Sheer architecture: Ensamble’s elemental structures
As technological advances abstract us from the natural world, some architects and built environment specialists seek to emphasise the impact of the elements through their work – creating seemingly impossible homes on cliff faces, and forming remarkable structures that mirror the ravages of geological processes.
Prefab shopping centre wins Living Building Challenge
An innovative proposal for a prefabricated shopping centre – designed to be “screwed, not glued” together and reassembled elsewhere – won the top prize at last night’s International Brickworks Living Building Challenge design competition, held at the Melbourne School of Design.
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.