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Australian and Japanese cultures merge at Andrew Burns' latest project in Niigata Prefecture, Japan

An enchanting new project by Andrew Burns Architect has been unveiled in Echigo Tsumari, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The modest triangular form is a replacement for the original gallery and residential space Australia House which was reduced to rubble during an aftershock from the immense natural disaster that shook Japan in March 2011. Designed as a hybrid space for Australian architects to reside whilst undertaking collaborative creative projects with Japanese design professionals, the sharp form encompasses both dynamic display space and residential units. Andrew Burns Architect's sensitive replacement was unveiled last week to high praise during the 5th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, a Japanese art festival held every three years in Niigata Prefecture. Handpicked from 154 submissions for the project by a jury chaired by the legendary architect Tadao......more

Garden to Table
Fresh initiative to engage children with horticulture revealed for Wynyard Quarter, NZ: Yesterday, educational organisation The Garden to Table Trust unveiled vivid plans to transform a 1,500 sq m plot of land in Wynyard Quarter into a colourful garden.....more

Japanese office sets new standards
Is Shimizu Corporation's Headquarters in Tokyo the world's greenest building project?: A new commercial building has been completed by architecture, engineering and construction firm Shimizu Corporation in Kyobashi, Chuo-ward, Tokyo. The......more

The sky is the limit
McBride Charles Ryan re-works suburban notion of 'the home' with renovation of Edwardian house in Victoria, Australia: McBride Charles Ryan have designed and completed Cloud House, the addition to and renovation of a double-fronted Edwardian......more

An office for human beings
PENSON introduce Google HQ in Covent Garden where emphasis is on work and play: PENSON have completed their design for the new Google London headquarters located in the Renzo Piano-designed Central St. Giles Building in Covent Garden, after......more

Views of the Valley
Cantilevered residence in winemaking region of Yarra Valley creates stunning silhouette: The dramatic supporting cantilever defines the silhouette of Denton Corker Marshall Architects' View Hill House, which looks out over the Yarra Valley wine......more

Redesigning the skyline
UNStudio release design for 'V on Shenton', aiming to revamp Singapore's skyline: UNStudio has designed the new UIC Building, which will be called 'V on Shenton' along Shenton Way, Singapore, in the heart of the Central Business District. This dual......more

From around the world
Knutpunkten by Metro Architects
Palm Leaf Architecture and Vernacular
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson on the rise of the eco-skyscraper in China
Gerard Reinmuth and Anthony Burke: Australia's contribution to the Venice Biennale
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