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University of New South Wales Presents 10 Architecture Projects



A project that reimagines Australia’s first female prison as a “place of freedom” and an inclusive marketplace for artisans is included in Dezeen’s latest school show from students at the University of New South Wales.

Also featured is a power station regenerated into a centre for sustainable creativity and a project that explores how handmade arts are part of Sydney‘s heritage and social identity.

School: University of New South Wales, School of Built Environment
Courses: Architecture and Interior Architecture

School statement:

“At the School of Built Environment, we shape future cities – cities that are resilient, sustainable, connected, healthy, smart, liveable and inclusive.

“We focus on the challenges of cities at every scale, from industrial designed products to the architectural design of buildings and landscapes, through to urban and regional policy and planning.

“Our education and research responds to the changing needs of the professions while also anticipating the future challenges society faces.

“We develop skilled and creative graduates with conscience, who can positively engage, adapt and design our future cities for the benefit of all people and with the planet firmly in mind.”

Pluralism by Justin Wohl

“The proposed marketplace and workshops are a series of spaces for culturally diverse local artisans to create and sell their designs while celebrating festivities and sharing stories from their respective cultures.

“It gives primacy to the cultural practices of marginalised communities, facilitating a platform to make those histories, traditions, and norms visible.

“Public demonstrations of cultural practices invite collaboration with the public who listen and learn from the different cultures and involve themselves in those practices.

“A complex overlapping of spaces, cultures, stories and interactions are formed to embrace multiculturalism in Australia, addressing discrimination by promoting understanding and shared experiences.”

Student: Justin Wohl
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Professor David Sanderson and Mark Szczerbicki
Email: justinwohl[at]

Bridging the Past by Alexander Lim

“A museum must be as dedicated to the future as it is to the past.

“The Redfern locomotive workshops were an industrial centre in Sydney and the first place where Indigenous and white Australians worked alongside each other.

“While today the workshops lie in disuse, the vibrant communities that grew around them continue. However, the same railway tracks that helped build the city now divide it and Redfern station struggles to support the growing population.

“This project imagines a hybrid solution, reconnecting the city through a combined museum and station, bridging the railway tracks.

“It is a living museum, curating and celebrating the stories and contemporary communities of Redfern.”

Student: Alexander Lim
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Mladen Prnjatovic, Teresa Pereira, Ivan Ip and Stefan Meissner
Email: alexander.lim[at]

DYE by Zhouxi Bi

“The concept of a dye factory is a metaphor for race. People from all over the world flock to this site every day.

“Inside the factory is a huge stirring engine, mixing colourful dyes together and turning them into beautiful works of art.

“The project is situated in the heart of Sydney between the town hall and the cathedral. Tourists gather here from all over the world, bordered by politics and religion.

“I use the metaphor of dye to express my opposition to racial discrimination and encourage the harmony between different races in the world.”

Student: Zhouxi Bi
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Professor David Sanderson and Mark Szczerbicki
Email: josiebi76[at]

ADIT: Discovering A New Gem by William Xie

“The prosperity of heritage-listed Broken Hill has declined at an alarming rate.

“The new regional library creates a new ‘mine’ for the people to discover the precious relationship between the deep earth and open sky.

“Broken Hill is defined by this relationship rather than the material wealth of the line of lode, the remnant of the existing mine.

“The ‘Adit’ of the new library is through the existing town hall fragment, erected at the beginning of the town’s mining boom.

“The regional library and public plaza evoke a strong sense of belonging to the community by establishing a place that is welcoming for all.”

Student: William Xie
Course: Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Tutors: Brendan Randles and Professor Rachel Neeson
Email: willxie1818[at]

EX o POSURE: Parramatta Female Factory by Mackenzie Peachey

“The proposal lies within Australia’s first female convict prison, intended to expose and clarify the hidden history of the site.

“As guests descend into the scheme, they are probing the history and ascending with a sense of enlightenment.

“The proposal mirrors the demolished structures maintaining all details, with an inversion of materiality.

The original glazed openings become sandstone blocks inscribed with references to the history of the site.

“All sandstone, which has a high thermal mass, will be sourced onsite during the excavation. It is no longer a place of entrapment but a place of freedom.”

