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LAVA evokes feng shui in eco-kindergarten

LAVA’s interconnected design for an eco-kindergarten in Vinh, Vietnam encourages curiosity and playful interactions with nature. Working with Module K and Viet Decor, LAVA’s eco-kindergarten is an unfurling of three semi-circular buildings over three levels. This typology of three and circular motifs generates a series of interconnected indoor and outdoor spaces with buildings connected by […]

Bricklayers meet augmented reality

Melbourne-based technology company Fologram have worked with All Brick bricklayers to show the potential of augmented reality (AR) technology to improve the precision and efficiency of traditional construction.  Fusing augmented reality with the physical space, Fologram facilitates the construction of complex designs through digital instructions that are virtually superimposed into the workspace.  The design model […]

Make Architects combats loneliness in design

Research from Make Architects into the relationship between our built environment and loneliness achieves new salience in the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2013, Sydney-based studio Make Architects founded its Future Spaces Foundation (FSF) – a think tank dedicated to researching the socioeconomic, demographic and technological factors that impact our built environment. Delving deeply into transport networks, […]

Giraffe tool makes city-building ‘ping pong’ between humans and machines

Web-based design and data generator Giraffe eases the tension between architects and automation. Started by a building designer, an urban planner, an engineer and a data scientist, Giraffe is an automation platform that sits at the intersection of these disciplines.  The Sydney-based startup offers a web service that collocates automation design tools and data generation […]

KP Architects transforms 1930s milk bar into boutique hotel

Brisbane-based KP Architects has redesigned the Camden Valley Inn, located south-west of Sydney, paying homage to its history as a 1930s haunt. Originally built to promote the pure milk of Camden Park, the inn is now a restaurant and a luxury hotel. Set on five acres of land with views of the Razorback, it offers […]

Woods Bagot leads ‘A+ team’ for Adelaide hospital design

Woods Bagot has been chosen to lead a world-class team on the design and delivery of a new women’s and children’s hospital in Adelaide. The architecture firm will be joined by Bates Smart, Jacobs and UK-based BDP for the hospital’s design consortium. The four firms have a shared history of carefully delivered healthcare projects. “Bringing […]

Fender Katsalidis imagines “ultra high-end” aged care with new Melbourne precinct

Stage one of Australian Unity’s luxury aged-care precinct has been completed by Fender Katsalidis with a bold 17-storey apartment tower with concierge service. The Grace Albert Park Lake, known as The Grace, caters to independent retirees seeking a sought-after central Melbourne location. “There is a lack of high-quality, centrally located, dedicated retirement living apartment buildings […]

KIN Architects transforms former West End nightclub

Pocket gardens and tiered terraces are the centrepieces of KIN Architects’ redesign of a much-loved Brisbane nightclub for tech company Scrunch.  When Brisbane-based KIN Architects was commissioned to transform the dark Hi-Fi nightclub into a bright open-plan office, directors Majorie Dixon and Leah Gallagher wanted to retain the drama of site’s former life.  “The venue […]

Renato d’Ettorre Architects injects natural sunlight into coastal Sydney home

Excavating below the driveway and garage, Renato d’Ettorre Architects enhanced the beauty of the sandstone rock face that makes up one wall of GB House on Sydney’s Gordon Bay. The wall is part of a subterranean music room and cellar in the seaside family home, which took out a host of awards last year including […]

Jolson renovates Robin Boyd’s 1950s ‘house in the treetops’

Melbourne practice Jolson chose to be “inspired” rather than to “rehabilitate” Robin Boyd’s 1955 vision for landscape-embracing Richardson House. Designed by Boyd between 1953 and 1955, when the architect was in partnership with Grounds and Romberg, the Heritage-listed Richardson House embraced the limitations of the site, using them as “the catalyst for an extraordinary design […]

SAV Architecture + Design captures the fiery local sun in this Goa holiday house

SAV Architecture + Design chose local red laterite stones to mimic the intense Goan sun in this West Indian holiday home. Working within a tightly constrained site with little views, the architects focused on creating an “inward looking house that draws the elements of nature towards itself.” The exposed amber brick wall forms the central […]