ADR’s Top 10 Features for 2011

Dec 20, 2011
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Residential design dominated the interest of ADR’s readers in 2011, with eight of our 10 most popular features for the year focussed on houses or apartments. The two exceptions to this rule both relate to the exhibition of art – although in wildly different scales and contexts.

Tania Davidge and Christine Phillips’ scathing condemnation of the Australia Council’s plans to hold a closed architectural competition for the nation’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale was our third most popular story for the year. Re-published in The Age with the assistance of Ronnie Di Stasio, this story formed an important part of the campaign that eventually saw those plans amended to a two stage open competition (although unfortunately one that was only open to practices with previous international public building experience).

The Museum of Old and New Art by Fender Katsalidis was the only feature on a built, non-residential project to make it into our top 10, perhaps an unsurprising inclusion given what a stir the building has created – never mind the impact the institution itself has had on Tasmania, as Hobart suddenly finds itself rubbing shoulders with Bilbao on the international art and architecture map.

You can find ADR’s list of the ten 10 most read features of 2011 below, in order of popularity. From all the team at ADR, best wishes for the holiday season and we look forward to bringing you more high quality architecture and design comment and criticism in 2012.

1. Skylight House, by Chenchow Little

A masterful manipulation of a heritage-listed home, with a sculptural form and striking central skylights, from one of Sydney’s most promising up-and-coming architectural firms. Read more…

2. Z House, by Donovan Hill

Turning its back on the formal traditions of the Queenslander, Donovan Hill’s Z House nevertheless presents clever solutions to the challenges of designing for the tropics. Read more…

3. The Australian Pavilion in Venice: art over architecture, or privilege over opportunity?

Tania Davidge and Christine Phillips on why the Australia Council’s initial proposal for a closed competition for a new Australia pavilion in Venice smacked of elitism. Read more…

4. Hamilton Courtyard House, by Gunn Dyring

Last year’s AIA Gold Medal winner Graeme Gunn, together with practice partner Sophie Dyring, deliver another of Gunn’s celebrated courtyard house’s in regional Victoria. Read more…

5. Garden House, by Durbach Block Jaggers

Inspired by the modernism of Le Corbusier, Durbach Block Jaggers Garden House project planted a little patch of Arcadia on a hillside in suburban Sydney. Read more…

6. Raven Street House, by James Russell

While drawing on traditions of timber craftsmanship, this daring home challenges conventional models for sub-tropical living. Read more…

7. Greeves Street House, by Robert Simeoni

A small extension to an existing terrace, this work celebrates the hybrid vigour of inner Melbourne’s urban fabric and industrial heritage. Read more…

8. Museum of Old and New Art, by Fender Katsalidis

David Neustein visits Fender Katsalidis’ subterranean MONA, a private art gallery that nevertheless has distinctly public ambitions in Hobart, Tasmania. Read more…

 9. Yan Lane, by Justin Malia

Emerging architect Justin Mallia transforms a seemingly unworkable site inner-city site (a tiny private lane) into award-winning apartments. Read more…

10. One Central Park, Sydney – Interiors by Smart Design Studio and Koichi Takada

A preview of the interiors for Jean Nouvel’s new apartment building in Sydney, which were designed by local talents Smart Design Studio and Koichi Takada. Read more… 








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