Student: Mackenzie Peachey
Course: Bachelor in Architectural Studies
Tutors: Peter Farman and Sam Marshall
Email: mackenzie.peachey[at]

Stem by Isabella Rupolo

“The centre for sustainable creativity aims to regenerate the White Bay Power Station, which is on Wangal Land.

“The power station will be regenerated into a sustainable urban environment designed to educate and inspire environmental behaviour through creative facilities that foster both active engagement and a sense of escape.”

Student: Isabella Rupolo
Course: Interior Architecture (Honours)
Tutors: Eva Lloyd and Sing D’Arcy
Email: Isabella.rupolo[at]

Relic by Sara Clipperton

“Relic is at the global forefront of climate change education.

“The site itself acts as proof that we are trying, in the epoch of the Anthropocene, to combat climate change before there are irreversible effects to Earth and mankind.

“Although individual efforts to fight climate change are necessary, they will mean little if there isn’t systematic change.

“The White Bay Power Station is a relic of capitalism, colonisation and industrialisation sitting as an abandoned sore on the city’s landscape of Wangal Land.

“When this relic of destruction is redefined as a civic climate change research and education precinct, the existing and proposed architecture juxtapose one another, creating a dialogue between our past and future.”

Student: Sara Clipperton
Course: Interior Architecture (Honours)
Tutors: Eva Lloyd, Sing D’Arcy and Donna Kalish
Email: sara_clipperton[at]

Mesmeric by Tailin Gao

“As Sydney’s first city island, Mesmeric is an interior architecture that marks time. A multi-sensory experience of creative placemaking.

“It is used to redefine time perception by reconstructing the link between cognitive make-up, the making, and the appreciation of art in multifaceted dimensions.

“An increasing proportion of our lives is spent in supermarkets, airports, hotels, on motorways and in front of screens. This is a product of super modernity and has resulted in a profound alteration of awareness and a decentring from oneself.

“Mesmeric intends to challenge this context through intangible creative processes interconnected with interior architectural interventions.”

Student: Tailin Gao
Course: Interior Architecture (Honours)
Tutors: Eva Lloyd, Sing D’Arcy and Donna Kalish
Email: tailin.gao1[at]

Manual Land by Jaqui Song

“Manual Land is a centralised place to magnify the craft industry in Sydney.

“The White Bay Power Station has a unique significance to the local community, including the previous power station workers and users. Simultaneously, many crafts are disappearing with technological advances.

“Handicrafts and handmade arts are part of the heritage and social identity. This project guides culturally diverse artisans of the community to create a cultural production and participation system that maintains fairness and self-determination.”

Student: Jaqui Song
Course: Interior Architecture (Honours)
Tutors: Eva Lloyd and Sing D’Arcy
Email: jing.song1[at]

The Paramorph by Tandia Hardcastle

“The official definition of Paramorph is a pseudomorph having the same chemical composition as the original species. However, in the growing crisis of individualism and consumerism that consumes the 21st-century city, the term has come to represent something far greater.

“Paramorph and Paramorphism are terms that have come to represent a contemporary philosophy towards public space – a philosophy that prioritises community, creative mediums, and the wellbeing of the masses over the greed of the individual.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for community connection through shared, safe, public space. In truly public, accessible spaces there should be no pressure to consume to simply be present.

“Therefore, the concept of Paramorphism suggests we reclaim public spaces within our city! There is no time to waste!”

Student: Tandia Hardcastle
Course: Interior Architecture (Honours)
Tutors: Eva Lloyd, Sing d’Arcy and Donna Kalish
Email: tandiakhardcastle[at]

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This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and the University of New South Wales. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.

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Grzywinski+Pons Combines Hotel and Co-working in Buckle Street Studios



New York-based Grzywinski+Pons has completed a hotel in east London for the Locke group, featuring glass block walls and a mezzanine for co-working.

Buckle Street Studios is a 13-storey building in Aldgate East, featuring 103 rooms, a dedicated co-working space for guests, a coffee shop, meeting rooms and a shop.

Grzywinski+Pons designed the building, the interior and many of the furniture pieces.

