Hassell’s vision for a settlement on Mars

Not content to design only for the here and now, Hassell’s Xavier De Kestelier, head of Design Technology and Innovation, and his team entered a competition devised by NASA to present a world for life and living on Mars. The entry shows a new way of design thinking for our future and perhaps one day […]

How dn&co designed seven miles of discovery for the V&A

Brand and design consultancy dn&co has created a new wayfinding system for London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum to help visitors navigate the sprawling site. Located in London’s South Kensington, the museum of art, design and performance, welcomes around four million visitors a year. To meet the demands of these visitors — a mix of […]

Western Sydney Airport: shortlisted architects announced

Western Sydney Airport has announced the five shortlisted architectural teams that will participate in its competition to design a passenger terminal. Over 40 teams expressed their interest in designing the terminal for Sydney’s second airport, which includes a plaza, a public transport interchange and the integrated international and domestic passenger terminal. The shortlisted teams are as follows: […]

Creating a modern New York loft experience with sustainability at the heart

Located in the heart of TriBeCa, 60 White Street by Bostudio Architecture boasts eight residential lofts that fuse high-end design with sustainability and energy efficiency. Architect’s statement With careful selection of materials and inspired interior design, all the charm, character and history of a landmark edifice are preserved and celebrated, while creating the perfect modern loft […]

Elwood House: A different apartment typology for Melbourne

While modern in its design, Elwood House by Woods Bagot with Hecker Guthrie, is still very much part of its historic neighbourhood. Architect’s statement Situated on the corner of Ormond Road and Pine Avenue, the design for Elwood House draws on the character of its immediate context to influence the built form, transforming the typically low-scale […]

Gray Puksand on the design challenges of Prahran’s vertical school

Located on “perhaps the most constricted site with which any of the design teams have had to deal,” designing the four-storey Prahran high school was not without its challenges. The school, which will house 650 students, is one of a crop of vertical schools in Melbourne and with an extremely limited amount of land, required […]

Riverside architecture with ‘a touch of yesterday’s grandeur’

Designed by Elenberg Fraser the Oxley + Stirling Residences sits on a picturesque bend between two reaches of the Brisbane River. Architect’s statement The proposal was to enhance the connection between the site and the spectacular views of the Brisbane River and the city centre to the north. Harnessing the unique outlooks across to the CBD […]

Cirqua Apartments by BKK Architects

Located in Melbourne, the brief for Cirqua Apartments called for a timeless and robust building that would appeal to owner-occupiers, rather than investors. Architect’s statement Cirqua creates a new living environment for East Ivanhoe, providing a strong sense of address for tenants whilst maintaining a street rhythm and scale that stitches the project into its […]

A unique take on the bow window defines this high-end multi-res

Located in the historic Birdcage Walk Conservation Area of Westminster, London, this residential development by DROO features protruding glass windows that curve in and out.  The project had a peculiar brief: to create an innovative residential development in the midst of Heritage settings. At equal distance from Buckingham Palace and the House of Parliament, the development had to introduce […]

Designing with students rather than for them: Rockford Public School

To create Rockford Public Schools’ new K-5 prototype school in the US, CannonDesign worked collaboratively with its students to achieve a design outcome that truly meets their needs. During discovery meetings with the school principal, the design team learned the school district holds ‘morning briefings’ with their students, many of whom have disadvantageous, difficult and even […]

In honour of brick: Learning and Teaching building by John Wardle Architects

There are awards programs for practically every imaginable aspect of the field of architecture and the built environment. Appropriately this includes one devoted to that most humble, yet integral, elements of our world – the brick. Each year, the prestigious Horbury Hunt Commercial (HHC) Award celebrates innovation and craftsmanship in commercial brickwork. The category is […]