Flammable cladding costs could approach billions for building owners

Australian building owners face a bill that could run into billions of dollars to replace combustible cladding of the sort that fuelled the Grenfell Tower fire in the UK, which killed 72 people, as well as fires in Australia and overseas, write Simon Lockrey, senior lecturer/ research fellow, RMIT University and Trivess Moore, lecturer, RMIT University. […]

Carr designs penthouse that will ‘double as a live-in art gallery’

Carr Design Group’s vision for the penthouse of the $2.8 billion Melbourne Square precinct in Southbank is that of a ‘live-in art gallery’.  The penthouse forms part of the building’s Couture Series: an arts-led collection located on levels 55-68 which draws on Melbourne Square’s location on the doorstep of the Arts Precinct. Carr, in collaboration […]

UK architects declare a ‘climate emergency’

Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid, Stanton Williams and David Chipperfield Architects are among 17 UK-based architecture firms that have banded together to release an open letter affirming their commitment to addressing climate change.  The letter highlights the “twin crises” of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss and points out that buildings and construction play a major part, […]

A look inside McDonald’s new Times Square flagship by Landini Associates

Landini Associates has designed a Times Square-located flagship store for McDonald’s, which is an evolution of the practice’s global format for McDonald’s, Project Ray, named after the brand’s founder Ray Kroc.  Built over three floors, the new store replaces the original restaurant that opened in 1984, located on the corner of 45th and Broadway in New […]

More architecture professionals to receive a pay rise – but the value will be less

The 2019/2020 Hays Salary Guide has been released, revealing salary and recruitment trends in Australia and New Zealand across multiple industries. Simon Bristow, regional director of Hays Architecture, says that the report implies both positives and negatives for the profession, but that the long-term prospects for the industry are good. The report is based on […]

Lessons in light: Alma-nac designs London apartments with dual aspect

London-based architecture practice Alma-nac has designed an apartment block in the city’s south that avoids a traditional central corridor arrangement to make the most of natural light. Architects statment Paxton House is an innovative housing solution on a complex site, for Joseph Homes in Croydon, South London. Forty-three dwellings and a series of shared spaces […]

Increasing light and air in this Victorian-era house

Before work began, this Victorian-era house in Albert Park, Victoria, had closed-off, compartmentalized rooms with a tacked on, lean-to extension resulting in a lack of light, ventilation and outdoor connection. Modscape set about transforming it into a light-filled, airy space with generous proportions. Architects statement Inspired by our client’s brief for a minimalist, tranquil residence […]

Glass skyscrapers: a great environmental folly that could have been avoided

Henrik Schoenefeldt, senior lecturer (US: Associate Professor) in sustainable architecture, University of Kent, takes a look at the impact glass skyscrapers have had on the environment. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared that skyscrapers made of glass and steel “have no place in our city or our Earth anymore”. He argued that their […]

Australian Institute of Architects CEO Julia Cambage on training and leadership skills

Recently appointed Australian Institute of Architects CEO Julia Cambage is no stranger to what she sees as some commonly-faced challenges for small businesses. With extensive commercial experience derived from managing multimillion-dollar contracts at the helm
of Australia’s largest private procurement company to managing the world’s oldest youth mentoring program, Cambage is keen to position the Institute […]

Fender Katsilidis designs Hobart’s new cultural centre

Fender Katsalidis has designed a new $5 million cultural and entertainment district for the centre of Hobart, named ‘In the Hanging Garden’. The first stage of the cultural precinct, which is set to open the first week of June, will surround the Odeon Theatre and extend access through adjoining properties fronting Liverpool Street, Watchorn Street and Murray Street. […]

Original stone flooring was the design inspiration for this London bar

This coffee-come-cocktail bar in the heart of south-east London’s Deptford was inspired by the site’s original stone flooring. Drawing on the flooring, EBBA Architects decided to use a raw and earthy colour palette for the venue, named Stockton. Instead of simple painted walls, a rough plasterwork was explored to line the walls; a technique that dates […]