As November closes and we near the end of 2015, we reflect on the articles that made headlines this month. The "Top 10" list below is an even mix of news and awards articles, both of which came in fast and aplenty throughout November.

Click through to see what you’ve missed or for a refresher on what the design and construction industry found most pressing this month.

1.jpg1. 2015 National Architecture Awards revealed: very best of Australian building design celebrated

A total of 42 projects shared the 46 honours offered by the Australian Institute of Architects as part of the national awards program, which saw firms from every corner of the country come together to celebrate contributions from Australian architects to the built environment. Photography by Peter Bennetts.


2.jpg2. MSJ Architects transform 'worst eyesore' of Sydney's north into a $50 million community health centre

Currently, 612-624 Pittwater Road in Sydney’s Brookvale is a vacant block, flanked by a range of industrial and retail buildings and across the road from Warringah Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in NSW. See what MSJ Architects have in store for the project. Image: News Corp


3.jpg3. Woods Bagot and SHoP Architects back from the drawing board with Melbourne’s first skyscraper skybridge

Following an initial rejection from Victorian Planning, Woods Bagot and SHoP Architects came back from the drawing board with a revised plan for their 447 Collins Street project in Melbourne and it’s got a glass encased skybridge. Image: Woods Bagot/SHoP Architects



4.jpg4. Philip Vivian’s Sydney 2050 vision isn’t just about taller skyscrapers

In May 2014 developer lobby group Urban Taskforce released draft plans from three Sydney architects that imagined a new urban environment for the city of Sydney in 2050. Bates Smart’s Philip Vivian was one of those architects and his plans weren’t well received by all. But were his intentions misunderstood? Image: Bates Smart


5.jpg5. March Studio’s Hotel Hotel named world’s best interior design at INSIDE - World Festival of Interiors

A timber-dominant internal fitout of an award winning Canberra hotel was named the World Interior of the Year for 2015 at the INSIDE - World Festival of Interiors. 

Coinciding with the World Architecture Festival, which saw two Australian projects win category awards, the INSIDE - World Festival of Interiors wrapped up on 6 November with the presentation of its top prize which was handed to Australia’s March Studio for their interior design of Hotel Hotel. Photography by John Gollings

6.jpg6. Google Office South Africa wins Australian Living’s International Green Interior Awards

Google’s Head Office in South Africa won the top prize in the International Green Interior Awards, an initiative delivered by sustainable building consultancy Australian Living.

Architects representing Boogertman + Partners, ecocentric and Solid Green travelled from South Africa to pick up the overall best green interior award at the event, held in BMW’s showroom in Sydney on November 5.

7.jpg7. Australia’s most popular architect-designed house for 2015 revealed

It may have drawn inspiration from Japanese architecture but Villa Marittima at St Andrews Beach in Victoria has now left its own mark on Australia shores by taking out the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 National Architecture Awards. See Robin Williams Architect’s popular design. Photography by Dean Bradley


8.jpg8. Canberra curves away to a Guggenheim Vibe with striking new hotel

Canberra's newest architectural feature has officially opened, with the Bates Smart-designed Vibe Hotel drawing comparisons with the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Image: Vive Hotels



9.jpg9. 3XN’s Sydney stack approved; Circular Quay gets its vertical village

Having already beaten a host of leading international architecture firms in a design excellence competition for the brief back in 2014, 3XN have now cleared another hurdle on their way to delivering a massive 200-metre-high stacked tower for Circular Quay in Sydney.


10.jpg10. JPW's $30 million proposal to save Sydney’s iconic Cambell’s Stores

Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW) has lodged a development application with the NSW Planning department for the refurbishment and upgrade of one Sydney’s oldest and most iconic warehouse buildings.