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Queensland’s design and architecture uncovered

Queensland’s design and architecture uncovered | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, currently being held in Brisbane, heads into its second week with two exhibitions that unearth some of Queensland’s design and architectural gems.

 

Vokes and Peters’ Detail and Manner exhibition at Artisan, opened by architect Alice Hampson on Friday 4 March, features the furniture and objects designed by the Brisbane practice, often seen in their architectural projects. Both new and existing designs can be seen in the exhibition, including the Personal Library (2006) and Bedside Library (2010).

 

The exhibition explores the reciprocal relationships between architecture and design, and the ways in which the practice’s work ranges across scales from minute to the macro.

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How architecture has inspired the Game of Throne set

How architecture has inspired the Game of Throne set | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it


Behind every great masterpiece lies a hidden influence and the Game of Thrones production design is no exception.

 

The hit series’ art director and production designer, Australian Deborah Riley, has revealed the inspiration behind the design of some of the show’s best scenes, homes, battles and buildings.

 

Riley, who joined the cast for the production of season four, has spent most of her career working on films, including The Matrix, Anna and the King and Moulin Rouge.

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Brisbane exhibition showcases 18 architectural designs expected to shape Brisbane and 9 sister cities

Brisbane exhibition showcases 18 architectural designs expected to shape Brisbane and 9 sister cities | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Living in the city: New architecture in Brisbane & the Asia-Pacific is the title of a new exhibition, which opened recently at the Museum of Brisbane.The exhibition is running in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Architecture Forum and will showcase 18 grand designs that are expected to shape Brisbane and its nine sister cities in the future including Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Auckland (New Zealand), Chongqing and Shenzhen (China), Daejeon (South Korea), Hyderabad (India), Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Kobe (Japan) and Semarang (Indonesia).


The Asia-Pacific Architecture Forum aims to explore through a series of exhibitions, installations, symposia, lectures and workshops, the different ways emerging world cities are responding to opportunities and challenges.


The Museum of Brisbane exhibition will display detailed architectural models of each project, capture the stories behind each exhibit and provide a snapshot of the respective cities, allowing visitors to gain insight into the similarities and differences of city living across the Asia-Pacific region. The showcased projects have been designed by both Australian and international architecture practices including Woods Bagot, which is exhibiting their Chongqing IFC Tower in China.

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Brutalist architecture of Sydney: The buildings many love to hate

Brutalist architecture of Sydney: The buildings many love to hate | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Brutalist buildings — you either love them or hate them, though the number of people that fall in the former category is increasing, according to an architecture writer.


The concrete structures that often resemble stacked cement toy boxes built with raw textures are divisive and date back to the post-war period.


"You often think of it being a relic of the communist era," UK author Christopher Beanland said.


"They were often buildings designed for the people, so you have social housing like the Sirius building or universities."


The future of the Sirius building in The Rocks has been in doubt following the eviction of most of its public housing residents.


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This ultra-thin Melbourne skyscraper is part of an amazing global architecture trend

This ultra-thin Melbourne skyscraper is part of an amazing global architecture trend | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Melbourne will soon be home to one of the world’s thinnest skyscrapers.


Residential tower Collins House is part of a new design ethic dubbed “pencil towers” or “skinnyscrapers”, and is 183-metres tall but just 11.8-metres wide.


The $200 million luxury complex, which is under construction, is designed by Australian architecture firm Bates Smart and is due to be completed in 2018.


It will feature 267 one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as sub penthouses and penthouses spanning across 55 storeys.


“It’s the slimmest by far — there isn’t anything similar in Australia,” says Bates Smart design director of the project Kristen Whittle.

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Brisbane’s buildings of the future

Brisbane’s buildings of the future | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

STEP into the future of grand design with a visit to Museum of Brisbanes new exhibition.


The Living in the city: New architecture from Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific exhibition, opening this Friday, is a portal into the architecture shaping Brisbane and its nine sister cities.


Museum of Brisbane Deputy Director Christopher Salter, who is co-curating the exhibition with Architecture Media Editorial Director Cameron Bruhn, said Living in the city showcases some of the region’s most exciting projects currently under development.


“All the cities are relatively the same size and face similar issues around planning so it’s interesting to see how architects are responding to the types of buildings we’ll need,” he said.

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Coastal eco-bungalow bucks the trend for sprawling suburban developments in Australia

Coastal eco-bungalow bucks the trend for sprawling suburban developments in Australia | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Australian design studio Bourne Blue Architecture is bucking the trend for large suburban developments at a popular coastal village with their design of an environmentally sensitive yet luxurious bungalow. Located at Blueys Beach on the mid-north coast of NSW, the chic timber dwelling offers all the comforts of a relaxing holiday retreat while minimizing energy usage. Clad in sustainably sourced timber and high-performance glass, the Blueys Beach House 4 overlooks lush landscape views and emphasizes indoor and outdoor living.


