Specifier Magazine Issue 120



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  • Whale Watchers

    Whale Watchers

    Perched on a rocky outcrop amid the spectacular scenery of Byron Bay, a stone and timber holiday house can be spied from the nearby headland reserve. Made of locally quarried basalt, the unassuming structure appears to grow out of the terrain; an unobtrusive addition to the seascape. Intended as a meeting place for family and friends, this relaxed, restrained dwelling captures the area's laid back ethos. 

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  • Narrabundah House

    Narrabundah House

    For years, the boundary between Newtown and Erskineville has been marred by the bland ugliness of unconscious urbanity; a shabby bridge, a petrol station, a cracked pavement. Despite both suburbs gradually gentrifying, this short stretch of no man's land was somehow left behind. Yet the strip's fortunes are changing with the arrival of Attica, a multi-unit residence above a supermarket. Reimagining an abandoned warehouse, the timber-clad loft-style development lends much needed vitality to the zone. 

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  • Attica Newtown

    Attica Newtown

    For years, the boundary between Newtown and Erskineville has been marred by the bland ugliness of unconscious urbanity; a shabby bridge, a petrol station, a cracked pavement. Despite both suburbs gradually gentrifying, this short stretch of no man's land was somehow left behind. Yet the strip's fortunes are changing with the arrival of Attica, a multi-unit residence above a supermarket. Reimagining an abandoned warehouse, the timber-clad loft-style development lends much needed vitality to the zone. 

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  • The Sustainable Industries Education Centre

    The Sustainable Industries Education Centre

    Located within an abandoned car manufacturing plant, Adelaide's new Sustainable Industries Education Centre (SIEC) is a wryly appropriate metaphor for the decline of dirty industries and the accompanying rise of green alternatives. Commissioned by the Government of South Australia, the foresighted project integrates five dated TAFE campuses into one state-of-the-art facility. 

     

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  • 55 Elizabeth Street

    55 Elizabeth Street

    With light-drenched offices, a sheltered top-floor terrace and panoramic views across the Brisbane River, the Australian Taxation Office's new headquarters lends a certain appeal to being a number-crunching bureaucrat. Designed by Australian heavyweights BVN Donovan Hill, this modern, minimalist multi-storey structure turns stereotypes on their head.  

     

     

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  • Fire Museum – Żory / OVO Grabczewscy Architects

    Fire Museum – Żory / OVO Grabczewscy Architects

    Once a year, the residents of the picturesque Polish town of Żory march through the streets of the medieval Old Town, their flaming torches casting shadows in the night. There is debate about the origins of this Festival of Fire; some say it is derived from Żory's settlement in the thirteenth century, when forests were burnt to the ground to create agricultural land. Others say that it comes from the strategically located township's besieged history, or that it commemorates the Great Fire of 1702, which nearly destroyed the thriving regional centre. Regardless, everyone agrees that Żory's history and identity is bound up in flames; even the word Żory itself translates to 'heat'.

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  • Mons International Congress Centre / Studio Libeskind

    Mons International Congress Centre / Studio Libeskind

    An unmistakeable sense of momentum emanates from Daniel Libeskind's latest project, a convention centre in the Belgian city of Mons. Its powerful prow bringing to mind a boat cresting a wave, the building is characterised by a graceful dynamism. Combining Libeskind's trademark angularity with a sensually rounded underbelly, the structure is a skilfully executed balance of contrasts. 

     

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  • Ribbon Chapel / Hiroshi Nakamura

    Ribbon Chapel / Hiroshi Nakamura

    A remarkable fluidity characterises Hiroshi Nakamura's latest project, a wedding chapel in Hiroshima, Japan. Made of two intertwining staircases, the building spirals upwards with self-contained poise. A metaphor for the joining of two separate lives into one, this enchanting chapel captures the spirit of the ceremonies that take place inside. 

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