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    Revised designs for Newcastle towers unveiled

    Bates Smart has revised its design for two residential towers at the former Store site at 854 Hunter Street in Newcastle’s west end.
    The Newcastle and Suburban Co-operative Society, known colloquially as The Store, was once Australia’s largest and most successful co-operative, with 98,000 members and 1,450 workers across its many retail stores and other services at its peak in 1974.
    The co-operative wound up in the early 1980s, squeezed out by suburban shopping malls. The NSW government purchased the site in 2015 “with a view to realising its transport and development potential.”
    Following a competitive process, a tender was awarded to developer Doma Group with its plan for twin 90-metre apartment towers, carpark complex, commercial office building, public domain improvements and a new bus interchange.
    “Redevelopment of the Store site is a multi-faceted and staged project and includes the already completed Newcastle Bus Interchange and Newcastle’s largest office building,” said Doma’s Newcastle development director, Chris Farrington.

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    The Store, 854 Hunter Street by Bates Smart.

    “While those works were underway, the architects and the Design Review Panel (DRP), made up of three independent architects, one of which represented the NSW government architect, had an opportunity to concentrate their expertise on development of the design for the residential part of the project.
    “The DRP focused on making sure the residential towers are externally aesthetically pleasing and reflect the heritage of the site. This revised design was presented to the City of Newcastle’s Urban Design Consultative Group who have also been very supportive of the design direction.”
    Bates Smart’s new designs re-work the two towers to make them different heights. The top of the towers have also been sculpted to ensure they read differently from different angles. “We really wanted to make sure the towers were attractive from every perspective, including ground level,” Farrington said. “By varying their size, making them less identical, they are much more striking, which is consistent with the state government’s vison for design excellence on this significant site.”
    In order to gain approval to demolish the former Store buildings, Doma was required to prepare a Heritage Interpretation Strategy and respond to several recommendations made by the Heritage Reference Group.
    Bates Smart’s design references the original façade and window shapes of the former Store buildings, while the masonry at the podium level takes it cues from other historical buildings in Newcastle.
    “In the first two stages of The Store redevelopment we have interpreted elements of the site’s former history in the ground floor paving, in the bus interchange, and through a light show projected on the underside of the colonnade of the office building that provides a story telling platform for First People’s history,” Farrington said.
    “We will extend our heritage interpretation of the site into Stage 3 and continue references to the site’s history consistent with the Heritage Interpretation Strategy.” More

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    Mass timber office building designed to be Tasmania's greenest

    Terroir has designed a mass timber office building in Launceston that is aiming to become “the most sustainable and carbon positive office development in Tasmania.” The building will house the Launceston headquarters of health insurer St. Lukes Health. To be located on the CBD fringe, the building will rise from the remnants of an existing […] More

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    Architeam announces 2021 awards finalists

    Architeam Cooperative has announced the finalists for the 2021 Architeam Awards.
    From 115 entries, the jury chose 29 finalists across eight categories. The residential categories were this year split according to the cost of the houses. The jury said that each of the entries brought “an element of intrigue and delight.”
    The awards are open to ArchiTeam members. The People’s Choice Awards will be judged by members of the public, with voting open until 27 October. Winners will be announced 17 November.
    2021 Architeam Finalists
    Residential Alterations and Additions: $1m +
    Arcadia – Architecture Architecture
    Deco House – Mihaly Slocombe
    Open Shut House – WALA
    South Yarra House – Pop Architecture
    Residential Alterations and Additions: $500k – $1m
    Gantry House – OOF! Architecture
    Mosman Minka – Downie North Architects
    Terrace House 1 – Dreamer
    Vivarium – Architecture Architecture
    Residential Alterations and Additions: Up to $500k
    Engawa House – Inbetween Architecture
    Norwood – Architecture Architecture
    South Yarra Apartment – Rosanna Ceravolo Design
    Spencer’s Slope – Cloud Dwellers
    Innovation and Contribution Award
    Jenny Edwards – Light House Architecture and Science
    Mini Maddern – Public Realm Lab
    Plan Rand – Regional Design Service
    The Cobargo Santa Project – Breathe
    Residential New: $1m+
    Coastal Court Flinders – Bower Architecture
    Franklin – Ola Architecture Studio
    Judo House – Nervegna Reed
    The Hutt 01 Passivhaus – A Beacon of Hope – Melbourne Design Studios
    Residential New: Up to $1m
    Corner House – Archier
    House for Eva – MRTN Architects
    Macdonald Road House – Philip Stejskal Architecture
    Commercial, Community and Public
    Narrandjeri House – Public Realm Lab
    Mainview Boulevard – Canvas Projects
    Quakers Stage 2 – pH architects and Nervegna Reed Architects
    Victorian Pride Centre – Brearley Architects and Urbanists and Grant Amon Architects
    Unbuilt Award
    Gas Stack – Simulaa
    Lisieux – Topology Studio More

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    Outback museum proposed for remote WWII air base

    A museum proposed for the remote Queensland town of Charleville, 683 kilometres west of Brisbane, will celebrate the diversity of the Australian outback and “unveil some of its mysteries.” The Outback Museum of Australia, a project of the Murweh Shire Council and Griffith University, will be built in the town’s existing Top Secret Tourism Precinct, […] More

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    OMA designs another outer Melbourne shopping mall

