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NH Architecture, Woods Bagot make over MCEC

NH Architecture, Woods Bagot make over MCEC | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Victorian government has unveiled the design of a major expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) designed by NH Architecture and Woods Bagot.

 

The existing Melbourne Convention Centre was designed by NH Architecture and Woods Bagot, completed in 2009. The expansion will be sited on an existing car park, located between the existing Melbourne Exhibition Centre, designed by Denton Corker Marshall and opened in 1996, and the South Wharf DFO shopping centre.


The expansion includes a 20,000-square metre flexible, multi-purpose event space as well as new exhibition halls, meeting rooms and banquet halls. It will be integrated with the existing exhibition centre, increasing its total size to 70,000 square metres. The existing column-less exhibition space in the centre, which spans 30,000 square metres, is already the largest in the southern hemisphere.

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Two Australian projects in Rosa Barba Prize shortlist

Two Australian projects in Rosa Barba Prize shortlist | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Two Australian projects – Barangaroo Reserve and The Goods Line – have been shortlisted for the Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize by the Banc de Sabadell Foundation.

 

The presentation of the Rosa Barba Prize is part of the International Biennial of Landscape Architecture, which will take place in Barcelona over three days from 29 September to 1 October.

 

Aspect Studios and CHROFI’s The Goods Line is anurban renewal project that has seen a disused rail corridor reimagined as an elevated park that runs through the heart of Sydney’s most densely populated area. The site started out in 1855 as the key access for Australia’s first railway to the port at Darling Harbour until 1984. The Goods Line won the 202020 Vision Green Design Award at the 2016 Good Design Awards.

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New Green Square aquatic centre and park to make sustainability history

New Green Square aquatic centre and park to make sustainability history | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The largest aquatic centre to be built in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics will strive for the most ambitious sustainability target ever set for the type of facility.

 

Andrew Burges Architects, in conjunction with Grimshaw Architects and Taylor Cullity Lethlean Landscape Architecture (TCL), is at the head of the development which proposes to repurpose an underused industrial site in Zetland into an aquatic and recreation centre and a public park.

 

Specifically, Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre (GPARC) will incorporate a 7,000sqm aquatic and fitness centre with three pools and fitness facilities, and an adjacent 16,500sqm park consisting of a synthetic sports field, playground, skate areas, fitness stations, amenities buildings, BBQ areas and landscaping.

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City of Sydney calls for NSW gov’t to better protect Millers Point

City of Sydney calls for NSW gov’t to better protect Millers Point | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The City of Sydney has called for the New South Wales (NSW) government to provide greater protection for the heritage area of Millers Point in Sydney, through changes to current planning laws.

 

The city has requested an amendment to the Local Environment Plan (LEP) that would protect heritage buildings in the area by removing the current floor space ratio (FSR) of 2:1, and instead setting the existing height and floor space of each building as the maximum.

 

An investigation carried out by the NSW Heritage Council found the existing controls enable development that is inconsistent with the heritage significance of the Millers Point area.

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Australia’s first CLT commercial building added to Barangaroo

Australia’s first CLT commercial building added to Barangaroo | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Lendlease will claim another first in Australian construction next year when it completes Australia’s first cross-laminated timber (CLT) commercial office building in Sydney.

 

To be called International House Sydney (IHS), the six-storey CLT and Glulam building will be located at the gateway to Lendlease’s multi-billion dollar Barangaroo development and will be the construction heavy weight’s third project in Australia that utilises the sustainable building material.

 

It’s been designed by Sydney architect Alec Tzannes, of Tzannes Associates and will feature a clear-glass skin, leaving the engineered timber, including 2000 m³ of CLT, in full exposure as floor frames, beams and columns.

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Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little wins 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards

Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little wins 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

An art-filled apartment in Sydney’s Darling Point has beaten some 158 interior design projects to the top prize at the 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards.

