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Architecture Australia May 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
agents of change in challenging times

The summer’s destructive bushfires have been followed by the challenge of one of the largest health crises in recent times in the form of a coronavirus (COVID-19). The Institute is acutely conscious of both the personal and professional impacts this pandemic is having on our members and the broader community. Our intention is to lend support where we can, including through regular COVID-19 member updates on our website, and we also encourage you to support each other. First and foremost, we urge members to prioritize their health and safety, and that of their families, staff and the communities in which they operate. We also encourage members to seek assistance if they are struggling financially as a result of this pandemic. Governments have provided some financial support and we will continue to…

3 min
navigating a new global reality

When we started putting together this edition of Architecture Australia, the frightening images of Australia’s catastrophic bushfires, the damage caused and the increasing urgency of the climate emergency were top of mind. How designers and architects might reconsider the way our built environment responds to these complex environmental challenges remains a vital question, and one that we consider in this issue’s Dossier on the climate and biodiversity emergency (page 55). However, only a couple of months later (and after most of the contributions to this edition were written), we face an unprecedented and terrifying global pandemic. Like many people around the world, every member of our editorial team is currently working from home and using social distancing in a bid to slow the rate of spread of the coronavirus. We’re…

16 min
australian institute of architects’ national prizes 2020

Gold Medal John Wardle John Wardle is an architect’s architect. He is a designer of consummate skill whose works – from small, intricate pieces of joinery to complex highrise buildings – receive detailed attention and conscientious formal experiment. His works celebrate both individual craft and the broader production processes of making a building and re-position the role of the architect as chief designer in that activity. Importantly, his works are the outcome of a studio-based collaborative practice. Since the formation of his Melbourne-based practice in 1986, John Wardle has devoted his energies to maintaining the design ethos of the small office as it took on ever larger institutional and commercial projects across the country. His early practice was built on the design of single-family houses such as Kitamura House in Kew, Victoria (1996)…

7 min
geelong arts centre hassell

Built on the lands of the Wadawurrung people and completed in November 2019, the new Geelong Arts Centre by Hassell has dramatically reshaped the city’s arts and cultural precinct. Once largely concealed from Ryrie Street behind the facade of the former Mechanics’ Institute and Plaza Theatre, the arts centre now asserts its presence as a glowing, translucent box that rises to match the scale of the neighbouring Barwon Water Headquarters by GHD Woodhead (see Architecture Australia July/ August 2018). Seen from afar, the new channel glass facade of the upper volume and the clear-glazed curtain wall of the foyer spaces below may initially read as somewhat independent formal gestures. In reality, however, the project has been carefully knitted into a series of existing structures in and around the site, most noticeably…

9 min
state library victoria vision 2020 architectus and schmidt hammer lassen

The State Library of Victoria (SLV), fronting Melbourne’s Swanston Street, covers an entire city block. Founded in 1854 and opened in 1856, it has a fascinating and complex history, sharing its site, at times, with the institutions now called Museum Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria. The precinct felt like another world prior to the most recent renovation, which began in 1985. Inside the Domed Reading Room (opened in 19131 ), sparrows and starlings flew around the ceiling. The room’s breathtaking internal streetscape included ghost facades sculpted inside its octagonal drum. A remarkable suite of Edwardian Baroque furniture was lit by rows of feeble bulbs, with students and homeless people alike hunched over desks in constant twilight. To borrow an item, you lined up in the old first-floor catalogue…

1 min
industry insights install a bathroom or kitchen anywhere with saniflo

To create accommodation for the families of hospital patients, enabling them to be close to their loved ones, Jeffrey Collins, Manging Director of MediStay, needed to convert an empty office space. But the space was in a multistorey building with tenants on the floor below and no access to traditional gravity plumbing. Drilling core holes was not an option. But, using Saniflo’s innovative plumbing solutions, Jeffrey was able to create six high-quality studio apartments, each with its own ensuite and kitchenette. The Sanipack macerator pump was the ideal solution for this project because the pump needed to be located away from the toilet. It has inlets for grey water fixtures that enabled installation of the basin, shower and kitchenette sink required for comfortable self-sufficient accommodation. With a depth of only 146 mm,…