Archive | June, 2008

ZAHA HADID GOES GREEN DOWN UNDER

28 Jun

 

by Jorge Chapa

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We don’t often bring news of projects without at least an inkling of the actual design, but sometimes we just can’t resist: Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi Pritzker Prize winning architect, is set to design Melbourne’s, and Australia’s, greenest and probably most expensive commercial and housing complex. A tall order, considering that Melbourne is already home to CH2 and 40 Albert Road, which have been the only two buildings in the country to achieve the highest 6-star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. Continue reading

CH2: Australia’s greenest building

28 Jun

by  Jorge Chapa

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When Melbourne decided to create a new building to complement their existing offices, they decided to set an example to the rest of the Australia. Completed in 2006, Melbourne’s Council House 2 building, or CH2, as it is known, is the first building in Australia to achieve a six star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. Continue reading

30 THE BOND: Sydney’s Greenest Building

28 Jun

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What’s more impressive than a building design that aims to reduce its greenhouse emissions to a 5 Star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating benchmark, which is the approximate equivalent to that of a Gold LEED greenhouse certification level? How about one which has proven to meet its target and improves on it. This is the case of the building known as 30 The Bond located at Hickson Road in Sydney.

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When Lend Lease, its builder and current owner decided to create its new headquarters in Sydney it decided to hold numerous employee workshops to determine what they believed were the important priorities. Those priorities were reduction in pollutants, increase in environment quality, water management (as Australia has now been in what seems a permanent drought), waste management and a green area for them to enjoy. All of this resulted in an extremely well designed commercial building. Continue reading

Utzon's new landmark sets sail

28 Jun

Joyce Morgan June 2, 2008 SMH

The landmark Utzon Centre has opened in Denmark with an exhibition about the Sydney Opera House.

The $16 million centre in Aalborg, where the Sydney Opera House’s architect, Joern Utzon, spent his childhood, will be a venue for discussions about architecture, design and art. Continue reading

Melbourne leaves Sydney trailing

28 Jun

Paola Totaro June 12, 2008 – 7:26AM SMH

“amazing views, an outdoor lifestyle, beaches on your doorstep and restaurants in abundance … life is good unless you happen to live there …”

Melbourne has managed the unthinkable and not only overtaken Sydney on the list of the world’s top 20 most liveable cities, but leap-frogged Paris into the top 10 in the quality-of-life stakes. Continue reading

Green skins

28 Jun

June 21, 2008  www.theaustralian.news.com.au

Garden roofs and leafy walls could be crucial steps in the fight against global warming, writes Greg Callaghan.

Take one glance at images of the eye-catching ACROS building in Fukuoka City, Japan, and you’ll have no trouble believing that a 21st-century office tower can be eco-friendly. Yes, it boasts a host of energy-saving features ranging from densely insulated walls to compact fluorescent globes, but this is a building that wears Mother Nature’s theme colour on its sleeve – or more specifically, on its back. On the street entrance side, it looks like an ordinary office building, all steel and shimmering glass; at its rear it’s a 15-storey cascade of lush garden terraces pouring down to a park: a green, living oasis in a sea of dead, grey concrete.

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Sydney Design 08

28 Jun

Australia’s longest-running design festival Sydney Design 08 (SD08) returns from 8 to 24 August.

Find out what design means to you through a vibrant 17-day program of exhibitions and events at the Powerhouse Museum and satellite venues all over Sydney.

Now in its 12th year, Sydney Design celebrates excellence in home-grown and international design backed by an extensive program including international speakers, exhibitions, tours, markets, films and other special events.

The annual festival aims to engage and inspire audiences, while exploring the varied forms of design from architecture to digital design and interior to industrial design.

Highlights in this year’s program include a series of special night openings at the Powerhouse to ignite the spirit of modernism and complement the exhibition Modern times: the untold story of modernism in Australia.

Modern times is the first ever exhibition to explore the movement that transformed Australian culture during the early 20th century.

Revealing many untold stories across five tumultuous decades from 1917 – 1967, the exhibition will explore Modernism’s influence on Australian architecture, design, visual arts and popular culture through objects, artworks, films and interactives.