Packer names British architect for casino on iconic Sydney site

Crown Sydney will be instantly recognisable around the world

Australian tycoon James Packer has picked a British firm to design his proposed billion-dollar casino for Asian high-rollers in Sydney, saying yesterday it will be "instantly recognisable around the world".

Friday, 17 May, 2013, 2:59am

Ron Arad gets audience thinking about what makes good design

The kick-off ceremony of the Business of Design week 2012. Photo: May Tse

What if you built a ping pong table with a belly and a reflective surface? What if you built a bicycle without wheels? What if you built a building that you would be proud to put on a postage stamp?

"Whats and ifs" was the title of Thursday's talk by renowned architect, artist and designer Ron Arad at the Business of Design Week, and it set the tone for the rest of the conference.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:10am

Iconic Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer dies at age of 104

Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer, a towering figure of modern architecture who designed much of Brazil's futuristic capital, Brasilia, has died at the age of 104. Niemeyer who worked until near the end of his life on Wednesday and still had 20 works in progress, was also the last vestige of an entire generation of Brazilian communists.

7 Dec 2012 - 5:33am

Architect Yung Ho Chang in focus

Yung Ho Chang and some of his works: Split House by the Great Wall; 1966-76 Major Events Pavilion in Anren, Sichuan; Shanghai Corporate Pavilion; The Bay Garden, Qingpu district, Shanghai. Photo: Simon Song

China has always had an intricate relationship with materialism, says one of the nation's foremost modern architects, Yung Ho Chang.

"At school, we were taught about Marxism's dialectical materialism, which was absurd and incomprehensible at a time of scarcity," he says. "Today, a preoccupation with consumption and material comfort saturates our society."

28 Sep 2012 - 10:34am

It may be time for officials to revise outdated regulations on illegal structures

Over the past few months we have been inundated with a litany of transgressions of the Building Department's laws and codes committed by many top government officials, including our just-retired chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Blueprint for an exceptional career

A multinational company with 1,800 employees worldwide, the P&T Group is a home-grown architectural engineering practice that is the oldest and largest in its category in Southeast Asia - and the eighth-largest in the world.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Building plan may have hid C.Y. structure from view

An unmarked section on the building plan of Leung Chun-ying's house on The Peak could have made it difficult to spot an illegal basement if it was already there when he bought the property 13 years ago, an experienced architect suggests.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Award-winning architect learning to make the most of advances in technology

The fifth Hong Kong International Art Fair opened its doors for a VIP preview on Wednesday evening, giving guests a chance to meet some renowned artists.

Plenty of women turned up in killer heels despite having to walk around the fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, with its 266 galleries.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Call grows for green designers

With carbon footprint minimisation the prevailing trend in Hong Kong's construction sector, demand is set to rise for professionals accredited with international and locally recognised sustainable buildings standards qualifications.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

At the heart of the platter

Leading Italian kitchenware company Alessi, in its first collaboration with the Beijing Industrial Design Centre, has engaged eight mainland architects to reinterpret one of the most mundane and humble products: the tray.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Milan fair sets scene for design dragon to roar

Anyone walking into the showroom of Italian furniture maker Moroso in the centre of Milan, Italy, during this year's furniture fair that ended on Sunday, was greeted by a monolithic red sofa in the centre of the space surrounded by a series of folding screen partitions adorned with simple and black abstract calligraphy work.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Spatial cadets

What do children draw when they think of a house? A typical picture, particularly in the West, might be of a single-storey structure with a steep roof, a chimney and a big front door.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Fathers of invention

It's one thing for creative types to dream up products for children. But designers who are also parents or keen observers of youngsters' behaviour can take the process to another level. Not only can they draw insight from direct experience, many have personal guinea pigs who can provide instant feedback when testing prototypes.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Architect learns to think inside the box

Name William Lim Job Managing director, CL3 Architects

When did you first become interested in architecture?

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Wharf gives young 'starchitects' a lift

No matter what the profession, securing overseas experience is always a big advantage for one's career. But in architecture, where art, fresh inspiration and the knowledge of the most up-to-date practices and technologies are equally important, widening one's horizon is a rare gift.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am