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Public artists Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford have completed another of their dynamic water works; the Tied to Tide installation on the waterfront of Pyrmont Point Park in Sydney. This ‘aquatic instrument’ involves eight identical arms of recycled hardwood beams and red ladders which are ‘played’ by the winds, tides and waves to independently rise, fall, pivot and rotate. Commissioned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority as the first of its Promenart program of artworks along the harbour. Photo Ian Hobbs
Norman Day’s office is building an eight-storey ‘villa’ for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaethetists as a ‘backdrop’ partner to a heritage-protected 19th century mansion in Melbourne. The new building will be steel-framed with a clip-on cladding of sandblasted, pre-cast concrete panels. It has been designed to reduce reliance on fuels for air temperature and lighting. The fitout will provide a theatre, a museum, offices and meeting rooms, planned to generate a homely and personal atmosphere rather than corporate and impersonal environment
On a tight site in the eastern Sydney suburb of Queens Park, Chris Elliott has built a courtyard residence and gallery for clients wanting to display an extensive collection of contemporary Australian art. The concept is a north-south sequence of interlocking and skewed boxes in clashing primary colours. Internal spaces ‘criss-cross’ over a central double-height walkway which allows a view along the house to a window suggesting continuation of the axis. To exploit a 1.5m fall along the site, Elliott stacked a home studio and office on two levels at one end of the main floor of living areas, which open onto a courtyard and pond
The transformation of south Sydney’s old industrial suburbs into middle-market, high-density villages is continuing at fast pace. One scheduled development in the precinct of Green Square is a design by Bennett Architects and Associates for a six-storey block containing 37 apartments. These include two-storey penthouses with cross-over sections to encourage through breezes, shops which can link to first floor units and single-bedroom mezzanine lofts, along with basement parking and loading docks. The building wraps around the south and west sides of a large site, allowing units to overlook a large courtyard garden to the north and east of the building
Archibett has refurbished a vacant 1966 office building on a corner of Herschel Street, Brisbane, as headquarters for the Residential Tenancies Authority. The two street facades, facing north and west, have aluminium sunscreens fixed around the existing building, which has been extensively reglazed, and hoods shading a first floor sundeck. The interior has been punctured by an atrium which conducts daylight to offices away from the street (although most work-stations are aligned to external walls. A 900 sq m extension was added to the east



Published online: 1 May 2000


Architecture Australia, May 2000

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