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Architecture Australia

Architecture Australia September 2018

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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2 min.
to act and to advocate

Hot on the heels of two major international trips – first to Venice for the International Architecture Exhibition and then to New York for the AIA Conference on Architecture – it has been an absolute delight to travel around Australia participating in the Chapter Awards ceremonies. The Institute’s awards program is the nation’s most prestigious and competitive and recognizes the impact of great design on clients, on communities and on the profession. It was a great honour to help celebrate the achievements of practices across all scales of architecture. We now look forward to the National Architecture Awards later in the year. A common theme that emerged in both these international and domestic architecture festivals was that our goals – and our challenges – are shared across the country and around…

2 min.
local and global recognition

This issue of Architecture Australia celebrates the outcomes of the Institute’s Chapter Awards in the lead-up to the National Architecture Awards, which will be announced in Melbourne on 1 November. A total of 264 entries have been recognized locally, with 203 now in the running for national honours. Our congratulations to all the practices and people recognized in each of the chapters and to every firm that generously presented its built work for peer assessment. This moment also presents an opportunity to reflect on recent (and upcoming) international exposure and recognition for Australian architects and architecture. The issue opens with an overview of Australian contributions to the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale – surveying the reception of the Australian pavilion, Australian architects exhibited across the Venetian archipelago and the biennale itself through…

4 min.
venice in review

Australia’s exhibition Repair is, by any interpretation, a unique experience among the 2018 national participants. Creative directors Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright of Baracco and Wright Architects with artist Linda Tegg filled the Australian pavilion with more than ten thousand plants from Victoria’s Western Plains Grasslands, which are sustained by a highly technical lighting installation. Irish landscape architect Dermot Foley found they had “curated an environment unlike any of the other pavilions at this year’s biennale.” Australian architect Justin Mallia described the exhibition as “an elegant and visually striking composition” that is “eloquently composed and engagingly experiential.” The grassland installation is accompanied by an interpretive two-channel video projection of fifteen Australian projects. “Each film is screened once throughout the day with an intermittent dimming of lights,” Mallia explained in his review.…

8 min.
architect taylor and hinds architects

A traditional Aboriginal shelter with a domed roof and bark cladding is the subject of George Tobin’s sketch Native Hut (or Wigwam) of Adventure Bay, Van Diemen’s Land, 1792. While at first glance Tobin’s drawing appears cheerful and benign, closer inspection reveals that something is clearly amiss. Neither of the blue-coated figures occupying the hut appears to be Aboriginal, nor does a third figure who watches from nearby. In the middle distance an entire boatload of identical blue-coated figures is making landfall on the beach, having disembarked from the tall ships at anchor in the background. A rifle lies at the entrance to the hut and another is propped against a tree, not far from an ominous pile of bones. Along with the journal entries of French and British explorers, this…

10 min.
architect fjmt

Christine Phillips: When Architecture Australia asked me to review Bunjil Place by FJMT, I invited Louis Mokak, a Djugun man from West Kimberley and current architecture student at RMIT University, to co-write with me. A building named Bunjil Place inevitably raises questions about place, Country, the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in contemporary Australia and how this plays out in architecture. I am a female architect and academic with a Greek Cypriot heritage, born in Melbourne, living in Melbourne. I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which Bunjil Place stands and respectfully recognize the Elders, both past and present. Louis Mokak: I am a saltwater man and a proud Djugun man from West Kimberley. Born on Gadigal country, I grew up on Ngunnawal and Ngambri country…

3 min.
new south wales

Commercial The Sir Arthur G Stephenson Award International House Sydney by Tzannes Award Barangaroo House by Collins and Turner Award Biripi Clinic by Kaunitz Yeung Architecture Commendations The Beehive by Raffaello Rosselli Architect with Luigi Rosselli Architects; 333 George Street by Grimshaw with Crone Educational The William E Kemp Award Macquarie University Incubator by Architectus Award St Patrick’s Primary School, Lochinvar – Stage 1 by SHAC Award UTS Blackfriars Children’s Centre by DJRD with Lacoste + Stevenson Architects Commendations The Waranara Early Learning Centre for the City of Sydney by Fox Johnston; Bellevue Hill Public School by GroupGSA Public The Sulman Medal Punchbowl Mosque by Candalepas Associates Award Joynton Avenue Creative Centre by Peter Stutchbury Architecture for City of Sydney Commendations Barangaroo Ferry Wharf by Cox Architecture; Coogee Beach Centre by Brewster Hjorth Architects Steel COLORBOND® Award Biripi Clinic by Kaunitz Yeung Architecture Commendations North Avoca Studio by Matt Thitchener Architect; Barangaroo Ferry Wharf by Cox Architecture Interior The John Verge…