Updates

New Zealand’s first ‘no negative impact’ building

24 May, 2017

The first building in Aotearoa New Zealand to leave no footprint, and be globally recognised as actually replenishing its environment and community, was honoured on Friday in Seattle. Ngāi Tῡhoe’s tribal headquarters in Taneatua (Te Kura Whare) set out to be the first certified building in the Living Building Challenge…

Up-Cycle House

22 May, 2017

Born again: Up-cycling gives an ageing home a new lease on life. Up-Cycle House is a freestanding three-bedroom, two-bathroom house located in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. Architect Alexander Symes designed and built Up-Cycle House to address the question of what happens to a house when it reaches the end…

Solar with smarts – case study

19 May, 2017

A 3.4 kW solar panel system with Enphase microinverters and two 1.2 kWh batteries is installed to meet the daily electricity needs of a family of four. The Envoy control system provides monitoring of electricity generation, storage and consumption to enable maximised efficiency. An electric vehicle is being trialled with…

Living Cities Forum 2017

19 May, 2017

Melbourne’s six-year place atop the Economist’s Global Liveability Ranking would appear to put the city in an unassailably positive position. But how reliable is this annual review of the city’s celebrated liveability? Some feel that such rankings simply cater to the interests of an urban elite, while others note the…

Kerstin Thompson Architects design for Bundanon Trust Masterplan revealed

18 May, 2017

Bundanon Trust today revealed the Masterplan design for Arthur Boyd’s iconic Riversdale property in regional New South Wales created by Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA), following their unanimous appointment in November 2016 from a shortlist of six Australian architecture firms. The Masterplan design of Riversdale situated on the 1100-hectare property gifted…

2017 Victorian Architecture Awards Shortlist Announced

17 May, 2017

Shortlisted entries for the 2017 Victorian Architecture Awards speak directly to the importance of design, place, culture and community. The annual program, run by the Australian Institute of Architects’ Victorian Chapter, showcases the role of architects in delivering ‘Places for People’, ensuring livability, making a positive contribution to the built…

Entries open for the Intergrain Timber Vision Awards

16 May, 2017

For the eighth consecutive year, the Intergrain Timber Vision Awards is running again and entries are now open. Following the success of previous years, the Awards program is designed to celebrate innovative use of timber in the built environment and to award high calibre projects that showcase timber in inspiring…

The Australian Pavilion Biennale Arte exhibition opens

15 May, 2017

The Australian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2017 presents MY HORIZON, a solo exhibition by the Brisbane-born, internationally acclaimed artist Tracey Moffatt. Evoking tantalising, open-ended narratives, MY HORIZON comprises two new series of large-scale photographs, Body Remembers and Passage, and two new video works, Vigil and The White Ghosts Sailed…

Australia’s first engineered timber office building

12 May, 2017

Construction of Australia’s first, and currently the world’s tallest engineered timber commercial building, International House Sydney, is now complete at Barangaroo South in Sydney and the building is preparing to welcome its new commercial and retail tenants. Designed by Tzannes architects for Lendlease, International House Sydney is a distinctive new…

2017 Dulux Colour Award winners

11 May, 2017

In the 31st anniversary year of the iconic Dulux Colour Awards, limitless imagination and bold execution combined to define the winning projects across nine individual categories. Announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday 10 May, held in the Touring Hall at the Melbourne Museum, the 2017 winners included standout architectural…