Perceptions of doors

What’s the one thing that every single person touches every single day, without giving it a moment’s thought? It’s time designers gave greater consideration to door handles and furniture when specifying on projects. Everyone knows what door handles are, but what about door furniture? Simply put, it’s a catch-all expression referring to any fixtures and […]

Tribe’s visionary modular approach reinvents the hotel experience

“Tribe offers a high-end, designer hotel experience at an affordable rate. Unless you’re an expert on construction techniques you could stay in one of our offerings and you wouldn’t necessarily know it’s built using modular construction.” Tribe Hotel Group is applying the benefits of prefabrication to bring a fresh, international approach to the hotel industry.

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.