Grand Designs

  • Atlassian plans to build world’s tallest hybrid timber building for its new HQ in Sydney

    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 build... more
  • 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 outdoo... more
  • 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-base... more
  • Pomeroy Studio partners with Sport Singapore to masterplan grand sports and recreation facility in Singapore

    Singapore-based interdisciplinary sustainable design firm, Pomeroy Studio, have partnered with national sporting body, Sport Singapore, and collaborated with global infrastructure and transport engineers, Arup,... 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

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