Grand Designs

  • Museum

    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 Sculptu... 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 cult... 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 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

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 backgrou... 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... more

The Urban Design Changing Interactions With Transport

The Ormond Station and North Road Level Crossing Removal (OSNRLCR) seeks to provide an integrated urban design solution to transforming a major transport precinct whilst encompassing public space, buildings, landscape and civil engineering for public benefit. In a collaboration with contractor John Holland, the architects at Grimshaw had a key objective of softening the harsh road and rail environment around the OSNRLCR project, choosing to do this through the creation of a series of smaller public places benefiting rail users, the community and potential future residents of the site. “These spaces prov... more

The new Dubai building, designed to look like an iPod

Named ‘The Pad’, the brand-new 26-story residential building can be found in Business Bay, Dubai. The unique building was designed by the tech-savvy James Law Cybertecture, to look just like an Apple iPod. The Pad’s chosen design was the result of winning a competition but beat out the others with such as unique and intriguing proposal. The Pad is set to be a form a new kind of architecture which takes on board the technological advances available to ‘allow inhabitants to program their own software for their building’. The philosophy behind this design has been called ‘cybertecture’. The Pad... more

MONA’s Brand New Hotel to ‘Shout, Not Whisper’

Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has big plans for a new five-star hotel, with aims to achieve the Living Building Challenge certification. The new hotel, which may be named HoMo (Hotel Mona), will be a ‘will shout instead of whisper’ in comparison to the well-known museum. The design of the building cycled through many iterations over the years, and finally emerging through the collective efforts of architects at Nonda Katsalidis and David Walsh, among others. “We started with an inverted suspension bridge,’ explained David Walsh, “but then the value engineers got at it. Now it's just... more

The ‘Uniquely Western Australian’ Design Behind Perth Children’s Hospital

The new Perth Children’s Hospital opened to patients, staff and the community, and spans approximately 78000 square metres, with 12 building levels, and is being considered a ‘uniquely Western Australian’ building. The hospital was designed in collaboration between JCY, Cox Architecture, and Billard Leece Partnership. The animated lighting of artist Stuart Green’s “fizz” sculpture and the green façade surrounding the new hospital provides a ‘visual wonderland’ for those driving past at night. When facing the north side of the hospital, pedestrians can also catch a glimpse at the creative scu... more

Sustainability and Urban Design meet at Cabarita Park Conservatory

Cabarita Park is a historic 10-hectare park located on the southern shore of the Parramatta River. Cabarita Park Conservatory is a marvel of sustainability and urban design coming together to form a community space for all.  It’s a council building that doesn’t look like a council building… Designed by architects at Sam Crawford for The City of Canada Bay Council, Cabarita Park Conservatory comprises of three pavilions which have been intended to be used as a true community space, accommodating for a range of activities (such as exhibitions, community groups, functions, workshops) for the public. The b... more

Sydney’s Circular Quay Tower Brings a Breath of Fresh Air

Lendlease has lodged a development application for a Foster and Partners designed commercial-building, in Sydney’s Circular Quay. The building could become Sydney’s tallest tower of up to 263m high if approved, and host an average of 5,500 workers. Occupants of the Lendlease’s proposed Circular Quay Tower in Barangaroo, NSW, will be provided with 50 per cent more fresh air then regular building codes require. The tower is also on track to secure Sydney’s first ever ‘Platinum WELL Core’ rating (the highest certification available). WELL is an industry-backed green rating system which measures h... more

The design behind Australia’s first ‘Innovation District’  

Tonsley Main Assembly Building and Pods is one of the 15 projects on exhibition in the Australian Pavillion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, focusing on urban repair, through design. The Tonsley mixed-used development is located on the site of the former Mitsubishi car factory and has been transformed into a precinct which provisions clean technologies, sustainable industries, advanced manufacturing, education, and research. The Tonsley mixed-used development is also an Australian first to be awarded the 6 Star Green Star, a certification by the Green Building Council of Australia, setting th... more