Chainmail forms walls of Melbourne Arts Centre’s revitalised cafe

Tasmanian architecture and interior design practice Cumulus Studio has completed the facade for the Arts Centre Melbourne cafe, wrapping it in a chainmail mesh originally found on movie sets. The material, called Kaynemaile, is a polycarbonate chainmail mesh developed for the Lord of the Rings movie costumes. It’s secure, fire, UV resistant and apt for […]

Kengo Kuma’s The Exchange opens in Sydney

The Japanese architect’s first Australian building in Sydney’s Darling Harbour is being described by the studio as “an oasis in the middle of an urban jungle”. The six-storey building is wrapped in 20,000 metres of light-coloured, sustainably sourced accoya softwood in a deliberately irregular pattern that is meant to give it “a very different expression […]

The architect as solo creative genius must be “demystified”, says the Architecture Lobby

Positioning the director of an architecture practice as the solo creative genius enables them to get away with “basically running a bad business”, says Architecture Lobby Victorian chapter steward Frank Burridge. “We think that architects being a solo genius is a kind of phenomenon or an attitude that supports a lot of the really bad […]

A look at Bateman and T&Z Architects’ new Bob Hawke College in Subiaco

The Western Australian city’s newest school is a series of three and four storey buildings that incorporate passive solar design principles courtesy of two local studios. The $70-million build will open its door to 260 Year 7 students in a couple of days. Only the first stage has been completed, with the second to be […]

7 iconic modern Australian buildings

We all held our breath when the Sydney Opera House was unveiled and some shook their heads when Melbourne’s Federation Square was finished, but Australian architecture has come a long way in the last couple of decades. To celebrate Australia Day, ADR looks back at our favourite buildings to grace our skylines in the last […]

Five reasons why your architectural practice should do content marketing

Whether you’re a plumber or an architecture practice, the message is the same. Using content marketing to let the world know how good you are at what you do is an absolute win for your bottom line. Don’t do content marketing? That’s a shame – because I can guarantee your rivals do. Content marketing – […]

Snøhetta to design Wikipedia’s new visual identity

The Wikimedia Foundation has picked Norwegian practice Snøhetta to develop a new brand identity for its free open platform. The nonprofit organisation operates a number of knowledge projects, such as Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, but its public encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, which is accessed by more than 1.5 billion unique devices each month, is its […]

Friend or foe – are service agencies a threat to the A&D industry?

Some of Australia’s largest professional service networks are now turning their hand to design-led activities. But what impact is this type of disruption likely to have on those who traditionally dominate this space?    Diversity is key when it comes to how we define our future habitats. But can the design capabilities of management-style consultancies ever match […]

Designing for the future – a chat with Hassell about its rebrand

This month Hassell unveiled a new brand identity, website and podcast series that are opening up new conversations about the value of design in a fast-changing world. As the 80+ year-old firm looks to the future, Hassell‘s Managing Director Steve Coster and fellow Board Director and Head of Design Mark Loughnan discuss the journey to […]

Are laneways the answer to densifying our cities beautifully?

Last year, green magazine and MINI invited architects to explore the potential of laneways as part of MINI LIVING – INVERT 3.0. The architects were provided with a brief to design an independent dwelling on a piece of land carved from a suburban Melbourne block. The goal was to create affordable housing in the inner […]

WeWork new Perth location is designed with holiday shacks in mind

A pared-back palette with locally sourced jarrah, slate-like tiles and retro white bricks were chosen to give WeWork’s Central Park location a “coastal, yet warm and rich” feel. Designed in-house, the space is WeWork’s first in Perth and 21st in Australia with the American commercial real estate company set to open more spaces in Sydney […]