Crescent Head is a quintessential Australian beach town, lying partway along New South Wales’ north coast. Renowned for its iconic beach - and its excellent surf break - it thrums with out-of-towners in the summer, and quietens down in the winter. At its heart lies a community of around a thousand residents – the locals who call this place home.
Rasmus Hjortshøj is a trained architect and photographer specialising in architectural and landscape photography. Based in Copenhagen, he has worked in architectural offices like 3XN, SLETH and COBE and eventually opened his own practice - COAST - combining architectural design, planning, research and the visual portrayal of the built environment.
January has been a big month in the architecture world - the next Biennale curators were announced, the Mies van der Rohe nominees unveiled, and Havard have started offering architecture courses for free! All that and more in this month’s news round up.
The crown jewel of the Faena Arts complex, The Forum, anchors two city blocks of OMA-designed Faena buildings. Clad in a stark white facade punctuated by a jagged mosaic of 350 angular windows, the building’s two volumes create a unique set of interior and exterior spaces that host a wide range of functions.
Diamond Island is an artificial islet on the Saigon River, lying on the fringe of a new emerging centre in Ho Chi Minh City, Thu Thiem. Due for the development of a series of high-rise luxury apartments, Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed a set of hut-like structures to make use of empty land during the sites gradual development. Scattered throughout the riverside park in lush vegetation, these bamboo pavillions act as flexible event spaces, hosting parties, banquets and conferences for the local residents as well as visiting tourists.