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Architecture AustraliaBeyond sustainability, regenerative design

Revisited: CH2 (2006)

Completed in 2006, Council House 2 (CH2) on Little Collins Street, Melbourne still finds its way onto architects’ precedent boards as one of Australia’s most progressive commercial buildings. A pilot project for the City of Melbourne’s Zero Net Emissions by 2020 strategy, it was the first commercial project awarded a 6-star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. As far as “green buildings” go, CH2 could be considered a bit of a celebrity.

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Architect VictoriaSiting Heritage


Through process and approaches that engage with multiple notions of heritage including problematic ones of environmental and cultural destruction, architecture can participate in the widening of a heritage discourse.

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Community EditionThe Architect

Bilya Marlee: Kerry Hill Architects

The University of Western Australia’s Bilya Marlee designed by Kerry Hill Architects has been purpose-built to house a School of Indigenous Studies. It is also home to the university’s Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health and the POCHE Centre for Indigenous Health.

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Parmelia Hilton: Cox Architecture

The iconic Parmelia Hilton hotel has undergone a series of minor renovations since its opening in the 1960s. However, in late 2017 COX Architecture, along with their client, Hawaiian, considered how the hotel could be re-imagined – both physically and more broadly in the contemporary urban fabric in which it is located.

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Napier Street for Milieu: Freadman White

Freadman White’s simultaneous development of Napier Street and Whitlam Place harnessed unique efficiencies and resulted in a highly efficient model for project delivery.

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Koolangka Bridge: Fratelle + BEaM

Through the eyes of a child, one could believe that the Kids’ Bridge (Koolangka Bridge) – funded by Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation and original design by Fratelle+BEaM – is a twisting rainbow coloured serpent disappearing into the trees of King’s Park. Despite undergoing several design iterations, industry and market fluctuations, this fundamental idea was a constant for architect and Fratelle Director Kylee Schoonens.

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Carbon Zero Profiles

Core Collective Architects are carbon neutral

Core Collective Architects have taken their practice carbon neutral. Associate, Emily Ouston sat down with the Australian Institute of Architects to chat about in-house auditing, sustainable specifying and the power of collegiate knowledge-sharing.

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Studio Prineas are carbon neutral

Director, Eva-Marie describes the rewarding process of taking her studio carbon neutral and how it represents a key step in providing care and respect for Country.

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Breathe are carbon neutral

Going carbon neutral is just so easy to implement. Sometimes with environmental urgency, people become overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. But if you run a business, this is really one of the simplest things you can do. We just want everyone to know that going carbon neutral isn’t hard and it makes a huge impact. Breathe Director of Sustainability, Bonnie Herring.

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Building Resilience and disaster recovery

TAKT: Rebuilding Cobargo and Conjola

Having worked with bushfire affected communities on the South Coast of NSW, Takt directors Katharina
Hendel and Brent Dunn were asked by the Australian Institute of Architects to reflect on their experience assisting in disaster recovery.

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Scale Architecture: Assisting in disaster recovery

Continuing the architectural lineage of a home lost to bushfire, Scale Architecture have used technical construction knowledge to expedite the rebuild while being strategic about how their studio would value-add to the project. Director, Matt Chan sat down with the Australian Institute of Architects to talk about his experience building resilience and assisting in disaster recovery.

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