Architecture Australia, March 2020

Architecture Australia, March 2020

Architecture Australia

Provocative, informative and engaging discussion of the best built works and the issues and events that matter.


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Our voices places the reader in the time/space of Indigeneity across the globe.
Discussion | Karamia Müller | 2 Jun 2020

Our voices: Indigeneity and architecture

Indigenous knowledge systems will be vital in managing our planet’s complex future challenges and Indigenous voices are critical to flourishing built environments. It is urgent and necessary to hear them.

It is time to get the facts straight on mental health in architecture
Discussion | Naomi Stead and Maryam Gusheh | 28 May 2020

Work-related mental wellbeing in architecture

In an age in which mental illness is so common, it is time to get the facts straight on mental health in architecture so that we can act accordingly.

The proposed plaza and building on Sydney's George Street designed by David Adjaye and Daniel Boyd.
Discussion | Carroll Go-Sam | 26 May 2020

Future Indigeneity: Shared values in the built environment

In recognition of National Reconciliation Week, Carroll Go-Sam outlines how new approaches to design, agency and participation are securing the future of Indigeneity and reshaping architecture.

Inside the geometric exterior of Blak Box, an asymmetrical round – a “place for sound” – reflects Kevin O’Brien’s preoccupation with opposing conditions.
Discussion | Kevin O'Brien | 28 May 2020

A space for storytelling: Blak Box

A mobile pavilion designed by Kevin O’Brien rejects stereotypes and positions Indigeneity as “an interdependent condition with global connections.”

Deep listening and what it means for the built environment were the subject of a discussion during the 2019/2020 Blakitecture series.
Discussion | Sarah Lynn Rees | 28 May 2020

Blakitecture: Beyond acknowledgement and into action

Normalizing Indigenous processes in architecture for all practitioners is the long game. In the meantime though, the profession needs to simply get on with implementing the lessons we have already learnt, writes Sarah Lynn Rees.

Locating the preparatory school along the western boundary of the campus maximizes open playing space, while enhancing the campus enclosure.
Projects | Leon van Schaik | 16 Jun 2020

Pursuing the campus vision: Christ Church Grammar Preparatory School

With_Architecture Studio’s recent addition to Perth’s Christ Church Grammar School is a cleverly configured preschool-to-year-six block designed to suit many pedagogical methods.

The central hall of the Dangrove by Tzannes.
Projects | Laura Harding | 14 Jul 2020

‘Extraordinary in every sense’: Dangrove Art Storage Facility

The uncompromising architecture of this building is reflective of, and contributes, to the cultural ambition of the institution.

On an undulating Australian landscape, the house introduces a repeated, geometric architectural ordering.
Projects | Des Smith | 30 Apr 2020

Architectural poetry: House in the Hills

Defined by its rectilinear parasol of timber batten and set on a working sheep farm in regional Victoria, this house prioritizes clarity over pragmatism, geometric consistency over lavishness, purity and poetry over function.

The centre is topped by a grand, cantilevering, 40-square-metre parasol structure. It is civic in scale, providing a powerful marker in the landscape.
Projects | Cameron Bruhn | 19 May 2020

Architectural egalitarianism: Kingborough Community Hub

Built on the edge of the town of Kingston, Tasmania, this community hub is envisioned as the heart of a suburb that does not yet exist. How might an urban square and community facility attract and serve in the urban fringe?

A sepia photo of residents performing a play in 1913 (a provocative “paean to female agency”) becomes a frieze for the body of the Sibyl Centre.
Projects | Rachel Hurst | 22 Jun 2020

‘Looking backwards to look forwards’: Sibyl Centre

Stories dating back more than a century infuse this addition to the first university college for women in Australia.

The vast plaster ceiling features copiously repeated prismatic forms, housing lights that can be varied in colour and intensity.
Projects | Paul Walker | 2 Jul 2020

A good Melbourne citizen returns: The Capitol

After a major 1960s downscaling and a series of ad hoc renovations, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin’s Capitol Theatre has been re-engineered to beguile audiences for another hundred years.

The oversized arches, with their black mullions and dark glass, recall both Louis Sullivan’s National Farmers’ Bank of Owatonna and the Harbour Bridge.
Projects | Mark Raggatt | 4 May 2020

Recalling bygone grandeur: Rail Operations Centre

Memorializing the tectonics of tunnels, bridges and nineteenth-century suburban train stations, this red-brick, big-box building in inner-city suburban Sydney is a rich form of infrastructure architecture that represents an investment in workers and in the area’s rapidly changing urban fabric.

The nine-metre-high tower is clad in stained Tasmanian hardwood, coarse in texture and rich in the scent of ash and eucalypt.
Projects | Louis Anderson Mokak | 26 May 2020

Memory keeper: In Absence

A collaboration between architect and artist, this poignant work in the gardens of the National Gallery of Victoria challenges the colonial legacy of art institutions, interrogating the absence of truth in the western canon and asking: how can architecture reconcile with the brutality of an unlawful and violent colonial history?