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Tzannes reimagines the standard art gallery with IDEA award-winning Dangrove project

Taking out top prize at IDEA 2019, Tzannes’ state-of-the-art Dangrove storage facility for a collection of contemporary Chinese art set a new standard for art storage and curation. Commissioned by an important collector, philanthropist and artist, Dangrove, in the inner-Sydney suburb of Alexandria, is unique in its scope and highly original in its design. This […]

BrandWorks redefines the lobster bar stereotype for Melbourne’s Pinchy’s

Fun, flirty and distinctly casual isn’t the brief you’d expect for a restaurant that pays the bills with lobster, but that’s exactly what BrandWorks delivered for Melbourne institution Pinchy’s first permanent store.  Popping up at festivals, delighting patrons at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Food & Wine Show and Night Noodle Markets and fresh from a six-month activation at […]

A look at Chaulk Studio’s award-winning Frankston Primary School Early Learning Centre

A winner of the 2019 Shaw Contract Design Awards, Frankston Primary School Early Learning Centre was transformed by Chaulk Studio from a two-storey, art-deco building into a 21st-century learning facility. Before being refurbished the building was in mostly original condition, with individual cell-like classrooms accessed by long dark corridors and interior finishes of exposed brick […]

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils world’s tallest atrium

Designed by the late Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher, the 45-storey Leeza SOHO is Beijing’s newest and hottest skyscraper thanks to its atrium, which twists up through the full height of the building. Located in the Fengtai business district, the almost 200-metre-high tower is adjacent to the area’s main rail station and sits atop an underground train line. […]

Russian home blurs boundary between nature and the built environment

Situated on the banks of the Moska River outside of Moscow, the n.n. project by German architecture practice J. MAYER H. appears from above like a flower-shaped apparition dissolving into the landscape. The architect describes the private family residence as a spatial exploration between concealment and exposure with its layered topography blurring the line between landscape […]

SJB’s vision for Sydney’s ‘New West’ receives development approval

Architecture and interior design firm SJB and design partner Architect Prineas are one step closer to realising their plans for Penway Place, a significant development in Penrith City, with the project recently receiving development approval. As the first stage of a larger development by TOGA, the developer behind projects such as Sydney’s Jones Bay Wharf […]

COX and Scott Carver’s new look for the Australian War Memorial unveiled

Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled the $500 million expansion plans for Canberra’s war memorial on Monday, and it’s bringing together two of the country’s best known architecture practices.  Located in line of sight of Australian Parliament House, the iconic building was opened in 1941. Plans to renovate it brought about backlash when they were announced […]

Five projects from Kennedy Nolan

Here’s a look at five projects from Melbourne-based architecture practice Kennedy Nolan, which is shortlisted for designer of the year at IDEA 2019. Since its inception in 1999, Kennedy Nolan has developed a reputation as a design-focused residential practice with a distinctive approach to built form. The practice is dedicated to the production of architecture […]

BIG designs a cascading vertical school in Virginia

Fanning out like a hand of poker, BIG’s The Heights project in Arlington, Virginia, cleverly replicates the community feel of a one-story school while leveraging the spatial advantages of a multi-storey facility. The unique design sees five stacked volumes twisting fan-like up from the ground with the roof of the volume beneath creating a green […]

March Studio’s Oxford Scholar hotel ‘earns its tweed’

In designing the new Oxford Scholar, March Studio brought the personal as well as the expertise learnings of RMIT to the project. When a student at RMIT, Rodney Eggleston, now director of March Studio, was being critiqued by the much respected professor Peter Corrigan AM (notably the designer of Building 8 at RMIT and Athan […]

Five projects from Cumulus Studio

Here’s a look at five projects from architecture and interior design practice Cumulus Studio, which is shortlisted in the hospitality and colour categories at this year’s IDEA. With offices in Hobart, Launceston and Melbourne, Cumulus Studio’s work to date has helped define the architectural vernacular of Australia’s southern states. Its Stillwater Seven project, which is […]