All Grand Designs

  • Singapore builds one of the largest wooden buildings in Asia

    The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore is a leader in adopting sustainable materials and innovative construction methods for its campus development. Its latest project, Academic Building South ... more
  • noma

    An intimate look inside the new noma

    The award-winning restaurant noma worked with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group to create its new home as a restaurant village just outside of Copenhagen’s city centre. Since opening, noma has been at the forefront ... more
  • University of Sydney and surrounds to be heritage listed

    The University of Sydney along with University Colleges and Victoria Park will join the likes of Queen Victoria Building, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge as they have just been recognised a... more
  • Taronga Zoo unveils world-class conservation and learning centre

    The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning (TISL) is set to be a world-class centre for conservation activities at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. With strong co... more

Unique facade connects urban architecture with nature

In 2015 Australian artist Alexander Knox won a competition to create an art facade for 300 George Street in Brisbane’s CBD, after planning and development, the result became The Sound That Light Makes, a spectacular façade that connects the natural world with the urbanised city of Brisbane. Wrapping around the podium at the base of the three-tower site, the work creates an iconic visual signature and landmark for the high-end commercial area. Spanning 2660 square metres and comprised of over 2500 3D pressed and planar aluminium panels, the façade uses geometric and organic shapes to explore the effect of light shimmering on the surface of water. According to Knox’s project team, UAP, The Sound That Light Makes’ three-dimensional metallic surface is designed to catch and mimic the kinetic nature of light on water, designed to welcome the ‘influence of natural forces into ... more

BIG completes pleated skyscraper in Shenzhen

The new home for Shenzhen Energy Company looks different and performs unlike anything you've ever seen before. The tower’s skin is developed to maximise the sustainable performance and workplace comfort in the local subtropical climate of China’s tech and innovation hub in Shenzhen. The 96,000 square metre office development for the state-owned Shenzhen Energy Company is designed to look and feel at home in the cultural, political and business centre of Shenzhen, whilst standing out as a new social and sustainable landmark at the main axis of the city. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) won an international design competition for Shenzhen Energy Mansion along with ARUP and Transsolar in 2009 and construction commenced in 2012. “Shenzhen Energy Mansion is our first realised example of ‘engineering without engines’ – the idea that we can engineer the dependence on machinery out ... more

Heritage building transformed by sustainable and innovative design

The fascinating aspects behind redeveloping heritage preservation sites are often overlooked and should encompass so much more than just the conservation of historic structures. We put a spotlight on 39 Hunter Street in Sydney to see what kind of sustainable and innovative thinking should be the norm for these types of projects... 39 Hunter Street was built in 1916 as the prestigious headquarters of Perpetual Trustees, now forming a seven storey sandstone commercial property, the site found itself being modernised three times during its life. Prior to redevelopment, the architect studio Jackson Teece along with their project partners Kador Group, ARUP, Hyder, EMS and JCK Project Management, found themselves redesigning a Sydney property with no provision for parking along with interior spaces that were rendered cramped and dark, the 6500 square metre building was in dire need of a sig... more

Reconceptualising the ordinary surf club

Built on the iconic Gold Coast, Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club is one of the first new surf clubs to be built in Australia for decades, it was designed to be a resonant place, and a waterfront destination that would cater for a variety of commercial and recreational activities.  The project team embarked on building a new facility which reflected not only the club’s status within the surfing community but also created a bold and visionary design to embrace and engage with the community. According to architect studio Arkhefield, the key to the design was balancing the building’s dual civic and recreational functions. “This was achieved through a generous, publicly accessible and civic scaled, outdoor room. The expansive, sculpted roof with a dynamic uplit sunscreen contributes to both the casual beach culture as well as the lively Broadbeach atmosphere. The building contains ... more

Cathedral Precinct blends contemporary and heritage design

St. Christopher’s is the Cathedral for the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. The building opened in 1939, and forms the largest church in the national capital, occupying a prominent site on the corner of Canberra Avenue and Furneaux St. in Manuka. The $40 million redevelopment project, which was designed by Cox Architecture, took advantage of the ageing Cathedral grounds and outdated buildings, presenting an opportunity to revitalise the precinct for the future. The Cathedral Precinct Redevelopment now encompasses several different uses including the new Diocesan and Parish Administration Building, 44 new supportive housing apartments, public space, seating and sculpture. The project was created in collaboration with landscape design consultants at TRACT. The extensive redevelopment of the site included demolition of existing buildings, and the construction of a car park, a t... more

Unexpected beauty brought to Melbourne Meat Market

Grimshaw Architects transformed the Meat Market in North Melbourne into a giant installation that literally wrapped around the hub for Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW18), the City of Melbourne’s annual festival which explores Melbourne’s smart and innovative future. Comprising of approximately one square kilometre of fruit netting, the tensile structure was manipulated to provide an atmospheric experience of movement and light that enveloped and connected the programmed events and lively discussions of the event. “Our design takes its cues from the term ‘watershed’, which we’ve interpreted as a collector of ideas, turning points, and breakthrough moments about our city’s future. It’s also an acknowledgement of water as our most sacred and increasingly scarce resource,” commented Grimshaw Managing Partner and MKW18 City Design Ambassador, Neil Stonell. The insta... more

Origami inspired architecture celebrates urban livability

Each year the MPavillion forms an innovating civic space, forming a location built for the community to engage and share. This year’s edition is part of an ongoing series and is designed by influential Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós (from his firm Estudio Carme Pinós). MPavillion 2018 is the fifth in an ongoing series commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, a Summer experience built in the Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne. The winning origami-like architecture was designed to celebrate urban livability, as well as a trial in sharp but poetic, experimental design. With this success, Carme will become the first Spanish female architect to design a public work in Australia. “MPavilion 2018 is a place for people to experience with all their senses—to establish a relationship with nature, but also a space for social activities and connections. Whenever I can, I d... more

A minimalist and monochromatic office design

Using a black and white minimalist colour pallet, Candlefox’s HQ oozes a sleek design edge, transforming a conventional office space into something unique. Less is more may sound like a cliché, but with the minimalist design trend, that's the essence of this area of design. Having a simplistic approach to design can be manifested by stripping back the unnecessary, and focusing on creating elegant solutions that serve functional experiences.  The unique Candlefox office, which is designed by Tom Robertson Architects is an example of this design put to good use. The space ingrates a crisp white background with strong contrasting geometric shapes, adding a sense of sophistication to the space. Having quickly outgrown their previous location, Candlefox were in dire need of an upgrade that suited their company, both visually and spatially. The space accommodates around 20 staff,... more

Transforming Sydney’s beach amenities with sustainable design

Sam Crawford Architects have transformed North Bondi Amenities and Marks Park Amenities through beautiful and sustainable design, pushing life into the precincts around them. If you’ve ever been to a beautiful beach in Australia, you’re probably familiar with the standard red brick toilet and shower space that doesn’t really resemble its surroundings. The North Bondi Amenities were designed to accommodate large summer crowds, built for bare feet, salty skin and designed to withstand the sting of the coastal elements year after year. “Orientated to the ocean, the promenade address draws people into the building, providing the amenity of toilets, change rooms, and accessible facilities. Skylights admit generous natural light and a slotted skin draws fresh air through the internal spaces. Replacing the worn-out 1980’s amenities, the new building increases capacity and upgra... more