 

Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little received the Premier Award For Australian Interior Design at the program’s awards night on Friday 10 June, the jury praising the project’s ability to effortlessly showcase the owner’s art collection.

 

“Darling Point Apartment is an inspirational piece of interior design that is both innovative and excellent,” reads the jury statement.

 

“The exquisitely crafted interior effortlessly serves as a gallery to the owner’s high-calibre art collection. This is an enduring and endearing project in the context of Australian residential design.

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Sydney’s Wentworth Point rowing club concept plan approved

Sydney’s Wentworth Point rowing club concept plan approved | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Sydney West Joint Regional Planning Panel has unanimously approved concept plans for a rowing club at Wentworth Point in western Sydney.

 

The rowing club is one of the recreational facilities planned to transform Wentworth Point and Homebush Bay into a maritime precinct in the city.

 

The concept plan, produced by Conybeare Morrison, includes a three-level overwater building with a 180-degree northeasterly view of the Homebush Bay rowing course. The upper levels will house rowing club facilities including an indoor dry training room, club restaurant, licensed club bar, club function rooms and observation decks.

 

On the southern side of the building will be a publicly accessible kayak launch, as well as a jetty for small watercraft such as kayaks and canoes.

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Architecture learning hub wins top honour at 2016 NSW Graduate and Student Architecture Awards

Architecture learning hub wins top honour at 2016 NSW Graduate and Student Architecture Awards | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

A library and cultural hub for architecture, an adaptive reuse project and an R&D facility for bees were some of the top winners at the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Graduate and Student Architecture Awards announced recently at a special event in Sydney.

 

Attended by more than 160 people, the event saw some of the best projects and emerging architectural talent from NSW’s four major schools of architecture being honoured, with awards given out across four categories – Digital Innovation in Architecture, Structural Innovation in Architecture, the First Degree Design Award, and NSW Design Medal.

 

The four participating universities included University of New South Wales (UNSW), University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, and University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

 

The NSW Design Medal, the most prestigious honour of the night, went to Hope Dryden and Robin Lloyd for their project Ligo, a library and cultural hub for architecture transformed from the Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Chapter offices. The project takes inspiration from the intersection between the traditional contents of libraries - liber (books), and the physical matter from which books are made - lignum (pulped wood).

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Jean Nouvel's first Melbourne tower unveiled

Jean Nouvel's first Melbourne tower unveiled | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Developer Sterling Global has submitted a planning application for a 70-storey, $700 million mixed-use tower in Melbourne, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel (design architect) and Architectus (executive architect).


The mixed-use tower at 383 Latrobe Street designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Image: Courtesy Sterling Global
The tower, to be located at 383 Latrobe Street, will contain 488 residences and a 196-room hotel.

 

In procuring a design for the tower, the developer worked with local, independent experts including Andrew Hutson, associate dean of architecture at the University of Melbourne, and a retired director of Woods Bagot, to generate a long list of 30 international practices for the project. From the long list, 12 expressions of interest were sought and four practices were shortlisted to participate in a competitive design process.

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Designs of Melbourne's Metro Tunnel stations unveiled

Designs of Melbourne's Metro Tunnel stations unveiled | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority has unveiled designs of five new underground train stations, designed by Grimshaw Architects, for the city’s proposed Metro Tunnel.

 

The stations will be built at various depths underground ranging from 15 metres at Domain, in the city’s east to 39 metres and CBD North.

 

The new Domain Station will be built below St Kilda Road and will include three entrances: one in the Shrine of Remembrance Reserve, one at the relocated Domain tram interchange, and another in the open space where the South African Soldiers Memorial is currently located

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Architect appointed for Sydney Uni’s Chau Chak Wing Museum

Architect appointed for Sydney Uni’s Chau Chak Wing Museum | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The University of Sydney has appointed Johnson Pilton Walker as the architects for its new Chau Chak Wing Museum.

