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The new AGL Lakeside Pavilion at Mount Annan shares more than a passing similarity with great English garden follies

AGL Lakeside Pavilion

Made famous by 18th century English landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, follies enhance one’s enjoyment of the garden by improving vistas thanks to their careful placement among sculpted rolling hills and serpentine lakes.

NSW
Project  |  Community Buildings
The playful elongated-harlequin patterns of this new performing arts venue create a lively geometric camouflage effect and allude to the theatrics of its interior.

St Peters Lutheran College Performing Arts Centre

While the patterning of the decorative façade has no pragmatic role, it adds interest and a unique identity
QLD
Project  |  Education
The design of the completed building barely deviated from Heath’s original concept.

Outpost 7427139

The big cantilevers of the deck and the roof give the building a sense of aggression, but the spans and the overhangs are lightweight. The structure is simple and there is a sense of elegance in its simplicity.
Completed January 2014, NSW
Project  |  Housing
A steel and glass canopy at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square pushes the boundaries of engineering and construction to create an otherworldly shelter.

Cloud Canopy

“A lot of people don’t realise that there are no big steel beams, it’s completely self-supporting using just BlueScope XLERPLATE® steel welded together.”
VIC
Project  |  Community Buildings
The flatness and consistency of stretch-levelled coil plate is particularly suited to the industry's growing preference towards laser cutting.

TRU-SPEC® steel

BlueScope have invested in a new coil plate processing line utilising stretch-levelling technology. The result is a new product, TRU-SPEC® steel, that will provide excellent product quality and consistency.
Articles
The shelving was formed using a LYSAGHT® gutter profile to provide the intimate feeling of a library. Sporadic patterning of BlueScope's new COLORBOND® steel colours - Basalt™, Wallaby™, Gully™, Cove™, Mangrove™ and Terrain™ - fixed to a plywood structure formed a representation of the rich texture of the outback.

Kalgoorlie Super Pit Inspires National Architecture Conference Competition

Architects Christina Cho and Jenna Campbell have won an unusual competition to design and construct a major foyer feature at the 2014 National Architecture Conference in Perth.
News
Translational Research Institute has harnessed steel to enable precision at every point using Bluescope steel products.

Translational Research Institute

Wilson Architects and Donovan Hill has staged some nicely tuned interactions for the ground-breaking Translational Research Institute, which uses large expanses of steel structure to enable precision at every point
Completed December 2012, QLD
Project  |  Commercial Office
Stockwell’s simple roof curve is, paradoxically, a mathematical complexity

Hunter Valley House

Like the sweep of a conductor's baton to a languid piece of music, the curvaceous steel roofline of this James Stockwell-designed home dips and soars.
NSW
Project  |  Housing
From the street, one can observe the composition of hovering platform, ribbons of glass and vaulted roof bays, which combine to set this house apart from its neighbours.

Florida Beach House

Iredale Pedersen Hook conjures up images of rolling swell with the radically pitched and folding roof of this house, perched on a sand dune overlooking the Indian Ocean
WA
Project  |  Housing
Bedroom and bathroom pods are constructed with fibrous cement sheeting, and connected by a timber bridge hovering above the ground.

Drew's House at Sunrise

Drawing on artist Marian Drew’s childhood memories of steel sugar mills, this house designed by Simon Laws sports an extruded cylindrical living space and gently twisting, curved roofs.
QLD
Project  |  Housing
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Victoria's first eight-star energy rated InsulLiving home nears completion.
http://www.insulliving.com.au/insulliving/news/victorias-first-insulliving-home-nears-completion
Bondor
WA Institute members asked to showcase excellence in creativity by designing and coordinating the construction of the Architext pop-up bookshop for the 2014 National Architecture Conference. Inspired by the Western Australian landscape, the design will need to feature COLORBOND® steel’s new range of colours: Basalt®, Wallaby®, Gully™, Cove™, Mangrove® and Terrain®. Entries close 7 April 2014.
http://wp.architecture.com.au/making/news/
Australian Institute of Architects
Connection Magazine's Summer edition have a ‘Smart Roof Australia’ feature addressing common roofing challenges and tips and tricks for installing a steel roof. Check out some of the advice in the News section.
http://steel.com.au/news
Building Connection