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Architectus joins WilkinsonEyre on proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower

Architectus joins WilkinsonEyre on proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Australian design practice Architectus will work with British architects WilkinsonEyre on the proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower project being developed by Crown Resorts Limited and Schiavello Group.


WilkinsonEyre won the international design competition for the proposed new six-star hotel and residential tower located in Melbourne’s Southbank precinct, with Architectus selected to work on the project as Executive Architect.


The appointment is the latest in a series of international collaborations where Architectus has been utilised through alliances with Pritzker prize-winning Japanese architectural and design firm SANAA as Executive Architect on the Art Gallery of NSW Sydney Modern Project, and London-based Make Architects on the Wynyard Place project.


Architectus Managing Principal Matthew Smith said they looked forward to working with WilkinsonEyre, known for their bold, beautiful and intelligent architecture.  The proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower development remains subject to planning approval.

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The pros and cons of working with an architect

The pros and cons of working with an architect | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Engaging an architect to design your home can be an expensive undertaking, with most architects charging fees between nine and 15 per cent of the overall construction cost.


Architect Amelia Lee is the founder of Undercover Architect, a service that helps homeowners (women in particular) to make informed decisions regarding designing, building and renovating.


“I don’t push people to use an architect … I seek to inform homeowners what the options are and equip them with the tools to make the most suitable choice for them,” Lee says.


“As with any industry, there are brilliant architects, and there are those who are not so great …You have to do your homework and find a good fit for you,” she says.

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A winning building in Cremorne demonstrates architecture as art

A winning building in Cremorne demonstrates architecture as art | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The lines between architecture, art and photography are deliberately blurred in this stunning mixed-use building in Cremorne, Australia.


Kavellaris Urban Design (KUD) has won the 2015 International Leaf Awards Best Mixed-Use Building Award for the project, which features a mix of apartments, offices and warehouse spaces.


KUD’s design was a collaboration with Melbourne artist Samantha Everton – the front of the building features “The Masquerade” from Everton’s Vintage Dolls series.


This was specifically selected for the familiarity of the subject matter, which is synonymous with the domestic living spaces of homes in the inner city.


The domestic scale is also referenced in the “floor lamp”, curtain-like parapet and the pattern on the plastered exterior, which is reminiscent of wallpaper.


But more importantly, it was chosen for the drama and theatre it provides to the streetscape.

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Australia’s First Byzantine-Style Monastery

Australia’s First Byzantine-Style Monastery | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Though the Byzantine Empire ended centuries ago, its architectural influence remains present today. 


DDA has recently constructed Australia’s first Byzantine-style monastery on picturesque Mangrove Mountain near Sydney. Built for Greek Orthodox monks, the complex, called Pantanassa, bears resemblance to a 15th-century monastery by the same name in Mystras, Greece.


Ancient orthodox monasteries and grand basilicas represent some of the finest works of Byzantine architecture. In building Australia’s Pantanassa, DDA relied on hallmarks of the style, such as heavy, low-to-earth masonry; central domes; vaulted ceilings; and tile roofs.


"The main inspiration for the design is the Athonite monasteries in Greece, with their austere, fortresslike exteriors and ornate, open, villagelike courtyards," says DDA’s principal architect, Demetrios Stavropoulos.

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Expressions of Interest for new QLD Urban Design Panel

Expressions of Interest for new QLD Urban Design Panel | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad announced recently that expressions of interest will soon be called for the newly created Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel to assist state and local governments deliver high-quality infrastructure, planning and urban projects.


Observing that good design can enhance quality of life and provide social and economic benefits, the Deputy Premier said the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel is another important step in the journey of Better Planning for Queensland.


According to Trad, Queensland has more cities with population above 100,000 people than any other jurisdiction in Australia. As the country moves towards a knowledge economy, these urban centres will become increasingly central to productivity and economic growth; the Government, therefore, needs to ensure it can attract the best and brightest to Queensland to create jobs, to innovate and to invest.

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Clifftop mansion conquers all at 2015 National Building Design Awards

Clifftop mansion conquers all at 2015 National Building Design Awards | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Winners of the 2015 National Building Design Awards have been announced by Building Designers Australia (BDA), revealing some of the best Australian-designed buildings delivered by BDA members over the past few years.


