Traveling with architecture: from Sydney to Toronto and more

The latest architectural developments from around the world.


Fletcher Priest has won a competition to design a mixed-use residential development for an ambitious inner-city scheme. The successful proposal honours Hamburg-based piano maker Steinway & Sons and features 140 apartments, piano workshops and rehearsal spaces, plus a restaurant and a piano bar. The PianoBau project, which uses cross-laminated timber from sustainable sources, is located on the bank of the Baakenhafen, between Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie and David Chipperfield’s upcoming Elbtower. It will open on to a new public square and face the award-winning Baakenpark across the harbour basin.


Due to open in 2022 is the 224-room Grand Hansa Hotel, the first The Unbound Collection by Hyatt property in the Nordics. An existing building is being totally refurbished to feature design influences from Finnish folklore and mythology, with a historic façade being retained to represent the city’s past. The large ground floor space will accommodate “significant food and beverage offerings” along with extensive conference and meeting facilities. Located opposite the Central Railway Station, the hotel is also only a five-minute walk from Helsinki Market Square and the Finnish National Theatre.


Musician Pharrell Williams has collaborated with Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties on designs for ‘untitled’, a two-tower residential development with a shared natural stone podium. The project will contain 751 condominium suites, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, as well as 3000 square metres of amenity space that will house a fitness centre, kids club, social lounge and screening room. Also planned is a separate 413-unit purpose-built rental building adjacent to ‘untitled, along with a new public park. This tower will accommodate 200 affordable housing units, 165 mid-range units and 49 market units.


Photo © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2018

Construction work is underway on the Sydney Modern Project, a Dhs2.2 billion expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The new standalone building, designed by Pritzker prize-winning architects SANAA, will almost double the space available for the display and enjoyment of art. Highlights of the expanded gallery include a new destination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, a large gallery for major exhibitions and a unique contemporary art space repurposed from a decommissioned WWII oil tank. The scheme, which is due to be completed in 2022, also includes a public art garden that will link the new and existing gallery buildings.

Leave a Reply