The aim was to follow the design-led ethos as Locke’s other hotels, many of which were also designed by Grzywinski+Pons.

While the other Locke hotels are planned with long stays in mind, Buckle Street Studios mainly caters to short-stay guests. Co-working is also a key part of the offer, with separate spaces for working and relaxing provided for guests.

Design details both inside and outside the building respond to the architectural history of the area.

“Being able to design the exterior and interior simultaneously afforded us a great opportunity to capitalise on architectural advantages we created, and curate a truly integrated experience,” said architect Matthew Grzywinski.

While the exterior is more serious in its aesthetic, combining soft grey brickwork with nickel-coated metal panels, there are some playful touches.

The rounded quoins, cornices and window details of neighbouring buildings are subtly referenced in the hotel’s radiused corners, while a section of glass blocks at the very top of the building creates the effect of a lantern.

“We employed dramatic but ordered material shifts throughout the building’s strata to define a pediment and crown,” said Grzywinski.

“This tiered approach allows the building to become more light and transparent as it rises.”

More curves can be found inside the building, where a parabolic arch is used to frame the layout of public spaces on the ground floor and the co-working mezzanine above.

True to the Locke brand identity, the interiors combine soft colours and textural materials to create a cosy but contemporary environment, intended to feel welcoming to those wandering in from the street.

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In the public ground floor spaces, colourful curtains and joinery details create a living room feel, while tiled flooring and clay plaster offer a more industrial edge.

Rhombic glass vitrines – filled with items for sale – and curved banquettes echo the curves of the structure.

“The space, like the contents of the vitrines, lies at the crossroads of art and commerce,” said Grzywinski.

“Equal parts gallery, lounge, coffee shop, retail concept and living room, the space beckons to the street,” he continued.

“It is our hope that passers-by will feel compelled to come inside to further discern what, exactly, it is, and then feel free to get comfortable and stay a while.”

The rooms include a mix of traditional hotel rooms, micro studios and studio apartments.

The clay plaster walls and wooden floors are contrasted by furnishings and textiles in shades of sage green, grey-blue and pale pink.

Shallow shelves, hanging trays and tiered tables create opportunities for occupants to display their own belongings, to make spaces feel their own.

Rooms are the top of the building benefit from the glass-block walls, while rooms in the corners are shaped by the building’s curved corners.

“We were able to design this room types to accommodate – even celebrate – those curves,” Grzywinski told Dezeen.

“We custom designed most of the furniture, so in those rooms we designed sofas that fit into the corner with a matched radius.”

Locke’s other hotels in London include Leman Locke, which is located across the street from Buckle Street Studios, Locke at Broken Wharf and Bermonds Locke, which was designed emerging studio Holloway Li.

Photography is by Nicholas Worley.

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Easy Homemade Goulash



This easy American Goulash recipe is full of hearty ingredients that will warm you from the inside out.

Simple ingredients like ground beef (hamburger meat), canned tomatoes, elbow macaroni, and onions are all cooked in one pot for an easy hearty meal.

It’s packed with zesty flavor and the perfect way to feed a crowd on a budget! Serve it alongside some cornbread or homemade biscuits for sopping up the sauce in the bottom of the bowl!

American Goulash is not the same thing as goulash in other parts of the world. Like many dishes that have the same name (like dumplings for example) the ingredients and preparation are different.

GROUND BEEF: Ground beef (or hamburger meat) gives this dish its base and adds lots of flavors, Italian sausage can be substituted for the beef for extra flavor.

ELBOW MACARONI: Use whatever pasta is on hand! Elbow, small shells, bowties, or ditalini all work well.

SAUCE: Goulash has a rich zesty tomato sauce! Use your favorite jarred pasta or marinara sauce combined with a can of tomatoes (and juice!). We add water to cook the pasta but you can use beef broth in place.

The sauce is seasoned with tomato paste and Italian Seasoning for an extra boost of flavor.

It’s literally as easy as 1,2,3.

