AR145 – Future focus and the built legacy of Zaha Hadid
AR – Future features projects and articles that suggest new ways forward for multi-residential, public space, education and the workplace. It demonstrates how our workplaces aspire to encourage healthier lifestyles and how our built environment is developing to engage communities and support our active ageing population.
Welcome to the second issue of inside for 2016. As we embrace the autumnal season it’s the ideal time to make the most of the clement weather and enjoy the artistic offerings that abound in our own respective backyards.
The sudden passing of Zaha Hadid at the end of March was widely felt by the architecture and design community, and further afield. As online editor of Australian Design Review, there was little time for shock at the news before forming a response, reaching out to Hadid’s old friend, John Gollings, for his insight. This issue’s Future theme then became the right forum for Penny Craswell’s survey of some of Hadid’s most impactful built works, as we wait to find out the fate of her many unfinished works.
The very next week I found myself at the preview of The Pool, an immersive Australian exhibition featuring at the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale. The project is by Aileen Sage Architects (Isabelle Aileen Toland and Amelia Sage Holliday) and urban strategist Michelle Tabet and has received nationwide support, with much made of the fact that young, female practitioners are leading the creative team. Huddled poolside in Fitzroy that night were some of Australia’s leading architects – the likes of Melissa Bright, Clare Cousins, Rachel Nolan and Victorian government architect, Jill Garner, who contributes Postview in this issue. There are yet many obstacles to achieving sustainable gender equity in this industry, but one hopes that the appointment of female architects in such highly visible positions continues and is indicative of a more balanced future for the profession – one I intend to represent in this publication.
And so, we arrive at the theme – Future. The practice of architecture is necessarily future-focused. It speculates how we might live, posits the architects’ aspirations for society at large and creates a built canvas for the public to project their own futures. From global firms to small practices, architects the world over are researching, testing and hypothesising solutions for projects that will shape our cities for decades – perhaps centuries – to come.
As society engages with mainstream representations of ‘good’ design and architecture, guided (or misguided) by rapid-fire renovations on ‘reality’ television, it is important that architects and designers continue to publicly advocate the elegant, considered solution, using their work to educate clients and end users on the long-term value of well-designed space.
AR – Future features projects and articles that suggest new ways forward for multi-residential, public space, education and the workplace. It demonstrates how our workplaces aspire to encourage healthier lifestyles and how our built environment is developing to engage communities and support our active ageing population. A new section, Spec Sheet, features the products that emerge from collaboration between architects and engineers, catering to the architects’ affinity for materials that accommodate their pursuit of innovation and for the tools required to master their trade.
We endeavour to open the conversation to diverse voices and stories – from independent local developers and emerging local talent to international ‘starchitects’, looking at smart interior spaces alongside sprawling landscapes.
Welcome to the second issue of inside for 2016. As we embrace the autumnal season it’s the ideal time to make the most of the clement weather and enjoy the artistic offerings that abound in our own respective backyards. Much has been happening and we start in Sydney with a review of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (p23) and Mikhael Subotzky’s exhibition, WYE, at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (p18). If you find theatre more enticing, then In-house explores the world of opera (p62) with a fascinating insight into the creative minds of two of Australia’s foremost set designers.
Change is, as we all know, constant, and in Discourse we explore the world of the technological workplace (p66) while in Survey (p32) our schools are undergoing a design revolution and helping to reinvent the mode and method of teaching in the process.
In Profile we talk with Pascale Gomes-McNabb (p55) and find out just what makes her a standout in the ever-changing genre of hospitality design, while in Practice (p58) we explore the business of HAY, the conception and reality of this dynamic company that produces so many iconic furniture pieces.
Our projects are the pick of the world’s best. Each is unique in its own vision and final resolution, but all are excellent examples
of design at its best. Perhaps you’re wishing that summer was still here and indeed the sun and sea shine through the Macmasters Beach House (p72) in New South Wales and Anglesea House 5 (p108) in Victoria. The quiet serenity of Ranley Grove House (p88) epitomises the laid-back feel of Queensland, and the glamour and fast pace of Sydney is captured in the Two International Towers Lobby (p102) at Barangaroo.
Two international projects caught our eye and just had to be included in this a broad mix of projects. The first is the sophisticated and luxurious headquarters for a global mining and resources company (p80), and the second is the vibrant and eclectic interior of the Ham Yard Hotel (p94), both projects situated in London.
Variety is the spice of life and this issue of inside has diversity in spades. It’s about looking at design from all angles, enjoying all its forms, but always making the interior the hero.
The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2016 are in full swing and already we have been inundated with entries. You
still have a few weeks to enter your special project, furniture piece, light or object and we encourage you to take this opportunity to submit your work and join your peers in showcasing your talent and participating in this extraordinary awards program. Let’s make 2016 a great IDEA. It’s started off with a bang and can only get better.
– Jan and Gillian