While the original weather-beaten homes on Bluesy Beach comprise simple fibro or weatherboard structures, the new buildings that take their place are often large suburban homes that “have little recognition of place and relate poorly to the immediate context,” write the architects. When the clients commissioned Bourne Blue Architecture for their new home, they asked for a modest dwelling that “fit in well with the context,” retained the existing pair of large Angophora trees, and made the most of the views of the grassland and forested hills at the rear.

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Breathe and DKO reveal Huntley Green apartments

Breathe and DKO reveal Huntley Green apartments | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Melbourne-based practices Breathe Architecture and DKO Architecture have collaboratively designed a 153-apartment project in Alexandria that is before the City of Sydney’s planning department.


The $63.7 million project, dubbed Huntley Green, is being developed by Defence Housing Australia, meaning 30 percent of the apartments will operate as defence housing, available to military personnel, while the rest will be open to the public.


The apartments will be separated into four different sections, with each containing approximately 40 units. Jeremy McLeod, director of Breathe Architecture, and Koos de Keijzer, director of DKO Architecture, said that the defence housing nature of the project influenced the design, with an emphasis on the importance of nurturing communities.

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New scheme for IMAX Sydney site

New scheme for IMAX Sydney site | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has released a new proposal for the “Ribbon” redevelopment of the IMAX Theatre at Sydney’s Darling Harbour for community feedback. 


The proposal, designed by Hassell for developer Grocon, modifies an earlier proposal for the site that received planning approval in 2014.

In addition to serving as a new home for the IMAX theatre currently on site, which is due to be demolished, the earlier proposal was primarily comprised of offices with some retail. The new proposal will instead house a hotel, serviced apartments and retail.


The modified scheme replaces the continuous diagrid glazed panels that wrapped the building with a combination of louvres and panels in a metallic finish. A void has also been carved into the eastern elevation, breaking up what was previously a continuous surface in the earlier design.



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Vic students flock to architecture and building courses

Vic students flock to architecture and building courses | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Data released by the VTAC reveals a sharp rise in first round offers to undergraduate architecture and building related courses.


Offers in architecture and building are up 13 percent from last year – the second biggest rise behind agriculture and environment (56 percent).


However, ArchitectureAU’s analysis of the data reveals offers of places in architecture degrees throughout Victoria have marginally declined from a total of 841 in 2015 to 809 in 2016. The University of Melbourne made the most offers – 489 places for its Bachelor of Environments program. This is down from 509 in 2015. Monash University is the only Victorian university whose offers increased from 118 in 2015 to 123 in 2016.

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Luxury scales new height

Luxury scales new height | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Broadbeach’s Ultra penthouse takes sky high living to a whole new level of luxury with a supersized unit, which manages to be both elegant and functional.


Between 2009-10 the owners spent a small fortune merging what were two penthouses into one huge home, complete with a new layout by DBI Design.


The firm incorporated two major features into the penthouse — the rooftop deck and mezzanine level, which take advantage of the property’s prime position to turn the living spaces into something truly special.


Luxury pervades every aspect, from the reconstructed marble floor tiles which greet visitors and flow through the high traffic areas, to the powder rooms with floor-to-ceiling tiles, resplendent in white gold.

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Flemington development plan has serious issues, state architect tells Andrews government

Flemington development plan has serious issues, state architect tells Andrews government | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Plans for a sprawling high-rise apartment development on land at Flemington Racecourse – put forward by the Victoria Racing Club and a Chinese developer – have serious flaws, the state architect has told the Andrews government.


And residents in the Ascot Vale area that would be affected by the project are furious the racing club's plans for surplus land are being considered so rapidly by government planners.


Around 1100 new apartments – in four towers rising as high as 31 levels – are planned for two parcels of land in Flemington and Ascot Vale.


A group of three senior advisers to Planning Minister Richard Wynne has now handed down its initial report on how the racing club might go about getting the land rezoned.


The group's report, released last week, is Planning Panels Victoria's response to the application from the racing club, launched in 2014, to rezone the land.

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How Will Technology Impact the Future of Architecture Jobs?

How Will Technology Impact the Future of Architecture Jobs? | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Across a range of areas, technology is impacting the architecture profession in Australia. What will be the effect upon the architecture jobs of the future?


As technology continues to evolve, the impact it will have upon jobs and roles within the architecture profession in Australia will continue to be considerable.Already, technology’s effect upon the life of the modern day architect cannot be understated.


