is an interactive architectural pavilion that invites visitors to experience the interconnection between neuroplasticity and the human environment.

 

The installation houses an experiential artwork developed by artist Svenja Kratz and composer Dr Eve Klein of the University of Queensland’s (UQ) School of Music. Working in partnership with Queensland Brain Institute’s (QBI) Luke Hammond, Kratz was commissioned by the UQ Art Museum to interpret QBI’s extensive collection of brain scans for the exhibition. Using these scans, Dr Kratz developed a conceptual brief for masters students in architecture, multimedia design and interaction design, challenging them to collaboratively create an immersive exhibition environment.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre to be redeveloped, design tender forthcoming

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre to be redeveloped, design tender forthcoming | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Victorian government has announced the redevelopment of Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade Visitor Centre.

 

The proposed $58.2 million facility will replace the existing visitor centre designed by Daryl Jackson and built in 1988.

 

A spokesperson for Phillip Island National Parks told ArchitectureAU, “We are currently in the process of writing the tender documents for the architectural services for the project. It is anticipated this will take about two months.

 

Once these are completed we will go to open tender. We are anticipating an architect should be appointed by mid-September 2016.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

AJC’s Darling Square student accommodation approved

AJC’s Darling Square student accommodation approved | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has approved a proposed student accommodation building in Darling Square as part of the renewal of Darling Harbour.

 

Designed by Allen Jack and Cottier Architects, the Urbanest student accommodation building will provide a fully catered accommodation facility for up to 668 students in 520 rooms.

 

The plans include a 22-storey building with large communal spaces, a central courtyard and bicycle parking, which will be built next to an already approved 20-storey Urbanest building.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Award recognition key to attracting young talent to health architecture

Award recognition key to attracting young talent to health architecture | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Australian World Architecture Festival judge Ronald Hicks of HDR Rice Daubney encourages young architects to consider a career in health architecture.

 

Hicks, Principal of Health at HDR Rice Daubney, has been appointed a judge at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards for the second year in a row.

 

Observing that it was great to see Australia recognised as a contender on the international architecture scene, Hicks said it was particularly good to see complex healthcare projects awarded for their architectural merit. Being a growing sector in Australia, health architecture struggles to find new talent; this recognition through awards is, therefore, key to attracting young talent into this sector.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Fearon Hay's first Melbourne project unveiled

Fearon Hay's first Melbourne project unveiled | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

New Zealand-based architecture practice Fearon Hay Architects has unveiled designs of its first project in Melbourne, a residential development located in the bayside suburb of Brighton.

 

The proposed development, named Lindsay Brighton, will occupy a large site with a 50-metre-long street frontage. The three-storey building will accommodate 11 apartments, of which two will be penthouses. Landscape designers Eckersley Garden Architecture have been appointed to landscape the private gardens.

 

The site formerly belonged to Brighton’s Trinity Uniting Church and included a car park, a tennis court and “a community garden popular with local apartment dwellers,” Reverend Ian Cayzer told Bayside Leader in 2013 following the sale of the land.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer to design Walsh Bay Arts Precinct

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer to design Walsh Bay Arts Precinct | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The NSW government has appointed Tonkin Zulaikha Greer to design the $139 million redevelopment of Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

 

A concept design, prepared by Bates Smart and Aspect Studios, was approved in May 2015.

 

TZG was appointed through a selected tender process and will coordinate design across the precinct.

 

The redevelopment centres around two piers in Walsh Bay. Pier 4/5 will be redeveloped with upgraded spaces for the Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Theatre for Young People and Bangarra Dance Company. Pier 2/3, the last undeveloped pier in Walsh Bay, will be transformed into a new 450-seat auditorium for the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Australian pools set to make a splash at Venice Architecture Biennale

Australian pools set to make a splash at Venice Architecture Biennale | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

In the sunburnt country, water is both elemental and sacramental. Learning to swim is the baptism every Australian child undergoes. In our national psyche the pool occupies the status of a sacred site. Alongside the beach, public pools are sanctuaries of seduction and voyeurism, showing off and sunbaking, bombies and belly flops, reading and relaxation, weightless pleasure and, if pressed, exercise. They're a place of champions and narcissistic layabouts. Pools are the great levellers. No wonder then that pools are also places for action and protest, as we seek to defend the high altar of this democratic space.


