An 80 percent-sold, $40 million, five-star resort is planned for sleepy Caloundra; with 12 storeys to be built along Bulcock Street and three storeys along the waterside edge of the 6350 sq m site >> Brisbanes Courier Mailhas reported a sudden amendment to Denton Corker Marshalls Southbank landscape scheme, when it was apparently realised that the proposed rows of native bunya pines would produce weighty seed clusters which might be a danger to strollers beneath. New Zealand kauris (more polite) have been specified instead >> RAIA members and first and fourth year students recently exhibited a variety of their artworks at the Chapter HQ in Merivale Street. A highlight was the Figment #1 film by QUT architecture lecturer Alison Wood. More than 120 entries were received by RAIA organiser Penny Campbell and QUT collaborators Igea Troiani and Phil Crowther
Troppo director Phil Harris, back in Adelaide with regular trips to the Townsville office, faces a tight deadline to build the portable pavilion that will shelter the Light/House exhibition of Australian houses at the Adelaide Arts Festival in March. The Clipsal-sponsored show, organised by UAdelaides Professor Tony Radford on the urging of the Alvar Aalto Museum in Finland, will present works by Murcutt, Leplastrier, Stutchbury, Addison, Poole, Latona, and others, at the Festival Plaza from March 2-19. There are plans to travel >> Two UAdelaide graduates, Tristan Sterke and John Endersbee,have won the international formZ student awards for computer-modelled environments a competition open to 200 schools >> The Adelaide City Council is restoring the 15m-high water spout on sculptor John Dowies 1968 fountain at Victoria Square >> Edmund Wright House in King Street and the Torrens Building in Victoria Square are both candidates for a possible museum for the history of Adelaide. Lord Mayor Jane Lomax-Smith is supporting the museum concept, and a report suggests theres demand
Tasmanias Steering Committee for Urban Skylines and Hill Faces has prepared draft guidelines for managing the beauty of park and bush skylines >> Hobart architects Heffernan Button Voss have lodged plans for a $4 million demolition and redevelopment of Gibsons Mill, a non-heritage building in Salamanca Place. The new four-storey building (already described by an agitated neighbour as a gross overdevelopment) will include 21 shops, bars and cafés, around a courtyard
Steve Bracks new Labor Government is planning a local government summit meeting to discuss revisions to Victorias disastrous planning system. It is auditing all the previous governments major projects deals and has put on hold planned extensions to Denton Corker Marshalls Exhibition Centre >> New Planning Minister John Thwaites has labelled the Good Design Guide (for multi-unit housing) a disaster responsible for destroying many neighbourhoods. He wants to replace it with another guide, for both multiple and single residences, which emphasises continuity of neighbourhood character >> Melbournes Capitol Theatre, built by the Burley Griffins in 1924 using their Knitlock construction system, is being refurbished by its new owner, RMIT, as a cultural and teaching centre. The lead restoration architect is Greg Allchin of Six Degrees >> The Melbourne Docklands Authority is being increasingly criticised by the property industry (unhappy about its role as both land vendor and consent authority) after the Victoria Harbour consortium (including Walkers and Smorgons) withdrew in October. Meanwhile, four teams are bidding for the Commonwealth Technology Port precinct and new submissions are being called for Victoria Harbour >>The Westin Hotel, going up at City Square to a Euro-classical design by Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan with Desmond Brooks International, is being widely described as Melbournes Toaster.
|Journalist Joe Rollo declaimed in The Sunday Age: Its a dog… it stylistically hasnt got a clue what it wants to be and it all but destroys the silhouette of St Pauls Cathedral agains the sky >> Identities Baillieu Myer and Betty Churcher are among a group hoping to develop a museum for landscape art at the 34ha Seawinds property on Mornington Peninsula |
At press time, three teams were competing for the nod on a Perth Convention Centre that is not yet sited. Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland are with Multiplex; Spowers and Norman Foster are with Leighton/Lend Lease, and Buchans are with Ellerby Beckett and John Holland (which is a takeover target of Leightons) >> Plans to add five storeys to a flat carpark next to new cinemas at West End, Fremantle, are upsetting the heritage lobby but seem to have council support, despite the opposition of Fremantle Mayor Richard Utting and Federal Member Carmen Lawrence >> WA RAIA president Harry Schubert has backed a Multiplex proposal to develop 17ha of land beside Leighton Beach, including the Westrail marshalling yards, as three-to-four-storey housing. But local activist Sue Harrington said the Institute did not have environmental or recreational expertise and Opposition planning spokeswoman Alannah McTiernan said the RAIA was ignoring the Government policy on foreshore reserves; limiting developments to 100m from the edges of stable landforms >> A decision by WA Planning Minister Graham Kierath to site a new speedway-raceway on the former Alcoa site in Kwinana has been bucketed by the WA Chamber of Commerce, and Resources Development Minister Colin Barnett, because its too close to hazardous facilities and might discourage further industrial development because of public safety requirements >> Perths rising activity in property is continuing with proposals to redevelop (as a five-star boutique hotel) the old Treasury Building at St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, plus the Aherns department store >> Danish architect Kim Herforth Nielsen recently showed his work at a Boral-sponsored RAIA lecture >> Under pressure from residents, the City of Gosnells has rejected plans for a massive expansion to its currently modest Buddhist monastery
On behalf of The Property Council of Australia, USydneys Peter Droege has orchestrated a potentially influential study on the impact of good design on development values, profits and long-term benefits. Financial information for 16 projects was compared with average figures for industry sectors and showed significant rises of internal rates of return by the good design cases. Droeges report, The Design Dividend, highlights Noosas Hastings Street, Sydneys Queen Victoria Building and Moore Park Gardens, and Melbournes RMIT campus and KPMG House among the worthwhile examples >> Accountants Prentice Barberry and Barilla have warned of a serious building industry downturn this year, with effects to be really felt when currently cashed-up firms try to exercise much-reduced bank balances in 2001-2. PPB noted that the industry is usually unprepared for downturns, despite warnings. Intriguingly, the RAIAs latest survey of 400 firms shows that most still expect to hire more staff this year. And a building industry prospects report by BIS Shrapnel notes that WA, SA, Queensland and Victoria should have upturns in building >> In a far-sighted member-service initiative, the RAIA has allocated around $300,000 to get many of its databases and information resources onto the Web. The program is being shepherded by Shaun Humphreys in Canberra. The Institutes existing website, , already was one of three finalists in last years Telstra-Australian Financial Review Awards for professional association site design and will soon offer a full event calendar, a referral service for 2500 practices, current contact details for all members and comprehensive product information through a link with Architecture Medias