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Architecture Australia March 2016

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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lights over the sea

The unique atmosphere of the pier jutting 200 metres into the Baltic Sea in the German resort town of Heiligendamm invites all to stroll along it and stay for a while. Even as twilight fades and dusk sets in, the pier with its scenic lighting continues to draw people. The pier’s inviting atmosphere is the result of a finely tuned lighting concept realised entirely with WE-EF luminaires. The immediate proximity of the saltwater sea posed the greatest technical challenge in this project, as did the design and static specifications. WE-EF’s answer to severe weather and the aggressive marine climate is its 5CE superior corrosion protection system. In this system, material selection and processing as well as multi-layer coatings ensure reliable protection and a long service life for the luminaires and masts.…

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foreword

Adelaide becomes the centre of attention this year, with a highlight of the architectural calendar taking place in the city in April. The National Architecture Conference, How Soon is Now? (28–30 April), under the direction of Sam Spurr, Ben Hewett and Cameron Bruhn, centres on the proposal that “the ceaseless appetite for the new means that architecture is constantly projecting, speculating and theorizing.” Instead of always looking into the future or back into the past, this conference exposes how current projects are creating new ways that architecture operates in the world. Speakers confirmed at the time of writing include Amica Dall (Assemble, UK), Julie Eizenberg (Koning Eizenberg Architecture, USA), Thomas Fisher (University of Minnesota, USA), Sadie Morgan (dRMM Architects, UK), Nasrine Seraji (Atelier Seraji Architectes et Associés, France), Astrid Klein (Klein Dytham…

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reflection

The first part of this issue of Architecture Australia examines pavilion architecture. It is a study of the ephemeral and the perennial and the interrelated temporal boundaries of this building type. We open with two pieces that provide an insight into The Pool, the upcoming national exhibition within the Australian pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale (page 13 and page 20). Reviews of the 2015 MPavilion by Amanda Levete Architects (page 24) and the 2015 NGV Summer Architecture Commission by John Wardle Architects (page 36) and a preview of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s 2016 Fugitive Structures commission by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (page 31) demonstrate the conceptual and operative potential of contemporary pavilion architecture. In the essays that follow, Leon van Schaik muses “On [the autonomy of] pavilions”…

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the pool in venice, a preview

The words “Aqua profunda,” painted in giant black capital letters, loom over Melbourne’s Fitzroy Swimming Pool. Meaning “deep water” in Italian, the sign was added by James Murphy, manager of the pool in the early 1950s. He had become exasperated by constantly hauling migrant children (who couldn’t read the English signs) out of the deep end. Now heritage listed, the sign captures a moment in Melbourne’s history of great influx of new residents from the Mediterranean, and of the pool as a place where people, cultures and languages collide. It’s this idea of the pool as a frontier of cultural difference and integration that is the subject of this year’s exhibition in the Australian pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by Amelia Holliday and Isabelle Toland (of Aileen Sage) and…

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environmental portraiture

If you follow the news you could be easily forgiven for believing that our most valuable asset is iron ore, coal, uranium or Atlassian. This constant bombardment of market reporting seeks to establish that our country has never been so rich, but it could also be said that we have never been so bad at accounting. We constantly overlook our most important asset – water. We all know that without water there is no life on this planet, but it seems that our media only reports on dam levels or precipitation in a crisis (drought/flood/bushfire) or during events like the Spring Racing Carnival and the AFL Grand Final. What has this got to do with taking someone’s picture? Creative directors Amelia Holliday and Isabelle Toland (of Aileen Sage) and Michelle Tabet…

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mpavilion

Established by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, the 2015 MPavilion is the second of four annual pavilions commissioned with support from City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government. Designed by UK-based firm AL_A (Amanda Levete Architects), the pavilion follows Sean Godsell’s contentious 2014 proposition, now relocated to a permanent home at the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne. Located in the Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, MPavilion is an optimistic concept that presents a diverse list of cultural programs to highlight Melbourne’s commitment to architecture and the arts via an innovative form of urban occupation. In its parkland atmosphere, the 2015 pavilion grapples with how the small scale might compete with or complement the gardens en masse. AL_A’s primary response was to give presence to both the landscape…

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