Yangan SQUARE:Architect// Carme Pinos, Photographer// Dion RobesonFeatured Product// Urbanstone Commercial - Natural Stone
THE PALM SPRINGS:Builder // Webb & Brown-Neaves, Photography // D Max Photography,Featured Products // GB Masonry Breeze Blocks Wedge in Porcelain
THE LITTLE ALBION:Architect// Terence Yong Architecture and Shed, Bricklayer// Top Knot Brick Laying, Photography//Courtesy of Terence Yong,Featured Product//Austral Bricks Burlesque in Indulgent White
Shortlisted for the major international prize were Yangan Square in Perth, MPavilion 2018 in Melbourne, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney and Adelaide Botanic High School.
Yangan Square forms a major part of the decade-long Perth City Link redevelopment plan, which will eventually link the CBD with the suburb of Northbridge; this striking urban square, designed by Lyons Architecture with Iredale Pedersen Hook and Aspect Studios, has been compared to Melbourne’s Federation Square.
The same taste for architectural diversity is also evident in our architects’ approaches to residential design over the past 12 months – whether apartments, townhouses or freestanding houses.
THE PALM SPRINGS
A clever use of materials is also evident in the design of The Palm Springs house, a retro-looking display home in Perth featuring breeze blocks as a decorative element.
Joseph Calasara, Webb & Brown-Neaves’ innovation and new product designer, says he was inspired by Palm Springs’ desert scenery and mid-century aesthetics.
Calasara notes that there’s been an increased admiration for desert modernism recently, bringing relevance back to the use of breeze blocks in contemporary design.
“I used the breeze blocks as they are an architectural ornament that speaks to a certain period of time,” he says.
With urban space at such a premium, Australian architects are increasingly being called on to sensitively renovate, revive and repurpose heritage buildings.
THE LITTLE ALBION
Little Albion, a 35-room boutique ”guest house” in a tiny Surry Hills laneway, is a marvellous example of what can be achieved with imagination and a supportive client.
Designed by Terence Yong Architecture, with interiors by Archemy and Space Control, the hotel revitalises a heritage-listed building and also rejuvenates the disused laneway.
“Our idea was to celebrate the life of the former convent and at the same time celebrate the heritage precinct in which it is set,” says Terence.
“The convent is surrounded by a church and a school hall, plus a row of workers’ cottage. So we also needed to consider what impact the new guest house would have on these neighbouring properties.”