Charlotte Henderson on how The Muse has changed her design process

ADR chats to Charlotte Henderson, interior design director at Bruce Henderson Architects about why her latest project, The Muse, has taught her to “question everything I know about design”. Charlotte Henderson has a fine eye for detail. With over 10 years of industry experience, she has worked on a plethora of commercial and residential projects such as the […]

Applications open for Mercedes-Benz Design Awards 2018

Entries for the Mercedes-Benz Design Awards, which is back for its fourth year running, are now open. The competition offers one Australian designer an opportunity for their winning design to be manufactured by one of Australia’s leading local design retailers, Cult. Broadsheet and Mercedes-Benz have again partnered for this year’s event in the aim to […]

Architectus designs a new $150m ‘lifestyle precinct’ in Geelong

Architectus has designed a new mixed-use development in Geelong as the city continues to evolve into a hub for culture and innovation. The $150 million Geelong Quarter precinct will comprise Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong (a 180-room hotel), the Ryrie Residences (14 luxury apartments targeting owner-occupiers), a 1,000 square metre retail plaza and 7,400 square metres […]

Are bricks made from human urine the future of architecture?

A ‘bio-brick’ made from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) researcher Suzanne Lambert as an environmentally friendly alternative to kiln-fired bricks.  The zero waste bricks are made from recovered human waste and can be produced in any shape and strength. Lambert’s supervisor Dr Dyllon Randall, a senior lecturer in water quality engineering, said that […]

How these design practices are embracing Indigenous culture

Listen, live and learn: AR talks to three architects embracing Indigenous culture in their design practice. As a young graduate starting out on his architectural career with the Aboriginal Housing Company in Sydney in 1986, Yugembir man Dillon Kombumerri was a little wary of the idea of non- Indigenous people interpreting Aboriginal culture in their design […]

Plans to demolish Anzac Hall are ‘shocking, distressing’

Plans to demolish award-winning Anzac Hall have been described as ‘deeply distressing’ by the Australian Institute of Architects. The comments come after it was announced today (1 November) that the current memorial will be demolished as part of a redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial. The project will cost $498 million and be completed in stages over […]

80Hz is part architectural pavilion, part sound installation

British designer and architect Thomas Wing-Evans has created an interactive sound pavilion in collaboration with the DX Lab for the State Library of New South Wales, which takes paintings from the library’s collection and turns them into music. Located outside the Mitchell Reading Room in Sydney’s CBD, Wing-Evans’ pavilion features a curving black timber frame […]

Is poor design to blame for Melbourne’s drop in Liveability Index?

AR asks a panel of experts their response to the following question: the Australian Institute of Architects has blamed poor design for Melbourne’s drop in the 2018 Liveability Index. Do you think this is a fair assessment? Theodore Kerlidis, director, K20 Architecture Melbourne didn’t lose, Vienna won. We now have a contender, a city to […]

Wooden pavilion aims to show how CLT is a solution to housing crises

Multiply, a nine-metre high, carbon-neutral wooden pavilion made entirely of American tulipwood, opened to the public in the Sackler Courtyard of the V&A as part of the recent London Design Festival. The 43 cubic metres of tulipwood that make up MultiPly store the equivalent of 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide and are replaced with natural […]

Poetry in architecture – Steve Sammartino’s future-focused house

Steve Sammartino is building the world’s most futuristic house, equipped with a drone landing pad, voice enabled walls and solar roof tiles. He tells ADR’s sister website Marketing about the art and theory behind this ambitious project. Marketing: Tell us about the house. Steve Sammartino: I’m planning on building a house that takes together all of the […]

Carme Pinós on designing La Massana Fine Arts School

AR takes a deep dive into the design of Escola Massana (La Massana School of Art), which forms part of the long transformation process of Gardunya Square, situated in the heart of Barcelona’s historical district. Project description This project responds to the brief of creating a luminous interior made up of open spaces in its […]