Grand Designs

  • 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 i... more
  • SL Green celebrates the historic opening of One Vanderbilt Avenue

    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-defini... more
  • 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 180... more
  • 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 t... more

Singapore builds one of the largest wooden buildings in Asia

The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore is a leader in adopting sustainable materials and innovative construction methods for its campus development. Its latest project, Academic Building South (ABS), is no different and will be built largely from Mass Engineered Timber (MET) to be the new home for Nanyang Business School. At 40,000 square metres, it will be one of the largest wooden buildings in Asia upon completion in 2021. MET will be used to build the six-storey ABS by adopting a combination of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) for slabs and Glued Laminated Timber (Glulam) for beams and columns... more

An intimate look inside the new noma

The award-winning restaurant noma worked with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group to create its new home as a restaurant village just outside of Copenhagen’s city centre. Since opening, noma has been at the forefront of gastronomy and creativity. The restaurant, recognised four times as best in the world by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, last year closed its doors to the 16th century harbourside warehouse that had been its home for 14 years. After over three years of planning, noma’s new home reopened in February this year in a space developed and built in partnership with BIG. Situated between two lakes and w... more

University of Sydney and surrounds to be heritage listed

The University of Sydney along with University Colleges and Victoria Park will join the likes of Queen Victoria Building, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge as they have just been recognised as places of state significance and will soon be listed on the State Heritage Register. NSW Heritage Minister, Gabrielle Upton welcomed the announcement, stating that it was ‘only fitting’ that Australia’s oldest university was included on their State Heritage Register. “This is a time to celebrate, to reflect on the history and the culture of this unique cultural landscape, and to preserve an... more

Taronga Zoo unveils world-class conservation and learning centre

The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning (TISL) is set to be a world-class centre for conservation activities at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. With strong connections to the wider Zoo, the brand new Institute of Science and Learning building will transform Taronga Zoo’s capability to undertake leading research that informs policy development around wildlife management and conservation. Designed by Sydney-based design studio, NBRS ARCHITECTURE, the TISL building is set to be a living laboratory, designed for the purposes of conservation education and scie... more

Unique facade connects urban architecture with nature

In 2015 Australian artist Alexander Knox won a competition to create an art facade for 300 George Street in Brisbane’s CBD, after planning and development, the result became The Sound That Light Makes, a spectacular façade that connects the natural world with the urbanised city of Brisbane. Wrapping around the podium at the base of the three-tower site, the work creates an iconic visual signature and landmark for the high-end commercial area. Spanning 2660 square metres and comprised of over 2500 3D pressed and planar aluminium panels, the façade uses geometric and organic shapes to explore the effect of... 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