Harry Seidler and fellow students at Black Mountain College, North Carolina, USA, 1946.

Thistleblowers: Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond

12 Feb 2020, Caroline Montague

Caroline Montague explores a new publication that celebrates this iconic movement and the spread of its influence.

The Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre in North East Arnhem Land (2014), built on the land of the Yolngu people and designed by Build Up Design, is an example of a project that combines Indigenous customs with introduced ways to negotiate a creative synthesis.

The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture

4 Feb 2020, Julie Willis

Julie Willis reviews this hefty volume which provides a significant snapshot of our understanding of Indigenous architectures throughout the world.


A decade in Australian architecture

31 Dec 2019, Linda Cheng

We recount the defining issues, perennial talking points and the most impactful buildings in this review of the past decade.

Blott House (1956) by Robin Boyd.

Celebration, collaboration and conservation: 2019 in review

24 Dec 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The final year of the decade was a testing one for architects, with a number of urgent issues – building standards, the climate crisis, and the industry’s relationship to Indigenous knowledge – all brought to the fore.

Cloister House by MORQ Architecture.

ArchitectureAU’s most popular houses of 2019

24 Dec 2019, Patrick Hunn

ArchitectureAU looks back at a year of Australian residential architecture and count down the top 10 most clicked-on stories.

What we've been reading in 2019

What we’ve been reading in 2019

20 Dec 2019, Josh Harris

Each year, dozens of books come across the editorial desk at ArchitectureAU, on subjects as varied as modernist houses, indoor plants and eccentric suburban interiors. Here are some of our favourites from 2019.

Aerial image of Sydney.

Planning Greater Sydney

26 Nov 2019, Benjamin Driver, Philip Thalis

Philip Thalis and Benjamin Driver consider the latest planning strategy for Sydney, and ask do our conventional planning methods meet the needs of our evolving cities?

Esther Stam presents at Eat Drink Design Talks.

Combatting complacency in hospitality design

26 Nov 2019, Phillip Schemnitz

The inaugural Eat Drink Design Talks unpacked the challenges of hospitality design and speculated about its future.

Adelaide Festival Centre by Hassell.

South Australian modernism exhibition a study in modesty

20 Nov 2019, Stuart Harrison

A survey of modernism in South Australia offers a chance to contemplate the qualities inherent to the modern movement that are missing from today’s projects.

2018 MPavilion by Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós.

A spectacle of pavilions

11 Nov 2019, Rachel Hurst

Ahead of a new set of pavilions set to open this summer, Rachel Hurst considers the burgeoning form. What is to be made of the pavilion phenomenon?

At 500 Broadway, a mixed-use development in Santa Monica, California, an innovative prefabricated steel moment-frame facilitates the plasticity desired to strengthen the connection between home and street. Collaborator: Large Architecture (architect of record).

Coming soon: Koning Eizenberg’s upcoming projects

28 Oct 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Part of our ongoing review of the work of 2019 Gold Medallists Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg, we turn our attention to the architects’ future projects, with a collection of responses from peers and colleagues.

Distinctive solar chimneys in additions to
the John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica,California (2014) provide assisted passive cooling and offer students an
empirical lesson in differential air pressure.
Collaborator: Osborne Architects (executive

Excelsior Koning Eizenberg Architecture!

25 Oct 2019, Carey Lyon, Patricia Patkau

Peers and colleagues of 2019 Gold Medallists Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg reflect on their formidable combination, a take-no-prisoners approach to their architectural ambition, and a life’s work founded on conviviality.

The Belmar Apartments in Santa Monica, California (2014) contributes 160 units of affordable housing to the Ocean Avenue South Development on one side of a public walk. Collaborators: Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners (masterplan partner), KTGY Architecture and Planning (architect of record).

The housing projects of Koning Eizenberg Architecture

21 Oct 2019, Philip Goad, Brian Lane

Architecture Australia reflects on Koning Eizenberg Architecture’s pragmatic yet ambitious housing projects.

A new entry and exhibition space for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2004) connects an 1890s post office with a 1939 planetarium. A distinctive sunshade flutters in the wind and shades the glass. Collaborators: Perkins Eastman (architect of record), Ned Kahn (environmental artist).

