YAGAN SQUARE:Architect// Carme Pinos, Photographer// Dion RobesonFeatured Product// Urbanstone Commercial - Natural Stone
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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
It was a year to remember in Australian architecture. From Yagan Square to the Palm Springs, the best new projects never ceased to surprise and delight.For Australia’s architectural community, 2019 will be remembered as a year of innovation, creativity, adaptability – and significant achievement.Winners at the 2019 National Architecture Awards ranged from Yangan Square in Perth to a wooden longhouse in country Victoria, while the innovative Parliament of Victoria Members’ Annexe won both the David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture and a National Award for Urban Design.
“A number of themes emerged across all categories this year,” said jury chair Clare Cousins at the National Architecture awards last year.“Projects that delivered worthy outcomes with little means; projects that demonstrated the value of architecture through public benefit; and projects with clear commitments to social and environmental sustainability. All these qualities make significant contributions to our cities and regional centres.”It is no coincidence that the theme of the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale is “How Will We Live Together?” – a radical departure from the 2018 theme “Freespace”.Biennale curator Hashim Sarkis is calling on all national pavilions, including Australia’s, to respond to themes such as “inclusive social housing” and “connective urban and territorial tissue” in their submissions.“In the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, we call on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together: together as human beings who, despite our increasing individuality, yearn to connect with one another,” he says.Judging by the phenomenal range of commercial, public and residential projects that emerged in 2019, Australia is well placed to respond to this call.