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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. “The clients didn’t want that. They asked for something that was moulded into the landscape.”
Architecture
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.
Architecture
November 17, 2020
British luxury car maker Aston Martin unveils exclusive New York residences
British luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin and visionary architect Sir David Adjaye have united to create a lineup of five exclusive residences at the 66-storey 130 William building in New York. As somewhat of a deal-sweetener, buyers of the exclusive homes will also be able to travel the city in style behind the wheel of a Sir David-designed Special Edition Aston Martin SUV.

Aston Martin chief creative officer Marek Reichman and Sir David Adjaye worked collaboratively on this project to bring the ethos of Aston Martin’s elegant design and dedicated craftmanship to 130 William’s architecture and handcrafted interiors.
Architecture
November 5, 2020
Prior cafe in Thornbury by Melbourne architects Ritz & Ghougassian
Facing the tramline on High Street in Thornbury, Prior is a chic neighbourhood cafe that opened its doors to the inner Melbourne suburb in early 2020. Observing the eatery from the street, the building, a former print shop, is crowned by typically Art Deco detailing. Dramatic black windows frame the entrance of the 130-seat cafe while an equally theatrical awning is emblazoned with the single word ‘Prior’, positioned front and centre as if to indicate its strength as a headline act in this neck of the woods.
Architecture
November 3, 2020
Steven Chilton Architects previews 2000-seat theatre inspired by Chinese silk
Scheduled to open its box office to audiences later this year, the captivating Guangzhou Show Theatre is currently under construction in the Huadu District of Guangzhou, north of Macao in southern China. Introductory illustrations of the theatre’s imposing facade demonstrate how London-based firm Steven Chilton Architects has engineered the building to express the mesmerising fluidity and drape of a luxurious silk scarf, a garment which has well-established connections with the region’s past.
Architecture
October 20, 2020
Holiday maker: The Calile Hotel by Richards and Spence
Revolving brass arms held aloft by concrete columns mark the passage of time on the corner of James and Doggett Streets in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. A symbol of civic connection, clock towers like these are usually reserved for train stations and city halls. Here, this timepiece announces the civic intentions of recently completed The Calile Hotel. It also marks a cornerstone in the comprehensive body of work realised by its architects, Ingrid Richards and Adrian Spence of Brisbane practice Richards and Spence.
Architecture
September 16, 2020
Singapore’s Eden building and its skyward gardens are in sync with the city-state’s biophilic vision
In an act of rebellion against the shrinking footprint of traditional green spaces among cityscapes, towering vertical gardens are clambering onto the agendas – and facades – of high-rise developments around the globe. And it’s a welcome sight. After all, the concrete jungles of the world are damn hot, pretty ugly and rather unpleasant to inhabit without them.
Architecture
September 2, 2020
Terracotta transformation: The Beehive by Raffaello and Luigi Rosselli
Raffaello was project architect, and Luigi his “informed client”. Having acquired an empty infill site in a heritage row, they started looking for a material waste stream with no existing re-use market. Raffaello’s emerging practice is dedicated to material re-use in construction, furniture and linings. “I wanted to take things further, and integrate a recycled […]
Architecture
September 1, 2020
Open for business: Shigeru Ban’s transparent toilet blocks in Tokyo
We’ve all been there. Miles from home – or just far enough – and the urge to, ahem, ‘go’ strikes. But there are two factors that prevent most people from willingly seeking out the nearest public restroom. "The first is cleanliness," explains Shigeru Ban, one of the ‘creators’ invited by The Nippon Foundation to participate in The Tokyo Toilet project. "The second is whether anyone is inside".
Architecture
August 31, 2020
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The LittleNap ‘luxury hostel’ in Hangzhou by Say Architects
Overshadowed by visions of cramped living quarters, squeaky bunk beds, shared amenities and a sprightly clientele with the predisposition to party hard, there's no denying that the humble hostel gets a rather bad rap. But the ongoing popularity of hostels around the world suggests, to a certain extent, that travellers are prepared to surrender some of life’s little luxuries in order to benefit from a hostel’s price point, prime location and community atmosphere.
Architecture
August 25, 2020