    OMA’s Australian office has designed its second suburban mall for outer-Melbourne, unveiling plans for a $100 million town centre in Sunbury South.
    The Dutch firm unveiled its design for the first town centre in Wollert in 2020, having set up a permanent office in Australia following the delivery of the WA Museum Boola Bardip in Perth.
    T he Sunbury South project is larger than than the $40 million Wollert precinct, and will be delivered over several stages from 2024, with the first stage to include a supermarket and discount department store, commercial and retail spaces, dining and outdoor amenities, including a pedestrian-friendly environment, urban interfaces, green space, seating, undercover areas and wetlands.
    OMA regional director Paul Jones said the overall vision was about prioritizing pedestrians and the public realm to give people reasons to visit beyond just shopping.
    “We definitely looked to reinvent the concept of a town centre,” he said. “We’ve consolidated uses around very clear public circulation strategies; rather than spreading uses broadly around the precinct, we’re tightening it up and bringing it closer together, so there’s a better concentration of use, activation and connection for people.
    “We’re using good urban principles and planning strategies to bring urban design, architecture and landscape together to deliver a completely different type of outcome – I don’t think there is anything like it.
    “The suite of different uses and buildings will be broken-down, instead of being singular and monolithic in their form – they will be humanized, and the connection between inside and outside will be massively different to what people are used.”
    Sandhurst Retail and Logistics, which is also the developer the Wollert town centre, says the project will be supported by and will complement the projected population growth in the suburb which is expected to more than double in the next 20 years from 42,494 in 2021 to 86,640 in 2041.
    The developer has submitted an urban design framework for Sunbury South to the City of Hume. More

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    Bromic scoops Good Design award for Eclipse portable electric outdoor heater

    Launched earlier this year, the Bromic Eclipse Smart-Heat electric portable is a stylish new outdoor heating solution that brings both warmth and light to design-focused outdoor spaces. With its sleek ceramic fascia and dimmable lighting rail it strikes the perfect balance between ambience, style, and functionality. The Good Design Awards jury commented, “This is an […] More

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    Gaggenau unveils the most outstanding kitchens

    Founded by leading appliance brand Gaggenau in October 2020, the Kitchen of the Year Design Contest was created to honour truly unique and outstanding kitchen design. Open to industry professionals across Australia, the contest sought designs defined by a pursuit of excellence.
    Gaggenau appliances adorn the most luxurious kitchens worldwide and the contest offered the German brand an opportunity to recognize the design trailblazers behind some of the most spectacular interiors.
    The winners were:

    Best of the Best and Winner for Southern region – Fitzroy Project by Robert Nichols and Sons.
    Winner for Northern region – Hall 20 by Smart Design Studio.
    Runner-up for Southern region – St Huberts by Robson Rak.
    Runner-up for Northern region – Penthouse II by Lawless and Meyerson.
    Commendations – 97 Mathoura Road Toorak by Carr and Habitus Townhomes by DKO Architecture.

    Best of the Best and Winner for Southern region – Fitzroy Project by Robert Nichol and Sons
    Fitzroy Project by Robert Nichol and Sons was not only named the Winner for the Southern region but also took the Best of the Best award, coming through as the contest’s overall winner.
    “This competition is a great opportunity to showcase and reward excellence in kitchen design. It is heightened by the fact it is hosted by a brand regarded as an industry-leading producer of premium kitchen appliances,” says David Nicholson, Director of Robert Nichol and Sons.
    “Kitchen design is often the most challenging of all the rooms of a home, so any opportunity to showcase and promote what we have achieved next to our peers is valuable and rewarding. We are very proud of this kitchen and feel honoured to be considered among so many strong contenders.”
    David thinks that texture is one of the elements that made their design stand out. “It’s interesting that of the 12 finalists, we were the only entry to feature a wall tile. This is a feature that we consider a hallmark of our projects, and we love the opportunities they present, in this case, the strong vertical lines and rich colour,” he explains.
    “Texture is something we love. We recognize it’s not just a tactile experience, but a visual one too. In a project such as a kitchen where there are so many disparate elements, we see texture as an opportunity to introduce a mix of finishes, creating strong surface variations and producing a focal point within the home.”
    “Winning is amazing, not only as recognition for our design but also against the calibre of the fellow finalists,” David adds. “What we are seeing in this selection is just how far kitchen design has progressed, where kitchens have now become the statement piece for house design.”
    Winner for Northern region – Hall 20 by Smart Design Studio
    Smart Design Studio’s striking, monolithic kitchen was named the Winner for the Northern region. “Given the depth and strength of the Australian design industry, it was humbling to be shortlisted,” says Aaron Wooster, Smart Design Studio’s head of interiors.
    Runner-ups – St Huberts by Robson Rak and Penthouse II by Lawless and Meyerson
    With sweeping harbour views and a robust kitchen island grounding the space, the refined Penthouse II design by Lawless and Meyerson was selected as the Runner-up for the Northern region.
    In reflecting the materiality of a period home, St Hubert’s elegant kitchen space by Robson Rak is the Runner-up for the Southern region.
    The sleek kitchen of the innovative Habitus Townhomes by DKO Architecture and the sophisticated space of Mathoura Road by Carr were both also recognized as the Commendations of this year’s contest.
    Prizes and jury
    The Best of the Best National winner will receive an exclusive trip to Europe, including two return business airfares, seven days in Europe – including one Gaggenau factory tour at Lipsheim, France – one culinary experience for two people, six nights of accommodation in a five-star hotel and hotel transfers.
    The winner and runner up for each region will both receive one culinary experience for two people within Australia, the prize includes: two domestic return economy airfares, two nights of accommodation in a five-star hotel and hotel transfers.
    The winners were selected by an esteemed jury comprising six design industry experts, each lending their knowledge and expertise.
    The jury included:

    Sue Carr (principal and founder, Carr).
    Clement Lee (founder, Riverlee).
    Miriam Fanning (founder, Mim Design).
    Damian Hannah (German Kitchens NZ).
    Raj Nandan (founder, CEO and publisher, Indesign Media Asia Pacific).
    Neil Burley (founder, Anibou).
    Rob Warner (general manager, Gaggenau). More