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Augmented Australia: 11 projects that never were

Oct 22, 2013
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Eleven unbuilt projects are being brought to life as part of Australia’s exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Augmented Australia 1914-2014. felix._Giles_Anderson+Goad, Australia’s creative team for the event, will be accomplishing this through the use of three-dimensional augmented models, images, voiceovers and animations.

Following the announcement of the creative team in July 2013, a callout was issued for 10 unbuilt contemporary Australian buildings to accompany 10 historical unrealised designs, which will be revealed at the exhibition opening during the Vernissage and the new Australian Pavilion by Denton Corker Marshall, which will then be under construction in Venice.

The submissions were expanded to 11 works due to the impressive talent and ideas behind the submissions. The projects to be featured (images below) are:

  • Darwin City Waterfront Signature Restaurant – Susan Dugdale and Associates
  • Museum of Contemporary Art – fjmt (Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp)
  • Caught Unawares – MvS Architects
  • (un)Common Earth_National World War I & World War II Memorial, Canberra – Mulloway Studio
  • Styx Valley Protest Shelter – Andrew Maynard Architects
  • Lodge on the Lake m3architecture
  • Jewel Cave Visitor Centre – iredale pedersen hook architects
  • Tower Skin – LAVA
  • Carlton United Brewery Site, Swanston St Melbourne – ARM Architecture
  • Hybrid Cathedral – tessellate a+d
  • RMIT University Sports Centre – Lyons
Darwin City Waterfront Signature Restaurant – Susan Dugdale and Associates
Darwin City Waterfront Signature Restaurant – Susan Dugdale and Associates

 

Museum of Contemporary Art – fjmt (Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp)
Museum of Contemporary Art – fjmt (Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp)

 

Caught Unawares – MvS Architects
Caught Unawares – MvS Architects

 

(un)Common Earth_National World War I & World War II Memorial, Canberra – Mulloway Studio
(un)Common Earth_National World War I & World War II Memorial, Canberra – Mulloway Studio

 

Styx Valley Protest Shelter – Andrew Maynard Architects
Styx Valley Protest Shelter – Andrew Maynard Architects

 

Lodge on the Lake – m3architecture
Lodge on the Lake – m3architecture

 

Jewel Cave Visitor Centre – iredale pedersen hook architects
Jewel Cave Visitor Centre – iredale pedersen hook architects

 

Tower Skin – LAVA
Tower Skin – LAVA

 

Carlton United Brewery Site, Swanston St Melbourne – ARM Architecture
Carlton United Brewery Site, Swanston St Melbourne – ARM Architecture

 

Hybrid Cathedral – tessellate a+d
Hybrid Cathedral – tessellate a+d

 

RMIT University Sports Centre – Lyons
RMIT University Sports Centre – Lyons

 

“The great part about these contemporary projects is that they are almost completely unknown; however, have been submitted by some of the best architects in Australia. Our concept for the exhibition will bring the projects to life for the first time and allow us to explore the ideas and stories behind their design and inception,” felix._Giles_Anderson+Goad comments.

“The projects were deliberately chosen to represent all of Australia. We believe that the selections will cleverly negotiate Rem Koolhaas’s Fundamentals theme and offer a true national perspective of the architecture of Australia.”

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23 Oct 13 at 3:15 PM • Ian Dewar

If Architecture is an art at all, it is a Practical Art.

The exclusive medium of the Architect is the Building.
It is not the thought, the concept, the drawing, the computer image, the model.
It is the Built Work.

If I need to say more …..

To be worthy of acclamation the Built Work must be fully realized, on time,
on budget, fit for purpose, gratifying to the client who pays.

No Fine Artist (painter, sculptor, composer, etc.) ever said
“Well it is not finished but you can see from my notes what I was getting at.”

23 Oct 13 at 9:47 PM • Tom Rivard

By Mr. Dewar’s standards, I note that the Sydney Opera House is clearly not worthy of acclamation, being neither fully realised, nor on time, on budget, fit for purpose (ask the orchestra, or the fat lady) nor (especially) gratifying to the State Government who paid for it at the time.

Buildings are, as is often said, the death of Architecture.

Thus, dead buildings (or those resurrected, zombie-like, from beyond the grave) are surely doubling down on the futility of material tectonics in an increasingly (and blazingly) precarious climate (economic and environmental).

Perhaps a “true(r) national perspective” of (small A) architecture in Australia would be a selection of virtual marketing brochures for suburban mc-mansions and equally cheesy developer flats.

I’m sure Rem would approve.

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