119 Redfern Street: Aileen Sage with Djinjama, Jean Rice and Noni Boyd

A question that has been percolating in my mind for several years now is: How can architecture in Australia respectfully engage with both Indigenous heritage and post-settlement non-Indigenous heritage? How can we create architecture that responds to multiple stories and histories, however difficult and tricky those relationships might be, and what might this look like?

Brisbane ferry terminal redevelopment: Cox Architecture with Aurecon

Architecture plays a critical role in responding to the needs of those affected by natural disasters. Through design, architects can help to mitigate the impacts of climate events by offering adaptive and resilient strategies, often developed as part of disaster recovery solutions. One such approach is evident in the Brisbane ferry terminal redevelopment project by Cox Architecture in collaboration with Aurecon.

Farrier Lane House: MDC Architects

Farrier Lane House stands as an exemplary model for affordable, sustainable, and well-designed homes. This abode is more than just a personal residence for architect Matt Delroy-Carr, the director of MDC Architects; it’s a manifesto, a challenge to the norms, and a tangible illustration of what he believes good architecture should symbolise.

Bassendean Hotel: Woods Bagot

It is a truth universally acknowledged that nothing brings a community together quite like the local pub. A hub for gatherings and haven for hedonists, the local pub acts as the neighbourhood nucleus, and as such, should look like it too. The town of Bassendean is layered in heritage and hums with the history of a bygone era. And so, one would expect exactly that of the newly renovated Bassendean Hotel. After ninety years of continuous trade, the Basso (as it is known colloquially) ensured that Woods Bagot had their work cut out for them.

Celilo Springs: Western Architecture Studio

Nestled into the heritage neighbourhood of Mount Lawley, Celilo Springs by architect and owner-builder Andrew Boyne is a uniquely crafted home that works to enhance the character of suburban Western Australian homes.

Strickland Buildings: City of Sydney Architect RH Broderick

Imagine for a moment that a local council could directly design and construct housing for the economically disadvantaged among us, using in-house architects. Then imagine that the resultant dwellings consist entirely of social housing and that this ‘development’ is not even remotely connected to or funded by adjacent new dwellings for the better off.

Postal Hall Bookshop: Trower Falvo Architects with Alessio Fini

In the resplendent heart of Perth’s State Buildings complex stands the award-winning Postal Hall project – a testament to architectural ingenuity and poetic vision of designers Trower Falvo Architects with Alessio Fini. The State Buildings, a collection of iconic heritage structures, seamlessly connect pedestrians with a harmonious blend of gastronomy, retail, and luxurious accommodation at the junction of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street.

Central Park Lobby: Woods Bagot

Central Park has been a business icon in Perth since its introduction to the Terrace in the early 1990s. As one of the tallest buildings, and the only public green space in the heart of the CBD, it has long been an attractor of people. After winning the masterplan design competition for the area, Woods Bagot led the team that transformed Central Park’s public ground-floor space.

Escala: Six Degrees Architects

The inner-city Melbourne suburb of Docklands, located on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, has been the subject of a multitude of visions, proposals and frameworks, mapped over the area from the 1980s onwards as discussions about the site’s redevelopment gained momentum. A number of these plans sought to establish meaningful connections between Docklands and the nearby CBD. However, as Kim Dovey observed in 2005, the harbour remained “largely hidden from the everyday lifeworld of the city and did not feature on the collective cognitive map.”

Inlet Drive Residence: PTX Architects

Inlet Drive Residence by PTX Architects is situated on a picturesque site, the owner drawn to the location by strong emotions linked to memories of holidays spent fishing in a tinnie on the Wilson Inlet with his father.

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