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Top 10 Architectural Buildings Of All Time

Top 10 Buildings to Put on Your Architecture Bucket List:

There are so many stunning pieces of architecture scattered all over the world; for an architecture lover, it might seem impossible that you will be able to see all of them in a single lifetime.

1. Heydar Aliyev Center – Zaha Hadid, Baku, Azerbaijan

Starting off with a marvel of modern engineering: Zaha Hadid’s ambitious Heydar Aliev Centre in Baku. While Baku may be off the beaten track for a lot of travelers, the Heydar Aliyev Center’s sweeping layers of white concrete and dramatic interiors – evocative of the symphonies performed within the centre – are well worth seeing in person.

2. Guggenheim Bilbao – Frank Gehry, Bilbao, Spain

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is known to be one of Frank Gehry’s most remarkable designs. The museum’s seemingly logic-defying tangle of silver shapes is reason enough to make the trip to Bilbao; however, the revolutionary influence that Gehry’s iconic building had on the development of the formerly sleepy town of Bilbao – prompting the coinage of the phrase “The Bilbao Effect”- is the main reason why Guggenheim Bilbao places on this list.

3. Jewish Museum – Daniel Libeskind, Berlin, Germany

The radical design of Daniel Libeskind’s extension to the Jewish Museum in Berlin is integral to the important narrative that the building communicates. Unlike most museums, Libeskind’s design goes further than simply acting as a vessel for the exhibits inside; it is part of the storytelling, using its hulking exterior, unexpectedly complex interiors, and materiality to create a raw emotional and bodily experience for its visitors.

4. Dancing House — Frank Gehry, Prague, Czech Republic

Frank Gehry’s Dancing House is renowned for its highly unusual and almost cartoonish forms, which were designed by Gehry to evoke the image of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers dancing. Valued as one of Prague’s most important pieces of modern architecture, its witty design stands out against its more traditional surroundings.

 5. Sagrada Familía — Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain

While any of Gaudi’s buildings are worth seeing, the Sagrada Familia is undoubtedly first on the list. If you visit any time in the next seven years, you’ll be witnessing history in the making; although its foundation stone was laid in 1882, Gaudi’s grand vision for the church isn’t due to be constructed by at earliest 2026. Despite it still being under construction, you can still go inside to experience the spectacular riot of colour and detail incorporated into Gaudi’s design.

6. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque – Isfahan, Iran

The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Iran is arresting both in its sheer size and incredible ornamentation. Built in the 15th Century, this mosque is renowned for the kaleidoscope of intricately patterned tiles, gold filigree and hand painted inscriptions covering every inch of its interiors. Best known for its towering domed entrance, visiting the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is an unforgettable experience.

7. Fallingwater — Frank Lloyd Wright, Pennsylvania, USA

Frank Lloyd Wright’s timeless Fallingwater house is internationally recognized for its dynamic arrangement of spaces and thoughtful incorporation of its natural surroundings. The design showcases Frank Lloyd Wright’s mastery as a modernist architect, and is a piece of architectural history not to be missed.

8. The Guggenheim — Frank Lloyd Wright, New York City, USA

While the Guggenheim in New York City houses an impressive collection of 20th Century and Modern art, Frank Lloyd Wright’s unconventional design is worth the trip in its own right. Its distinctive spiraling interior ramp and beautiful use of natural light creates a transformative experience for art and architecture viewers alike.

9. Villa Savoye – Le Corbusier, Poissy, France

This list would not be complete without Le Corbusier’s most iconic design. Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye is considered to be one of the most significant contributions to modern architecture, as the revolutionary light and airy design became a precedent for countless buildings throughout the 20th century and introduced principles which greatly influenced the Modernist movement.

10. Taj Mahal – Shah Jahan, Delhi, India

The Taj Mahal is listed as one of the seven wonders of the world, so it’s no surprise that it should place on any architectural bucket list. Not only is it one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, its monumental size and completion in the 15th century is an astonishing feat to behold.

For more information on what our team at GWA can do to help you to achieve your ideal project, click here to look at some of our latest projects.

Why You Should Hire An Architect To Re-design Your Home

Everyone has dreams of their perfect home: a space they can truly call their own, which provides flawlessly for their needs and lifestyle, and will grow alongside them over time. Some may have a clear vision of what this home may look like, while others may have a few key ideas, but nothing specific in mind. Regardless, starting on the journey of re-designing your home can be overwhelming. While the final product will be well worth it, there are a lot of small steps in between those first stirrings of inspiration and a functional, beautiful home.

This is the perfect time to call in an architect. Here are five key reasons why:

Architects know how to get it done.

An architect’s role is to guide you through the process of designing your ideal home from conception to completion. They are highly experienced in dealing with the complex – and often messy- parts of a project, such as budget management, council restrictions, building code compliance, hiring and communicating with contractors, and helping to solve any issues that come up during construction. Above all, they are a professional presence who is there to make sure that the project runs smoothly and that your needs are being met at every step of the way.

