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Architecture Australia July 2019

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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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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
architects as agents of change

In assuming the role of 2019 National President of the Australian Institute of Architects, I have been struck by what a time of both challenge and opportunity it is for our profession. The verdict in the Lacrosse building fire case in Melbourne, and broader discussions about the safety of our built environment, have had ramifications right across industry and around the country. With advocacy support from the Institute, quality is once again in welcome focus. The quality of our buildings is only as good as the quality of the procurement and delivery processes, so we’ve laid the groundwork on related issues of long-running concern to the profession, including novation, and I look forward to us taking this further in the coming year. We will also keep up the pressure in our campaigns…

3 min.
a humanist agenda spurred by activism

This issue of Architecture Australia announces the recipients of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2019 Gold Medal –Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg of USA-based practice Koning Eizenberg Architecture. The Gold Medal is the Institute’s highest honour and the 2019 recipients were announced at Collective Agency, this year’s National Architecture Conference. In an appropriate coincidence, the focus of this conference, curated by Monique Woodward and Stephen Choi, was on a new generation of architects hungry for change, a theme that echoes the passion for activism shown by a young Julie and Hank during their student days in 1970s Melbourne. Alongside contributions by Aaron Betsky, Russell Fortmeyer and Justine Clark that celebrate the achievements of Julie and Hank, Ian McDougall reflects on this formative and experimental time for the formidable duo. During their…

20 min.
australian institute of architects’ national prizes 2019

Gold Medal Hank Koning FRAIA and Julie Eizenberg RAIA The Gold Medal – the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour – recognizes distinguished service by architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, producing work of great distinction that has advanced architecture or endowed the profession in a distinguished manner. The 2019 Gold Medal is awarded to Hank Koning FRAIA and Julie Eizenberg RAIA of Koning Eizenberg Architecture. Since the inception of their practice, Hank and Julie have produced work of dignity underpinned by an egalitarian generosity of light, scale and air – all imbued with Australian congeniality and wit. After studying at the University of Melbourne, Julie and Hank arrived in Los Angeles in 1979 to undertake graduate study at UCLA. They established Koning Eizenberg Architecture on graduating in 1981. The practice…

3 min.
clifftop house highlights the finesse of concrete

It takes a unique site to produce a unique piece of architecture, says Brisbane architect Joe Adsett, whose Clifftop House at Teneriffe is nothing if not a one-off. When presented with the site for the house, a narrow band of clifftop overlooking the Brisbane River, Adsett found the architectural solution to be self-evident. Adsett’s design is a striking three-storey, concrete-framed dwelling that sits lightly atop the cliff, affording magnificent views to the river and beyond. Clifftop House shares its triangular site with an existing small brick cottage that, due to local character regulations, could be neither demolished nor raised to take advantage of the views. As a result, the owners decided to renovate and extend, utilizing the small sliver of land between the existing dwelling and the cliff. Adsett and the client…

6 min.
studio hollenstein in association with stewart architecture

In the context of Australian urban development, it’s unusual to experience a public building that is so far in advance of everything else. I don’t just mean this as a judgement of the architectural quality of Green Square Library and Plaza by Studio Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture; I mean it literally. The building has arrived before much ofwhat would provide its raison d’être – a locally housed urban population. The much-masterplanned urban node of Sydney’s Green Square still struggles to assert itself amid lingering light industry and roads heavy with through traffic. For pedestrians, ongoing construction adjacent to the site makes reaching the library from Green Square train station – one stop from Central – a difficult quest, though plenty have succeeded. On a recent mid-Friday afternoon, the library…

6 min.
richards and spence

On occasion, an architect is able to work iteratively over an extended period in such a way that their architecture comes to define the character of a place. We are thinking of Jože Ple č nik by the river in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Luigi Snozzi’s seven rules for the village of Monte Carasso, Switzerland, Fumihiko Maki’s work over fifty years at Hillside Terrace, Tokyo or, more recently, Gion A. Caminada’s tactical rejuvenation at Vrin, Switzerland. To the above list, we would add Richards and Spence’s James Street precinct in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Since 2012, the architects have been working with brick, concrete and stone to develop an alternative vernacular to the traditional use of timber and tin. This way of making is also a form of resistance to the otherwise rapid cycle…