Fender Katsalidis imagines “ultra high-end” aged care with new Melbourne precinct

Stage one of Australian Unity’s luxury aged-care precinct has been completed by Fender Katsalidis with a bold 17-storey apartment tower with concierge service. The Grace Albert Park Lake, known as The Grace, caters to independent retirees seeking a sought-after central Melbourne location. “There is a lack of high-quality, centrally located, dedicated retirement living apartment buildings […]

KIN Architects transforms former West End nightclub

Pocket gardens and tiered terraces are the centrepieces of KIN Architects’ redesign of a much-loved Brisbane nightclub for tech company Scrunch.  When Brisbane-based KIN Architects was commissioned to transform the dark Hi-Fi nightclub into a bright open-plan office, directors Majorie Dixon and Leah Gallagher wanted to retain the drama of site’s former life.  “The venue […]

Renato d’Ettorre Architects injects natural sunlight into coastal Sydney home

Excavating below the driveway and garage, Renato d’Ettorre Architects enhanced the beauty of the sandstone rock face that makes up one wall of GB House on Sydney’s Gordon Bay. The wall is part of a subterranean music room and cellar in the seaside family home, which took out a host of awards last year including […]

Jolson renovates Robin Boyd’s 1950s ‘house in the treetops’

Melbourne practice Jolson chose to be “inspired” rather than to “rehabilitate” Robin Boyd’s 1955 vision for landscape-embracing Richardson House. Designed by Boyd between 1953 and 1955, when the architect was in partnership with Grounds and Romberg, the Heritage-listed Richardson House embraced the limitations of the site, using them as “the catalyst for an extraordinary design […]

SAV Architecture + Design captures the fiery local sun in this Goa holiday house

SAV Architecture + Design chose local red laterite stones to mimic the intense Goan sun in this West Indian holiday home. Working within a tightly constrained site with little views, the architects focused on creating an “inward looking house that draws the elements of nature towards itself.” The exposed amber brick wall forms the central […]

Melbourne’s oldest residential college unveils its new Hayball-designed building

Conceived as a contemporary building set within a historic and iconic 19th-century cultivated landscape, Trinity College’s newest residential accommodation will officially open to 100 students next week. The $28 million project is a joint one between Hayball and Openwork Landscape and sits within the University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus. Hayball described the thought process behind […]

Chainmail forms walls of Melbourne Arts Centre’s revitalised cafe

Tasmanian architecture and interior design practice Cumulus Studio has completed the facade for the Arts Centre Melbourne cafe, wrapping it in a chainmail mesh originally found on movie sets. The material, called Kaynemaile, is a polycarbonate chainmail mesh developed for the Lord of the Rings movie costumes. It’s secure, fire, UV resistant and apt for […]

A look at Bateman and T&Z Architects’ new Bob Hawke College in Subiaco

The Western Australian city’s newest school is a series of three and four storey buildings that incorporate passive solar design principles courtesy of two local studios. The $70-million build will open its door to 260 Year 7 students in a couple of days. Only the first stage has been completed, with the second to be […]

From sculpture to skyscraper – discussing the design process with Chris Wilkinson

In 2013, WilkinsonEyre principal Chris Wilkinson was puzzling over the brief for the new Crown hotel in Sydney while on Christmas holiday at the family home in Lucca, Italy. “I spent most of the Christmas going through this brief. It was very detailed with the spaces they wanted, plus or minus figures for the area,” […]

BIG and Toyota team up on AI-filled city in Japan

Like something out of a science fiction novel, BIG and Toyota’s Woven City will have in-home robotics to cater to daily needs and monitor residents’ health. The Danish architecture firm headed by Bjarke Ingels unveiled plans for the “world’s first urban incubator” earlier in the week at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. It’s […]

“Do you really need a laundry?” – James Legge, pondering the future of Australia’s cities

It’s the Aussie dream to have the big house with all the amenities, a garden and a pool, but in our current property market, James Legge from National Sustainability Award winning-practice Six Degrees says for many of us, it’ll never be anything more than that – a dream. In the latest ABS Residential Property Price […]