Architects design with you, for you.

An architect is an expert at taking all of those ideas floating around in your head and using them to create a design brief customised to you and your home. They are able to listen to your needs and desires, and distil these into an achievable, high quality design outcome that is uniquely yours. An architect will bring their own extensive design experience to the table, enhancing and elevating the design to become something truly exceptional.

Architects are ready to create something special.

When you hire an architect to re-design your home, you are hiring someone who will think outside the box. They will approach a project ready to face any challenges that may arise, providing simple, elegant, and clever solutions to difficult design projects. Something which may start as a design problem can become a gorgeous detail or point of interest in the hands of an architect.

Architects know how get the best out of your home.

Architects have a wide knowledge of the factors that will affect the comfort and liveability of your home. They understand how take advantage of the site to create spaces that maximise natural light, capture breezes, and invite in greenery and views of the surrounding environment inside. Having an architect on board will mean that your home will be as comfortable and easy to live in as it is beautiful.

Good architecture is for life.

Simply put, good architecture lasts. Hiring an architect to re-design your home can be compared to buying a tailored garment; it is truly unique to you; it fits you and moves in harmony with you; it can be adaptable, and yet will stand the test of time. A house designed to respond to your specific needs will be a joy to live in for years to come.

For more information on what our team at GWA can do to help you to achieve your ideal home, click here to look at some of our latest projects.

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people to become part of the global movement and solution to plastic-free pollution.

This year, our team at Georgina Wilson Architect are taking part in Plastic Free July. We are concerned about the amount of waste produced in our office and in our homes, which end up in landfill and pollute our streets, parks and oceans worldwide.

Will you join us? You can refuse single-use plastics in July. Being part of Plastic July will help us find alternatives that will become new habits.

Curious to know what our team are doing for Plastic Free July? Our talented architect, Kat Prowse, shares her tips on how to reduce plastic waste;

  • Choose to reuse or sit down for five minutes and have your coffee to stay. Australians love their coffee. In fact, it’s estimated that 1 billion takeaway cups and lids are used, landfilled and littered every single year.

You can also encourage and support cafes to become a part of the Responsible Cafe network.

  • Choose to refuse pre-packed fruit and vegetables. Buying plastic-wrapped or packaged fruits and vegetables can be convenient, but unfortunately it creates plastic waste. Buy seasonal and fresh produce from markets, or otherwise Harris Farmers Markets offer reusable bags and allow you to choose loose fruit and vegetables.
  • Choose to refuse single-use shopping bags. Plastic bags are incredibly dangerous to our wildlife and environment. Bring your own reusable bags and help put an end to plastic waste. Keep them in your car so you’re always organised.
  • Choose to refill. Bringing your own containers and jars can help to minimise waste and your impact on the environment. Kat recommends Iggy’s in Bronte, Harris Farm and Naked Foods. Kat mentions you can re-fill milk, however it’s not cheap at $3 a Litre, but is organic, full cream and mentions it is delicious!

Iggy’s also have oil and granola that you can re-fill, as well as delicious bread that is put in paper bags. You can also bring your own egg carton and stock up on eggs. They sell yogurt in glass jars – these jars can then be returned to Naked foods for them to reuse or recycle. Naked foods will also re-fill cleaning products. Some companies like Jurlique and L’Occitane will recycle beauty packaging. You can also make your own yogurt, if that’s your jam…

To go one step further, you can encourage and support businesses to rethink and reduce single-use plastics.  Tell them about reusable alternatives that they can use instead and ask them to encourage customers to bring their own containers.

  • Choose to refuse single- use plastics in your workplace kitchen. Swap single-use plastics with ceramic mugs, stainless steel cutlery and glass cups. If you don’t have a workplace kitchen bring your own fork and container for salads from home.
  • Choose to Recycle. Recycle to help create a more sustainable future for our planet.

Kat’s recycle tip, “Set up a cupboard dedicated to organising reusable items and for recycling specific items. If you don’t have one, or don’t have space for one, visit your local double bay architect. At Georgina Wilson Architect, we incorporate a ‘RRR station’ (reuse, reduce and recycle) into all kitchen designs”.

If you can’t recycle items in your municipal system, search for special recycling companies near you such as TerraCycle or REDcycle.

  • Choose to inspire others. Inspire others to participate in Plastic Free July and refuse to use single-use plastic.

Kat has been inspiring her son to make a difference;

  • Kat’s 5-year-old son: “Mumma, can we please buy some lollies?”
  • Kat: “But they’re in a plastic packet and plastic is poisonous to fish and birds and all animals, how about we go home and have something else that we have purchase sustainably…like chocolate!”
  • Kat’s 5-year-old son: “OKAY!!!”

Kat mentions this trick works every time… obviously more effectively with chocolate, but really kids have a natural love for nature, and we should learn from them.

