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PAVILION IN THE PARK

A dynamic ‘new’ heritage library in Auckland

When a public library has been extended and renovated to the point where further structural work is no longer a viable option, the opportunity arises to create a facility more in tune with current and future community needs – as New Zealand correspondent Michael Smith reports.


STOP THE BUS!

A rare timber shelter has been seen in Perth

In the Australian context, it is as rare as a wet day in Coober Pedy, but this student-designed project offers a ray of hope in the emotionless world of public shelters.


THE ABSTRACT FOREST

Museum wins top Finnish wood award

Rarely does the use of wood in a public building exceed the standard set by the new Gösta Pavilion at the Serlachius Museum in Mänttä, Finland.


‘FIREWOOD’ LIBRARY WINS BIG

Using ordinary material in an extraordinary way

One of the world’s most generous architectural prizes has just been won by the designer of a ‘modest’ library in China with firewood cladding.


A CONVEX WALKWAY

The floating Ravelin Bridge

A floating timber bridge in The Netherlands meanders as rowing boats would have centuries before.


LOW-ENERGY SUPERSTAR

Rare ‘gold’ status for an art museum

A Seattle architect’s innovative museum design has delivered such low operating costs that admission to the facility is free.


A GOOD READ

Timber delivers big gains for Melton Library

Australia’s first library building to receive a Green Building Council 5 Star rating also demonstrates strong cost and environmental benefits over steel.


RAW AESTHETIC

An orchid-inspired sustainability benchmark

The organic forms and natural systems of a native orchid provided appropriate inspiration for this botanical garden visitor centre.


A FORM OF MINIMALISM

‘Leaving a mountainside’ in Norway

‘Nature first, architecture second’ was the guiding design principal for this traffic-stopping lookout high above a Norwegian fjord.


CORRECT ENTRY

Order is restored at Hampton Court Palace

The brief was simple enough: we need a set of Tudor gates not seen in their original form for nearly 500 years …


‘FITS LIKE A GLOVE’

Docklands library, a new chapter for CLT

A CLT-based library and community centre in Melbourne’s Docklands will take engineered wood in Australia to new frontiers – structurally and in design.


THE NAUTICAL METAPHOR

A lesson in timber-based transport facilities

This project from the United States is an object lesson for authorities and planners everywhere wanting to encourage more people to use public transport.


SEWING THE SEEDS

Fantasy world of exaggerated scales

The National Arboretum Canberra is a facility of cultural and botanical significance to Australia. It is also home to a little piece of playground magic.


Salute to the ‘Old Growth’

Salvaged timber connects the land and the sea

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde


A ‘Disparity’ in Seville

A rooftop walkway affords visitors a magnificent view of Seville

We know it opened nearly three years ago to huge publicity, but like all good architecture, the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain is always worthy of another look. And we’ve not covered it previously.