Monthly News Round Up – September 2016 Edition

by | 29. Sep 2016

Article | News


Construction Union bans workers from demolishing Sydney’s iconic brutalist building, Sirius

Australian trade unions have banned their members from demolishing Sydney’s iconic brutalist building, Sirius. The ban comes after a failed bid for heritage listing of one of Sydney’s only examples of brutalist architecture.

The State government plans to demolish the social housing block and sell the highly profitable land in Sydney’s inner city for redevelopment. However, the ban from the unions is a great boost to efforts of the Save Our Sirius protest group who are continuing to try to save the building and to further the recognition of Brutalist architecture worldwide.

You can read more about the Save Our Sirius group and sign their petition here 

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Brazilian architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, wins 2017 RIBA Royal Gold Medal and Praemium Imperiale prize

Brazilian architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, has just been named the recipient of the 2017 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, after winning the Praemium Imperiale prize earlier this month.

Mendes da Rocha is known as one of Brazil’s most influential architects and is known for his distinctive style of brutalism. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2006.

You can read RIBA’s official statement on Mendes da Rocha here and see a collection of his work here 


REX releases images of NYC World Trade Centre’s performing arts centre

New York architecture practice, REX, have unveiled this designed for the Perelman Performing Arts Centre located at the World Trade Centre site on Manhattan.

From the architect:

‘On the most significant site in New York City, the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (The Perelman Center) will premiere works of theater, dance, music, film, and opera, transforming Lower Manhattan into a vibrant, global cultural heart. The design is inspired by The Perelman Center’s mission to defy experiential expectations. Its concept embodies the Center’s aim to foster artistic risk, original local productions, and worldwide collaborations; stand as the most technologically connected and advanced venue in the world; and engage the local community. The keystone and final piece of the World Trade Center master plan, The Perelman Center embraces creation and memory with respectful individuality.’

You can see more on the project here 

Drone footage reveals progress on Foster and Partners‘ Apple Campus 2



Zaha Hadid Architects’ Port House in Antwerp inaugurated

Zaha Hadid Architects‘ new Port House in Antwerp is a faceted glass structure extension that has repurposed a derelict fire station into the new headquarters for the port authority.

From the architect:

‘With constant references to the Scheldt, the city of Antwerp and the dynamics of its port, married with the successful renovation and reuse of a redundant fire station, integrating it as a fully-fledged part of its headquarters, the new Port House will serve the port well through its planned expansion over future generations.’

Find more images of the project here