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Kennon designs office tower with “solar facade” for Melbourne

August 2, 2022 Lizzie Crook 0
Front facade of 550 Spencer offices by Kennon

Australian studio Kennon is designing a commercial office tower in Melbourne called 550 Spencer that will feature more than 1,000 glass-like solar panels across its facade. Set to complete in 2024, the eight-storey tower’s facade will harness sunlight to produce “50 times more electricity than a standard rooftop solar panel system” used in residential projects.

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A Calm And Meditative Australian Beach House [Video]

August 1, 2022 HD Staff 0

Set back from the beach, just beyond the privacy of a lush thicket, stands a modern beach house on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. Created by Shaun Lockyer Architects, Arakoon is a commanding oceanfront house with three levels, which bed into the coastal dunes beside Noosa National Park. The stone and concrete home design […]

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Dezeen Debate newsletter features Australia’s first Pride Centre

July 28, 2022 Serena Lawrance 0

The latest edition of Dezeen Debate features Australia’s first purpose-built Pride Centre. Subscribe to Dezeen Debate now. Australia’s first purpose-built pride centre was unveiled in Melbourne. The Victorian Pride Centre is a five-story building dedicated to offering LGBTQ+ communities a number of services and safe spaces. L-shaped in plan, the centre incorporates tubular openings across its facade,

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Leopold Banchini Architects perches wooden shack above an Australian creek

July 24, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Image of Marramarra Shack perched on the sloping creekside

Swiss practice Leopold Banchini Architects has completed a wooden shack in New South Wales, Australia, that overlooks a remote creek through a fully-glazed facade. Marramarra Shack, named after the Marramarra Creek on which it sits, takes its cues from the area’s history as an early British settlement on Darug land, repurposing wooden telegraph poles and

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KTA completes Bundanon Art Museum in Australia with inhabitable flood bridge

July 22, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Exterior image of the Bundanon Art Museum

Australian practice Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) has completed a cluster of buildings for the Bundanon Art Museum in New South Wales, including an inhabitable flood bridge containing residences and educational spaces. Originally gifted to the Australian people by artists Arthur and Yvonne Boyd in 1993, the Bundanon site comprises 1,000 hectares of bush and parkland

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Splinter Society adds black timber extensions to Melbourne cottage

July 21, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Image of the black timber-clad exterior of Host House

Black timber forms cut through a former worker’s cottage to create open living spaces at this home in Melbourne designed by local studio Splinter Society for its founders. Studio founders Asha Nicholas and Chris Stanley purchased the cottage shortly after graduating in 2005, and over the past two decades have gradually added new spaces to create

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Brearley Architects and Urbanists and Grant Amon Architects unveil Australia’s first purpose-built Pride Centre

July 21, 2022 James Parkes 0
Aerial image of the Victorian Pride Centre at night

Australian architecture studios Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects and Urbanists have created Australia’s first purpose-built centre for LGBTQ+ communities that incorporates tubular openings across its facade. The Victorian Pride Centre is a five-storey building located in Melbourne’s beachside suburb of St Kilda and offers its queer community access to a number of services and safe

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All(zone) reveals design for orange draped-fabric MPavilion

July 14, 2022 James Parkes 0
Render of the orange fabric MPavilion by All(zone)

Architectural fabrics and meshes draped over a tensile system will form the 2022 MPavilion in Melbourne, which is being designed by Bangkok-based architecture studio All(zone). In its ninth year, the MPavilion is commissioned annually by charity The Naomi Milgrom Foundationand has a similar concept to London’s Serpentine Pavilion. With a new designer selected each year

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Powell and Glenn creates concrete Canopy House in Australia

June 21, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Front elevation of Canopy House

Australian studio Powell and Glenn has completed a sculptural concrete dwelling in Melbourne’s suburbs, which is designed to create the feeling of “floating amongst the tree canopies”. Named Canopy House, the home is informed by the client’s interest in mindfulness and tropical modernism in South America and is intended to foster a close relationship with

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Flack Studio designs Ace Hotel Sydney as a “deep homage” to Australia

June 20, 2022 Ali Morris 0
Lobby of Ace Hotel Sydney with multicoloured counter by Flack Studio

References to the landscape and industrial heritage of Australia are woven into the Ace Hotel’s new outpost in Sydney, with interiors designed by local practice Flack Studio. Situated in the city’s historic Tyne House factory in Surry Hills, the 257-room Ace Hotel Sydney marks the American hotel group’s first location in the southern hemisphere. On

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