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Architecture Australia January 2018

Ask architects which Australian magazine they choose to read or to publish their work and the answer is most likely Architecture Australia. If you want to be up to date with the best built works and the issues that matter, then Architecture Australia is for you. Its commissioned contributors are independent, highly respected practitioners, architectural thinkers and design commentators and each article is supported by images from leading architectural photographers. Provocative, informative and engaging – it is the national magazine of the Australian Institute of Architects.

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cities on the edge: building a positive relationship between the natural and urban environment

The Institute’s mission is “to make the world a better place through architecture.” As we stand at the start of a new year, we must re-calibrate ourselves to this mission. It allows us to see beyond our drawing boards to the broader scale and impact that architecture can, does and must have on the condition of the world. Currently, the world is sitting on the edge of acceptable carbon dioxide emissions. We are on the precipice between the now urgent, necessary reduction of human-caused CO emissions 2 and exceeding the cap that will induce climate change’s most catastrophic effects. In 2017, a resurgence in global emissions of CO from fossil fuels and 2 industry saw a 2 percent rise to a record thirty-seven billion tons – the most significant increase in three years. As…

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the gold coast: a place to play, work and live

One of the most enduring images of the Gold Coast for my generation is P. J. Hogan’s acclaimed 1994 film Muriel’s Wedding. Like protagonist Muriel Heslop, the Gold Coast has at times taken on the metaphoric qualities of the black sheep. The seminal January–March 1959 Gold Coast special issue of Architecture in Australia (the precursor to this magazine) described something well outside of the mainstream of architectural discourse – a place where Bill Heslop’s laconic mantra “You Can’t Stop Progress” was riding roughshod over architecture and planning considerations. With this 2018 Gold Coast special issue, almost sixty years on from the cautionary volume guest edited by Peter Kollar and Milo Dunphy, Australia’s sixth largest city enters the mainstream. The contributors to this volume eschew mid-century snobbery to describe a city that…

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industry insights

The newly opened Jackalope Hotel in the heart of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is a breathtaking study in luxe experiential design. With architecture and interiors by Carr, this forty-six-room boutique offering stands bold in the landscape, its angular, dark, zinc-clad form a modern reinterpretation of the area’s barns and agricultural buildings. Carr’s objective was to create a strong statement and it has achieved that with standing seam metal cladding and an angular roof, contrasted against the existing restored heritage cottage. A 7.5-metre-high Jackalope sculpture by Emily Floyd greets guests upon arrival, further heightening the project’s dramatic expression. “It’s architecture that is unprecedented and unconventional, with a simplicity and subtlety of strength and form that belie what lies within,” says Carr’s director of architecture Chris McCue. “The monolithic, blackened structure provides a vivid…

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the search for an authentic architecture and city form

The City of Gold Coast has emerged from a string of coastal townships to become Australia’s sixth largest city. The metamorphosis has been rapid and not without adolescent growing pains where component features don’t yet fit the promised, handsome physique of early maturity. Nevertheless, as a tourism-focused city (and, by implication, not a serious city model) and lacking the civic investment that capital cities enjoy, the Gold Coast, warts and all, is a remarkable urban experiment. By the early 1950s the coastal strip was home to silver service dining and boutique shopping underpinned by Melbourne’s rag trade entrepreneurs. An increasingly motorized public was regaled by a cacophony of motel signage, unashamedly spruiking messages of escape and fun in the sun. More than sixty years later and in time for the Commonwealth…

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industry insights

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. Not that the project came without its fair share of obstacles, primarily a site measuring only eight metres wide and bordered by seven other properties. Such constraints should have compromised the two-storey dwelling’s design outcome, yet the director of O’Neill Architecture used them to his advantage, devising a long, narrow plan that incorporates two courtyards to resolve light and privacy issues. It helped that O’Neill’s clients are interested in small-footprint living. “They embrace the idea of minimal intervention, which really freed up the possibilities of the site,” he explains. The benefit of the home’s south-facing orientation is that both courtyards could be opened up to the north and so…

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m3565 main beach apartments virginia kerridge architect

Embodying a Euclidean clarity of 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. Review by Adrian Carter Photography by John Gollings Directly facing onto Main Beach on the Gold Coast, the recently completed M3565 Main Beach Apartments by Virginia Kerridge Architect stands out from the diverse neighbouring buildings, not in terms of height or outline, as so many Gold Coast buildings do, but by virtue of a human urban scale and a disciplined, deceptively simple Euclidean clarity of architectural form. This purity of form is enlivened by a beautifully layered, abstract composition of timber slatted screens, zinc panels, articulated concrete floor decks and elegant metal railings, all well proportioned, carefully detailed and crafted from…