Architecture Australia, January 2018

Architecture Australia, January 2018

Architecture Australia

Gold Coast: A new cultural and urban condition for the twenty-first century


Architecture Australia January/February 2018.
Archive | Cameron Bruhn | 26 Jan 2018

AA January/February 2018 preview

An introduction to the January/February 2018 issue of Architecture Australia.


BDA Architecture’s Capri on Via Roma (2013) has created a popular waterside hub in Surfers Paradise. It won Regional Project of the Year at the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Coast and Northern Rivers regional awards.
Discussion | Philip Follent | 23 May 2018

The search for an authentic architecture and city form on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast’s DNA is one of change. Here, Philip Follent chronicles the political and cultural forces that have shaped this “remarkable urban experiment,” citing projects that speak to its ongoing metamorphosis and inspiring built form.


Carefully considered landscaping by Cardno responds to the natural surrounds and enhances the amenity of the adjoining public beach access.
Projects | Adrian Carter | 13 Apr 2018

‘An authentic architecture of materiality’: M3565 Main Beach Apartments

This prestigious beachside apartment building by Virginia Kerridge Architect stands out from its neighbours by virtue of its articulate materiality and sensitive human scale.

Regular ribs and strips of honey-coloured timber are key to the character of the project and a nod to the Queensland tradition of timber construction.
Projects | Leonie Matthews | 30 May 2018

Theatrical and meticulous: The Kitchens

This new market hall, designed by ACME, Landini Associates and The Buchan Group, is a theatrical and meticulously crafted insertion in the Robina Town Centre redevelopment and a crucial contribution to an enriched urban space.

Water cascades through an oculus in the Disc, which offers shade and evaporative cooling, while providing a visual anchor to the Village Heart and main park beyond.
Projects | Michael Keniger | 22 Mar 2018

Home game: Parklands

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Village, designed by Arkhefield, ARM and Archipelago, optimizes the potential of its Parklands site and sets a precedent for considered medium-density development on the Gold Coast.

A generous, cantilevered soffit heralds the arrival sequence to the KDV Golf and Tennis Academy. The first-floor swimming pool is first revealed as an “intriguing shimmer of blue” in its mirrored surface.
Projects | Philip Follent | 9 May 2018

‘Silent and self-assured’: KDV Golf and Tennis Academy

In its award-winning redevelopment of a much-loved Carrara golf course, Shiro Architects has crafted a “silent and self-assured” building that points to the Bauhaus and the heroes of modernist architecture.


Burleigh Heads-based architect Matthew Eagle, founder of ME.
People | Katelin Butler | 15 Jun 2018

Matthew Eagle’s inventive residential architecture

Rigorous analyses of Queensland’s distinct housing typology and a subtle approach to challenging norms underpin Matthew Eagle of ME’s work. His inventive residential architecture brings the suburban fabric to the fore.

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The distinct, folded panes of the Laneway House by O’Neill Architecture are beautifully amplified by the use of Taubmans Crisp White on the exterior. The clean, sophisticated hue highlights the entry port’s sculptural blade, and the paint’s satin finish serves as a textural counterbalance to the ground level’s stained ply cladding.
Product | AAU Products | 1 Feb 2018

Taubmans paints enhance the ‘seaside vibe’ at the Laneway House by O’Neill Architecture

Architect Justin O’Neill’s home for a young couple in New Farm exemplifies the Brisbane suburb’s current wave of thoughtfully considered infill housing.

The Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Masterplan by ARM Architecture and Topotek1.
Discussion | Carroll Go-Sam | 22 May 2018

Do Indigenous cultural landscapes matter?

The growth in infrastructure overseen by the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Masterplan, has missed an opportunity engage with significant Indigenous placemaking. Carroll Go-Sam takes a long-term perspective.

The Whale House (2016), Kingscliff, northern New South Wales, by Paul Uhlmann Architects.
Discussion | Leah Lang | 29 May 2018

What’s next for the Gold Coast?

The Gold Coast’s City Architect Leah Lang looks at the benefits of the Gold Coast being a young and aspirational city entering the next phase of its life with a sense of daring and innovation. As the population booms, she urges an architectural focus on infill development and the “missing middle.”

The Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre houses fifteen courts designed to accommodate netball, indoor soccer, badminton and other sports.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 4 Apr 2018

Building for a Future Gold Coast

Sheona Thomson considers the lasting impact of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games venues on communities, “where arguably infrastructure is playing catch-up to growth.”

Permanent Impermanence: Spontaneity and joy in Gold Coast architecture
Discussion | Virginia Rigney | 25 May 2018

Permanent Impermanence: Spontaneity and joy in Gold Coast architecture

A portrait of the inherently transient character of the Gold Coast, this recent suite of photographs by John Gollings documents and celebrates a nimble architecture that responds to the “very human desire for spontaneity and joy.”