Year in review: ADR’s top 10 news stories of 2012

December 18, 2012

Competitions and controversy dominated ADR’s most popular news stories in 2012 – see the top 10 news stories of the year listed here.

It’s no surprise that stories surrounding competitions dominated Australian Design Review’s most popular news stories this year – with the high-profile and somewhat controversial Flinders Street Station Design Competition popping up a few times, as well as the Green Square Library competition and the recently announced Design Ideas Competition for a new Prime Minister’s Lodge. But it was the Australian firms listed in the World Architecture 100 (WA 100) that piqued the most interest this year – with HASSELL, Woods Bagot, HBO + EMTB and Cox Architecture all named in the compendium of the world’s biggest practices, compiled by UK-based magazine Building Design.

Also demanding a lot of attention this year was last week’s announcement that HASSELL, Populous and OMA, led by Lend Lease, are the winning consortium for the redevelopment of the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour. Also making the list is news of Melbourne’s Pixel Building being awarded the world’s highest LEED rating by the US Green Building Council, and the appointment of DCM as architects of the new Australian pavilion at this year’s Venice Art & Architecture Biennale (read Christine Phillips and Tania Davidge’s opinion piece on the matter here).

The 2012 Interior Design Excellence Awards winners attracted much attention, with Hecker Guthrie taking out the Gold Medal award and the Royal Children’s Hospital receiving the prestigious Overall prize.

See below for the full list of ADR’s top news stories in 2012, listed in order of popularity.

1. Australian firms named in World Architecture top 100

2. Flinders St Station Design Competition shortlist announced

3. HASSELL, OMA, Populous to redevelop Sydney entertainment precinct

4. Pixel Building awarded world’s highest LEED rating

5. IDEA 2012 winners revealed

6. Flinders Street Design Comp entries unofficially revealed

7. Sydney Opera House immortalised in Lego

8. Green Square Library Competition shortlist announced

9. DCM to design new Venice pavilion

10. Design Ideas Competition for a New Prime Minister’s Lodge

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