Quay Quarter Tower: Sydney’s rotating high-rise
“We will have to rethink the high-rise, making it offer something more, and bring some of the aspects and facilities of low-rise and street life up into the towers.” 3XN’s Kim Herforth Nielsen reflects on the future of high-rise design, and details the studio’s work on Quay City Tower, in the latest issue of AR>.
Infinity by Crown Group
“We want to humanise tall buildings, to celebrate the pedestrian level and consider how people experience it.” In AR, Koichi Takada discusses the importance of connecting tall buildings with the surrounding screetscape, and their groundbreaking design for Sydney’s Infinity building.
Designing a sky-high tower for a low-rise suburb
“Sky One will be seen from great distances because it is surrounded by low rise buildings and sits on the peak of Box Hill’s central hill, giving it a unique vantage point.” DKO director, Jesse Linardi, discusses designing Box Hill’s Sky One tower – a giant 35-storey structure set to take root in Melbourne suburb Box Hill.
Twisting upward: The Shanghai Tower
The Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world, features significant technological innovations, including a tapering asymmetrical form designed to reduce wind loads and a double curtain wall that creates space for garden atrium sky lobbies. The latest issue of AR explores the intimate elements of this giant, spiralling structure.
A Pool of inspiration: the Biennale through a student’s lens
“Encountering architecture’s designs on the world alongside counterparts, peers, and mentors must be both thrilling and sobering.” Professor Michael Tawa and University of Sydney students Alice Middleton and Giselle Moore give us an insight from the Venice Biennale, where work by students of the University is on display.
An exploration in affordable housing: Skyville @ Dawson
“Tall buildings should be good citizens. Not just to their own residents, but to neighbours, the district and the city at large. We call this civic generosity. We believe that buildings – if personified – should be kind, polite and generous.” Richard Hassell of WOHA discusses the studio’s innovative new Singapore housing project in AR144.
Reflecting on the home that survived a bushfire
Last year, a fire tore through Victoria’s Great Ocean Road region, destroying 116 homes. One home that escaped the blaze, however, was a construction built by Modscape. Almost six months on from the blaze, ADR chats to Modscape’s Director, Jan Gyrn, on the design of the home, its successes, and what has been learnt.
Green shoots: the evolution of high-rise gardens
Until recently, the Great Australian Dream meant life in a suburban house and garden. Dense new towers in Australian cities beg the question – how can we reconcile high-rise apartment living with suburban life? Graham Crist looks at inventive methods of incorporating greenery within the city for AR.
Architecture and the Internet of Things
Architects revel in design, pushing the bounds of the discipline through their pursuit of innovation. With the advent of connective technologies like cloud-based working, we are squarely in the sharing age – and the architecture and design industries are evolving to keep up with the rapid pace of change.
The contentious role of public art
The price for public artwork is often high, but if a council, investor or developer makes the right decision, it can be the drawcard that leads to significant economic gains. In AR144, Fenella Kernebone investigates the role that public art plays and how it can become a destination in its own right.