As November comes to a close and we enter the final month of 2016, 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.

1-1.jpg1. Melbourne skyscraper named 5th best in world

Melbourne’s Abode318 by Elenberg Fraser and Disegno architects has been named in the top 10 of the 2015 Emporis Skyscraper Awards (ESA).

The apartment tower at 318 Russell Street came in fifth ahead of a number of mega structures from the US, Austria and the United Arab Emirates, and behind a couple of towers from China and one each from Russia and Italy.


2.jpg2. No thanks Apple we’ll keep our Federation Square: local architects

Apple has seriously misjudged the cultural significance of Federation Square to the people of Melbourne and would save itself a lot of hassle by looking elsewhere to build its new $50 million megastore.

This is the response from prominent Melbourne architect Michael Smith to news circulating that negotiations are underway between the tech giant and Federation Square's management to demolish one of the buildings in the square to make way for a brand new Apple store.

3.jpg3. From boomerang to eucalyptus: the philosophy behind Parramatta’s Church Street skyscraper

Group GSA has provided further insight into the philosophy behind its competition-winning design for a 266-metre gumtree-inspired skyscraper at Parramatta, NSW.

The 197-207 Church Street address is owned by Holdmark Property Group who shocked the public in late 2015 with a bold proposal to develop the site, currently occupied by the 1889-built Murray Bros building.

4.jpg4. 2016 National Architecture Awards revealed: very best of Australian building design celebrated

The winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 National Architecture Awards were revealed at a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday 3 November.

Honours were bestowed upon 40 projects from all around Australia which were chosen from a highly competitive field of more than 890 entries, of which 79 were shortlisted.


5.jpg5. NSW Government announces national competition for medium density housing design

The NSW Government has announced a national competition for Australia’s top architects and building designers to design medium density homes to help pave the way for Sydney’s future housing.

A collaboration between the NSW Government Architect and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, and endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Missing Middle Design Competition aims to test the draft Medium Density Design Guide, which is currently on public exhibition and will make it easier to build low-rise, medium density homes across NSW.

6.png6. 5 Australian architecture blogs every architect should follow

Strictly speaking it’s probably not in our best interest to promote other websites, or unveil our information sources for that matter, but where credit is due it should be paid.

The below architecture blogs have been a source of information and inspiration for Architecture & Design over the past 12 months and it is only fair that we share them with our readers.


7.jpg7. Make architect excited about Sydney Sandstones development

When the renovations of Sydney’s historic Lands and Education buildings in the CBD are complete in 2020, we can expect the architecture to be referential and sensory, but only partially accessible to the public.  

Further artist impressions and details of the proposed $300 million redevelopment of the heritage ‘Sandstones’ on Bridge Street were released on Thursday, but it might be an interview with Make Architects’ Ian Lomas that reveals more about his firm’s plans for the building.

8.jpg8. This tessellated box addition to Melbourne home was rejected by zinc installers

Much has been said about which Australian state is the best, but few would object if Victoria was recognised as the country’s leader in contemporary architecture.

Although buildings like the RMIT Design Hub and the Melbourne Recital Centre often steal the show, the culture of bold design is also evident in the countryside and suburbs. Quarry House, a renovation and addition to an existing Victorian terrace in Brunswick East, Melbourne, is an example of this ‘trickle-down’ effect.

9.jpg9. Kuma and Crone’s Circular Quay hotel a tower of ‘pixels’

Kengo Kuma and Crone Architects Principal, Sandra Furtado have signed off on their team’s design for a new luxury hotel in Sydney’s Circular Quay.

The project, which is the second in a two part development of 1 Alfred Street, has been on the cards for the better part of a decade and been subject to abandoned Stage 1 DAs, ownership changes and redesigns.


10.jpg10. Design tender announced for new $250 million Sydney Fish Market

The NSW Government has begun a tender process for the design of a new Sydney Fish Market at Blackwattle Bay on Sydney Harbour.

The new market will be developed on the adjacent site to its current location, currently leased by concrete and aggregate manufacturer Hanson, and will be more than double its current size at 35,000sqm.