Koichi Takada on the race to redesign the CBD

Architect Koichi Takada uses his Urban Forest residential development to imagine the tranquility and restorative powers of a rural retreat within a bustling cityscape. “It is possible to design buildings that reconnect people with nature even in densely populated, inner-city locations,” says Takada. The founder and principal of Sydney-based Koichi Takada Architects takes his cues […]

Bates Smart and Garner Davis Architects offer pro-bono services for Dandenong Hub of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre [ASRC] is building a new hub in the heart of Dandenong to better support and empower people seeking asylum in the region.  Greater Dandenong is recognised as Australia’s most culturally diverse region with over 157 different nationalities and is now home to the highest population of people seeking asylum in […]

City of Sydney releases vision for high-tech public square

A major new public square at Sydney’s Central station is one step closer, with the City of Sydney releasing its vision for a high-tech, green and people-friendly precinct. The square will complement the NSW Government’s plans for Tech Central, a new 250,000 sqm technology and innovation precinct next to Central Station. Lord Mayor Clover Moore […]

Grimshaw completes heritage encased Olderfleet office tower

Global practice Grimshaw celebrates completion of 40-storey Olderfleet commercial tower, merging Melbourne heritage with contemporary workplace architecture.  Set behind three heritage-listed buildings at 477 Collins Street, collectively known as the ‘Olderfleet Buildings’, the 40-storey office tower was designed by Grimshaw to deliver on Mirvac’s aspirations for the development to be one of Melbourne’s highest quality […]

Chris Fox unveils cusping public pavilion in Sydney

Artist Chris Fox has unveiled a new public artwork in Sydney’s revitalised South Eveleigh precinct that pays tribute to the area’s rail yard history.  Commissioned by Mirvac and its consortium of partners on the South Eveleigh development, the Interchange Pavilion is an 11 metre tall cusping structure that reference the geometry of the railroad switch: […]

Restoring Sydney’s Shell House with Make Architects and Architectus

Architectus senior team member Dan Solomon and Make Architects director Simon Lincoln explain how they restored Sydney’s iconic Shell House clock tower as part of their collaborative Brookfield Place Sydney project. Until recently, the 400-tonne clock on the roof of the iconic Sydney building, Shell House was hidden behind scaffolding, spending more than two years […]

Edgars Creek house by Breathe Architecture

Edgars Creek house is emblematic of Breathe Architecture’s respect for Australia’s native landscape. We chat to project lead Madeline Sewall about collaborating with engineers to overcome the land’s steep slope and echoing the materiality of the local bush. AR: What was the core narrative of Edgars Creek house? Madeline Sewall: This home is respectfully about […]

Make Architects and Architectus top out Brookfield Place Sydney

Brookfield Place in Sydney’s CBD tops out today, a milestone for the $2 billion collaborative project between Make Architects and Architectus.   The project ambition was to amalgamate four separate sites in the Wynyard precinct into a new urban heart for Sydney. The development includes the restoration of Shell House and 285 George Street, breathing new […]

The Australian Pavilion moved beyond the “clichés and stereotypes” – Jefa Greenaway and Tristan Wong

The proposed Australian Pavilion at this year’s now postponed Venice Architecture Biennale was carefully orchestrated to be inclusive of our First Nations people and our neighbours. We caught up with Jefa Greenaway and Tristan Wong to talk about why that’s all the more important, regardless of the postponement, and how architects and designers can start […]

Healthy architecture: Lessons from historical medical buildings

University of South Australia architecture researcher, Dr Julie Collins, suggests the history of public health buildings holds key lessons for making our offices, factories and shops healthier and happier for a post-pandemic future. When Dr Julie Collins, sat down a couple years ago to begin writing a book on the history of health and medical […]

Fender Katsalidis and Skidmore Owings & Merrill win competition to design $2.5 billion Sydney project

Fender Katsalidis and Skidmore Owings & Merrill will be designing the $2.5 billion Central Place Sydney commercial development. The Australian design practice teamed up with the Chicago-based firm to participate in the City of Sydney’s international design competition, the first of its kind to be run entirely online. Located in the city’s so-called “Silicon Valley” […]