Decision to block Apple store in Federation Square ‘reinforces value of public architecture’

The decision by Heritage Victoria to refuse the application to demolish the square’s Yarra Building to make way for a new Apple store has been welcomed by The Australian Institute of Architects. Heritage Victoria said it had refused the application because it would cause “an unacceptable and irreversible detrimental impact on the cultural heritage significance of […]

Inside the National Museum of Qatar by Koichi Takada Architects

Koichi Takada Architects’ scope for the National Museum of Qatar in Doha is nearing completion after eight years in the making, after winning an international competition to design the interiors in 2012. Located on a 1.5 million-square-foot site at the south end of Doha’s Corniche, the National Museum of Qatar will be the first monument […]

fjmt designs a new form of community service centre

Designed by fjmt, Bunjil Place is a new form of hybrid community building; a library, performance theatre, studio, exhibition space, gallery, café and workplace. The largest local government investment of its kind, Bunjil Place is the result of an aspirational brief from the City of Casey Council and a long-term collaboration between client and designer. […]

RVA’s design for this Portsea home was inspired by the surrounding coast line

Wildcoast by Rachcoff Vella Architecture (RVA) is a residential interior design and architecture project set against the wind-swept sand dunes and evocative coastal landscape of Portsea, Victoria. The client brief was to provide an escape from busy life in the form of a holiday home in a well known and loved place that encourages family to connect […]

Unraveling challenges in collaborative design

Lighting design plays a crucial role in the overall functionality and mood of a building. So how can design professionals collaborate effectively to ensure a space is cohesive, well-lit and exceptionally designed? Like never before, lighting design is playing an important role in the design of buildings, interiors and public spaces. Yet there are still […]

What makes good public space design?

Good public spaces are critical to vibrant communities and healthy cities. They connect people and places, highlight an area’s cultural identity, and encourage people to linger and enjoy the space even when they have no pressure to stay. Whether the space is a park, public square, school or office, the design of a successful public […]

Architect Briony Massie on taking a community-led approach to multi-res design

Architectural practice Fieldwork has designed a community of 49 apartments and 18 townhouses in Clifton Hill, Melbourne, which demonstrates how a thoughtful, community-led approach can achieve strong social, cultural and commercial outcomes. One of 122 Roseneath St.’s newest residents, Briony Massie, is uniquely qualified to talk about it, having been part of the design team […]

More than just a bathroom sign: how design can become more inclusive

Signs reflect society’s values and convey meaning to the people who use them. In some cases, our signs lag behind and conflict with our values. Dr Kate Luckins, research and communications strategist at Büro North, tells ADR how design has the power to drive inclusivity.  In the last two years, there has been heated global […]

3XN to design the ‘tallest timber office building’ in North America

Danish architecture firm 3XN has unveiled plans to design the “tallest timber office building” in North America. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto, the 10-story structure will stand at 42 meters high, which 3XN says makes it the tallest timber office building not only in Toronto but in all of North America. Developed […]

How autonomous transport will shape our cities’ future

A unique opportunity exists for infrastructure investment in Australia as transport as we know it faces disruption from autonomous vehicles, says Peter Newman Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University. Disruption is not a dirty word. Traditional transport models are being transformed for the better by savvy young upstarts: the taxi industry by Uber, for instance, and even […]

The We Company dives in to urban design, hires Dror Benshetrit

WeWork parent The We Company is expanding its design capabilities beyond the workplace with the launch of the ‘future cities initiatives’ and is hiring designer Dror Benshetrit to head it up. Benshetrit, founder of New York-based Studio Dror will take the helm on the initiative alongside former Google executive Di-Ann Eisnor. Together the two will […]