Holcim Australia unveils low carbon ECOPact concrete

Global building materials and aggregates company Holcim has just released its new low carbon ECOPact concrete onto the Australian market. Unveiled in April 2021, ECOPact reduces embodied carbon by 30 to 60 per cent, using “upcycled waste by-products” in place of natural resources. Holcim designed the product after pledging to achieve net zero carbon emissions […]

Fifth ACA pulse check “fairly positive” about COVID-19 rebound

The fifth pulse check survey from the Association of Consulting Architects Australia (ACA) reveals practices are “fairly confident” about how they are rebounding from COVID-19, even finding “unexpected benefits”. The ACA’s first pulse check conducted in mid-March 2020 showed practices were preparing to feel the pain of COVID-19’s impact on economic and work arrangements. Subsequent […]

Getting to know architect and designer Daniel Boddam

There is something very zen about Sydney and Byron Bay-based architect and furniture designer Daniel Boddam. Maybe it’s the very fact he leads an envious Australian lifestyle, splitting his time between homes in both places. Or just because many of his furniture designs embody this incredible calm with an organic beauty and inherent softness. His […]

Five pavilions to (virtually) tour at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale

Just because we can’t be touring the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale gelato in hand doesn’t mean we can’t still get our fix from the world’s largest architecture festival… at least virtually. The theme for this year’s exhibition is How will we live together? A touch ironic perhaps, but pertinent all the same according to Biennale […]

Video house tour: Future Food System with Joost Bakker

Designer, floral artist and ‘no waste’ advocate Joost Bakker’s Future Food System home on the banks of the Yarra River is 25 years in the making. The 87-square-metre home on the edge of Melbourne’s Federation Square is a self-contained world, where incredible design extends beyond aesthetics. For resident chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett – […]

Preparing your practice for EOFY

EOFY planning – it is a leader’s responsibility to not only exercise their expertise in the running of a practice, but to also identify what areas require expert advice. A common aspect of running an architecture, engineering or design practice in which creative leaders may lack confidence is financial management and preparations for the end of […]

“Indigenous architecture is not a style, but a culturally appropriate process” – Alison Page

All architecture in Australia should be an act of co-creation with Indigenous Australians and Indigenous design principles, says interior designer and Walbanga and Wadi Wadi woman Alison Page. In her new book, Design: Building on Country, cowritten with Paul Memmott, Page outlines how all buildings, no matter their use, should be an extension of Country. […]

Woods Marsh designs “landform eroded from the coast” for Victorian resort

Woods Marsh drew from the “corrosive nature” of the Victorian coastline to inform the “sculptural geometry” and material selection of its RACV Cape Schanck Resort. Located in a “natural saddle” adjacent to the Bass Strait, the 120-room hotel, day spa and golf course/club was “carefully positioned” in the coastal landscape. “The soft, rolling dune-like quality […]

The value of diversity in design

Exploring and embracing diversity can offer unique opportunities to engage with new identities and experiences. ADR speaks to four Melbourne creatives who are doing just that With culturally diverse backgrounds and a unique approach to design and storytelling, they speak to the power and capacity of difference. Esteemed designer Pascale Gomes-McNabb grew up in a […]

“Always have a desire to keep learning” – Anna Giannis

Anna Giannis, a Melbourne based textiles and interior designer, uses her eclectic style to design high-end residential spaces in the eastern suburbs. As a child, Giannis had an eye for interior design, constantly rearranging things and moving ornaments around when doing the dusting. At 28, after five years in a marketing role, Giannis decided to […]

CplusC Architectural Workshop draws from Japan’s Studio Ghibli for Sydney home

CplusC Architectural Workshop was influenced by the Japanese concept of shakkei (borrowed scenery) for this Sydney home, “bridging the relationship” between exterior and interior. “Three decades ago, Studio Ghibli’s animated fantasy My Neighbor Totoro taught us about the importance of relationships with family, friends and nature,” explains the Sydney practice. “Similarly, the concept of Totoro […]