Floria Tosca – Old Utopias

Touching on themes of the magical and natural as co-inhabiting the same space and time, the work of Floria Tosca offers a concertinaed kind of evolution. Colour and form are fragmented through shards that shift dimension and break the plane to render perspective ambiguous. Similarly, scale is adjusted to shift focus and decentralise the image. […]

Sub-tropical design key to Brisbane transport, retail and residential hub

A new transit oriented development (TOD) is set to transform Ferny Grove—the site of an existing end-of-route train station. Upon completion, the development will comprise a major retail centre spanning more than 6000-square metres, 64 residential apartments, and more than 2200 car parks. The project—an initiative of the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main […]

From sweat shop to creative video studio

Architecture practice CHA:COL has transformed a former garment manufacturing warehouse in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake into a light, bright creative video studio for Roger TV. The existing shell had “significant shortcomings” in building, life safety and zoning requirements and the clients additionally needed the design team to work with a multitude of agencies in bringing up the warehouse […]

A house inspired by petrified wood

Los Angeles-based Sparano + Mooney Architecture has designed a house in Utah, US, that was inspired by the petrified wood on site, a material that over time has transformed from wood into stone. The owner’s previous 105-year-old farmhouse, located on a site that included a small forest of spruce and cottonwood trees close to 80 […]

How technology is driving architectural experimentation

Architecture is an industry at a crossroads with rapid technological advancements. Consumers now expect buildings to do more than ever including providing climate control, and increased access to natural light and ventilation. The heightened expectations and advancements in technology have pushed us into the realm of increased architectural experimentation. This experimentation is resulting in integrating […]

Coy Yiontis’ Humble House is “consciously contemporary”

Designed for an older couple who travel frequently, this coastal home by Coy Yiontis accommodates visiting grandchildren and family as well as being a private, easily maintained haven between adventures. The building form was driven by site conditions and the need for accessibility; the resulting dynamic façade and dramatic internal volumes belie its liveability. Screening […]

ADR launches teaser trailer for The Toorak Project video series

Australian Design Review (ADR) has today launched a teaser trailer for upcoming series The Toorak Project. Set to appear on the website in 2019 and 2020, The Toorak Project is a series of videos detailing the concept to completion of a remarkable SJB-designed ‘mega house’ in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak. Commisioned by an international client […]

The story of Hardwood house: timber inside and out

Architect Adam Kane discusses Hardwood House, a home with 
a double function that was inspired by European chalets. Hardwood house was designed with intended use as both dwelling and overnight high-end accommodation in regional Daylesford, Victoria. With this setting in mind, the intention was to create a contemporary home that referenced the warm, textured timber […]

Sustainability and conservation at heart of new Maldives Mövenpick hotel

Coconut wood, bamboo and the spectacular natural scenery of the Maldives was the inspiration behind the new Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru. Designed by Poland-based MOTIV, the architecture practice has designed a hotel that weaves into the uninhabited Kuredhivaru island environment, blurring the boundaries between design, Maldivian heritage and nature. “We wanted to make sure we did not damage the island or […]

A pre-fab house designed with privacy in mind

Brisbane-based prefabricated home company Happy Haus has designed a home with a central lush courtyard that takes advantage of the South East Queensland sub-tropical climate. The clients, a young couple building for the first time, wanted an open courtyard-style home on their medium-sized block, which is closely bordered by the estates’ project-style-homes. To meet their needs, Happy […]

UNStudio and Cox Architecture win Southbank by Beulah competition

After a six-month global search, Green Spine by Dutch architecture firm UNStudio and Melbourne-based Cox Architecture has been announced as the winning design for the Southbank by Beulah competition.  Conceived as a “conceptual extension” of Melbourne’s Southbank Boulevard, the Green Spine will be home to a vertical city of green spaces with a strong focus […]