In 1965, a battle took place outside the Moree Artesian Baths in NSW that deserves to be as storied as anything in the US civil rights movement. When Charles Perkins and the Freedom Riders heard that a bylaw prohibited Aboriginal kids entering the public pool outside school hours he brought 10 children from the local mission to the pool gates to test the authorities. "Sorry, 'darkies' not allowed in," was the response. Perkins and his supporters blocked the front gate, and three hours of hostilities ensued, reportedly ending when the Moree Council rescinded the 1955 bylaw. The kids got to swim in the Olympic pool – with a champion of Aboriginal rights.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Jennifer Cunich appointed chief of Australian Institute for Architecture

Jennifer Cunich appointed chief of Australian Institute for Architecture | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Australian Institute for Architecture has announced the appointment of its new chief executive officer, Jennifer Cunich.

 

Having held various key roles at the Property Council of Australia, Cunich is known for her work across planning and infrastructure, advocacy and government regulation. While the appointment of someone from outside the architectural community has surprised many, others have pointed to Cunich's record in bringing architecture and design into the wider cultural and policy discourse.

 

In a statement this week, she framed the role as "an opportunity to place the inspirational designs of our architects at the centre of a national conversation about innovation, creativity and problem-solving".

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Zaha Hadid Leaves Indelible Architectural Legacy

Zaha Hadid Leaves Indelible Architectural Legacy | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Zaha Hadid’s singular talent brought her acclaim and influence well beyond the confines of the international architecture profession.

 

Zaha Hadid was esteemed as one of the most innovative and renowned architects of the modern era, acquiring the sobriquet of the “Queen of the Curve” for the bold arabesques that came to define her iconic, paradigm-changing designs.

 

The Iraqi-British architect was born on 31 October 1950 in Baghdad to one of the country’s leading families. Both of Hadid’s parents had their roots in Mosul – her father was a successful industrialist and politician hailing while her mother was an artist.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Will China’s Architecture Edict Harm Australian Architects?

Will China’s Architecture Edict Harm Australian Architects? | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

China is taking steps to make "bizarre" architecture a thing of the past throughout the country. How will this affect Australian architects working there?

 

More recently, the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council released a guideline for urban planning and architecture on February 21. According to China Daily, the document forbids “bizarre architecture that is not economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing or environmentally friendly.”

 

A subjective description, to be sure, that could include the Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as The Water Cube. Designed by Sydney-based PTW for the 2008 Olympics, the Water Cube continues to garner accolades. The project has recently been selected as an IAKS All-Time Award Winner by the International Association for Sport and Leisure Facilities.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Five ways architects are using plywood in Australia

Five ways architects are using plywood in Australia | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Plywood can be anything - a structural architectural tool or a visually attractive functional work of art. At MAXI Plywood we showcase a visually exciting and premier quality unique range of architectural plywood for the Australian market.

 

The Australian architectural community is embracing architectural plywood’s popular avant-garde diversity of character, grain, colour and quirky visual richness in five key areas of architectural design.

Top4's insight:

These 5 key areas are:

 

•  Interior structural design

•  Exterior structural design

•  Furniture

•  Decorative fittings

•  Ecological resource

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Built environment professionals invited to join OGVA Victorian Design Review Panel

Built environment professionals invited to join OGVA Victorian Design Review Panel | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Office of the Victorian Government Architect is encouraging suitable built environment professionals to join the Victorian Design Review Panel.

 

It is seeking nominations from those interested in supporting improved design outcomes for significant projects in Victoria. According to the OVGA the ideal candidate should be:

 

  • passionate about delivering high quality places and wonderful buildings for people, and well used and loved public spaces;
  • an expert at reviewing complex projects, seeing their potential, and identifying issues to resolve;
  • as well as a strong and confident communicator, able to influence clients and design teams in a constructive and positive way.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Fresh look for Cronulla Sharks' home ground development

Fresh look for Cronulla Sharks' home ground development | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Developer Bluestone Capital Ventures has revealed fresh images of the Cronulla Sharks rugby league team’s home ground redevelopment project in Woolooware, after architecture practice HDR Rice Daubney became involved in the project and made some modifications to the designs.

 

Architecture practices Scott Carver Architects and Turner + Associates were involved during the earlier stages of the project.

 

An initial proposal for the Woolooware Bay project was approved in April 2012 after the development of the site had been discussed for a number of years. When it was approved, the project was estimated to be worth around $200 million.

 

more...
No comment yet.