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.
“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?
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.
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
Sheer architecture: Ensamble’s elemental structures
As technological advances abstract us from the natural world, some architects and built environment specialists seek to emphasise the impact of the elements through their work – creating seemingly impossible homes on cliff faces, and forming remarkable structures that mirror the ravages of geological processes.
Prefab shopping centre wins Living Building Challenge
An innovative proposal for a prefabricated shopping centre – designed to be “screwed, not glued” together and reassembled elsewhere – won the top prize at last night’s International Brickworks Living Building Challenge design competition, held at the Melbourne School of Design.
LAVA Zhejiang Gate Towers
Australian-German practice Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has unveiled their plans for a landmark new project to serve as a symbolic entrance to the city of Hangzhou, China.
Quay Quarter Tower: Sydney’s rotating high-rise
“We will have to rethink the high-rise, making it offer something more, and bring some of the aspects and facilities of low-rise and street life up into the towers.” 3XN’s Kim Herforth Nielsen reflects on the future of high-rise design, and details the studio’s work on Quay City Tower, in the latest issue of AR>.
Infinity by Crown Group
“We want to humanise tall buildings, to celebrate the pedestrian level and consider how people experience it.” In AR, Koichi Takada discusses the importance of connecting tall buildings with the surrounding screetscape, and their groundbreaking design for Sydney’s Infinity building.
Designing a sky-high tower for a low-rise suburb
“Sky One will be seen from great distances because it is surrounded by low rise buildings and sits on the peak of Box Hill’s central hill, giving it a unique vantage point.” DKO director, Jesse Linardi, discusses designing Box Hill’s Sky One tower – a giant 35-storey structure set to take root in Melbourne suburb Box Hill.