“The contemporary church is getting much more sophisticated in marketing their image,” says Koos de Keijzer, director of architectural firm, DKO. As the number of non-religious Australians continues to increase, what does this mean for churches – and can the reimagining of the traditional design help attract a new wave of religious followers?
Diverse Australian style shortlisted in Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
It would seem that our famous café culture has given us an edge in this year’s Café category. Five of the nine shortlisted Café entries are Australian, with the dramatic, moody Lune by Studio Esteta and the airy Kitty Burns by Biasol Design Studio neatly demonstrating the breadth of our local aesthetic.
Piero Lissoni: respectful design
“You have to use fun,” says Piero Lissoni. ADR speaks to Lema’s prolific artistic director about design cultures, his longstanding relationship with Lema, and his secret to producing work that is both modern and timeless, on his recent visit to Australia as a guest of Rogerseller.
Dyson’s enduring light bulb moment
It is lamentably rare to have the inventor of a product speak about it publicly. Intriguing inventor and product designer Jake Dyson visited Dyson’s Sydney headquarters last month to give an insight on the development process and breakthrough technology behind his slick CSYS range.
Light work: AGL by HASSELL
Australian designers and architects know about workplace design. We lead the world with innovation and creativity that has become our own. The new Melbourne AGL office space designed by HASSELL is yet another workplace that perfectly fits the form and function bill, but offers so much more in substance and quality, as inside magazine finds out.
Mel Bright on winning and judging IDEA
Mel Bright founded her studio, MAKE Architecture, a decade ago – a practice that focuses on socially and environmentally driven design. With last year’s Single Residential category award under her belt, Bright is now bringing her expertise to the IDEA judging panel for 2016.
Practice profile: Branch Studio Architects
Branch Studio’s name refers to its orchard setting and also to an energetic, open-ended growth of design services, with founders Brad Wray and Nicholas Russo keen for the practice to develop offshoot services in graphic and furniture design. Sandra Tan takes a look at some of the practice’s best work for AR magazine.
The future of churches with DKO
Home run: Therefore Studio on residential design
“In every case we try to steer our clients to go for ‘less but better’,” says Alex Lake of Therefore Studio. With a growing portfolio of hospitality projects, including the pop-up Broadsheet Restaurant and the Marquis of Lorne, Therefore Studio is now moving into residential architecture.
Snøhetta designs second Norwegian Aesop store
After designing Aesop’s unique Prinsens Gate store, the global skin care brand engaged Snøhetta to create their second Norway outlet in Oslo. Situated on the ground floor of a functionalist 1940s apartment building, the interior is populated by three-dimensional oak panels and soft, welcoming lighting.
Embracing brick and concrete with Smart Design Studio
SDS has designed an exemplar medium-density property which reflects an increasing public desire for good design – an apparently simple building that gradually reveals a series of ideas, both individual and unique.
Mills Gorman’s Fitzroy Heritage House
Muted tones and finely detailed steelwork pattern the façade of the home, which serves as a nod to what was once an industrial neighbourhood, through an interior comprised original bricks, timber, and blackened steel.
Aussie prefab homes made from recycled plastic to cyclone-proof island villages
“There is no way that any company that we know of could do what we did, and now there are 1200 people who are safe from the next cyclone,” says Nev Hyman. After years of surfing the world’s waters, Hyman collaborated with Ken McBride of HASSELL to create cyclone-proof prefab homes for remote villages, constructed from recycled waste plastic.
North Point: Bringing the outdoors in
Subtropical architecture is challenged with the balancing act of two contrasting ideas: an openness to the setting and protection from it. MEZZANINE explores projects that embrace their surroundings with both sensibility and open arms, including a 4x4m fold-up shack.