Grand Designs

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    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 ... more

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    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 archi... more

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    Development delivers landscape urbanism in Shenzhen

    Urban design and architecture practice, Farrells, has unveiled its recently completed One Excellence development, in the heart of Shenzhen’s new Qianhai district and China’s Greater Bay Area. The projec... more

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    Young Sydneysiders set to adore award-winning bike track

    Kids of all ages can enjoy time outdoors this school holidays at the City of Sydney’s new award-winning bike track at Sydney Park. In addition to hills, bridges and tunnels, the track is home to a bike pum... more

  • Historic Sydney precinct joins National Heritage List
  • Luxury floating sauna graces shores in Norway
  • Development delivers landscape urbanism in Shenzhen
  • Young Sydneysiders set to adore award-winning bike track

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 international finance and tourism centres Hong Kong and Macau via the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world, Zhuhai has emerged as an eco-conscious city in the coastal region known as the Greater Bay Area. Named the most liveable city in China by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zhuhai plays a pivotal role in the region’s growing tech hub, which might soon rival Silicon Valley. In an effort to transform the city’s waterfront…

Historic opening of Manhattan skyscraper

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-defining tower in the heart of East Midtown. Standing 1,401 feet tall, One Vanderbilt boasts a robust tenant roster of top-tier finance, banking, law and real estate firms, and is nearly 70 per cent leased. The 1.7 million-square-foot skyscraper offers an unparalleled package of amenities, innovative office design, technology offerings, best-in-class sustainability practices and a prime location at the doorstep of Grand Central Terminal. Marc Holliday, Chairman and CEO of…

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 1800s and 1900s. Through the conscious use of high-quality location and situation-adapted architecture, Reiulf Ramstad Architects aim to reinforce and develop the inherent identity of the place. The housing complex is positioned between four distinctive Oslo city neighbourhoods - Fagerborg, Majorstuen, Norabakken and Stensparken - and acts as a transition in the urban fabric, which is why the architecture of the three buildings is different. The lower buildings (Pilestredet 79a and…

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 the globe. This season’s theme – The Future of Architecture – elevates those designs that are transforming society and the built environment for generations to come. “In this new generation, we are all ‘start architects,’ and not ‘star architects.’ The playing field of architecture is getting much wider, and thanks to new technology and media, we can ask what is possible, not just what is profitable,” said Chris Precht, Precht…

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 and large planted terraces giving access…

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 and design studio, Cutwork, designed…

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. The landmark project explores the use of renewable energy technologies and demonstrates the important role that wintergardens, skycourts…