Melbourne’s La Mama Theatre will have a ‘simple and restrained’ post-fire redesign

One year on from an electrical fire that ravaged La Mama Theatre, the Melbourne institution has revealed the design of its rebuild, which architect Meg White says will retain the original spirit of the building. The non-profit theatre, which was established in 1967 and designed by Carlton architect George S. Clarke, burnt down on 19 May 2018 after […]

Fostering interaction: seniors’ home by Dominique Coulon & associés

This aged care facility, located directly on the banks of the river Rhine in France, has been designed to encourage residents to interact with one another. Architect’s statement The building consists of 25 fifty-square-meter homes, a restaurant in three sections, a computer room, a hobby workshop, a vegetable garden and a petanque field. Everything is organised to […]

Thomas Phifer and Partners’ design of the United States Courthouse projects ‘grounded dignity, immovable order’

For the design of the United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City, architects Thomas Phifer and Partners wanted to create a design that reflected the strength of the judicial system.  Architects statement The design of the new United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City emanates from our search for a form that is strong, iconic, […]

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 […]

Hecker Guthrie and Jackson Clements Burrows pay homage to local heritage in new apartment design

Hecker Guthrie, Jackson Clements Burrows (JCB) Architects, and developer Piccolo have come together for the third time to create a collection of 34 apartments, which pay homage to the heritage of the site.  Located on the corner of Argyle Street, the site is included within the South Fitzroy Heritage Overlay Precinct and is surrounded by several buildings […]

Woods Bagot selected to design luxury Sydney hotel

Woods Bagot has won an architectural competition to design a luxury hotel in Sydney, which the firm says is the “first luxury city hotel in 20 years”. Woods Bagot’s winning design for the hotel and office tower at 4-6 Bligh Street in central Sydney proposes “an extraordinary urban experience from street level to crown”. Competition […]

Linehouse designs a traditional Chinese teahouse with a modern aesthetic

Located in a former factory space and art gallery in Shanghai’s art district of Moganshan Road, Tingtai Teahouse is a traditional Chinese teahouse with a modern aesthetic. A traditional teahouse is made up of private rooms in which friends can gather to chat, socialise and enjoy the ritual of tea. To achieve this, architecture practice Linehouse stripped back the […]

Binary House: a contemporary extension of a 1960’s yellow brick house

Christopher Polly Architect has carefully connected an extension to the back of a 1960’s yellow brick house on a tight budget. ADR chats to Christopher Polly about the project, which is located in southern Sydney. How did the Binary house project come to you and how did it evolve? The clients are architecture and design enthusiasts […]

Western Sydney Airport searching for student architects

Western Sydney’s first full-service international airport is seeking experienced airport designers along with university students who have a link to Western Sydney to pitch for a chance to design its new terminal. Expressions of interest are being accepted from firms “with experience designing a comparable airport in the past five years” and those interested will also […]

Inspired by a triangular site: studioplusthree’s Platform House

Simon Rochowski co-founder of studioplusthree, discusses platform house, the project that prompted him and fellow co-founders Julin Ang and Joseph Byrne to come together as a studio. Architect’s statement On a triangular block in Sydney’s east, a new living platform brings light, air and space to a highly constrained site. In an urban response to […]

Gensler’s proposed skyscraper in NYC would be city’s second tallest

Global architecture firm Gensler has proposed a 96-storey office tower in Midtown Manhattan, which will become the city’s second tallest skyscraper if it gets approval.  Named Tower Fifth, the skyscraper is intended to be built on a plot along Fifth Avenue, between 51st and 52nd streets. Climbing 1,556 feet (519 metres) above Manhattan, it would […]