CAD and BIM files have largely replaced traditional 2D drawings, while mobile and cloud computing allow work to be done and files to be accessed wherever and wherever necessary. Advances in materials such as engineered timber expand options for building design and panelised construction is becoming ever more popular as materials are increasingly being cut to size within the controlled environment of a factory floor.

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Sydney cemetery design wins Future Projects Commercial Award at WAN Awards

Sydney cemetery design wins Future Projects Commercial Award at WAN Awards | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

An innovative cemetery model designed to reflect Australia’s increasingly secular society as well as the community’s changing attitudes to death and dying has won the WAN Future Projects Commercial Award 2015.

 

The World Architecture News (WAN) Awards is an international architecture awards program with projects across 22 categories recognised throughout the year. The WAN Future Projects Commercial Award 2015 went to CHROFI and McGregor+Coxall for their unique project Acacia Remembrance Sanctuary.

 

The winner was selected from a final shortlist of six projects by an experienced jury panel comprising of Mike Lampard, Design Director of Corstorphine + Wright; Robin Partington, Managing Partner of Robin Partington & Partners; and Paul Makowicki, Principal of Callison RTKL.

 

The winning entry, Acacia Remembrance Sanctuary was designed to reflect Australia’s increasingly secular society as well as the community’s changing attitudes to death and dying. This shift in personal beliefs and philosophies is challenging the existing funeral industry and traditional cemetery establishment.

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Conrad Gargett Director calls for permanent Brisbane City Architect

Conrad Gargett Director calls for permanent Brisbane City Architect | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Conrad Gargett Director and President Elect for the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter Bruce Wolfe has endorsed the possible reinstatement of a Brisbane City Architect, and wants one solely devoted to the role.


With the Brisbane City council election closing in, The Australian Labour Party mayoral candidate, Rod Harding, has announced that if elected he would reinstate a city architect within the first 100 days of being elected.


The city architect would sit in on planning and building committee meetings, chair the existing Design Advisory Panel, and oversee architectural designs as well as address the city’s congestion increase.

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High five: Victoria's first vertical school unveiled

High five: Victoria's first vertical school unveiled | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Victorian state government has released images of a proposed $40 million vertical school in Ferrars Street, South Melbourne, that will have the capacity to accommodate 525 students. Architecture practice Hayball has designed the five-storey school, which will form part of the Montague precinct in the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area.


The City of Port Phillip released a proposal for South Melbourne Primary School in July last year which detailed a multi-level school, other community facilities, additional land for open public space and the creation of netball courts.


The acquisition of land for public use is a significant part of the plan, with the council emphasizing its importance to maintain liveability in a high-density urban area by encouraging physical and social activity. The council said that it would provide a “safe, attractive streetscape and a park” in the precinct.

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Perth's new public square is on its way

Perth's new public square is on its way | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Western Australia’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has announced the beginning of construction on Yagan Square, a project that will serve as the city’s next major public space.


Concept images and video of the design, completed by Aspect Studios, Lyons and Iredale Pedersen Hook, were released late last year. The team won a competition that was held to decide on the future of the space.


Three Indigenous Whadjuk Noongar women – Myrtle Yarran, Teresa Walley and Miriam Champion – broke ground on the new project using traditional digging sticks known as wannas.


The project forms part of the Perth City Link Project, which will connect the CBD with Northbridge across the rail corridor that has divided it for more than 100 years.

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Melbourne's next 'pencil tower'

Melbourne's next 'pencil tower' | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Construction has begun on a slender Bates Smart-designed residential tower in Melbourne’s CBD.


Developer Golden Age Development Group claims that the tower, dubbed Collins House and located at 466 Collins Street, will be one of the world’s skinniest, measuring 195 metres tall and 12 metres wide.


When completed in 2018, the building will join a class of skyscrapers referred to as ‘pencil towers’ or ‘skinnyscrapers,’ which are defined by a height-to-width ratio of at least 10 to one. Collins House clears the hurdle comfortably with a ratio of 16.25 to one.


The site was previously owned by Grollo Equiset, the developers behind the Phoenix Apartments by Fender Katsalidis, which is currently laying claim to being Melbourne’s skinniest tower. Phoenix Apartments measures 88.5 metres tall and 6.7 metres wide with a height-to-width ratio of 13.2 to one.

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Federal gov calls for affordable rental housing ideas

Federal gov calls for affordable rental housing ideas | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The federal government has called for submissions on ways to finance affordable rental housing in order to boost supply. The call follows the creation of an affordable housing working group in early January made up of members from Treasury, the Department of Social Services and members of the NSW, Victorian and Western Australian governments.


“One of the keys to increasing the supply and availability of affordable rental housing is attracting investment,” Minister for Social Services Christian Porter said.


