Brutalist Beauties in Melbourne That You’ll Want to Instagram

A new map from London-based publishers Blue Crow Media charts concrete structures and the importance of Brutalism in Melbourne, Australia

Commenting on the relevance of Brutalism in Australia, a country with an architectural legacy still in its infancy, deputy chair of the National Trust of Australia Dr Ursula de Jong said in 2016, “Brutalism makes such an incredible statement. It is muscular architecture. It says: ‘Here I am.’” In Concrete Melbourne Map, the latest offering from London-based architecture map publishers Blue Crow Media, editor Glenn Harper and photographer Clinton Weaver celebrate the city and its suburbs’ impressive portfolio of 20th-century and contemporary buildings. Read the full article:

New appointment for PTW Vietnam

PTW is pleased to announce the appointment of Julian Escobar Uribe to Director, PTW Vietnam. With over 28 years of practice experience in Australia and Spain, Julian brings a strategic and conceptual approach to architectural design to ensure successful development and construction. “Julian’s depth of international experience across multiple sectors and excellent client engagement skills are perfectly suited to help build PTW’s strong growth trajectory in the region,” says Henrik Folkar, Executive Director, PTW Vietnam. Prior to joining PTW Sydney in 2016, Julian’s design for Sant Pau Library, Barcelona, Spain, was the winner of the 2012 Catalan Construction Innovation Prize, and he was awarded first place for six urban renewal projects for United Nations Development Programme; Rimac Precinct, Lima, Peru (UNESCO World Heritage listed). “PTW's practices in Australia and Asia work together to focus diverse expertise on all of our client needs. Julian in his new role has great potential to both drive success within the Vietnamese market and to foster collaboration between the Vietnam and Australian practices. We congratulate him on his appointment and look forward to working together,” says Sydney Practice Leader and Executive Director Simon Parsons.

New director for PTW Architects / Architecture & Design

Thank you to Architecture and Design for the latest feature on our newly appointed Director, Neša Marojević. Link:

BCI Asia Top 10 Awards

Congratulations to our PTW team in Vietnam, led by Practice Leader (Vietnam) Henrik Folkar, for their win in the BCI Asia Top 10 Awards. These annual awards recognize the top architectural firms and developers that had the greatest impact on the built environment in Southeast Asia and showcased our recent projects: OneHub Saigon, District 9; The Habitat (Phase 2), Binh Duong; and the Northern Star, Hanoi.

Innovation in education at Penrith Public School

A big thank you to the editorial team at Indesign Media Asia Pacific for the feature story on one of our latest Education project at Penrith Public School. The Penrith CBD cluster is an area with additional new housing developments and projected population growth that is generating increased numbers of primary school age children and demand for teaching space and facilities to at least 2031. Link:

PTW STEMM School Work Experience Industry Day

Bilt ANZ Conference

In the quest for a better, smarter industry, and a stronger, more sustainable built environment, the PTW team was well represented at the annual Bilt ANZ conference held 23-25 May 2019 Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne. Senior Associate and BIM Lead Brandon Heng, Sustainability Lead Payal Chaudhari, Associate Dorian Brennan, Senior Project Professional Minh Le and Graduate Architect Xiaoxi Sun joined thought leaders, innovators and implementers in learning about industry challenges, best practices and innovations in Virtual Reality, Digital Engineering, Reality Capture, VDC, BIM and the future of Making.

Premier opens the new Penrith Public School

The PTW-designed upgrade at Penrith Public School was officially opened this week by Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell, Penrith MP Stuart Ayres, together with Principal Chantal Beltran, school staff and students. Ms Berejiklian said she was thrilled to see this project delivered for the school community. “The upgrade of Penrith Public School has delivered 12 cutting edge classrooms to give students the best possible learning environment to thrive in,” she said. (The Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2019) The project also included Covered Outdoor Learning Spaces (COLA) and the upgrade of existing staff and administration facilities to accommodate a projected school population of 700 children. The building elements were configured to create a diversity of spaces and links so learning could occur informally and formally, externally and internally. “I am privileged to have been part of the planning and design process and heartened to see the community, student and teachers’ voices have been captured in regards to providing our school community with state-of-the-art facilities that align with innovative and future focused teaching practices,” said Principal Chantal Beltran (Western Weekender 21 May 2019). Image: Murray Fredericks

One Central Park, Sydney awarded the best Urban Habitat Award

One Central Park, Sydney has been awarded the best Urban Habitat Award at the annual CTBUH Tall + Urban Innovation Conference in Shenzhen, China. We congratulate Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia together with the project team, Foster + Partners as Lead Consultant in conjunction with Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW), Tzannes, Tonkin Zuhlaika Greer, JAAAnderson, Turf Design Studio and PTW. Image Credit: Simon Wood, courtesy of Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia.

‘Borealis’ laser light show at The Calyx

The ‘Borealis’ laser light show was staged by immersive artist Dan Acher at The Calyx, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney on Friday 12 April 2019. Featuring a series of lasers to replicate the effects of the Northern Hemisphere’s Southern Lights, “time slows down as eyes look up”, says the artist. Dan brought his incredible show to Sydney courtesy of City of Sydney and Huawei. Further information from the night can be found here: Image Credit: Michael Yip
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