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Architecture Australia January 2020

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
australian architects in a global landscape

As Australian architects, we have always looked internationally to fill out our learning, whether through overseas study, working abroad, or the pilgrimage that has become a rite of passage for many of us upon graduation. From Robin Boyd’s collaborations with international modernists, to Harry Seidler’s enduring connections with Europe, and Kerry Hill’s with Asia, there is a rich tradition of Australians engaging with architectural culture and practice globally. But these links work both ways. More Australian architects are working globally than ever before and their work is increasingly being recognized. Our most renowned architect, Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner Glenn Murcutt, has led to a burgeoning awareness of Australian design, both locally and farther afield. The Australian Institute of Architects’ 2019 Gold Medallists, Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg, are known for their affordable…

3 min
australian architecture on the world stage

In today’s world, distance is collapsing. The battle between the local and the global is something that architects and designers continue to grapple with – in terms of sustainability, local identity, economy structures and architectural competitions. Simultaneously, there is a growing movement against the trend for clients to engage big-name firms from overseas – too often, the results are imposing structures that fail to fit with the local culture and conditions. Of course, exchange works both ways – so what happens when Australians work abroad? This special issue of Architecture Australia aims to describe the outcomes, in many and varied circumstances, of Australian architects working in other places. The last time we focused a whole issue on the export of Australian architecture was September/October 2010. Justine Clark, editor at the time,…

4 min
on a global scale

As the world globalizes, opportunities for architects to access international markets increase. It is apparent that Australian architects are highly valued for their agility in fast-changing industry conditions, their ability to respond to local context and their focus on high-quality, sustainable design. Australians are also in demand in educational institutions overseas (see page 60) and are volunteering their time and skills for humanitarian work (see page 64). This map locates all of the projects, practices and educators mentioned in this issue, in an attempt to reflect the scope of the architecture and design work being undertaken by Australians around the world. The “hotspots” give an indication of the number of members of the International Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects in the locations marked. Of course, we cannot hope to capture…

6 min
australians on the world stage

Lorenteggio Library by BLO BLO’s design for the new Lorenteggio Library emerged from the dimensions of the city’s public housing blocks. Turning ninety degrees from the original grid, the building continues the modern project that gave life to this urban development in the 1930s. The library acts as a bridge, completing the sequence of civic structures on the neighbourhood park. It gives Lorenteggio a new icon that reinvigorates the tradition of modernity in the district, appropriating and actualizing the memory of its local factories. Project location Milan, Italy Client Comune di Milano (Milan municipality) Type Public Site area 2,000 m2 Status – Design competition winner – Construction due to begin 2021, expected completion 2022 Practice locations Sydney, Australia; Munich, Germany; Santiago de Chile, Chile Central Park by LAVA Envisioned as a place for people, Ho Chi Minh City’s Central Park is designed with a focus on…

8 min
national maritime museum of china cox architecture

In one of the gallery spaces of the National Maritime Museum of China there is a small, easily overlooked display of hand-decorated porcelain. It is a grouping of exquisite bowls, plates and tureens made in China in the eighteenth century and destined for grand dining tables in Europe and the USA. In vast banquet halls on the other sides of the world, this armorial tableware would have been laid out in sets comprising hundreds of pieces, the status of the owner written directly onto the perfect, white surface with elaborate gilt crests and insignias. This modest display is an instructive lesson about the contemporaneity of globalism. Twenty-first century globalism undoubtedly has its own special characteristics, but the movement of goods and the exchange of ideas across borders and oceans is…

7 min
windermere jetty museum carmody groarke

A museum is normally a place that is separate from the world. It is where objects of significance are extracted from everyday use and kept safe for posterity. It is tightly secured and environmentally controlled in an attempt to slow the effects of light, temperature and humidity on the objects. A place of UV filters and glass cases to keep bright sun and greasy fingerprints at bay. But deprived of their context and use, are these objects also deprived of their power? What might a “living” museum look like? The Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, designed by Carmody Groarke, is one of these rare things. Stepping inside, I am struck by the smell of oil and sawdust, the creaking of boats bobbing in the water, people walking around…