Grand Designs

  • Dutch cabin wins prestigious 2021 Architizer A+ Awards Project of the Year Award

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    Dutch cabin wins prestigious 2021 Architizer A+ Awards Project of the Year Award

    The versatile wooden cabin, ANNA Stay, from the Dutch designer Caspar Schols, has taken out the internationally acclaimed 2021 Architizer A+Awards Project of the Year Award. The architectural award follows ANNA... more

  • Perth’s Barrack Square, Bell Tower and Jetties get landmark heritage listing

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    Perth’s Barrack Square, Bell Tower and Jetties get landmark heritage listing

    Western Australian Minister for Heritage, the Hon. David Templeman MLA, has announced the finalisation of Perth's iconic Barrack Square and Jetties in the State Register of Heritage Places. As the location o... more

  • Building to feature stunning natural biotope in Manhattan

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    Building to feature stunning natural biotope in Manhattan

    One of the most fascinating challenges of our time is to transform our cities into people-oriented, climate-resilient places that are as carbon-neutral as possible. The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing our cities t... more

  • Project to investigate reusing precast concrete elements in new buildings

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    Project to investigate reusing precast concrete elements in new buildings

    Concrete is widely used as a construction material, but it has a substantial environmental impact. When a building is demolished, what happens to all the concrete? Tampere University, Finland, is coordinating a... more

  • Dutch cabin wins prestigious 2021 Architizer A+ Awards Project of the Year Award
  • Perth’s Barrack Square, Bell Tower and Jetties get landmark heritage listing
  • Building to feature stunning natural biotope in Manhattan
  • Project to investigate reusing precast concrete elements in new buildings

Winning design for Sara Hildén Art Museum selected

The winning design for the new Sara Hildén Art Museum building in Tampere, Finland has been announced. Organised by the Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company, the Sara Hildén Foundation and the City of Tampere in cooperation with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), an international architecture competition was held between August and December last year to determine the design for the building. According to the City of Tampere, a total of 472 competition entries were approved for the competition. The number of entries was among the highest ever submitted to an architectural competition in Finland. Last week Lumen Valo by…

A new approach to education design

Located 80 kilometres south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor High School is the first state high school to comprehensively employ principles of personalised learning into the design of its senior school campus. According to award-winning architectural firm, Hames Sharley, the formality of the traditional classroom is replaced with a more open, socially interactive, wireless technology environment comprising of flexible spaces, student commons, learning streets, courtyards and piazzas. The learning environment is one where students and teachers can socialise, exchange thoughts and ideas and acquire information either sitting at a desk, lounging on a sofa, on the carpet…

Playspace brings new joy to families at Wittunga Botanic Garden

An exciting new nature-themed playspace in Blackwood’s Wittunga Botanic Garden has officially opened, with the event attended by South Australian Minister for Environment and Water, the Hon David Speirs MP, and many locals and visitors. Construction on the new playground was funded under the $649 million Adelaide City Deal – a 10-year partnership between the Australian and South Australian governments, and the City of Adelaide. “This is a great example of how the City Deal is supporting Adelaide’s cultural and tourism economy, and providing a safe, fun environment for families to spend time together,” said Federal Minister for Communications, Urban…

Stunning entrance to Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

A striking white ngutu – or ceremonial entranceway – will greet visitors at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. Called Te Aika, which means ‘the home people’ (te aika is a Ngāi Tahu version of te ahi kā: ‘the home fires burning’), the aluminium artwork recognises the mana of local hapu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri. Inspired by the southern maihi, or diagonal bargeboards, on whare on the bank of the Horotueka (Cam River), the design also reflects other influences. These include the kōtuku, a good omen; karanga weaving imagery as a tribute to Ngāi Tūāhuriri wāhine; the kahu huruhuru – or cloak – as…

Could this be the future of emergency housing?

Visitors to Geelong Design Week last weekend had the rare opportunity to take a guided tour of a new prototype one-bedroom unit – similar to a tiny house – designed to provide comfortable and sustainable emergency housing in areas hit by natural disasters. Known as Prefab21: Phoenix Response House, the prototype has been developed by academics and students at Deakin University's School of Architecture and Built Environment in conjunction with Geelong company, FormFlow. The prototype utilises new prefabrication technologies developed by FormFlow and includes a living space, bedroom and bathroom in a space measuring just 4 metres by 10 metres.…

Historic Sydney precinct joins National Heritage List

A slice of Sydney’s historic parks, gardens, streets and buildings dating to the first several decades of British settlement and associated with several people of importance in Australia’s cultural history including Bennelong, Governors Phillip and Macquarie and Francis Greenway have been added to Australia’s National Heritage List. The 100-hectare site on the eastern side of Sydney’s Central Business District, known as Governors’ Domain and Civic Precinct, covers the First Government House site, Hyde Park Barracks, the Conservatorium of Music (former government stables), the Mint and Parliament House (former Rum Hospital), Hyde Park, the Domain, Macquarie Place and the Royal Botanic…

Luxury floating sauna graces shores in Norway

Located in the middle of Tromsø Harbour in Norway, a luxury floating sauna offers visitors a chance to enjoy unique views of the Northern Lights. Elegantly adorning the stunning coastline of Tromsø, the architects and designers of the impressive project used Kebony wood for the exterior façade, and both the roof and ocean terrace decking, contributing to the striking appearance of the sauna. Handcrafted furniture company Ekte, sauna specialists Pust and Skapa Architects worked through various challenges over the past year to create the floating masterpiece which is seen by locals and visitors as a space to breathe, disconnect from…