 

The 6000sqm museum will redevelop the University’s historic Macleay and adjacent Edgeworth David Buildings, connecting the two via a new modern extension. The museum will house the University’s Macleay, Nicholson and University Art Gallery collections alongside key works from the Power Collection.

 

JPW has won more than a hundred design awards over the past decade, including the Australian Institute of Architect’s Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture for the past two years running. It has worked with many of Australia’s leading cultural institutions and has completed master plans for the Australian Museum, the South Australian Museum, the Western Museum and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

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New NCC changes for timber cladding benefitting architects and designers

New NCC changes for timber cladding benefitting architects and designers | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Recent changes made to the National Construction Code now allow designers and architects to specify diagonally and vertically aligned timber cladding with the same deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) simplicity as traditional horizontal applications.

 

Though horizontal timber cladding has long been an integral part of the Australian built environment in the form of weatherboards, recent design trends are encouraging architects and designers to increasingly specify vertical and diagonal installation. Existing rules as per the National Construction Code (NCC) required profiled timber boards with a tongue and groove to be fixed with the tongue edge up, not recognising the practice of installing profiled timber boards vertically or diagonally.

 

A common practice in Australia for many decades, vertical and diagonal installation of timber cladding has performed well as a weather protection element when completed to industry guidelines.

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Governance changes passed at Institute of Architects AGM

Governance changes passed at Institute of Architects AGM | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Amendments to the governance structure of the Australian Institute of Architects have been passed at the Annual General Meeting in Melbourne.

 

The changes will see a board of directors established to manage the fiduciary and legal obligations of the Institute, freeing up the member-elected National Council to focus on policy, strategy and the issues most important to members and the profession.

 

The changes will be written into the Memorandum and Articles of the Institute, and include a mandate for the board to have a minimum of three female and three male directors.

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Parramatta tower trio unveiled

Parramatta tower trio unveiled | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

PTW, Collins and Turner and McGregor Coxall, have won a design competition for a 964-apartment development in Parramatta, Western Sydney.

 

The winning team’s design proposal features three mixed-use towers; a 60-storey residential tower and 25-level building by PTW, and a 35-storey tower by Collins and Turner. The development will comprise of 964 residential apartments, commercial, various retail, restaurant and bar facilities, and a civic plaza by McGregor Coxall.

 

There is also the option of a hotel and serviced apartment component of up to 150 rooms and open spaces to create an epicenter for the community.

 

Developed by Dyldam and located at 142 Macquarie Street in Parramatta, the site sits at the edge of the CBD and is close to both the Parramatta River and surrounded by several significant heritage sites.

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Two buildings to define new University of Sydney entrance

Two buildings to define new University of Sydney entrance | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Two buildings will define a new campus gateway being developed at the City Road entrance to the University of Sydney’s Camperdown Campus.

 

The west building, designed by Grimshaw Architects, is to be known as the F23 Administration Building, and the eastern building, designed by HDR Rice Daubney, will be LEES1. Public domain works will link the two buildings.

 

The F23 Administration Building is a five-storey, 26-28-metre structure, with a building mass of 8,632 square metres. The design will acknowledge and respond to the existing Heritage significance of the campus while also including features that complement the existing sandstone buildings.

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Kevin Borland's ‘spectacular’ first house for sale

Kevin Borland's ‘spectacular’ first house for sale | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Rice House, designed by Australian modernist architect Kevin Borland, has been listed for sale by the Rice estate. The house was built in 1953, the first of his houses to be completed.

 

“Borland’s Rice House was a spectacular early design and something of an icon of the times,” wrote Conrad Hamann in the 2006 book Kevin Borland: Architecture from the Heart.

 

The house was commissioned by Harrie and Lorna Rice in 1951 when they met Borland through The Age RVIA Small Homes Service. Borland had recently graduated and returned from Sydney, where he worked with Harry Seidler during the construction of the Rose Seidler House.

