Grand Designs

  • 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 ind... 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 squa... 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... more
  • 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

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 as places of state significance and will soon be listed on the State Heritage Register. NSW Heritage Minister, Gabrielle Upton welcomed the announcement, stating that it was ‘only fitting’ that Australia’s oldest university was included on their State Heritage Register. “This is a time to celebrate, to reflect on the history and the culture of this unique cultural landscape, and to preserve an... 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 connections to the wider Zoo, the brand new Institute of Science and Learning building will transform Taronga Zoo’s capability to undertake leading research that informs policy development around wildlife management and conservation. Designed by Sydney-based design studio, NBRS ARCHITECTURE, the TISL building is set to be a living laboratory, designed for the purposes of conservation education and scie... 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... 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 desig... 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 wi... 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 recreationa... 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 n... 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... 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 w... more