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Opal Tower damage blamed on multiple design and construction faults in final report

The final report investigating the issues into Sydney’s Opal Tower has been released, blaming multiple design and construction faults. While the building has been confirmed as “overall” structurally sound, “significant” rectification works are necessary to ensure that the building and all its structural components satisfy building compliance. The final report, which was compiled by independent engineers John […]

Gurner’s $550 million Saint Moritz project goes beyond luxury

Apartment living is an integral part of the fabric of life in Australia these days and the design and amenity that new developments offer is always stretching the boundaries offering more, bigger, better. Launched last week, Saint Moritz in St Kilda by Gurner is about to create a new paradigm in luxury living that is […]

How can we design alternative models of living?

As the housing affordability crisis reaches epic proportions it’s time to consider alternative modes of living. The Room Xchange is a way to utilise the millions of spare bedrooms in Australia. Architecture Review (AR) will be looking at the opportunities for architects in this space in a future issue, but first, the start-up’s founder Ludwina Dautovic […]

Parramatta international design competition launched

Create NSW and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) have launched an international design competition to find designs for a Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta, with Naomi Milgrom AO,  architects Wendy Lewin and David Gianotten and MAAS chief executive Lisa Havilah on the jury.  Launched on 24 January by Minister for the Arts Don Harwin, architects from […]

Retail design firms i2C Architects and TRG Queensland merge

i2C Architects is set to expand up the country’s east coast, after announcing its amalgamation with Brisbane-based TRG Queensland. Currently located in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, the architecture and design firm’s merger with TRG Queensland will see it offer a robust skill set and expanded client database, with full coverage across Australia. It is expected that […]

Carriageworks director to depart

Lisa Havilah, the director of Sydney contemporary arts centre Carriageworks, is to leave the organisation to take on the role of CEO of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). Havilah has been with Carriageworks for eight years, during which time she secured partnerships with major cultural events including Sydney Festival, Vivid Sydney, Mercedes […]

“Design was a function, now it’s a strategic tool” HP’s design revolution

HP is placing design front and centre as it looks to pivot from a tech company into a lifestyle brand. HP is well known for its technical prowess. Founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in 1938, the tech company’s first product was an audio oscillator; an instrument used to measure audio frequencies. Since it’s […]

New exhibition by architectural photographer Derek Swalwell

Leading architectural photographer Derek Swalwell’s latest exhibition, Outdistance, opens at Modern Times Gallery in Fitzroy this week. Outdistance is Swalwell’s third exhibition at the gallery and showcases the interplay of light and design in architecture through the work of three internationally renowned architects, Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi and Carlo Aymonino. The 10 photographic scenes focus […]

New spaces unveiled at State Library Victoria as part of $88M redevelopment

State Library Victoria has opened the first of its redeveloped spaces as part of Vision 2020, an ambitious $88.1 million transformation that will increase public space by 40 percent and seating by 70 percent. Two new reading rooms were unveiled along with a dedicated special events venue supported by a state-of-the-art production kitchen, and a […]

New park in Melbourne CBD endorsed

The Future Melbourne Committee has unanimously endorsed plans for the first new urban park in the Hoddle Grid since City Square was developed in 1980. The Market Street public park is adjacent to Cbus Property and ISPT’s landmark Collins Arch development at 447 Collins Street and will improve connectivity and walkability in the CBD’s western […]