Williamstown Town Hall: how k20 Architecture added 100 years to its life cycle

After initially only needing a section of its roof restored, Williamstown Town Hall in Melbourne has recently undergone a large scale heritage refurbishment that has given it a new lease of life.  Originally constructed in 1918, the 100-year-old building had reached the end of its technical life when Hobsons Bay City Council approached k20 Architecture. What began […]

Ewert Leaf crafts new brewery design

Melbourne design firm Ewert Leaf has transformed a historic former horse training facility into a multi-faceted hospitality space. The owners of St Andrews Beach Brewery, which is set on a sprawling 38-hectare property in the Mornington Peninsula region, briefed Ewert Leaf to design a space that gives back to the local community and honours its heritage […]

Architectus designs a new $150m ‘lifestyle precinct’ in Geelong

Architectus has designed a new mixed-use development in Geelong as the city continues to evolve into a hub for culture and innovation. The $150 million Geelong Quarter precinct will comprise Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong (a 180-room hotel), the Ryrie Residences (14 luxury apartments targeting owner-occupiers), a 1,000 square metre retail plaza and 7,400 square metres […]

Plans to demolish Anzac Hall are ‘shocking, distressing’

Plans to demolish award-winning Anzac Hall have been described as ‘deeply distressing’ by the Australian Institute of Architects. The comments come after it was announced today (1 November) that the current memorial will be demolished as part of a redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial. The project will cost $498 million and be completed in stages over […]

80Hz is part architectural pavilion, part sound installation

British designer and architect Thomas Wing-Evans has created an interactive sound pavilion in collaboration with the DX Lab for the State Library of New South Wales, which takes paintings from the library’s collection and turns them into music. Located outside the Mitchell Reading Room in Sydney’s CBD, Wing-Evans’ pavilion features a curving black timber frame […]

Wooden pavilion aims to show how CLT is a solution to housing crises

Multiply, a nine-metre high, carbon-neutral wooden pavilion made entirely of American tulipwood, opened to the public in the Sackler Courtyard of the V&A as part of the recent London Design Festival. The 43 cubic metres of tulipwood that make up MultiPly store the equivalent of 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide and are replaced with natural […]

Poetry in architecture – Steve Sammartino’s future-focused house

Steve Sammartino is building the world’s most futuristic house, equipped with a drone landing pad, voice enabled walls and solar roof tiles. He tells ADR’s sister website Marketing about the art and theory behind this ambitious project. Marketing: Tell us about the house. Steve Sammartino: I’m planning on building a house that takes together all of the […]

Carme Pinós on designing La Massana Fine Arts School

AR takes a deep dive into the design of Escola Massana (La Massana School of Art), which forms part of the long transformation process of Gardunya Square, situated in the heart of Barcelona’s historical district. Project description This project responds to the brief of creating a luminous interior made up of open spaces in its […]

A High-End Golf Clubhouse by Architecture49

Architecture49 has designed a new clubhouse for Golf Exécutif Montréal, located on Nuns’ Island, a green oasis in the St. Lawrence River facing downtown Montreal. The building, which boasts an impressive wooden framework, is designed to offer its users an exceptional experience. It includes sheltered driving-range tees, a bar in the centre of a spacious lounge, […]

Behind the architect and client relationship with Technē and Sand Hill Road

While many client-architect relationships may only cover one project, Technē Architecture + Interior Design has shown how to build a long lasting working relationship with hospitality client Sand Hill Road spanning more than 10 years. In the lead-up to the opening of the Hotel Esplanade in St Kilda, a collaboration between the practice and client, […]

Size isn’t everything: House A by Whispering Smith

Kate fitzgerald, director of whispering smith, discusses House A, a home she built for herself and her partner that has an unusual size and appearance. Whispering Smith’s House A is a challenge to the status quo of housing in Perth. The sustainable apartment-house hybrid is designed for small lots and uses commercial materials in an […]