Grand Designs

  • UNStudio


    Design proposal by UNStudio selected for development in Romania

    The IULIUS group recently announced that the design proposal submitted by UNStudio has been selected as the winning design for Palas Residential, their latest project in the historical downtown of the city of I... more


    Google opens Bay View campus in Silicon Valley

    Google has opened its new Bay View campus in Silicon Valley, the first time the company has developed its own major campus. The Bay View campus was designed by architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heath... more


    Populous designed ‘Ice Ribbon’ to be unveiled in upcoming Winter Games

    Designed by global sports architecture firm Populous after winning an international design competition, the ‘Ice Ribbon’ or National Speed Skating Oval (NSSO) was created as a symbol of Chinese cultural her... more

  • Shenzhen


    ‘Breathing’ building opens in Shenzhen

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has completed a 158-metre-tall, 33-storey tower, located on the edge of a public park at the centre of a key business district in one of Shenzhen, that responds to the regio... more

  • Design proposal by UNStudio selected for development in Romania
  • Google opens Bay View campus in Silicon Valley
  • Populous designed ‘Ice Ribbon’ to be unveiled in upcoming Winter Games
  • ‘Breathing’ building opens in Shenzhen

Playspace brings new joy to families at Wittunga Botanic Garden

An exciting new nature-themed playspace in Blackwood’s Wittunga Botanic Garden has officially opened, with the event attended by South Australian Minister for Environment and Water, the Hon David Speirs MP, and many locals and visitors. Construction on the new playground was funded under the $649 million Adelaide City Deal – a 10-year partnership between the Australian and South Australian governments, and the City of Adelaide. “This is a great example of how the City Deal is supporting Adelaide’s cultural and tourism economy, and providing a safe, fun environment for families to spend time together,” said Federal Minister for Communications, Urban…

Stunning entrance to Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

A striking white ngutu – or ceremonial entranceway – will greet visitors at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. Called Te Aika, which means ‘the home people’ (te aika is a Ngāi Tahu version of te ahi kā: ‘the home fires burning’), the aluminium artwork recognises the mana of local hapu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri. Inspired by the southern maihi, or diagonal bargeboards, on whare on the bank of the Horotueka (Cam River), the design also reflects other influences. These include the kōtuku, a good omen; karanga weaving imagery as a tribute to Ngāi Tūāhuriri wāhine; the kahu huruhuru – or cloak – as…

Could this be the future of emergency housing?

Visitors to Geelong Design Week last weekend had the rare opportunity to take a guided tour of a new prototype one-bedroom unit – similar to a tiny house – designed to provide comfortable and sustainable emergency housing in areas hit by natural disasters. Known as Prefab21: Phoenix Response House, the prototype has been developed by academics and students at Deakin University's School of Architecture and Built Environment in conjunction with Geelong company, FormFlow. The prototype utilises new prefabrication technologies developed by FormFlow and includes a living space, bedroom and bathroom in a space measuring just 4 metres by 10 metres.…

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 including Bennelong, Governors Phillip and Macquarie and Francis Greenway have been added to Australia’s National Heritage List. The 100-hectare site on the eastern side of Sydney’s Central Business District, known as Governors’ Domain and Civic Precinct, covers the First Government House site, Hyde Park Barracks, the Conservatorium of Music (former government stables), the Mint and Parliament House (former Rum Hospital), Hyde Park, the Domain, Macquarie Place and the Royal Botanic…

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 architects and designers of the impressive project used Kebony wood for the exterior façade, and both the roof and ocean terrace decking, contributing to the striking appearance of the sauna. Handcrafted furniture company Ekte, sauna specialists Pust and Skapa Architects worked through various challenges over the past year to create the floating masterpiece which is seen by locals and visitors as a space to breathe, disconnect from…

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 project totals 757,000 square metres and sets a global precedent for future mixed-use, high-density urbanism – with social and green space at its heart. Central to the scheme are the multi-level streetscapes which create lively interplays between different functions to generate vibrant retail spaces. Farrells’s design, which interlocks the towers and streetscapes, is conceived as an evolution from the imposing shopping malls and isolated towers that have dominated Shenzhen’s urbanism throughout its…

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 pump and play refuelling station and shop. Nearby barbecue facilities and picnic areas encourage families to extend their visit to the park. Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, said the popular spot is a great place for kids to expand their riding skills in an adventurous and playful way. “We have created a fun, engaging and beautiful space for kids to master their…