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Architecture Australia November 2017

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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celebrating excellence at the 2017 national architecture awards

(Photography Toby Scott)This issue of Architecture Australia is devoted to the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2017 National Architecture Awards, the culmination of our yearlong national awards program. The Institute awards are the most recognized in the industry, as they are judged by our peers and involve a rigorous process whereby all shortlisted projects are visited to allow the jury to experience the quality of the works.The awards are the Institute’s most comprehensive advocacy program, demonstrating the essential and decisive role architects play in making our built environments enriching and sustainable. Each project, irrespective of scale, budget or complexity, contributes to the discourse surrounding how design can be an agent of change well beyond the site or the individual project. The awards program is the profession’s opportunity to celebrate projects that…

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celebrating what design can do

The Institute’s National Architecture Awards celebrate what design can do – how it shapes the city, grows business, educates and heals the individual, nurtures communities and delivers on policy and strategy. A number of the projects recognized in the 2017 awards program (and recorded in this special year-end issue) have been peer-reviewed in previous issues of this magazine. Looking back at some of the insightful reviews published over the past year highlights a number of the themes and directions revealed in this year’s awards cohort.The July issue of Architecture Australia focused on tall commercial buildings and considered the intersection between workplace culture, built form and urban setting through landmark projects in Sydney and Melbourne. In his review of the EY Centre by FJMT, which has won the Harry Seidler Award…

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2017 intergrain timber vision awards

Intergram TIMBER VISION AWARDS 2017Announced in Melbourne on 21 September, the 2017 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards recognize visionary use of timber across five categories: Commercial Interior, Commercial Exterior, Residential Interior, Residential Exterior and Landscape.The diverse pool of 158 entries was united by the simplicity and honesty of timber applications in Australian design. The judging panel – comprised of Bronwen Kerr, director of Kerr Ritchie; Maria Danos, founder of Maria Danos Architecture; Cameron Bruhn, editorial director of Architecture Media; Geoffrey London, Professor of Architecture at the University of Western Australia; and Douglas Curr, technical sales and specification manger at Intergrain – was struck by the high quality of entries along with the continuing trend of showcasing the true quality of timber.This year, six projects were honoured: the winning entry in each…

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concrete showcased at president avenue apartments by candalepas associates

President Avenue Apartments by Candalepas Associates in Sutherland, Sydney, utilizes concrete to achieve a sculptural facade of grooves, oval cut-outs and blade walls.(Photography Brett Boardman)The qualities that make concrete great – its durability, sustainability, fluidity and raw beauty – are demonstrated to the full in these apartments, which were nearly eight years in the making for architect Candalepas Associates and builder/developer Cuzeno. The outcome exemplifies the notion that concrete is a flowing, agile, living substance that allows designers and constructors to build without limits, to create developments that enhance our urban environments, suit our busy lifestyles and leave a smaller environmental footprint.ProjectThis development on President Avenue, Sutherland, in Sydney’s south, has a commanding presence, with a thoughtful, sculptural form that stands out from the mundane. Completed in 2016, it comprises…

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books received

3+2: Durbach Block Jaggers3+2: Durbach Block Jaggers is in some ways an architect’s dream of a book. The two-volume tome, edited by Andrew Mackenzie, is a scholastic photographic abstraction of just five projects. The majority of this “double album,” as the publisher describes it, is unadulterated by descriptive text, letting the photographs perform their solo, virtuoso arias.Andrew Mackenzie (ed), 3+2: Durbach Block Jaggers, Uro Publications, 2017.In the first part, photographer Andrew Cowen depicts three coastal Sydney projects: Holman House, North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club and Tamarama House. The second glossy volume contains two projects in central Sydney photographed by Julia Charles: 9 Roslyn Street and UTS Science and Graduate School of Health Building, designed in association with BVN. Of course, each project is duly illustrated with drawings.There is a…

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cooling carparks in australia and the usa with award-winning kaynemaile-armour

At the Loma Linda University carpark in San Bernardino, California, Kaynemaile-Armour mesh has been fashioned into louvre-like strips that significantly mitigate the area’s hot, dry conditions.On the Gold Coast, the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre carpark’s sculptural facade utilizes Kaynemaile-Armour to effectively cool the building.Kaynemaile has reimagined twothousand- year-old chain mail into a unique architectural product called Kaynemaile-Armour that is now being specified and installed around the world. Kaynemaile makes both exterior and interior systems but its recent focus has been on large-scale carpark facades in Australia and the USA.One of the unique features of Kaynemaile-Armour is solar reduction. Unlike steel mesh products, which are highly conductive energy stores, Kaynemaile-Armour mesh remains at a near ambient temperature, protecting the building from heat conduction. Its three-dimensional mesh structure means that a high…