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Watch our Working from Home video series, part 4

Part four of our Working from Home video series sees a colourful, art-filled office/ indoor swimming pool, a camera confident pre-teen and more great tips on maintaining health and wellness from all over the country. Last week we took a peek into the home offices of Gray Puksand Victorian partner Mark Freeman, Krost A&D manager […]

The A+D community + coronavirus weekly update, 24 April

In this week’s A+D + coronavirus update, we share maps of our deserted cities, shipping container intensive care units and the first of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership during COVID-19. Coronavirus could reverse trend for open plan offices The World Economic Forum has published an article highlighting 10 ways office design […]

$2 billion Southbank by Beulah gets green light

The Victorian State Government has officially given the green light to the $2 billion Southbank by Beulah project conceptualised by UNStudio and COX Architecture. Lodged in August 2019, the permit will now allow Beulah to officially transform the current CBD BMW site into a vertical village spanning a total of 270,000 square metres. Envisioned as […]

Enter IDEA if you’re brave enough to “depart from precedent and tradition,” says Anna Spiro

With just one week to go until IDEA 2020 early bird entries close, we asked our judges what they’ll be looking for when choosing winners for this year’s Interior Design Excellence Awards. Early bird entries close on 30 April, so enter now to make sure that you don’t miss out on saving $90 on you entry.  Read on […]

Perfectly Para Vert

Call it serendipity, call it a silver lining… however you choose to look at it, sometimes a product comes along displaying such exquisite timing, it’s hard not to see it as meant to be. And right now the Para Vert is just such a product. With a staggering proportion of the global population largely confined […]

“Beware of rushing into new areas to make up for lost business,” says Paul Conrad

Weather the storm by sticking to your current strategies and not rushing into new fields is Paul Conrad’s leadership advice to practices working through the coronavirus pandemic. In the second of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the principal of the eponymous Melbourne architectural and […]

Scientists develop windows that generate electricity

Two square metres of solar windows will do the same job as a standard solar rooftop panel, Australian researchers say. Semitransparent solar cells that can be incorporated into windows could transform architecture, urban planning and electricity generation, Australian scientists say in a paper in Nano Energy. The researchers, led by Professor Jacek Jasieniak from the ARC […]

Fender Katsalidis designs $20 million barrel vault winery

Multidisciplinary design practice Fender Katsalidis has begun its $20 million development at Levantine Hill Estate in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.  The sculptural three-level complex is a soaring barrel vault that creates new sight-lines over the winery landscape. In concert with the neighbouring cellar door, the design will raise the bar even higher for hospitality in the […]

Circle of life with Shaw Contract

The Cradle to Cradle certification program is one of the world’s most respected guides to ethical and sustainable practices in manufacturing and product distribution. It’s a program with which Shaw Contract has been long aligned. While the world undergoes what looks like being the biggest test of its resilience in 80 years and the future […]

Architects and designers make masks for post-coronavirus reality

Architects and designers around the world are responding to global mask shortages caused by the coronavirus outbreak by sharing the designs for DIY, 3D-printed and CNC-cut masks. The Federal Government has predicted lockdown measures will remain in place for another three weeks, but even after restrictions are eased, social distancing and masks are likely to […]

The rise of the pergola, water gardens and Australiana: landscape design trends for 2020

April is World Landscape Architecture Month. We’re sheltering in place, but we can still celebrate by taking a look at upcoming landscape design trends with two of the country’s top designers. Carolyn Blackman has presented landscape design and gardening talkback radio on alternate Saturday mornings with Libby Gorr on ABC 774 for 22 years. She heads up […]