There were a lot of important events for building designers throughout July, including the Victorian, South Australian, Western Australian, Tasmanian and NSW Architecture Awards, as well as the BDAV Building Design Awards. Architecture news was also incessant throughout the month, with new landmark buildings across our urban centres announced seemingly every day.

Below are the top 10 articles for the month of July.

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2015025960_0_BVN_WestmeadMillenniumInstitute_johngollings-1.jpg1. Revealed: 2015 NSW Architecture Awards winners

Over 60 accolades have been handed out by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) at the 2015 NSW Architecture Awards held at Sydney’s Town Hall.  And while there was strong presence from small architecture firms, 2015 was the year for big firms who prevailed in most of the program’s 12 category prizes.

2. LAVA architect Sirius about saving Sydney’s brutalist landmark

A concept drawing of a refurbished Sirius apartment building in Sydney, released by Chris Bosse of LAVA, sparked a robust discussion amongst Architecture & Design readers about the place Tao Gofers’ building has in Sydney’s architectural history. Some have called it a “brutalist eyesore” others “a beautiful landmark” but most were in agreement that LAVA’s concept to refurbish the building was off the mark.

3. New Sydney Anzac Memorial design unveiled by JPW and NSW Government Architect’s Office


Sydney’s Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park will undergo a $40 million dollar upgrade that will see the original 1930s masterplan by Sydney architect Bruce Dellit, finally completed. Check out the plans and fly through video from Johnson Pilton Walker architects by clicking through.

4. Giant 'arc' casino resort by Cottee Parker Architects wins Queens Wharf Brisbane design battle


Renders of a giant arc-shaped casino, five new hotels and an infinity pool overlooking the Brisbane River are just a teaser of what's to come for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct after the Queensland Government announced its preferred tenderer for the site's development. Be sure to check out the design from Cottee Parker Architects.

5. Only a surfer knows the feeling: Ridgeway at Sunrise by Push Architects

Retiring to a quiet beachside location is a dream for many Australians, but for those already embedded within the surfing fraternity, location isn’t enough and a true “surfer’s shack” needs to be tailored accordingly. Push Architects understood this and delivered a project that would only be truly appreciated by a true waxhead.

6. Winners announced for 2015 BDAV Awards


The 20th Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) Building Design Awards were held in July and celebrated a big year for building designers in the state of Victoria. The Awards showcased creativity and excellence across a wide range of categories including; residential design, interior design, heritage conservation, energy efficient design and non-residential design.

7. Brick brise-soleil: eight perforated brick facades lighting up Australian buildings

Our list of eight houses featuring perforated brick facades was a hit with our readers this month. There is a mix of both commercial and residential projects and each uses the ancient building material in a new and innovative way.


8. Renders revealed: parametric modelling informs spiralling curves for Elenberg Fraser's Melbourne Tower


New renders from Elenberg Fraser brought the 68-storey glass tower with “spiralling curves” reminiscent of a Beyonce music video back into the spotlight this month. The $350 million mixed-use building also received attention from international press.

9. Architects salaries rising: ACA release 2015 National Salary Survey

Finally some good salary news for architects. New data on architectural salaries across Australia reflects improved business conditions in 2015, according to the latest survey by the Association of Consulting Architects (ACA).

10.Benoy ahoy, Melbourne: global architecture giant opens office in Australia


Just as news settled that UK architects will be looking to try their hand in the Australia market, the internationally active firm of architects, masterplanners, interior and graphic designers Benoy officially announced that they would be expanding into Australia. See what the firm has planned for our shores by clicking through.