Grand Designs

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    A new approach to education design

    Located 80 kilometres south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor High School is the first state high school to comprehensively employ principles of personalised learning into the design of its s... more

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    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, a... more

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    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 t... more

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    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 em... more

  • A new approach to education design
  • Playspace brings new joy to families at Wittunga Botanic Garden
  • Stunning entrance to Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
  • Could this be the future of emergency housing?

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 square metre development, built on the site of the former Terminal 1 open-air carpark, offers both local residents and international visitors a multi-faceted experience that includes attractions, over 280 retail stores and eateries, as well as airport and accommodation facilities. Designed by a consortium comprising Safdie Architects, led by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, as well as architects from RSP Architects Planners and Engineers and Benoy, Jewel spans 10 storeys (five…

Luxury hotel in China’s Jiangnan region opens its doors

General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM) have officially opened The Chedi Nignhai, a luxury hotel nestled in the mountains and forest of China’s picturesque Jiangnan region. The Chedi Ninghai comprises 97 rooms in the province’s hilly coastal region and is designed to provide a true oasis to elite patrons and families from across the world. The hotel's extraordinarily large public spaces span across springs, brooks and mountains, and contain suites and villas, meeting and catering facilities and dedicated health and wellness spaces such as a spa and a hot spring. [caption id="attachment_18423" align="alignleft" width="494"] The Lobby of The Chedi Ninghai, image…

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. The utilisation…

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…

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 and protect the heritage…

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 scientific investigation. Spanning over three levels the new building centres around…

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 light…