The architecture of the everyday

18 Oct 2019, Frances Anderton, Nathan Bishop

Koning Eizenberg’s colleagues, peers and collaborators to speak to the practice’s diverse portfolio of sensitive and thoughtful public projects.

The space between architecture

The space between architecture

15 Oct 2019, Russell Fortmeyer

Russell Fortmeyer reflects on Koning Eizenberg Architecture’s decades-long transformation of the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles.

Hank and Julie's own home, 25th Street House in Santa Monica, California, features many moving parts that open it up to the outside. Obscured by landscape, the house only offers glimpses of itself.

At home in LA: Koning Eizenberg

14 Oct 2019, Aaron Besky

Aaron Betsky surveys the private and public work of Koning Eizenberg Architecture and identifies a distinctive expression suited to the messy vitality of Southern California.

Footpath Library by Jonathan Goh.

Modernist pools and a micro library: 2019 Brisbane Open House editor’s picks

11 Oct 2019, Gemma Savio

While it’s tricky to narrow down a must-see itinerary for Brisbane Open House from the 99 buildings on the program, the following sites are a good place to start.

Suzannah Waldron, Searle x Waldron Architecture, presenting University of Melbourne, End of Trip Facilities at The Architecture Symposium, Sydney.

The city-making potential of architecture

3 Oct 2019, Andrew Burges

Andrew Burges explores four key strategies to enhance architecture’s power in collective city-making, as demonstrated by the 16 inspiring projects presented at the 2019 Architecture Symposium, Sydney.

Muir and Shepherd’s design features distinctive triangular roof forms constructed using a series of prefabricated steel portal A-frames.

A ‘grand collective effort’ in a regional Victorian church

1 Oct 2019, Elizabeth Richardson

Muir and Shepherd’s church for a small community at Katamatite in northern Victoria represents a remarkable period of architectural experimentation.

The plethora of iconic chairs, tables, light fittings and fabrics exhibited in the collection reflects Clement Meadmore’s prolific career.

Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design

30 Sep 2019, Philip Goad

The first major retrospective on the oeuvre of one of Australia’s pre-eminent designers and sculptors, Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design, makes a convincing argument that industrial design is an art form in its own right.

Having worked with architects, Jon felt confident in the design sensibilities of Dock4 Architects.

Working with an architect: Apollo Bay House

24 Sep 2019, Katelin Butler

When a close friend recommended Dock4 Architects to Jon Swann, he felt immediately confident that the studio would work wonders on his shack in Tasmania’s Apollo Bay. Sitting down with Katelin Butler, he recounts that his trust in the design team made for a delightfully unexpected architectural solution.

The Paddock, an “eco-village” of 26 homes designed by Crosby Architects being built in Castlemaine in Victoria.

Actions for sustainable architecture

20 Sep 2019, Josh Harris

Designing sustainable buildings and cities is key to reducing emissions. ArchitectureAU asks three experts what is going right, what’s going wrong and what needs to happen next.

La casa telematica by Ugo La Pietra (1983).

How does the future affect today’s domestic architecture?

17 Sep 2019, Colin Martin

Through six themes and a meandering series of dreamlike passages, the Home Futures exhibition revisits predictions made by twentieth-century designers to explore how our understanding of “home” is changing over time.

Super Tight at RMIT Design Hub.

Making a mess: Life and liveliness in the urban extreme

17 Sep 2019, Patrick Hunn

Could the messiness of life be the key to living in extremely dense spaces? An exhibition at RMIT Design Hub Gallery explores urbanism in Asian cities.

Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez, Bloom, Victoria Park, London (2012).

Designing Women

13 Sep 2019, Nicole Kalms

An exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria highlighted the dynamic and critical force of female designers in shaping contemporary design culture.

Hauntingly bare, the black and white photographs depict only brief glimpses of suburban habitation.

Home: A Suburban Obsession

10 Sep 2019, Alice Hampson

Home: A Suburban Obsession was held in March as part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum and continued at the State Library of Queensland until July.

The Bauhaus school in Dessau, Germany.

Bauhaus centenary: Designing the modern world

5 Sep 2019, Colin Martin

While it was open for only 14 years, the Bauhaus school of art and design had a huge impact on design and architecture internationally. To mark its centenary, Colin Martin looks back at some of its key players and their influence.

