MPavilion 2020 to reuse rather than build a new pavilion

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced it won’t be building a new pavilion for the MPavilion 2020 exhibition, deciding to instead “focus on reconnecting communities” with the six past pavilions. The decision for the 2020/2021 season was made as a “direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says the foundation in a statement issued today. “At […]

Sekisui House releases $1.5 billion vision for Ripley Town Centre

Tokyo-listed developer Sekisui House has released an in-depth vision paper for the Ripley Town Centre development in south-east Queensland.  A year after announcing their $1.5 billion masterplan for the Ripley Town Centre, Sekisui House’s latest vision paper for the project highlights the developer’s commitment to fostering resident, worker, partner and visitor ownership over the 40-hectare […]

Recycled bricks frame a contemporary pavilion addition by Kreis Grennan Architecture

NSW-based Kreis Grennan Architecture has framed its contemporary addition to a Heritage cottage in Petersham with on-site recycled bricks. The single-storey addition was attached to the freestanding Federation-style cottage to considerably increase the floor space for the exisiting residents. With its exterior of local recycled bricks, the addition frames the new building and “creates a […]

TERROIR to design Tasmania’s $18 million gallery

Architecture practice TERROIR has revealed its design for Tasmania’s North West Museum and Art Gallery (NWMAG).  The Burnie City Council’s architecture brief for the new cultural facility in Tasmania’s North West was a building of “style and stature”, as iconic as the art that it houses.  “It would also reflect the natural environment of the […]

HUA HUA Architects designs socially distanced public space

Czech Republic based HUA HUA Architects has designed an outdoor eating prototype that reconciles people, restaurants and public space during COVID-19.  Social distancing has proven to be the most effective way of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic but the impact of these regulations on the economy have been profound. HUA HUA Architects’ Gastro Safe Zone program […]

$2 billion Southbank by Beulah gets green light

The Victorian State Government has officially given the green light to the $2 billion Southbank by Beulah project conceptualised by UNStudio and COX Architecture. Lodged in August 2019, the permit will now allow Beulah to officially transform the current CBD BMW site into a vertical village spanning a total of 270,000 square metres. Envisioned as […]

Scientists develop windows that generate electricity

Two square metres of solar windows will do the same job as a standard solar rooftop panel, Australian researchers say. Semitransparent solar cells that can be incorporated into windows could transform architecture, urban planning and electricity generation, Australian scientists say in a paper in Nano Energy. The researchers, led by Professor Jacek Jasieniak from the ARC […]

Fender Katsalidis designs $20 million barrel vault winery

Multidisciplinary design practice Fender Katsalidis has begun its $20 million development at Levantine Hill Estate in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.  The sculptural three-level complex is a soaring barrel vault that creates new sight-lines over the winery landscape. In concert with the neighbouring cellar door, the design will raise the bar even higher for hospitality in the […]

Hames Sharley designs Perth precinct for post COVID-19

A revitalised city heart designed by Hames Sharley awaits Perth shoppers and commuters after the COVID-19 isolation period passes.  The Perth-based practice’s redevelopment includes the facade of the Forrest Chase retail precinct, a reimagined overpass for the Murray Street Mall and an enhanced gathering space known to locals as the Padbury Walk. Hames Sharley director Derek […]

Woods Bagot designs adaptable apartment in response to WFH

Woods Bagot’s has designed AD-APT, a modular system showing how families and flatmates can adapt apartments to working from home. The firm designed the model after the en masse shift to working from home following the coronavirus outbreak exposed “the benefits (and challenges) to a far wider range of the population than ever before. “Once the […]

What to do if you’ve had projects cancelled or postponed

Postponed or cancelled projects are nothing new, but the government’s stop-work orders following the coronavirus outbreak has transformed what was a rare occurrence into an industry wide phenomena. We spoke to a handful of Australian designers and architects as well as an industry expert to get their strategies for dealing with postponed or cancelled projects. […]