ADR’s top ten features of 2010

December 20, 2010

As the year draws to a close, we look at the top ten features posted on Australian Design Review in 2010.

2010 has been a big year for Australian Design Review, and a busy year for Australian architecture and design. We’ve seen 17 futuristic visions of Australian cities in 2050 and beyond come to life with 3D stereoscopic images at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and watched as construction on the vast pavilions for the Shanghai World Expo raced to the finish line.

On local soil, UK architect Richard Rogers has tested the upper limits of planning regulations and frayed the tempers of Sydneysiders with his proposed hotel at the centre of the Barangaroo site in Sydney Harbour; while fellow international starchitect, American Frank Gehry, has raised eyebrows – and heated debate – with his recently unveiled concept design for the Faculty of Business at UTS.

Some of this year’s top stories, however, have been opinion pieces and in-depth project reviews of the work of some of the country’s leading architects.

This year’s top feature was David Neustein’s piece on Christopher Nolan’s film, _Inception_. “Unfortunately,” says Neustein, “it turns out that the world of the real architect and the dream world of the movie architect are essentially the same: both resemble realms of fantasy and desire, but are really just elaborate traps, ingeniously designed to rob us of what we treasure most”.

The most read project review for 2010 is Kavellaris Urban Design (KUD)’s twin project Perforated House & Gold Street House, a set of back-to-back townhouses in Melbourne’s Brunswick with a playful façade that mocks the constraints of council regulations.

Other high-ranking projects include the work of established firms Hayball, Wood Marsh and Neeson Murcutt alongside projects by emerging practices such as Architects EAT and international work including a capsule hotel in Japan by Fumie Shibata, Masaaki Hiromura & Takaaki Nakamura.

Most viewed features and projects from 2010:
• ["Inception, or what architects could do if we slept more":]
• ["Perforated House & Gold Street House, Kavellaris Urban Design (KUD)":]
• ["Dandenong High School, Hayball":]
• ["Australian Pavilion Shanghai Expo 2010, Wood Marsh":]
• ["Richard Rogers’ Barangaroo Masterstroke":]
• ["Interview: Peter Maddison on Grand Designs Australia":]
• ["Zac’s House, Neeson Murcutt":]
• ["The Barangaroo Red Herring":]
• ["Elm and Willow House, Architects EAT":]
• ["9h Capsule Hotel, Fumie Shibata, Masaaki Hiromura & Takaaki Nakamura":]

Thank you for your support throughout 2010, and we look forward to another successful year in 2011.

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