Over 35 projects in 27 categories were awarded by the BDA in 2015, encompassing a large range of architectural projects constructed in NSW, Tasmania and South Australia. James Cooper of Sydney-based Sanctum Design was awarded the program’s top honour, the Design Excellence Award, for his massive Middle Harbour residence, aptly named 'Cliffhanger'.


Deriving its name from its location, the Cliffhanger sits on a steep site overlooking Sydney Harbour, neighboured by a Harry Seidler residence and a modernist prototype by Douglas Snelling architect. The design solution focuses on a cost-effective lightweight construction methodology fleshed out with a combination of insulated Unitex cladding and grey ironbark textural infills. The building cascades down the clifftop and as such spreads a variety of living arrangements, linked by feature staircases and open planned spaces, over a four-storey home.

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Positive reception for Gawler Connect

Positive reception for Gawler Connect | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

An information session held on Wednesday, December 9 to discuss the largest community infrastructure project to be undertaken by Gawler Council attracted around 50 interested parties.


Gawler Connect is a $14.3 million project (total project cost) – underpinned with a $5.6 million Federal Government grant - to deliver a 21st century, fit-for-purpose, new cultural and business centre to service and inspire the greater Gawler Region.


At the heart of the project, is the transformation of two of Murray St’s most iconic buildings, the heritage-listed Gawler Institute and Town Hall.


When completed in November 2017, the two restored buildings with the addition of a new, compatible structure will be linked by a shared walkway between Murray and High streets.


Internally there will be four levels of flexible spaces including a large, multi-purpose function area, meeting rooms, new council offices and chamber, an expanded new-age library and, critically, a digital hub to support entrepreneurs and business start-ups, with state of the art tools that support and nurture new ventures and existing enterprises.

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M&L Hospitality-owned DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne wins 2015 World Interior News Awards

M&L Hospitality-owned DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne wins 2015 World Interior News Awards | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne on Flinders Street has won the 2015 World Interior News Awards (Hotels Category) at an exclusive awards ceremony at the Sky Garden, London.


The recently refurbished M&L Hospitality-owned hotel features a uniquely Melbourne aesthetic and design elements inspired by the iconic neo-classical Flinders Street railway station. The hotel’s redevelopment project completed in December 2014, involved a complete refit of the external facade, lobby, restaurant, 180 guestrooms and bathrooms, and the public areas of all 12 levels.


For its efforts, the Melbourne hotel beat 47 nominees and captured the imagination of the highly-experienced panel of international design industry professionals.


Driven by M&L Hospitality, the refurbishment was led by Michael McCann of interior design firm Dreamtime Australia Design and Melbourne-based Melissa Chen of interior design firm Mill Interiors.

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Sydney Uni graduates showcase boldly reimagined city spaces

Sydney Uni graduates showcase boldly reimagined city spaces | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The University of Sydney’s Architecture Graduate Exhibition showcases the work of final year undergraduate and postgraduate students, who have been challenged to re-imagine important city landmarks and spaces.


Created in response to hypothetical briefs, these bold designs by students form part of this year’s design showcase, which officially opened on Thursday 3 December.


According to the University of Sydney’s Associate Professor Lee Stickells, Head of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, their students have engaged in current issues facing the cities and the built environment in Australia and overseas, and tackled real-world problems with in-depth analysis, enormous imagination, and technical skill. He added that the students’ work in the annual graduation show never ceased to surprise and inspire him, even after several years teaching in the Faculty.

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Affordability by Design forum

Affordability by Design forum | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Three Australian experts will come together at the Affordability by Design forum to discuss the housing affordability problem in the country.


To be held on 24 November, the Affordability by Design event will feature three well-known speakers including leading architect James Legge of Six Degrees Architects; sustainable building expert Caitlin McGee; and award-winning architect Adam Russell of RAW Architecture.


Australia is currently one of the most expensive countries in the world to buy a house, with residential house prices going through the roof. It costs nearly 5 times more to buy a house or apartment today than it did 23 years ago.


Housing affordability is a major topic of discussion with various solutions being offered from social, policy and economic perspectives. Inclusionary housing policies, progressive design and planning are some of the solutions being discussed to address the affordability issue.

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