“From the outside, the building presents as a translucent box that entices the visitor toward it. On arrival, a glint of green slices through the form, providing a tantalising hint of the splendour of plants within.” Sydney-based studio CHROFI has won a competition to design the new conservatory for the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Change is afoot with two new editors at Niche, Madeleine Swain takes on new role as editor of Architectural Review and Aleesha Callahan joins the team as online editor of Australian Design Review.
Woods Bagot wins design competition for five-star Parramatta hotel
Woods Bagot has won a design competition for Parramatta’s iconic mixed-use building at 8 Phillip Street. The 54-storey structure will include 35 levels of apartments, a proposed five-star hotel, rooftop bar and will integrate with the existing Heritage St Andrew’s Church and St Andrew’s Hall.
Nightingale 3 calling for support
In a call-to-arms, the grass roots oriented development group is asking for letters of support for its third project to be sent to the government.
CHROFI designs ‘hovering cube’ for National Botanic Gardens
Building a place of welcome: the Guesthouse
Dr. Caroline Vains, lecturer and project leader, discusses the Guesthouse – a student project that works to highlight the migrant experience while creating a place of welcome, developed in collaboration with the local migrant community and Christof Mayer of raumlabor.berlin.
Innovative designs: Incubator winners
This year’s Designbuild featured a new and intriguing component – the Incubator competition. Entrants were invited to submit applications for their innovative and exciting products. AR showcases the winners who were of particular interest to the architecture industry.
Navigating social media as an architect or designer
Social media is constantly changing and evolving. Add into the mix the new platforms that are popping up all the time, and it can start to feel like a jungle out there.
Interstudio opened its doors to the architecture and design community for a fabulous celebration to launch its newly renovated Melbourne premises.
Big World Home: like IKEA for houses
“We’re excited to be launching one of the most progressive, socially oriented, community driven housing projects that Australia has ever seen, at a time when new options in affordable housing have never been more vital,” says architect Alexander Symes. The Big World Homes can be built in days using only a hammer and a drill.
Bijoy Jain’s 2016 MPavilion officially opens in Melbourne
“MPavilion is a space for the people of Melbourne to gather, talk, think and to reflect,” said Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai’s design, at the official opening of the 2016 MPavilion this week.
The Smile puts timber to the test
“I wanted to create something that uses tulipwood CLT in its largest format possible.” The AHEC has collaborated with Alison Brooks Architects, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a giant, cross-laminated tulipwood structure that showcases the true strengths of timber.
Vale Sharrin Rees
“Her memory forever lives on in her beautiful imagery,” said photographer Dianna Snape. Rees will be remembered by the A&D community as a pioneer in female architectural photography and one of the best eyes in the industry.
IDEA Early Bird tickets close this week
For anyone looking to attend one of the biggest events on the interior design calendar, midnight this Friday is your last chance to purchase discounted early bird tickets.