 

The Rice House was added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 2006, due to “Borland’s innovative and experimental design.”

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Designs for Swan Street Bridge upgrade unveiled

Designs for Swan Street Bridge upgrade unveiled | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

VicRoads has released four designs for the $30-million redevelopment of Melbourne’s Swan Street Bridge for public comment.

 

John Wardle Architects, BKK Architects, Sally Draper Architects and Watson Architecture and Design will go head-to-head in a contest to design the bridge.

 

Swan Street Bridge traverses the Yarra River with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Shrine of Remembrance on the south side of the river and Rod Laver Arena, AAMI Park, Hisense Arena and the MCG on the north side. The bridge acts as a gateway to Melbourne’s entertainment and sporting precincts.

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$2b entertainment precinct proposal for Brisbane

$2b entertainment precinct proposal for Brisbane | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Brisbane could be getting a new $2 billion entertainment precinct, including a 17,000-seat arena, at Roma Street station.

 

Proposed by AEG Ogden and designed by NRA Collaborative (formerly Noel Robinson Architects), the precinct will be situated over Roma Station and the surrounding area and will deliver residential, commercial and retail space, as well as an additional 12 hectares of parkland to the city.

 

The proposal’s principal feature is Brisbane Arena, a 17,000-seat venue with the ability to host a range of events from music to indoor sports. Its format is based on AEG Ogden’s previous LA Live arena in Los Angeles in the USA.

 

On the Roma Street side of the station there will be three new towers for commercial, hotel and residential use, as well as a podium that will host retail, dining and cinema attractions.

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New developments in chapter three of Darling Harbour “Ribbon” story

New developments in chapter three of Darling Harbour “Ribbon” story | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The development, which proposes to construct a new 25-storey hotel and serviced apartment complex between two busy expressways, has been a polarising development to say the least, and has been through a number of design changes.

 

The story of The Ribbon development, so called because of its original design form, began in 2012 when owners of the IMAX Theatre in Darling Harbour announced they wanted to replace the building with a new office tower more than double its current height.

 

Hassell’s original proposal met this brief however it was soon redesigned in 2013 on account of overshadowing concerns on the nearby playground in Darling Quarter.

 

Ribon “take two” was met with varied opinions, applauded by some for its originality and unusual design, while dismissed by others who felt it was a gross overdevelopment for the location.

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Architectus and Make’s $1 billion Wynyard Station vision gets the go ahead

Architectus and Make’s $1 billion Wynyard Station vision gets the go ahead | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Sydney’s Wynyard Station precinct will receive a $1 billion-plus revamp by a design team comprising Britain’s Make Architects and Australia’s Architectus.

 

The project cleared its final planning hurdle on 1 June, gaining final approval from the NSW Cabinet through the Government's Unsolicited Proposals pathway. Developers Brookfield obtained the approval by providing a no-cost upgrade to the station surrounds which fall under government leasehold.

 

The development will see the station surrounds and the Sydney Menzies Hotel receive a $1 billion-plus reinvigoration, the major addition being a 27-level, 58,000sqm office tower called ‘One Carrington Street’, made possible by the demolition of the Menzies Hotel and Thakral House.

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NH Architecture, Woods Bagot make over MCEC

NH Architecture, Woods Bagot make over MCEC | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

The Victorian government has unveiled the design of a major expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) designed by NH Architecture and Woods Bagot.

 

The existing Melbourne Convention Centre was designed by NH Architecture and Woods Bagot, completed in 2009. The expansion will be sited on an existing car park, located between the existing Melbourne Exhibition Centre, designed by Denton Corker Marshall and opened in 1996, and the South Wharf DFO shopping centre.


The expansion includes a 20,000-square metre flexible, multi-purpose event space as well as new exhibition halls, meeting rooms and banquet halls. It will be integrated with the existing exhibition centre, increasing its total size to 70,000 square metres. The existing column-less exhibition space in the centre, which spans 30,000 square metres, is already the largest in the southern hemisphere.

