From the world’s best buildings to recipients of prestigious industry awards.
Incoming oasis: Red Sea International Airport by Foster + Partners
Offering a glimmer of hope that global travel will resume in the not too distant future, construction is underway at the Red Sea International Airport in Saudi Arabia. Designed by Foster + Partners, the world-class facility is located on the country's west coast, about 15 kilometres inland from the Red Sea. By 2030, the airport is expected to facilitate the confluence of one million passengers per year, establishing its status as a significant gateway for the region’s tourism-focussed Red Sea Project.
March 5, 2021
Soaring ‘Skyhomes’ join the site of Australia’s most expensive residence
Guided by property developer Lendlease, One Sydney Harbour sees the reunion of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and interior designer Daniel Goldberg, founder and creative director at State of Craft. The two design visionaries previously collaborated in 2012 on both The Shard and Shard Place in London. The One Sydney Harbour site is already known as the home to the most expensive residence in Australia – the penthouse of Residences One was sold for over AU$140 million. But it’s the buzz that surrounds Residences Two, the next step in the harbourside development, that’s capturing renewed attention.
February 26, 2021
‘By the people, for the people’: Waterfront Clubhouse by Abin Design Studio
In early 2017, the state government of West Bengal in India offered all state clubs and associations a sum of two lakh rupees (approx. AU$3500/US$2750), to be used for the promotion of sports and extra-curricular activities within its communities. Though not enough funding to immediately fulfil their ambitions, one of the local football clubs in the city of Bansberia was prompted by the stimulus to approach Abin Design Studio (ADS), tasking them with the design and construction of a compact clubhouse for its young and passionate footballers.
February 23, 2021
The Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot
Born from a partnership between New York-based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Australian practice Woods Bagot, the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre (AACC) is one step closer to realisation with the unveiling of the building’s updated designs. Planned for the city of Adelaide in South Australia, the AACC will honour the past, present and future of Aboriginal cultures while also pledging support to contemporary art practices and events.
February 10, 2021
Dine within a ‘mega art installation’ reminiscent of towering termite mounds
Set against the Mile City skyline in China’s Yunnan Province, the silhouettes cast by a grouping of red brick towers are equal parts distinctive, otherworldly and alluring. Created by artist Luo Xu, the cluster-like buildings are collectively named 50% Cloud for their resemblance to a half cloud floating in the sky. Bystanders also comment that their whimsical spires are reminiscent of colossal termite mounds, bursting from the red earth below. Hidden behind a section of the building’s brick armour, the 50% Cloud Artists Lounge was created by Hong Kong-based architecture studio Cheng Chung Design (CCD).
February 1, 2021
The Tower C ‘superscape’ in Shenzhen by Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been announced as the winner of the design competition to build Tower C at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base in China. Led by practice principal Patrik Schumacher, the studio’s design of the tower proposes to integrate the surrounding city and nature, creating a dazzling “superscape” with futuristic ambitions. Upon completion, the precinct is slated to be an important business and financial centre in Shenzhen, serving the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau.
January 21, 2021
Brick beauty: TaoCang Art Centre in China by Roarc Renew
Built in the 1950s, the timeworn grain storage buildings of Wangjiangjing Town in China were once collectively known by locals as the Lotus Granary, a name given to the site for its proximity to masses of lotus-filled marshlands. But after the interiors of the two main warehouses were mostly destroyed by fire – thought to have been extinguished by water sourced directly from the lotus ponds – the granary was forced into early retirement, abandoned and mostly forgotten.
December 9, 2020
Bangalley House by Casey Brown Architecture
Sitting camouflaged in a highly visible location, Bangalley House is an exercise in balancing extreme exposure with protection. The rising headland site drinks in panoramic ocean views and shares sightlines with the golden sands of Avalon Beach in Sydney. “Almost any new building you’ll see on a Sydney headland really stands out, often to the detriment of the surrounding area,” says architect Rob Brown.
November 27, 2020
Reclaimed bricks line the vaulted buildings of China’s Imperial Kiln Museum
Known as the ‘Porcelain Capital’ for its centuries-long association with crafting some of the world’s finest ceramics, Jingdezhen is a prefecture-level city in the north-eastern Jiangxi province of China. While historians suggest that the area may have produced pottery as early as the sixth century, the region didn’t become a dominant kiln site until the 11th century. Later, from the Ming Dynasty onward, the official kilns of Jingdezhen fell under the control of the emperor, who commissioned large quantities of ‘imperial porcelain’ for palace service and lavish gifts.
November 17, 2020
Architect Viktor Udzenija curates Middle Eastern design auction for Christie’s
Award-winning Croatian architect and interior designer Viktor Udzenija has curated the inaugural design section of the Christie’s Middle Eastern Modern and Contemporary Art auction. For the sale, which opens to bids from November 11, Viktor is presenting a selection of ten design works by an impressive roster of emerging and established designers, each hailing from the Middle East.
November 9, 2020