The prefab behind Darling Exchange

A bird’s nest, a bundle of tagliatelle, a meringue or even a Slinky. These are some of the descriptions Sydney residents have hit on to describe preliminary images of Darling Exchange. Designed by world-acclaimed Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKA) for Lendlease, the civic building, due for completion in 2018, will be wrapped in […]

The next generation of power storage: is it time to go solar?

With battery storage now an affordable adjunct to solar power generation, ADR talks to Gold Coast-based architect Peter McArdle of ptma architecture, who installed a Tesla Powerwall in November last year, to find out how the economics of solar versus grid-based power supply stack up when you add a battery to the mix. When US […]

Becoming smart about smart homes

As the distinction between online and offline continues to blur, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a major consideration in how we plan our homes, both for the future and today. While much of the tech through which we control appliances, furnishings and systems in our homes is not entirely new, we’re rapidly approaching […]

In a spin: the history of revolving doors

Revolving doors may have evolved through bad manners, but their advantages have far outstripped their original application, reports David McCall.

Designing for disaster with Genton

Mission critical describes any system that contributes to the successful operation of a business or organisation, and buildings are now playing a role.

The dawn of the microfactory

UNSW has invented a way to make small-scale recycling cost-effective, even for the most problematic and complex wastes, as Veena Sahajwalla writes.

The digital tech behind McBride Charles Ryan’s architecture

The journey from a set of problems presented by a client to the architects’ final solution can take many different roads. Debbie-Lyn Ryan from McBride Charles Ryan (MCR) says this road requires a combination of a flexible approach and using the right tools for the job. “Normally the client will give us a brief of […]

Up, up and away: sustainable skyscrapers

With inner-city space at an increasing premium, many believe the only solution is to reach for the skies. But how do we ensure these tall and super-tall skyscrapers are truly sustainable?

How architects can take advantage of virtual reality

The rise of virtual reality presents a number of opportunities to architects, including huge advantages when presenting your ideas to builders and clients. Meanwhile, the commercialisation of this technology has brought it into the hands of almost anyone with a smartphone and as little as $50.

A touching solution: access control solutions for sufferers of dementia

Access control for people with dementia and related conditions is a significant issue for those creating the infrastructure where sufferers will live, reports Shayne Bamford. Lateral thinking has led to the development of a product and system that makes it all that much easier.

Big World Home: like IKEA for houses

“We’re excited to be launching one of the most progressive, socially oriented, community driven housing projects that Australia has ever seen, at a time when new options in affordable housing have never been more vital,” says architect Alexander Symes. The Big World Homes can be built in days using only a hammer and a drill.