An introduction to the January/February 2018 issue of Architecture Australia.
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.
This prestigious beachside apartment building by Virginia Kerridge Architect stands out from its neighbours by virtue of its articulate materiality and sensitive human scale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.”
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.”