Grand Designs

  • Winners in industry’s largest awards program spotlight the future of architecture

    Architizer has revealed the winners of the 8th Annual Architizer A+Awards. Founded on the premise of democratising architecture, the A+Awards is the industry’s largest and most international awards program... more
  • 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

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

The Melbourne Company Transforming Rubbish into Road

Using a mix of nearly 200,000 soft plastics (ranging from plastic bags and packaging), and roughly 63, 000 glass bottles, one Melbourne company is diverting them from landfill with aims to construct a Victorian road, all in an Australian-first trial. ‘Downer’ have partnered with Hume City Council and recycling companies ‘Close the Loop’ and ‘RED Group’ with plans to set a new benchmark in sustainable construction. Sustainability Victoria were also partners in this initiative, supporting Close the Loop and Downer with more than $100,000 to develop special equipment and assist with trial costs. ... more

The design behind Sydney Airport ‘Marketplace’

It’s not easy designing and delivering a signature space for Sydney Airport International Terminal, but the shared efforts involving teams of consultants and contractors over a 4-year period made it all possible. Cox Architecture, Design Inc and Group GSA made contributions in enabling the creation of the grand space for many to enjoy. Sydney Airport serves 43 million passengers are a year and connects Sydney to a network of over 100 international, domestic and regional destinations. So space was designed with intentions of allowing operational continuity throughout development. This 2,500m2 space, known as... more