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“We had to bring softness to it, and more light, more calm – because this building is heavy,” Hayon says of his interior design for Cartier.

How an abandoned embassy came to host Cartier’s finest jewels

Faced with turning a neglected brutalist building in Madrid into the site of a luxury showcase, design star Jaime Hayon reached for his colour box.

  • Phlippa Coates

This Month

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron (right) and Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin in the refurbished Concert Hall on Thursday.

Sydney Opera House reveals jewel of its $300m major facelift

The Sydney Opera House’s famed Concert Hall has undergone a major refurbishment, ushering in a new era before it turns 50 next year.

  • Farid Farid
Architect Hannah Tribe stands across the road from the heritage building she has designed a tower above.

Gwynvill joins the move to an upmarket George Street

Office developers are following in the footsteps of luxury retailers that over the past decade have gravitated towards a revamped George Street in Sydney’s CBD.

  • Michael Bleby


A five-bedroom house in the Brisbane satellite town of Samford Village designed by Bligh Graham Architects won the top Queensland awards for residential and sustainable architecture. 

Award-winning Brisbane house redefines working from home

A home on a residential block in Samford Valley includes an office studio that allows the owners to completely separate their professional and domestic lives.

  • Scotia Whiting and Michael Bleby
John McAslan.

NSW plans to expand Tech Central with $3b deck over rail yard

Developing space above rail lines is a highly complex and expensive task and there are many potential pitfalls, a veteran transport architect warns.

  • Michael Bleby

How to own a piece of history as forgotten design classics resurface

The sole goal of the Ecart International collection is to put the work of Parisian designers back into production.

  • Stephen Todd
ANZ Breathe, a modular set of reconfigurable parts to allow quick redesign of ANZ retail bank branches, won Victoria’s top award for sustainable architecture. 

ANZ’s flexible branch kit wins sustainable architecture award

In a world where property lease terms last longer than a bank can predict how its retail model will work, flexibility is key.

  • Michael Bleby
Michael McCormack established Milieu to design and deliver residential developments for people “like me”.

How tiny property developer Milieu is influencing the big guys

“I guess where we add value is in our finer-grain approach,” says Michael McCormack of the boutique firm he co-founded a decade ago.

  • Stephen Todd
Toga’s planned 42-level Toga Central mixed-use tower at the corner of Pitt and Lee Streets in Sydney. 

Toga’s tower to cloud Atlassian’s prize building views

The software company’s building in Sydney might be the highest-profile tower in the city’s emerging tech precinct, but it will not be the highest.

  • Michael Bleby
Jimmy’s House in North Perth by MJA Studio with Studio Roam and IOTA, won the top WA award for new house residential architecture. 

Modest WA home a ‘great antidote’ to massive dwellings

Surging land prices are making housing less affordable in Perth and clever design that increases amenity and comfort on small blocks shows one way to respond.

  • Michael Bleby
Burnet Institute chief operating officer Mark Tennent, left, and Studio Tate director Alex Hopkins in one of the new breakout spaces at the research institute’s office.

Pandemic is keeping epidemiologists out of the office

The on-again, off-again disruptions of COVID-19 are creating uncertainty about the longer-term use of the traditional office – especially for disease experts.

  • Michael Bleby


Inside the Sculpture room at Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture, from left: the Pegaso Z-102 Cúpula; a 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental; and the blue nose of the Bugatti Type 57S Atlantic.

Which of these highly valuable cars would you choose?

Lord Norman Foster has curated a collection of rare automobiles that were “the best of their kind in terms of beauty and a vision of the future”.

  • Tony Davis
Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay, Sydney’s new, $372 million arts precinct.

It’s act two for an engineering icon long eclipsed by the Opera House

It’s been no simple task converting Walsh Bay’s post WW1 wharves into a high-tech arts precinct, but architect Peter Tonkin has pulled it off to applause.

  • Steve Meacham
A render of the Cacao Eco Village in Ecuador designed for chocolate manufacturer Muze by Valentino Gareri.

Architect-designed homes made from mud or cacao waste? Yes, really

Houses and furnishings made from sustainable materials are already here, thanks to these visionary architects and designers.

  • Dan F. Stapleton
Connected space: Seek managing director Kendra Banks with Hassell principal Ingrid Bakker.

Seek spreads out its staff in new Melbourne office

Organisations are grappling with the harder-than-expected task of getting people back to the office. This tech employer says its new digs have made that task easier.

  • Michael Bleby


This designer makes ‘terrazzo’ from ocean waste. Sotheby’s came calling

The auction house’s London arm will showcase environmentally friendly works by Brodie Neill as part of its move into design.

  • Stephen Todd
Place to gather: the central meeting area of Dexus’ new Warren and Mahoned-designed office floor at 80 Collins Street.

Dexus gets flexible on Collins Street

The country’s biggest back-to-the-office campaigner, has shown that not even it is immune to changing workplace behaviour.

  • Michael Bleby


Toolern Vale House in Victoria is lean but nurturing, says Thompson.

The homes that make Australia’s top architects envious

Three of our most lauded practitioners nominate the residences they wish they had designed themselves – and ponder the meaning of home.

  • Dan F. Stapleton
Pepper Salt, featured in the Relatively Useful exhibition (featuring pieces by John Wardle and Simon Lloyd) at Heide Museum of Modern Art.

Exhibition: Relatively Useful objects that transcend their time

Twenty-five beautiful interior pieces designed by architect John Wardle and craftsman Simon Lloyd are about to dazzle Melbourne.

  • Stephen Todd


Adam Goodrum’s Conversation seating.

New Australian design fair aims to capture cashed-up global collectors

Move over London, Paris, Basel and Miami, there’s a new creative event about to launch in Melbourne.

  • Stephen Todd