Reviews

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Elva Tang of Henning Larsen Architects presenting at The Architecture Symposium, Brisbane 2019.

Architecture as social facilitator: The Architecture Symposium, Brisbane 2019

20 Mar 2019, Scott Petherick

Scott Petherick reviews The Architecture Symposium, Brisbane, which took place at the State Library of Queensland on 15 March.

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Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell masterplan by Neeson Murcutt Architects and Sue Barnsley Design.

Better together: The architecture of women in collaboration

8 Mar 2019, Linda Cheng

Responding to the theme of the 2019 International Women’s Day “Balance for Better,” ArchitectureAU has asked a number of women architects about their collaborations with other women.

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The audience at Flex.

Are flexible working arrangements the key to a more equitable workplace, or a gateway to casualization?

8 Mar 2019, Patrick Hunn

An event in Melbourne, held in anticipation of International Women’s Day, sought to dissect the possibilities of flexibility.

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Jabiru masterplan by NAAU and Enlocus.

The future is regional: Major projects transforming Australia’s smaller cities and towns

26 Feb 2019, Linda Cheng

ArchitectureAU looks at a range of future projects poised to have a regenerative and transformative effect on the regions.

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Blott House (1956) by Robin Boyd.

Four Robin Boyd houses revisited

3 Jan 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

To mark the centenary of Boyd’s birth, ArchitectureAU looks back at his most enduring legacy, residential architecture, through four of his houses.

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Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture.

Architecture for rent

28 Dec 2018, Editorial Desk AAU

From modernist masterpieces to contemporary compact living, ArchitectureAU rounds up five award-winning and exemplary homes for the holidays.

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Green Spine by UN Studio and Cox Architecture.

Futures, festivities and furore: 2018 in review

27 Dec 2018, Josh Harris

ArchitectureAU looks back at the people, projects and moments that shaped the architectural discourse in Australia in 2018.

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Suburbia: The Familiar and Forgotten by Warren Kirk (Scribe, 2018).

Brutalist beauties, suburban oddballs and better cities: 2018 summer reading list for architects

27 Dec 2018, Josh Harris

ArchitectureAU journalist Josh Harris rounds up some of the more enjoyable books on architecture from 2018.

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Jeremy Irons in High-rise. By international law, all architects in film and television have to be lit like this.

Dystopian and aloof: The pathology of architects in cinema

21 Dec 2018, Patrick Hunn

ArchitectureAU journalist Patrick Hunn rounds up three architecture-inspired movies for an indoor television holiday away from the studio.

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Jørn Utzon at the Utzon House in Hellebæk.

The wandering architect: Utzon unlocked

20 Dec 2018, Philip Drew

Reflecting on an exhibitionthat celebrated the centenary of Jørn Utzon’s birth, Philip Drew explores how the ruined pyramids of the Maya and the invention of the Super 8 film camera shaped the architect’s work.

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Patricia Piccinini, Skywhale 2013, nylon, polyester, nomex, hyperlast, cable, 340 x 230 x 200 cm, commissioned for The Centenary of Canberra.

‘The female perspective on love and emotional intensity’: Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester exhibition

14 Dec 2018, Emily Wong

Tarrawarra Museum of Art is now playing host to an exhibition of works by Australian artists Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester.

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The Melbourne Pavilion at Hong Kong's DesignInspire, as part of Business of Design Week.

Creating better cities: Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week 2018

12 Dec 2018, Cassie Hansen

At the Business of Design Week in Hong Kong, a purpose-built pavilion showcased the largest-ever presentation international presentation of Victorian design.

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Cookie by Phillip Schemnitz Architect.

‘Magic at work’: Cookie’s architect on its enduring design

6 Dec 2018

Phillip Schemnitz, who has designed some of Melbourne’s most-treasured restaurants, bars and nightclubs, reflects on his career and the people who have defined it.

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Installation view of Escher x Nendo at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Escher x Nendo will surprise, delight and challenge

5 Dec 2018, Sasha Grishin

The National Gallery of Victoria engaged Oki Sato of Tokyo design studio Nendo to enter a dialogue with Dutch artist Escher and his world of impossible objects, endless stairs and radical visual transformation.

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Frida Escobedo’s pavilion is aligned to the Serpentine Gallery beyond.

Summer of architecture and art: Christo, Jeanne-Claude and the Serpentine Pavilion.

29 Nov 2018, Colin Martin

In London, Colin Martin explores an exhibition by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and the latest Serpentine Pavilion.

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