Keep leftover American goulash in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stove before serving. Freeze chilled portions in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside for up to 4 weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Did your family love this American Goulash? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

Goulash is a simple skillet dinner with tomatoes, beef, and macaroni noodles in a zesty tomato sauce. It’s a perfect comfort food on a budget!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cups marinara or tomato-based pasta sauce approx. ½ of a 26 oz jar
1 ¾ cups beef broth or water or as needed
14.5 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juices
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 green bell pepper diced, optional
1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 bay leaves 2 if they are small
salt & black pepper to taste
1 ¼ cup elbow macaroni noodles uncooked
½ cup cheddar or mozzarella cheese, shredded, optional

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Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.

Add water, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, green peppers (if using), seasonings, & bay leaves. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.

Add in the elbow macaroni and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender (about 20 minutes).

Remove & discard bay leaves. Top with cheese if using and replace the lid. Let rest about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

This recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd (serving sizes can be adjusted in the print screen). For heartier appetites, the meal can be stretched with additional pasta (and water/broth), canned beans or chopped vegetables. (diced zucchini, sliced mushrooms, corn, or additional bell peppers). Any ground meat can be substituted for beef.  Start with the amount of broth/water as listed and add extra if needed (depending on pasta shape). The goulash will thicken as it cools and rests. Depending on the size and shape of your pan, you may need to add a little bit more liquid. Keep an eye on the dish as it cooks and add more liquid as needed. The mixture will thicken slightly as it cools. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Serving: 2cups, Calories: 217, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 562mg, Potassium: 812mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 587IU, Vitamin C: 23mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Luke McClelland Gives Georgian Apartment in Leith a Modern Update



Scottish architect Luke McClelland has transformed a dark and ill-conceived apartment in Edinburgh‘s port area of Leith into a bright and contemporary home.

The ground floor flat, which dates back to the early 19th century, had been rented out for more than a decade before being purchased by its current owner.

The Leith apartment is defined by its use of timber (top image) and terrazzo (above)

As a result, its interiors suffered from a convoluted layout, considerable wear and tear, outdated facilities and several level changes in the floor, which sprung up as the basement of the Georgian building was converted for residential use.

“There was a lack of connectivity between the primary living spaces and a lack of light in the poorly planned kitchen,” McClelland explained. “The property also needed to be fully rewired and re-plumbed.”

The kitchen leads into a dining room with white walls and oak parquet flooring

Despite a restricted budget, McClelland found ways to brighten the apartment and improve how its living spaces are linked together.

Significant alterations were made in the kitchen, where the architect replaced the old cupboards with sleek off-the-shelf cabinets from IKEA.

A portrait by a local artist is centred between two alcoves in the lounge

The muted sage-green hue of the cabinet fronts was chosen to complement the grey terrazzo splashback, which features black, white and reddish flecks.

Natural light floods in through a reinstated window that was previously obstructed by the kitchen counter.

Oak panelling runs underneath the windows and along the chimney breast

A new doorway lined with oak offcuts from the kitchen worktops now leads into the dining area.

Like the rest of the apartment, this space is finished with white-painted walls and oak parquet flooring laid in a chevron pattern.


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In the living room, McClelland installed oak-batten panelling beneath the window sills and across the chimney breast to replace the original surrounds, which a former tenant had torn down across the entire apartment save for the bedroom.

The lounge also accommodates a charcoal grey sofa alongside a geometric floor lamp and a few prints, including a striking portrait piece by a local artist.

The apartment’s original panelling is retained in the bedroom

The bathroom was reconfigured so that its curved wall becomes more of a focal point.

Before the renovation works, the wall was partially blocked off by a storage unit, which has now been removed.

A curved wall takes prominence in the bathroom

The walls are covered in a mixture of terracotta-coloured tiles and the same terrazzo that appears in the kitchen.

A tall mirror above the sink emphasises the loftiness of the bathroom, which is the only space in the apartment that went unaffected by the basement conversion.

Surfaces are clad with terrazzo and terracotta-coloured tiles

Elsewhere in Edinburgh, Luke McClelland has previously revamped his own home in the Comely Bank neighbourhood.

As part of the project, the architect carried out a number of changes to the floor plan, converting a disused pantry into a shower room and splitting the former living area into two bedrooms.

The photography is by ZAC and ZAC

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