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Amazing Examples of Modern Architecture in Australia

Modern Australian architecture reflects innovative ideas regarding the use of old materials, new materials, new spaces, and new functionalities. The buildings are no longer made of concrete and stone. People seek transparency and lightness, so steel and glass come to the scene. In terms of functionality, modern solutions centre around the idea of space contributing to our awareness of the environment preservation. Residential architecture also addresses social needs rather than individual. These buildings are supposed to meet sustainability goals and bring the balance between architecture and landscape. Here are some of the best examples of the modern concepts in architecture.

Warrnambool Campus 

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Location: Warrnambool, VIC

Project Year: 2009

The new campus building with a glazed façade, which makes the circulation visible from the street, and connect the entire building with the street. It is made up of hexagonal apertures with a steel structure that are tilted towards the street. They provide both natural light and ventilation. The building has three levels, with approximately 2,870m2 of floor space, and houses general administration and learning spaces. The interior courtyard space is a quiet space, which reflects the building’s sustainability practices, just like storm water harvesting across the campus does.

Cloud House

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Location: Fitzroy North, VIC

Project Year: 2012

Cloud House is an example of remarkable craftsmanship as well as amazing design. It is an extension of what was once a double-fronted Edwardian house. The entire house is a three-part geometry and colour game, leading the visitor from largely white traditional original structure, through a red disintegrated cubical kitchen, to the cloud-shaped dining space.

Storrs Road 

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Location: Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD

Project Year: 2008

This residential home reflects the self-sufficient lifestyle of the owners. It is built on an 18-hectare site, amidst an orchard. The house is entered across a large pond, which provide striking views, while the rest of the house wraps around a garden, where you can find tomatoes, herbs, and other vegetables. The home has a low energy lighting system, solar water heating, its own water storage, and is built from timber from the site.

Seven17 Bourke Street 

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Location: Melbourne, VIC

Project year: 2010

One of the most iconic structures in Melbourne, Seven 17 Bourke Street connects two distinct urban grids with its bold design. The complex includes commercial A-grade office space, retail space, car parking, and 290 hotel rooms. The key feature of the structure are the rotated tower floors. The building has recently been given a 4.5 star NABERS Energy rating for 2015 – 2016.

Black Box

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Location: Barren Grounds, NSW

Project Year: 2012

This project was meant to convert a machinery shed into a functional work space. But the results were much more than expected. It is an example of out-of-the-box, state-of-the-art architecture. The façade was refurbished with black glass. The tilt doors allow for the space to be enclosed or opened to the exterior, creating an indoor-outdoor connection. 

Roslyn Street Bar-Restaurante 

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Location: Sydney, NSW

Project Year: 2009

The wedge-shaped, four storey building on Roslyn Street is a pride of commercial builders, which houses a restaurant, a bar and commercial units. The tiny footprint of less than 200 m2 exaggerates the perception of height. The façade features glossy and matte, white and biscuit mosaic tiles, and casually misaligned windows that provide sufficient natural light, contributing to energy saving. Solid masonry walls are great insulators. The top floor, which looks like it has been pinched, is partially uncovered and hides a tropical roof garden that enhances the building’s green effect.

Power Street 

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Location: Hawthorn, VIC

Project Year: 2011

Another renovation example of a family residence, this pavilion style structure was designed so as not to diminish the garden area. The house has a skeletal form, and the walling materials were limited to glass and bluestone. Terrace is covered with timber flooring and bluestone tiles. The design smartly balances between openness and privacy, which is achieved with screen walls towards neighbours and frameless openings towards the garden.

The Avenel House 

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Location: Avenel, VIC

Project Year: 2011

This four-bedroom house has been designed to fit into its rural surrounding. The plan follows the contours of the hillside, while the materials were mostly taken from the site. The house uses wind and sun in order to create sustainable ecological conditions.

What aspect of modern architecture do you like or dislike?

Lana Hawkins is an architecture student from Sydney, Australia. She enjoys writing about architecture and design, and she does it regularly for Smooth Decorator. Lana is especially interested in green architecture and sustainability.