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Kennon designs office tower with “solar facade” for Melbourne

August 2, 2022 Lizzie Crook 0
Front facade of 550 Spencer offices by Kennon

Australian studio Kennon is designing a commercial office tower in Melbourne called 550 Spencer that will feature more than 1,000 glass-like solar panels across its facade. Set to complete in 2024, the eight-storey tower’s facade will harness sunlight to produce “50 times more electricity than a standard rooftop solar panel system” used in residential projects.

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Splinter Society adds black timber extensions to Melbourne cottage

July 21, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Image of the black timber-clad exterior of Host House

Black timber forms cut through a former worker’s cottage to create open living spaces at this home in Melbourne designed by local studio Splinter Society for its founders. Studio founders Asha Nicholas and Chris Stanley purchased the cottage shortly after graduating in 2005, and over the past two decades have gradually added new spaces to create

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Brearley Architects and Urbanists and Grant Amon Architects unveil Australia’s first purpose-built Pride Centre

July 21, 2022 James Parkes 0
Aerial image of the Victorian Pride Centre at night

Australian architecture studios Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects and Urbanists have created Australia’s first purpose-built centre for LGBTQ+ communities that incorporates tubular openings across its facade. The Victorian Pride Centre is a five-storey building located in Melbourne’s beachside suburb of St Kilda and offers its queer community access to a number of services and safe

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Brearley Architects and Urbanists and Grant Amon Architects unveil Australia’s first purpose-built Pride Centre

July 21, 2022 James Parkes 0
Aerial image of the Victorian Pride Centre at night

Australian architecture studios Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects and Urbanists have created Australia’s first purpose-built centre for LGBTQ+ communities that incorporates tubular openings across its facade. The Victorian Pride Centre is a five-storey building located in Melbourne’s beachside suburb of St Kilda and offers its queer community access to a number of services and safe

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All(zone) reveals design for orange draped-fabric MPavilion

July 14, 2022 James Parkes 0
Render of the orange fabric MPavilion by All(zone)

Architectural fabrics and meshes draped over a tensile system will form the 2022 MPavilion in Melbourne, which is being designed by Bangkok-based architecture studio All(zone). In its ninth year, the MPavilion is commissioned annually by charity The Naomi Milgrom Foundationand has a similar concept to London’s Serpentine Pavilion. With a new designer selected each year

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Powell and Glenn creates concrete Canopy House in Australia

June 21, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Front elevation of Canopy House

Australian studio Powell and Glenn has completed a sculptural concrete dwelling in Melbourne’s suburbs, which is designed to create the feeling of “floating amongst the tree canopies”. Named Canopy House, the home is informed by the client’s interest in mindfulness and tropical modernism in South America and is intended to foster a close relationship with

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Mim Design conceives Melbourne’s Au79 cafe as “greenhouse sanctuary”

May 24, 2022 Ali Morris 0
White framework around Au79 cafe Melbourne by Mim Design

Australian studio Mim Design has demarcated the Au79 cafe and bar in Melbourne’s Chadstone shopping centre from the surrounding stores using an arched framework instead of solid walls. Set in a corridor between shopfronts, Au79 was designed as a “greenhouse sanctuary” that could offer shoppers a slice of serenity and respite within the bustling retail

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All(zone) chosen to design MPavilion 2022 in Melbourne

May 19, 2022 Alice Finney 0

Bangkok architecture studio All(zone) has been revealed as the next practice to design Melbourne’s MPavilion, an annual architecture commission similar to London’s Serpentine Pavilion. All(zone) will become the ninth designer to create a pavilion for the prestigious annual commission, following designs by Australian architect Glenn Murcutt and Spanish architect Carme Pinós. The pavilion will be

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Timmins + Whyte renovates “considered and crafted” Melbourne house with folded roof

April 26, 2022 Jane Englefield 0
10 Fold House interior

Ribbed wooden cabinetry and peach-hued corner seating feature in this Melbourne home, which Australian studio Timmins + Whyte renovated with an extension that has a chunky folded roof. The project, called 10 Fold House, updates a single-fronted Edwardian property in Abbotsford – an inner-city suburb of Melbourne. Timmins + Whyte’s renovation introduces a two-storey extension

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Luke Fry squeezes extension behind bungalow in Melbourne

April 19, 2022 Natasha Levy 0
Living room interior of Ripponlea House by Luke Fry with window seat and grey couch

At the back of a narrow Edwardian bungalow in Melbourne, the studio of Australian architect Luke Fry has added a contemporary extension with greyscale interiors. The semi-detached bungalow, called Ripponlea House, is set down a tree-lined street in the titular Melbourne suburb and belongs to a young family. The owners initially wanted to turn their home

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