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    Architecture & Design’s top 10 articles for October – from Australia’s best sustainable projects to controversial new developments

    Nicholas Rider

    As October closes and we roll into November, 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. 2016 Sustainability Awards winners announced: 88 Angel Street named Australia’s best green building 

    The uncompromising efforts of Australia’s best architects, builders and designers to improve Australia's built environment was the real cause for celebration at the 2016 Sustainability Awards, held in Sydney on 13 October.

    While it was the immensely sustainable 88 Angel Street multi-residential project in Sydney that took the program’s top gong, the Best of the Best Award, the biggest achievement was the amount of people who turned out to celebrate and support what was once a fringe issue in Australia’s building industry – sustainability.

    2.jpg2. More vertical blades for UNSW as Grimshaw reveals second contribution to new precinct

    Grimshaw has revealed its design for the University of New South Wales’s (UNSW) new Science and Engineering Building (SEB).

    The SEB will be Grimshaw’s second contribution to UNSW’s Physical Sciences precinct at the Kensington Campus, following the completion of the Material Sciences and Engineering Building (MSEB) early last year.

     

    3.jpg3. First look at three shortlisted designs for new Star Casino tower

    Initial concept designs for a new $500 million tower and podium at Star Casino Sydney have been revealed.

    Australia’s BVN, Francis-Jones Morehan Thorp and Grimshaw are involved in a design competitive process for the project which will be situated at the northern end of The Star's Pyrmont casino complex.

     

    4.jpg4. 2 Australian, 5 International firms compete for $1.5 billion Circular Quay Tower design

    Seven international and local architect teams will take part in a competitive design process for a landmark development at Sydney’s Circular Quay.

    Australia’s BVN and Hassell will take on US firms Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and HOK, as well as UK-born practices Foster and Partners and David Chipperfield Architects in a competition to design a new commercial tower and urban precinct at the western end of Circular Quay.

    5.jpg5. Rick Leplastrier’s Tom Uren House for sale

    The residence of former Labor politician and activist, Tom Uren is up for sale on Modern House Real Estate and is accompanied by new professional photography and information about the home’s design.

    Designed by Richard Leplastrier, one of Australia’s most influential and revered architects, Uren House was completed in 1992 and was home for Uren and his family until he passed away last year.

     

    6.jpg6. Adelaide’s tallest building proposal submitted for approval

    Realm Adelaide, a proposed residential luxury apartment project designed by award-winning architectural practice Elenberg Fraser, has been formally submitted to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for approval.

    Featuring a building form that links the past and the future, Realm Adelaide on Austin Street is set to become the tallest tower in Adelaide, rising 132 metres, spanning 40 levels, and offering 320 apartments in one, two, three and four-bedroom configurations.

    7.jpg7. Latest homeowner survey reveals architects and building designers falling out of favour for renos

    Building designers and architects have both fallen slightly out of favour with home renovators over the past 12 months, according to a recent homeowner survey.

    Claiming to be the largest survey of residential renovation, building, and decorating activity conducted in the country, the 2016 Houzz & Home study gathered information from 14,000 Australian homeowners who are registered with the online renovation and design platform. The survey aimed to discover why and how Australians renovate their homes.

    8.jpg8. Controversial Collins Arch commences construction in Melbourne

    One of the more polarising and controversial Melbourne developments in recent times has commenced construction.

    Deemed by some to be the most significant architectural statement in Melbourne since the creation of Federation Square, Collins Arch by Australia’s Woods Bagot and New York-based Shop Architects has finally begun construction after going through three major alterations since its first instance in 2014 on account of planning rejections.

    9.jpg9. Woods Bagot wins design competition for landmark Parramatta development

    Woods Bagot has pipped a formidable field to win a design competition for the development of 8 Phillip Street in Parramatta.

    Adjudicated by the Parramatta City Council, the competition included submissions for a new mixed-use apartment project from three firms, Woods Bagot, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and SJB. 

     

    10.jpg10. 2016 National Building Design Awards winners announced

    A family-owned and operated winery has been named National Building Design of the Year at the 2016 National Building Design Awards.

    Designed by MG Design & Building, Chrismont Winery in Victoria combines a mixture of concrete, stone, wood and glass creating a light and inviting contemporary interior.

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