Mark it Six: Zaha Hadid unveils another skyscraper in Australia, this time in Melbourne

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Zaha Hadid is designing another skyscraper in Australia. Following designs for a trio of towers in Brisbane and a pair of towers in Gold Coast, the London-based architect has just submitted plans for another tower, this time in Melbourne.

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A compact cabin by Branch Studio Architects makes a minimal impact on its environment

OPEN LIVING ROOM. (COURTESY BRANCH STUDIO ARCHITECTS)

OPEN LIVING ROOM. (COURTESY BRANCH STUDIO ARCHITECTS)

In rural Victoria, Australia, a local firm Branch Studio Architects designed Pump House, a shed-like home that stores a water pump, farming equipment, and, sometimes, the clients, when they visit their horse, George.

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Q+A> Aesop celebrates the architects behind its stores with new website

Architecture, International, Q+A
Friday, October 2, 2015
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Aesop Chelsea was created in collaboration with The Paris Review with a ceiling installation of around 1,000 original editions of The Paris Review hung on threads.

Aesop Chelsea was created in collaboration with The Paris Review with a ceiling installation of around 1,000 original editions of The Paris Review hung on threads. (Courtesy Aesop)

Aesop, the Australian cult skincare brand, just released its newest project—a microsite entitled Taxonomy of Design dedicated to the architecture and design behind Aesop’s stores.

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Australian architects get planning approval for skyscraper based on Beyoncé’s curves

(Courtesy Elenberg Fraser)

(Courtesy Elenberg Fraser)

Piggybacking off the axiom that sex sells and anything Beyoncé-related has the potential to break the Internet, Australian architecture firm Elenberg Fraser has nabbed planning approval for a “Beyoncé tower” inspired by the superstar’s hourglass form.

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Dutch ecopreneur Joost Bakker designs zero-waste homes, repurposes carcasses for his restaurant and delivers flowers

(Courtesy Antarctica Architects)

(Courtesy Antarctica Architects)

Vertical gardens fully obscure the home of eco garden entrepreneur Joost Bakker like a mossy overgrowth. The eco entrepreneur, a high school dropout and florist by trade, also designs zero-waste restaurants, composting toilets, freestanding vertical green walls, and houses built from straw for a laundry list of clients.

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SANAA selected to design a daylight-filled modern wing for this revered Australian art museum

New gallery space by SANAA. (Courtesy SANAA via Art Gallery of New South Wales.)

New gallery by SANAA. (Courtesy SANAA via Art Gallery of New South Wales.)

Tokyo-based architecture firm SANAA has won an international competition to design a new modern wing for the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The firm beat out the likes of David Chipperfield, Renzo Piano, and Herzog & de Meuron for the commission, know as the “Sydney Modern Project.”

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It takes a village: Suburban house addition in Australia creates its own skyline

(Courtesy Andrew Maynard Architects)

(Courtesy Andrew Maynard Architects)

Home expansion becomes ungraceful when it dwarfs its context—be it Corinthian pillars among shingle-style houses or an imposingly large annex. With this in mind, a family of five decided to extend their modest weatherboard dwelling upward rather than outward.

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Yayoi Kusama enlisted a pint-sized army to create this dotty, hallucinatory world

(Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery)

(Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery)

Admonishing your kids not to graffiti the walls may be forever futile. A new art installation by publicly deranged Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama entails children being given printed sheets of colored stickers and told to go to town on the walls, furniture, and fixtures of all-white living spaces. Everything from the upright piano to the cutlery and linens in the once-spartan rooms are dappled crazily in a disorienting clot of jarring primary colors.

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This tiny ultra-efficient PassivHaus was built in just ten days in Australia

Front view of the Passive House in Castlemaine, Australia (Courtesy CARBONlite)

Front view of the Passive House in Castlemaine, Australia (Courtesy CARBONlite)

Known for being economical in terms of space and sticker price, prefabricated homes are also boasting increasingly abbreviated build times. One modest-sized dwelling in Castlemaine, Australia took a mere 10 days to construct and garnered an esteemed sustainability marque from PassivHaus to boot.

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Everyone thinks Frank Gehry’s new building in Australia looks like a paper bag

(Flickr / Mal Booth)

Gehry’s latest. (Flickr / Mal Booth)

The most famous architect in the world agrees that his latest building kind of looks like a crumpled brown paper bag. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, said Frank Gehry, the creator of the very wavy, very paper bag-y Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney. “It is a container, maybe it is a brown paper bag,” said the starchitect at the building’s recent opening. “But it is flexible on the inside; there is a lot of room for change and movement which I think in the world today is essential.”

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Such Great Heights: CTBUH names world’s best tall buildings

One Central Park (Richard Braddish)

One Central Park (Richard Braddish)

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the nonprofit arbiter on tall building design, has named its 2014 picks for best tall buildings. Among the winners are a twisting tower in Dubai, Portland’s greenest retrofit, and a veritable jungle of a high-rise.

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High time for a High Line: Sydney Breaks Ground on New Elevated Park

Following it’s opening in 2009, urban planners all over the world have been keen on acquiring their own versions of New York’s much-lauded High Line. Sydney is the latest city to enter the fray, selecting a 500-meter stretch of abandoned railway as a foundation for the Goods Line, an urban park and public space, replete with bike paths, study pods and outdoor workspaces catering to local students.

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