Amerika Square office hub in Copenhagen by PLH Arkitekter.

Designing the disrupted workplace: 2019 Work Place/Work Life conference

2 Sep 2019, Sing d'Arcy

Each year the Work Place / Work Life forum explores the seismic shifts happening in workplace design throughout Australia and abroad – from technological disruption to the rise of the sharing economy.

Sydney Park Road by DKO Architecture and Breathe Architecture.

Making a more scalable impact in housing: 2019 Housing Futures conference

12 Aug 2019, Alysia Bennett

In her review of the 2019 Housing Futures conference in Melbourne, Alysia Bennett finds a forum that “provides a concrete and acute understanding of the implications of possibilities and barriers to delivery and scalability of best practice housing.”

Elisapeta Heta of Jasmax at the 2019 National Architecture Conference.

Reconfiguring architecture’s relationship to Indigenous knowledge: 2019 National Architecture Conference

11 Jul 2019, Sam Spurr

Attending the 2019 National Architecture Conference, Sam Spurr was struck by the way the question of collective agency in architecture was grounded in an urgent conversation about how the practice relates to Indigenous knowledge.

Attendees at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.

Leaving space for mess in architecture: 2019 National Architecture Conference

11 Jul 2019, Nicola Cortese

Nicola Cortese, a recent graduate, reflects on the 2019 National Architecture Conference and its exhortation to be “less afraid of risk and more exhilarated by the potential offered by experimentation.”

Urban Hallucinations by Julie Eizenberg.

Community Chest: Urban Hallucinations review

26 Jun 2019, Linda Cheng

Urban Hallucinations, the 2019 Gold Medallists’ Koning Eizenberg’s recent publication breaks the mould of traditional monographs and captures a distinct sense of the present and of testing methodologies.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh by Koning Eizenberg, 2004.

The sticky social: Koning Eizenberg

25 Jun 2019, Justine Clark

The Australian Institute of Architects 2019 Gold Medallists Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg combine a compelling ethical position with wit, curiosity, ambition and empathy, explains Justine Clark.

Julie Eizenberg and Hank Koning.

2019 National Prizes: Gold Medal

21 Jun 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The 2019 Gold Medal is awarded to Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg.

Paterson House by Enrico Taglietti.

Three Enrico Taglietti houses revisited

7 May 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The late Enrico Taglietti’s practice had a long commitment to domestic architecture. Here we revisit three notable examples.

Window House (2013) by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects.

Japan: Archipelago of the House

30 Apr 2019, Leanne Amodeo

Investigating Japan’s residential architecture across three categories, this exhibition looks beyond the stereotypical to reveal sincere Japanese domesticity.

At the start of the performance, a monolithic, wedge-shaped wall slices the stage in two.

The deconstruction and choreography of a wall: Dust

11 Apr 2019, Rebecca Gross

In this contemporary dance performance, Liminal Studio and Dancenorth invite audience members to consider how architecture can be exclusive or inclusive, how it can set people apart or bring them together.

The group tour John Wardle's Captain Kelly’s Cottage and Shearer’s Quarters projects on Bruny Island.

A sublime sojourn: The Architecture Symposium, Hobart

9 Apr 2019, Ted Quinton

Ted Quinton reviews the inaugural Architecture Symposium, Hobart, a “weekend of learning in the Tasmanian landscape” that included a day filled with international and local speakers and a tour of John Wardle’s projects on Bruny Island.

Italian architect Renzo Piano at the Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings exhibition on display at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Pitch perfect: Renzo Piano

1 Apr 2019, Colin Martin

From Centre Georges Pompidou to The Shard tower, the designs of Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect and engineer Renzo Piano are famous around the world.

Alexandra Road by Neave Brown.

A home for all?

29 Mar 2019, Rachael Bernstone

Rachael Bernstone reviews A House for All at the V&A in London, which looks at six experimental public housing projects from the 20th Century.

This house was designed by architect Frederick Bruce Lucas as his own residence in 1941.

Home: A Suburban Obsession

27 Mar 2019, Alice Hampson

Home: A Suburban Obsession celebrates “the allure of home and the stories found within.”