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2016 AIA Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards

2016 AIA Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Fifty Regional Commendations were awarded to 47 projects across 11 categories at the recent Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards event.

 

Two additional accolades, the John Dalton Award for Building of the Year and the House of the Year were also presented by the jury: Bayside Fire Station by Owen Architecture received the night’s highest honour, the John Dalton Award for Building of the Year in the Heritage Architecture category, while House of the Year was awarded to House in Hamilton by Phorm Architecture + Design with Tato Architects.

 

Regional Commendation recipients will now progress to the coveted State Architecture Awards to be announced on 24 June.

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New magazine explores future of urbanism in Western Australia

New magazine explores future of urbanism in Western Australia | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

A new bi-annual magazine, Future West (Australian Urbanism) aims to explore the future of urbanism in Australia with the first issue taking Perth and Western Australia as its reference point.

 

Published by the Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts Faculty (ALVA) at the University of Western Australia, the premiere issue of Future West features reports, con­versations and cultural critiques about Western Australian urbanism. Future West is a publishing platform for collaborative urban research and advocates for social and economic impact through design.

 

The magazine will cover trends that define ‘The Next City’, touching upon building innovation, social entrepreneurialism, distributed infrastructure and urban den­sification.

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City of Melbourne gives conditional support to new planning controls

City of Melbourne gives conditional support to new planning controls | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

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The City of Melbourne (CoM) has expressed its broad support for the Victorian Government’s proposed Planning Scheme Amendment (C270), but has requested a detailed impact assessment of the amendment be submitted along with more clarity surrounding the role of the Council in the decision making process.

 

In a submission to the Central City Built Form Review, the CoM expressed its general support for the C270 amendment, suggesting its built form controls, which will limit the extent of development possible on each city site to 18:1, will deliver improved built form outcomes and enhance the urban environment of the Central City.

 

However, they were hesitant to offer all out support before a detailed economic, social and environmental impact analysis of the amendment is disclosed. They are also requesting more clarity surrounding the decision making processes regarding the uplift provision in the amendment, which would grant developers an increased plot ratio if they can prove to planning that their project will create a "public benefit".

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Voting opens for People’s Choice Prize at 2016 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

Voting opens for People’s Choice Prize at 2016 Tasmanian Architecture Awards | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Voting is now open for the People’s Choice Prize with the public invited to select their most favourite project from the 27 entries received for the 2016 Tasmanian Architecture Awards. The annual Tasmanian Architecture Awards recognise the finest accomplishments of Tasmanian architects.

 

The project with the most votes will win the People’s Choice Prize while the public voters will go into the draw to win nearly $12,000 worth of prizes.

 

The 2016 Tasmanian Architecture Awards will be given across the following categories: Commercial Architecture, Education, Heritage, Interior Architecture, Public Architecture, Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations & Additions), Residential Architecture – Houses (New), Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing, and Small Project Architecture.

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$200m three-tower development approved for old Melbourne Convention Centre site

$200m three-tower development approved for old Melbourne Convention Centre site | Architects and Specifiers | Scoop.it

Victorian Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved a $200 million, three-tower development to be built on the former Melbourne Convention Centre site.

 

Designed by Elenberg Fraser, the three towers will range from 27 to 34 storeys and comprise of 1,060 residential units, 451 car bays, 160 bicycle spaces and retail spaces on an 8,500-square-metre site, located at Docklands North Wharf on the edge of the Yarra River.

 

The design is characterized by sloping green roofs at the top of each tower. “We see the tops of the towers as natural river banks, heavily vegetated and articulated, elevated by smooth, floating glass objects,” said Elenberg Fraser’s project design leader James Harbard.

 

Due to the site location on the river, the sloping tops of the towers are designed to ensure that the south bank of the Yarra is not overshadowed by the development during the middle of the day.

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