A quirky project connecting kids from Sydney and beyond to the weird world of outer space.read more »
Erick van Egeraat’s design for the new Sherbank University is a benchmark project in the region in terms of sustainability within the corporate world. Sberbank is Russia’s largest and oldest state run bank with over 250.000 employees and 20 000 branch offices in the country. The new Sberbank University will provide education, seminars and team building programs to the company’s top professionals, to continuously improve their performance. The university will consist of education and conference spaces, dormitories, guest teacher quarters, teacher housing, a club building and sports facilities. The complex fully integrates sustainable design tools and technologies The University will be completed in 2013.read more »
With ten acres of floor space, over 1.3 million timber blocks and enough concrete to fill eight Olympic pools, the new campus is the physical and creative centrepiece of the King’s Cross redevelopment in the heart of London. The development is in the process of transforming 67 acres of derelict land into a vibrant mixed-use quarter – which even has it’s own new postcode – in one of the largest urban regeneration projects seen in Europe so far. The university is one of the first spaces to open its doors in the development, and will be followed by offices, shops and residential apartments as well as student housing and lots of public space. The opening of the university taps into the development’s broader arts program. According to Anna Strongman of Kings Cross, “The local area already has a rich tradition of artistic creativity which we want to build on.” The combination is set to make the area a destination for the arts.
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Central Saint Martins College for Art and Design has nurtured some of the most acclaimed British talent in design and the arts. The internationally renowned institution’s alumni includes James Dyson, fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney and musicians M.I.A., Jarvis Cocker and PJ Harvey as well as a host of award winning artists and designers. Until this year, the college was spread over eleven buildings on six separate sites, but a new campus, designed by award winning architects Stanton Williams, will bring together the college’s 4,000 students under one roof for the first time. It is fitting that the new campus is an innovative mix of the old and the ultramodern, a space that is destined to inspire Britain’s best and brightest for years to come.read more »
Frank Gehry’s recently completed, and long-awaited, New York by Gehry is the first of its kind to be designed by the famous architect. At 76 stories high, the multi-use residential complex is the tallest in the Western hemisphere and nestles well within Manhattan’s rich skyline. Soaring above a pocket of low-rise buildings that fill the outskirts of New York’s financial district, New York by Gehry stands in charming dialogue with the nearby New York City Hall, Woolworth building and Brooklyn bridge; paying homage to the great city’s past and future.
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The Parkhurst State School resource centre, designed by Queensland practice Arkhefield, has taken out the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) coveted J. W. Wilson Building of the Year Award for 2011. The Federal Government’s $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution (BER) program funded the building, which is located in Queensland. The new resource centre transforms a once lowkey primary school into a place of life and vibrancy with simple but dramatic elements of form and colour.read more »
Innovation and medical advancements are often in the hands of a team of people who build on the discoveries of others and rarely on the efforts of an individual. This is something prominent in the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, where, as a joint venture between the University of New South Wales Faculty of Medicine (FoM) and the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA), its collaborative nature has been evident since its proposal. Essentially the meeting point between adult and childhood cancer research, the competition- winning scheme is fittingly the result of a collaboration between Lahznimmo and Wilson Architects.read more »
Now in its third year, the World Architecture Festival has become the platform for the world’s biggest architecture contest that attracts architects worldwide to battle it out in Barcelona. From November 3–5 this year, over 500 entries from 65 countries competed for awards in just 15 completed buildings categories, with three Australian practices emerging victorious. International superstars met the industry’s unsung, with each to have gone head-to-head in front of a jury of architecture luminaries to take out the grand title of 2010 World Building of the Year. We take a look at some of the winners from this year’s Festival.read more »
For the University of South Australia, the Mawson Institute is an affirmation of progress, an expression of both sustainable design fundamentals and the innovation of the Institute’s advanced research within. Designed by Guida Moseley Brown Architects and Russell & Yelland Architects in Association, the Mawson Institute challenges staff and students to move beyond perceptions of the sterile laboratory environment, and into a setting bound by inquest, landscape and community.read more »
Located in the heart of Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast, Robina has always had strong community ties, as the home of two of the area’s most recognised institutions, Bond University and the Robina Town Centre, one of the largest shopping centres in the region. This sense of fraternity led to calls for a new community performing arts centre to be used by the public for a number of purposes, including a training and performance space, meeting place, activities centre and a purpose-built after-hours child care facility.read more »