China embraces the Passive House

9 Sep, 2014

Energy efficient construction is becoming increasingly important – now also in China. A particularly good example of this has just been completed west of Shanghai: an apartment hotel in Passive House Standard. The five-storey building, which was inaugurated in August, is located on a research campus in Changxing, Zhejiang Province….

2014 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards

18 Aug, 2014

From a hybrid of art and architecture in Canberra to stunning warehouse conversion in Sydney and holistically sustainable properties in Melbourne, the 2014 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards has recognised inspiring timber applications with outstanding and creative merit. The winners were announced on Friday 15 August at an awards breakfast hosted…

Schiavello’s Smart Business Sustainability Award

17 Aug, 2014

Schiavello, one of Australia’s largest designers and manufacturers of commercial furniture, was recently recognised for its commitment to the environment at the ACT Smart Business Sustainability Awards. This marks the second time Schiavello’s sustainability programs in ACT have received an award from the annual event.  Receiving top honours within the…

Sydney Becomes a Greener City

11 Aug, 2014

Since 2011, the City of Sydney has been promoting and working towards making Sydney city a greener city through trial installations of greenroofs and greenwalls in the CBD. The City of Sydney has recently adopted the first ever greenroof and walls policy for Australia, which is an exciting leap forward…

Little Veggie Patch’s new book

24 Jul, 2014

We have 5 copies of The Little Veggie Patch’s latest book to give away to the first five to subscribe for two years for themselves or as a gift. Published by Hardie Grant. RRP $45. DIY Garden Projects includes 38 hands-on, step-by-step activities that will help cultivate your handiness and…

Patrick Blanc visits Central Park

8 Jul, 2014

Flamboyant French botanist Patrick Blanc is in Sydney this July for the final inspection of his spectacular vertical gardens now thriving and bursting with colour and vibrancy on the north and east facades of the iconic One Central Park residential development in Chippendale. The tapestry of unique artistic designs which…

SAHMRI stitches up the competition at SA Architecture Awards

7 Jul, 2014

Every now and again a single building is the stimulus for a city’s evolution.  The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute’s (SAHMRI) is one such building and its reputation as Adelaide’s international icon has been cemented tonight at the 2014 SA Architecture Awards. Woods Bagot received the Keith Neighbour…

Pool + Park takes top place at NSW Architecture Awards

30 Jun, 2014

Sydney’s Prince Alfred Pool + Park Upgrade – ‘a rare synthesis of art and landscape, urban design and architecture’ – has won both the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture and the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design at this year’s Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Architecture Awards. Presented at the…

NT Architecture Awards

29 Jun, 2014

The year of Troppo Architects has continued. Following Adrian Welke and Phil Harris’ Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal win earlier in the year, the firm was a big winner at the 2014 NT Architecture Awards announced on Friday night ahead of the pair’s Gold Medal Talk on Saturday at…