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Architecture Australia May 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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This issue of Architecture Australia is published on the occasion of the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards (AAAAs), presented in Adelaide this year as part of the National Architecture Conference. Presenting the AAAAs in this way opens up this celebration of the individuals making significant contributions to architecture to the wider membership and the profession.The most prestigious award that the Institute bestows is the Gold Medal for Architecture. The recipients of the 2016 Gold Medal are Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall, founding directors of multi-award-winning practice Ashton Raggatt McDougall, now known as ARM. The practice has been a genuine leader, influencer, provocateur, culture builder and disseminator of ideas for nearly three decades, and the Gold Medal recognizes the three directors’ unique contribution to the identity of Australian architecture.As…

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This issue of Architecture Australia announces the recipients of the Australian Institute of Architects 2016 Gold Medal – Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall of ARM Architecture. Our tribute (from page 72) is the centrepiece of Architecture Australia’ presentation of the 2016 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. This esteemed group of individuals, contributors to society through architecture and the built environment, was revealed in Adelaide on 29 April.The Gold Medal recognizes Stephen, Howard and Ian’s individual and collective achievements across the practice and discipline of architecture. The jury citation, insightful essays and personal anecdotes presented in this issue tell the story of ARM Architecture and the influence of the practice’s protagonists and built works on the progress of Australian architecture, culture and urbanity.The gold medal is used across the…

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2016 asia pacific architecture forum

The Living in the City exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane. (Photography: Dianna Snape)A conversation on the city, with the cityHelen Norrie provides an expansive round-up of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, a two-week-long program of exhibitions, installations, symposia, lectures and workshops held throughout the city of Brisbane that “provid[ed] a gamut of ways for both design professionals and members of the public to actively engage with a range of ideas about design within the Asia Pacific region.” As Norrie finds, the forum managed to take discussion of our region’s urban future beyond professional silos into the broader public realm.READ MORE ABOUT THE ASIA PACIFIC ARCHITECTURE FORUM 2016 architectureau.com/articles/a-conversation-on-the-city-with-the-cityQueensland’s design and architecture uncovered Brass scale model of Balmoral House (2007) by Owen and Vokes and Peters. Model by…

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news and projects

The Darling Exchange building designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates. (Image: Courtesy City of Sydney)Kengo Kuma and Associates design a new civic building for Sydney’s Darling HarbourA new civic building for Sydney entitled The Darling Exchange has been designed by Japanese architecture practice Kengo Kuma and Associates. As part of the New South Wales Government’s $3.4 billion redevelopment of Darling Harbour, the building will act as a community hub, featuring a library and exchange program for startups. The six-storey circular design is encased by ribbons of timber in a way reminiscent of a hive. Kengo Kuma explains: “It is a historical reference to Darling Harbour originally being a hive of business activity and a focal point as a market exchange.”READ MORE ABOUT KENGO KUMA’S FIRST AUSTRALIAN PROJECT architectureau.com/articles/kengo-kumas-first-australian-project A…

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point lonsdale house

KEY1 Front garden 2 Front verandah 3 Common space 4 Kitchen 5 Sitting/flexible 6 Bedroom/flexible 7 Attic02 Planned according to a nine-square grid, the design places four defined rooms at the corners of the house, which sit under a striking pitched roof.03 A play on the nine-square grid allows an open bay to run centrally through the house, providing a “common space” that can open to the elements at each end.04 Light enters the attic through the glazed gable ends and is then filtered via a glass floor in the attic to the central common space.05 A playful triangular cut in the wall above the fireplace provides a link between the attic space and sitting room.06 The rich colours of the timber joinery and dark concrete floor are illuminated by…

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kempsey crescent head surf life saving club

02 As the beach is a known surfing destination, a “plethora of surfers’ vans” can be found parked along the water’s edge.03 The building was designed “in the round,” so that the roof is treated as a fifth elevation and is viewed as such from most vantage points around the bay.KEY1 Entry2 Office3 Kiosk4 Family change5 Lobby6 Unisex change7 Lift8 Operations9 Store10 Training room11 First aid12 East balcony13 Functions14 West balcony15 Void16 Kitchen17 Bar04 The new building was designed to be approachable and community members have made their mark by painting the old steps from the surf club site down to the water in a gradient of colours.05–06 The tuckshop on the eastern edge serves healthy food from a kiosk set back under the volume of the upper level.07 The…