All Grand Designs

  • Paris

    The new IDF Habitat Headquarters in Paris

    Extreme organisational flexibility, attention to environmental quality and an accurate interpretation of the setting: these were the requirements for the headquarters of IDF Habitat, the French company in charg... more
  • 3XN

    3XN reveals their first North American high rise

    3XN’s first North American highrise has been commissioned by a Canadian developer, One Properties in Toronto, Canada. The 43 storey tall building is planned for Toronto’s vibrant and historic Church and Wel... more
  • West End

    Top award for apartments delivering housing diversity to West End

    An innovative new apartment development delivering housing diversity to Fremantle’s West End has received top honours at the esteemed Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA Awards for Excellence o... more
  • Leeza SOHO

    Beijing tower has the world’s tallest atrium

    Leeza Soho, a 46-storey (207m) mixed-use tower, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, has the world’s tallest atrium. Within the Lize Financial Business District – a new business, residential and transport ... more

Smart Luxury hotel opens in China’s Fujian Province

A smart luxury hotel brand has announced the opening of the Conrad Xiamen hotel, on the southwestern coast of Xiamen Island, China. Owned by Shimao Group and managed by Hilton, Conrad Xiamen occupies the 37th to 54th floors of the iconic 300-metre tall Shimao Straits Tower, in the heart of Siming’s Central Business District. Designed to be a shopping, leisure, and business hub, Shimao Straits Tower is a striking sea-facing landmark with a sail-shaped design boasting expansive views of the famous Gulangyu Island. Conrad Xiamen has 241 guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views. Averaging 60 square metres, the rooms have walk-in wardrobes, large flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and wired Internet access, Nespresso machines, hydrotherapy rain showers and 400-thread count luxury bed linens. Overlooking the city from the 37th floor is a 24-hour H... more

Striking museum design revealed

The new $428 million Museum for Western Australia is one of the most significant museum redevelopments in the world, as is evident from the new design recently revealed. Developed in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre, the new museum will share the stories of Western Australia’s people and place, acting as a gateway to explore all of Western Australia. It will reflect the extraordinary history, distinctiveness, creativity and diversity of the State and region. Brookfield Multiplex, and its design team comprising HASSELL and OMA, has been appointed as the Managing Contractor that will design and construct the New Museum for Western Australia. The dramatic new design links contemporary architecture with the historic and heritage-listed buildings, creating a visual landmark for the State. Brookfield Multiplex architects Mark Loughnan, from HASSELL and David Gianotten from ... more

The most dramatic development in New York’s history

When completed, Hudson Yards will not only change the way New York City looks, but how the world looks at New York City. Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. When completed in 2025, 125,000 people a day will work in, visit or call Hudson Yards their home. The site will include more than five million square metres of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops, a collection of restaurants, approximately 4,000 residences, The Shed, a new center for artistic invention, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and an Equinox® branded luxury hotel with more than 200 rooms—all offering unparalleled amenities for residents, employees and guests. The development of Hudson Yards will create more than 23,000 construction jobs. To co... more

Awards honour the benefits of architecture in SA

The diversity of projects being undertaken by architects in South Australia, who are responding to the challenges of today and needs of tomorrow, will be honoured at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 SA Architecture Awards held on Saturday 2 July at the 2015 architecture award-winning Adelaide Oval. Four projects from the Tonsley redevelopment have collected seven Awards across education, heritage, commercial, sustainability and urban design, cementing the project as a ‘unique place with a strong identity for South Australia to celebrate its manufacturing history’. See below for full list of award winners. The role of architects Woods Bagot and Tridente in deciding to retain the Main Assembly Building (MAB) structure and surrounding building pods along with vibrant urban spaces designed by Oxigen, ‘is testament to both the vision of the client, the skills and col... more

Significant City Project Make History: WA Architecture Awards

Both the City of Perth Library and Public Plaza and the State Buildings have been recognised with the highest overall honour, the George Temple Poole Award, at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 WA Architecture Awards. Honouring excellence in the design and construction industry, the Awards were held on Friday, July 1 at Crown Perth’s Grand Ballroom. Presented each year to the project judged worthiest of all award winners in each category, this is the first time in the history of the WA Architecture Awards that there has been two prestigious George Temple Poole Awards. Both the State Buildings and the City of Perth Library and Public Plaza were designed by Kerry Hill Architects, with Palassis Architects as heritage architects on the State Buildings. Together, the two projects all but complete Perth’s most important civic space, Cathedral Square. Faced with the di... more

NSW awards winners contribute to the city landscape

The winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 NSW Architecture Awards have been announced in Sydney. The state’s longest standing honour, the Sulman Medal which was introduced in 1932, is given to a public building of exceptional merit and in 2016 it has been awarded to the ‘quintessentially Australian’ Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club by Neeson Murcutt Architects. “This project is completely engaged with the environment and the culture of coastal NSW. The execution and detailing is beautifully refined and resolved, but still tough and robust to suit the extreme, corrosive environment and the demands of a ‘club’ client,” the jury noted. Major inner-city works balancing the demands of commercial, public and urban interests were lauded by the jury for their contributions to the city landscape. 5 Martin Place by JPW & TKD architects i... more

Parramatta’s ‘vertical village’ awarded international property award

A Sydney-based property developer has been awarded an international property award for its resort-inspired residential building in Parramatta. Crown Group’s much anticipated 590-apartment residential tower, V by Crown Group won the Five Star Award for Residential High Rise Architecture Australia at the 2016-2017 Asia Pacific Property Awards earlier this month. Positioned in the heart of Parramatta, the stunning structure better known as Parramatta’s Vertical Village rises up on two V-shaped columns, each standing a striking three storeys tall; ensuring key elements of Parramatta’s historical and cultural past including the remains of an 1840s convict house and underlying convict hut found during excavation are kept and displayed for public view. Forming a distinct new landmark in Australia’s second oldest city, the development’s residential tower houses a diverse mix o... more

Scandinavian architect wins in China

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been awarded first prize in an international competition to design the 25,000m² Student Centre & Library for the Wenzhou-Kean University in Wenzhou, China. Set on 500 acres in a rural mountainous region, the university will provide learning and living space for 8.500 students. The new building is located at the heart of the university and designed to embrace interaction and diversity, creating opportunities for new ways of learning in an informal environment and will become the central hub for student activities within the campus. Established in 2006, the Wenzhou-Kean University is cooperatively run by Wenzhou University and Kean University, New Jersey, USA. The university aims to merge Chinese and American teaching methodologies in practice from a global context. The winning proposal of the new Student Centre & Library by Schmidt Ha... more

A vision of the future of Heathrow airport

Four of the UK’s leading architectural practices have unveiled pioneering new concepts that bring to life Heathrow’s vision for the expansion of Britain’s global gateway. The shortlist of architects – which includes Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid Architects, HOK and Benoy – was announced today alongside the visionary conceptual images. The next phase of the tender process will further test their creativity before a final concept designer is selected in July. In July last year, the independent Airports Commission unanimously and unambiguously recommended expanding Heathrow, after a three year, £20 million study into the best option for maintaining the UK’s global aviation hub status. Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye has written to the Prime Minister setting out a world leading, ambitious and affordable plan which balances the huge national and local economic gain fro... more