So, are you ready to join us and take the Plastic Free July challenge?

“I have found the past few weeks, extremely rewarding, by just refilling my milk and bringing containers with me on shopping trips my recycling waste has halved, and it feels empowering. I hope this helps you all to consider a few of these tips in the next month and going forward” – Kat Prowse, Architect at Georgina Wilson Architect.

Together, we can make a difference and be part of the solution. For more information, or to learn more, give our friendly team at GWA a call today: (02) 9363 9182

Park Parade House

Introducing a special personal project, the renovation of one of our Architects own family home. We’re pleased and proud to share Kat Prowse’s beautiful work, and showcase her deep knowledge and skill within our industry.

The original house was an old, dark and pokey semi, which has since been transformed into a light-filled generously spacious family home. To achieve this, the plan is hardworking to ensure the entire site is utilised and in turn, give an experience of a spacious interior, on what is uniquely a smaller site.

The house has a calm and peaceful vibe as you move through the home and experience the gentle and subtle layering of spaces. As you’re delivered to the kitchen you instantly feel relaxed and calm surrounded by a beachy vibe of vertically lined joinery and playful splashes of colour and texture.

The kitchen looks out to a central courtyard which acts as a lightwell, interjecting light, deep into the centre of the house. The courtyard also activates the previously unoptimized side passage as a landing strip for kids to play. Care has been taken to make this space free of utilities and ‘stuff’ that typically clog up a semi dwellings side passage.

The kitchen flows into the main living area at the rear which projects outwards towards the garden allowing the house to connect seamlessly to a newly landscaped and functional rear yard. New floor to ceiling glass sliding doors allow morning light to bathe this room, filtered through the rear gums trees and frangipani.

Centrally located is a timber stair taking occupants up to the more private part of the home. The steel handrail of the stair adjoins a striking curved timber edge detail forming the stair void. Natural light floods through a north facing skylight directly above the stair. The upstairs bathroom is separated from the house with frameless glass at high level allowing it to borrow the natural light from the skylight.

Vertical louvres have been strategically placed to the upstairs windows to direct occupants’ sight-lines to capture sea views between apartment buildings to the east and park views to the west, while also giving occupants the ability to block harsh summer sun before it hits the glazing, keeping the upper level cool in summer.

“As the architect and the client, I am immensely proud of the home I have created for my family. It’s both a characterful and functional realisation of our family’s home life.” – Kat Prowse, Architect at Georgina Wilson Architect.

 

Builder: Yakka Build

Photographer: Noel Mclaughlin

Stylist: Jackie Brown Stylist

Refresh Your Home: Modern Day Interior Design

Our home is our temple, a place where we can clam our minds, relax and spend quality time with family and friends. As the saying goes, our home is truly our sanctuary. As we progress further into 2019, we begin to see a range of soft, nurturing tones, textures and elements playing throughout the home interior and decor space. There’s a sense of quiet minimalism and we love it, so much so we’ve collated some of our favourite style and design elements of this season.

Colour and curves

Style doesn’t just come across in signature elements, but more so colour incorporated with design. We can use colour and style to align our body, mind and home.

Use a soothing tonal palette to style a serene place, balance is found in subtle textural details and still colour accents. Set curved forms with imperfect textures to style a delightful, pleasing heaven. Ditch sharp, graphic edges and fill your space with flowing, rounded edges.

Rest soft orange and nude hues with solid pink accents and creamy neutral paint colouring as well as greyed-off mauve to cool colours of natural stone and granite to modernize your bathroom. Paint the guest room or retreat soft green to evoke a feeling of relaxation and wellness. Use tonal hues for other elements.

Natural Elements and Textures

Indoor plants rise our mood. A trailing devil’s ivy on a bookshelf or a large, potted long-leaf fig in the corner of a room can provide a sense of calmness and lift the natural element within the space.

Station rough textures with creamy colours or incorporate value simplistic pieces to create a sense of space and elegance.

Display Ceramics and Aesthetic Sculptures

Cast black or charcoal amidst the pastel palette if your place becomes too sweet.

Display handmade ceramics and aesthetic sculptural forms, textured fabrics and wall hangings to add depth to your pastel palette.

Offering a sense of minimalism and simplistic design, these elements can help you to create more feel to your home this season. For more information on how our team at GWA can help you to achieve a sense of more space and modern design, view our latest projects here.

FROM THE BUILDING SITE

Paspalis Business Centre Darwin nearing completion.

 

INJALAK COMMISSIONED ARTWORK

GWA has been working with Injalak Arts in the Northern Territory to develop four 6 metre long artworks for our new business centre in Darwin.

FROM THE BUILDING SITE

Ocean Ave, Double Bay

 

FROM THE BUILDING SITE

Windsor Street, Paddington

FROM THE BUILDING SITE

Windsor Street, Paddington