“Improvements in the area of attracting investment to affordable housing supply will require innovative and collaborative approaches across the private and not for profit sectors, and with states and territories.”

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11 projects shortlisted for Central Queensland Regional Architecture Awards

11 projects shortlisted for Central Queensland Regional Architecture Awards | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Winners of the 2016 Central Queensland Regional Architecture Awards will be announced on Friday 12 February.


Educational projects lead the nominations this year with six entries including early learning, primary and secondary facilities from across the region. Winners of the 2016 Central Queensland Regional Architecture Awards will progress to the coveted State Architecture Awards to be announced in Brisbane on 24 June.


Queensland 2016 State Awards Jury Director, Michael Lavery (m3architecture), will present the Regional Commendations to the Central Queensland winners at the Yeppoon Town Hall at 6pm on Friday 12 February.

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France's Manuelle Gautrand among four architecture teams shortlisted to design ‘centrepiece’ of Parramatta Square

France's Manuelle Gautrand among four architecture teams shortlisted to design ‘centrepiece’ of Parramatta Square | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Four architecture teams have been shortlisted by Parramatta City Council to design the centrepiece of the $2 billion Parramatta Square urban renewal project.


A consortium of French firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture (MGA), Designinc and Lacoste and Stevenson will compete against the internationally-recognised local architectural firms of Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW), Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), as well as a partnership between SJB and Lahznimmo Architects.


They have been briefed to design a new community and civic space for the public domain which will include Council Chambers and a ‘library of the future’ that will function as a community hub, customer service centre, community rooms and space for civic functions.

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Good Opportunities Ahead for Architects in Queensland

Good Opportunities Ahead for Architects in Queensland | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

t may not be a boom overall, but the Queensland market offers a number of areas for opportunity for architects as residential building activity remains strong for now and a strengthening economy helps activity along in sectors such as retail and tourism.


If only aggregate numbers were considered, the outlook would indeed not look good. At $70.571 billion, the overall dollar value of work which Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) expects to be done on building and infrastructure assets during 2015/16 will represent the lowest level on record in nine years and would be down more than 20 per cent compared with the peak in 2013/14. Moreover, on an aggregate basis, work is expected to drop back a further 3.8 per cent this year.


Take out the combined effect of a massive drop in work on new mines and resource/LNG plants, a pull-back in investment of water and electricity infrastructure (after several years of strong activity) and continued winding back of stimulus spending in areas such as health and education, however, and a number of underlying growth sectors emerge.

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Australia's Best Playground competition launched

Australia's Best Playground competition launched | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has launched a national competition, Australia’s Best Playground, to recognize well-designed public play spaces such as adventure playgrounds, cross fit circuits, senior fitness courses and water play.


The competition is open to AILA members with finished play space projects, including registered landscape architects, registered landscape architect applicants and graduate members.


The national winner will receive a trip to Rovaniemi in Finland, and a winner from each of the three regions (Vic/Tas, NSW/ACT and QLD/SA/NT/WA) will also receive a free ticket to the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra from 27–30 October.


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Six of the best amazing home designs of 2015

Six of the best amazing home designs of 2015 | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The BatcaveIn August, when Domain published the story and photographs of a mansion in Melbourne’s Toorak that had a 12-seat theatre and a showroom-worthy garage based on a version of a Batman’s Batcave under the tennis court, the story went around the world and locally caused a tsunami of envy.


Tennis types wanted one the same. So did car collectors. Even women saw it as a super-sexy bunker.


The tale of the comprehensive transformation of the 1920s mansion’s decor by Molecule Architecture, and of its invention of a subterranean facility that becomes accessible when the baseline of the tennis court is lifted on hydraulic props to reveal the tunnel entrance to a multi-car garage, was reproduced in all manner of media.

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How to keep your home cool in summer

How to keep your home cool in summer | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

As we head into the warmer months, people switch on air conditioners, ceiling fans, or both. Windows and doors are left open at night in the hope that the stifling heat of the day will disappear, only to have it return with a vengeance the next day. However, with the correct orientation and appropriate ventilation, what may be a "hot box" becomes a pleasurable space throughout the summer


"With the appropriate ventilation, it can feel at least between five and 10 degrees cooler inside. But even with the appropriate measures, it's difficult to achieve an even 20 degrees without resorting to artificial means," says architect Brett Nixon, one of three directors at Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture, who worked closely with director architect George Fortey and the Doherty Design team in reworking a 1970s house in Malvern, Melbourne.


The single-storey, brick 1970s house was originally a "hot box" with small windows and relatively low ceiling heights (2.4 metres). "We wanted to retain the quality of the 1970s home, but we were also mindful of allowing it to 'breathe'," says Nixon.

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