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    Architecture & Design’s top 10 articles for January – from new casinos to bowl-shaped roofs

    Nicholas Rider

    As January comes to a close, we’ve decided to recap the top 10 stories covered this month.

    Click on the title to be taken to the original story, and let us know which your favourites were - or what else we should have covered.

    1.jpg1. New plans for $3b Gold Coast casino resort revealed

    A design for a new multi-billion dollar Integrated Resort Development for the Gold Coast was revealed late December.

    The design has been provided by Blight Rayner Architecture and would see a new casino and a cluster of hotel and residential towers built on a five-hectare waterfront site on the Southern Spit between Sea World and the Gold Coast Fisherman’s Co-operative.

     

    2.jpg2. Australia reaches Mutual Recognition Arrangement with the US for architect registration

    It’s been years in the making but Australia and US architect registration authorities have finally reached a mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) for cross-border licencing of architects.

    The MRA came into effect 1 January and will allow Australian and New Zealand architects to register with one of 29 participating US architectural licensing boards without further assessment.

     

    3.jpg3. Zinc-clad addition to heritage dwelling with secret guttering

    This addition to a heritage Edwardian dwelling in Elsternwick, Melbourne is a recessive zinc-clad folded form, set within ‘the shadow’ of the existing white detailed brick structure. It was developed by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design through a series of folded computational models which explored the orientation of the site and how the new addition would integrate with the existing layout. The resolution is a highly custom building that reflects the client’s lifestyle while tactfully embracing the virtues of Edwardian architecture.

    4.jpg4. The pros and cons of permanent formwork systems for single dwelling wall construction

    Permanent formwork systems have become an attractive alternative to conventional masonry block, precast concrete and in situ building methods for both builders and designers in Australia, particularly in the multi-residential space.

    Suppliers and manufacturers of the systems herald them as the next big thing in construction, promising quicker project turnarounds, reduced costs, and cleaner and safer construction sites.

     

    5.jpg5. Australian firm named number 1 aged care architects in the world

    Australia's Thomson Adsett is the largest aged care specialist firm in the world, according to UK architectural news publication Building Design (BD).

    The firm took out top spot in the global elderly living sector in BD’s renowned World Architecture 100 survey which ranks the world’s largest architectural practices by sector and industry based on the number of fee-earning architects they employ.

     

    6.jpg6. $1.85 billion World Trade Centre for Perth progressing quickly

    Plans to develop a billion-dollar World Trade Centre for Perth’s central business district have progressed, with the Western Australian government offering principle support to the project.

    Woods Bagot is behind the design of the two-tower mixed-use development which has now moved through to a Stage Two detailed assessment phase under the federal government’s unsolicited bids policy.

     

    7.jpg7. New towers to be stand out on Gold Coast skyline

    A development application has been lodged with the Gold Coast City Council for a mixed use project in Surfers Paradise set to be one of the tallest residential buildings in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Designed by Woods Bagot as part of a national design competition, Orion Towers features two conjoined towers reaching 76 (274m) and 103 levels (328m) respectively. The team worked closely with Melbourne-based developer Orion International Group and Gold Coast Development Managers CRA Group to create the mixed use towers that will house food and beverage on the ground floor, a 165-key, five-star hotel and residential apartments, and a signature restaurant and observation deck at the apex.

    8.jpg8. Arup architecture head calls for major rethink on Australia’s transport station design

    The head of architecture at Arup, Nille Juul-Sorensen believes transport station design in Australia needs to be completely reviewed and restored to its former glory.

    Juul-Sorensen, who previously headed the Danish Design Centre, is an award-winning architect and design director for Arup, whose designs for the Copenhagen Metro and the Citytunnel in Malmo changed the perception of infrastructure architecture – especially station design – amongst Scandinavians.

    9.jpg9. Another prefab skyscraper project on the horizon for Melbourne

    Melbourne will be home to another prefabricated skyscraper, with the latest addition being a Hayball-designed student accommodation building that will top out at 150 metres.

    Joining Rothelowman’s La Trobe Tower, 42-50 La Trobe Street will make use of Hickory Group’s Hickory Building System (HBS) that utilises offsite manufacturing for the majority of building components.

     

    10.jpg10. Bowl roof on Toorak mansion made from over 1,800 zinc panels

    Designed by Wood Marsh Architecture, Toorak House stands as an abstract merging of roof and wall. A bowl-shaped, doubly-curved roof sits on a raw, textured concrete façade which wraps and articulates the internal volumes of the building.

    Engaged to resolve manufacturing and construction difficulties present in the technical design of the zinc-clad roof, Architecture Research Material Applications (AR-MA) worked with Zinc Iberico in consultation with Wood Marsh Architecture to produce a system capable of realising the architect’s formal intent. 

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