CHINA: JIANGBEI NEW TOWN
The Australian Pacific Design Group, a multi-discipline
team including architects Noel
Robinson (Brisbane) and SJPH (Sydney) have
been planning the new town of Jiangbei in
the central China city of Chongqing. Along
with German and Shanghai architects, the
Australian consortium has produced a
master plan and designs for a transport
interchange, civic centre, exhibition,
convention, arts and science complexes,
and a key tourist attraction: the Museum
of the Three Gorges.
SYDNEY: TOYOTA SHOWROOM
Lippmann Associates won a competition to
convert Crown Corning’s 1950s glass factory
into a landmark showroom for Toyota
vehicles—but his scheme is now in doubt.
The 8500 sq m site is on busy Lachlan and
Bourke Streets in the heart of the emerging
Green Square precinct; a former industrial
zone between the airport and the city.
Lippmann would have replaced the old
factory’s masonry wall with a double skin of
curved glass, giving views into a three-level
car ramp wrapped around a skylit atrium.
The high-tech glazing would have repelled
afternoon sun and exhausted hot air via a
stack cooling system. The curved metal roof
would have carried changing advertising.
ADELAIDE: ARTS CENTRE
Hassell are architects for Adelaide’s new
Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts,
being built at Light Square by the Adelaide
Institute of TAFE at published estimates
ranging from $22-$26 million. The complex
will be mainly clad in fair-faced red brick (as
a nod to the neighbouring Goldsborough
Mort warehouse), punctuated with
aluminium windows and complemented by
secondary treatments of glass and reflective metal. It will contain two theatres (expressed
externally as metal-clad cartridges twisted
and projecting off-square). Above the
zincalume roof deck, a glazed pavilion will
bring light to a central court and serve as a
smoke reservoir for the extraction system.
On the ground floor, there will be workshops,
lecture theatres and studios for sculpture,
sound, lighting, video, photography and
design. The second floor will have offices
and more studios.
MELBOURNE: ST KILDA TELEPHONE
Melbourne architects Bird de la Coeur have
won the Facilities Management Association’s
1998 Excellence Award for a group of
projects converting surplus space at the
back of Telstra telephone exchanges (which
still operate) into apartments. Its renovations
to the St Kilda Exchange comprise 17
apartments in the existing building, 24 more
in two new structures on the site, and seven
MELBOURNE: YARRA YARRA
With a “practically perfect” Abbotsford site
facing north to the Yarra, developers
Belgravia Properties have produced a seven-storey
(plus basement car park) residential
block to a design by Synman Justin Bialek.
The Yarra Yarra apartments, built of pre-cast
concrete panels, have a highly articulated
envelope with horizontal and vertical
projections and setbacks finished with
textured coatings of various colours. The
building contains 37 apartments, from one
to four bedrooms, with three penthouses
occupying the top two floors. Leisure
facilities include a swimming pool, spa,
sauna and gym, all with views to the river.
SYDNEY: 2 PARK STREET
One of Sydney’s notorious 1980s ’black
holes’—the old Waltons/Bond site at Park
and George Streets—is finally being filled
with a four-level podium and 41-storey
tower designed by Crone Associates, which
were the architects of various earlier
schemes. The Citibank Centre incorporates
glass-roofed avenues (reminiscent of old city
laneways and shopping arcades) and a
central atrium within the retail complex,
which links to the city’s subterranean retail
network, Town Hall Station and the monorail.
The office tower is accessed from a central
lobby on Park Street.
NEW YORK: TENEMENT CONVERSION
System Architects in New York, with former
UTS graduate Jeremy Edmiston as a director,
has been planning the conversion of an
1860s East Village tenement building into
apartments for a co-operative group of
artists and artisans. New zoning laws
allowed the four-storey building to be
expanded at the rear (southwards) and
above the roof to give 75 percent more floor
space, to be divided into five apartments.
The old building will be retained as a core,
with new walls wrapping around the west
and south sides, appropriating space from
the rear fire escape and side horsewalk.