Grand Designs

  • SOM designs stunning new waterfront neighbourhood for Zhuhai

    Global architectural, urban planning and engineering firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), have designed a new waterfront neighbourhood for Zhuhai, China’s Most Liveable City. Recently connected to i... more
  • SL Green celebrates the historic opening of One Vanderbilt Avenue

    SL Green Realty Corp. (SL Green), Manhattan’s largest office landlord, along with partners Hines and National Pension Service of Korea, this month marked the opening of One Vanderbilt Avenue, a skyline-defini... more
  • Reiulf Ramstad Architects complete residential complex in Oslo

    A recently completed residential complex in Oslo, Norway, unites tradition and innovation in a carefully reflected way. Pilestredet 77/79 is located in a residential area surrounded by buildings from the 180... more
  • Winners in industry’s largest awards program see the future of architecture

    Architizer has revealed the winners of the 8th Annual Architizer A+Awards - the industry’s largest and most international awards program which honours the best architecture, spaces, and products from across t... more

Plans for world’s tallest hybrid timber building in Sydney revealed

Software company Atlassian has revealed plans to build the world’s tallest hybrid timber building for its new headquarters in the tech precinct next to Sydney's Central Station. The roughly 40 storey building will be home to thousands of technology workers when complete in 2025. After an extensive global search, Atlassian has selected New York-based SHoP architects, and Australian practice BVN as the design team. The ground-breaking design of timber, with a glass and steel facade will include a mix of outdoor and indoor spaces and will use an energy-efficient approach that features natural ventilation an... more

First large-scale co-living space in Paris

Flatmates is the co-living project of Station F, the world’s largest start-up campus, and will host over 600 entrepreneurs in 100 shared apartments with a café, bakery, bar, gym, laundry services, and outdoor public areas. It also is the first large-scale co-living space in Paris. Each apartment is shared by four to six residents who have their own compact personal living space with a shared bathroom, kitchen, living room, and outdoor balcony. Common social spaces are shared by all residents, and a spacious outdoor area on the ground floor will host events, concerts, etc. Award-winning architecture ... more

Historical candy factory in Sweden to be transformed into affordable housing project

A former factory and site in Gävle, Sweden, known for producing the legendary Swedish candy Läkerol, is set to be transformed into an innovative eco-centric housing and mixed-use development by Singapore-based sustainable architectural design firm, Pomeroy Studio. The firm, headed by renowned eco-architect, Prof Jason Pomeroy, has been appointed by one of Sweden's largest and oldest public housing companies, AB Gavlegårdarna, to transform the landmark Läkerol candy factory into an affordable and multi-generational housing precinct in line with eco-friendly elements responsive to climatic challenges. ... more

Sports and recreation facility explored in Singapore

Singapore-based interdisciplinary sustainable design firm, Pomeroy Studio, have partnered with national sporting body, Sport Singapore, and collaborated with global infrastructure and transport engineers, Arup, to create an 89-hectare sport and recreation-oriented masterplan in Singapore. The masterplan for Kallang Alive contains a host of sport and entertainment-related facilities, including a state-of-the-art football hub and a tennis centre for the community, as well as international tournaments. There will be a Youth Hub, where proposals for a velodrome, speed climbing facilities and BMX sport are bein... more

Museum opens in Europe’s largest sculpture park in Norway

Traversing the winding Randselva river, The Twist museum designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group opens as an inhabitable bridge torqued at its centre, forming a new journey and art piece within the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Norway. Located in Jevnaker outside of Oslo, Kistefos’ new 1,000m2 contemporary art institution doubles as infrastructure to connect two forested riverbanks, completing the cultural route through northern Europe’s largest sculpture park. BIG's proposal for an art bridge was selected in 2011 and has been developed in collaboration with Element Arkitekter, AKT II, Rambøll, Bladt Industr... more

Federation Square added to Victorian Heritage Register

Since opening in 2002, Federation Square has become of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks – forming a meeting place for all Melburnians in the centre of the city and home to some of Victoria’s leading cultural institutions. Federation Square has now officially been recognised in the Victorian Heritage Register. Bordered by Swanston Street and Flinders Street, Federation Square is approximately 3.8 hectares in area and comprises an array of buildings, spaces and laneways designed around a large open space area, all built on a deck over rail lines and platforms. It was designed by LAB Architecture Studi... more

LAVA and ASPECT Studios to design Central Park in Ho Chi Minh City

LAVA, with partner ASPECT Studio, has won an international competition to design the 16-hectare Central Park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with construction due to start in 2020. Designs released by LAVA indicate that Central Park could boast gently elevated curving pedestrian walkways which are patterned on 19th-century railway tracks, sunken gardens to provide performance and play spaces and connect to an underground shopping area linking to the new Ben Thanh Metro Station, and artificial trees to offer shelter and harvest water and energy. Director of LAVA, Chris Bosse, explained that the site has alway... more

Jewel Changi Airport shines in Singapore

Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) is a $1.7 billion SGD mixed-use development at Changi Airport in Singapore which transforms the centre of an airport into a world-class public realm attraction. The 135,700 square metre development, built on the site of the former Terminal 1 open-air carpark, offers both local residents and international visitors a multi-faceted experience that includes attractions, over 280 retail stores and eateries, as well as airport and accommodation facilities. Designed by a consortium comprising Safdie Architects, led by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, as well as architects from RSP Ar... more

Luxury hotel in China’s Jiangnan region opens its doors

General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM) have officially opened The Chedi Nignhai, a luxury hotel nestled in the mountains and forest of China’s picturesque Jiangnan region. The Chedi Ninghai comprises 97 rooms in the province’s hilly coastal region and is designed to provide a true oasis to elite patrons and families from across the world. The hotel's extraordinarily large public spaces span across springs, brooks and mountains, and contain suites and villas, meeting and catering facilities and dedicated health and wellness spaces such as a spa and a hot spring. [caption id="attachment_18423" a... more