The Smile puts timber to the test

"I wanted to create something that uses tulipwood CLT in its largest format possible." The AHEC has collaborated with Alison Brooks Architects, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a giant, cross-laminated tulipwood structure that showcases the true strengths of timber.

Mirvac sets the scene for a smart building future

The building housing Mirvac and Ernst & Young’s (EY) new Sydney headquarters was constructed to embrace industry-leading design, technology and sustainability features. So what does it take to be part of the new breed of smart buildings in Australia?

Innovative composites: Shapeshift Design Technologies

“We’ve done funky shapes, and we can do that forever, but I think there are some real gains to be made in finding and developing the right materials for the job.” In 2001, Toby Whitfield and Jaime Marina founded the composites manufacturing company, mouldCAM.

Lyons and m3architecture design UQ Sustainable Futures Building

Lyons and m3architecture have won a competition to design the Sustainable Futures Building at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus.

Finding the work/life balance: Westpac Barangaroo

Design firm Geyer has been instrumental in the creation of Westpac’s agile working principles, WorkSMART and the physical application to its 60,000-square metre anchor tenancy at Tower Two, Barangaroo, in collaboration with Lendlease.

BVN chapel features automatic sliding glass façade

BVN's newly-designed chapel, The Sanctuary, features a one-of-a-kind sliding glass façade made up of three curved glass panes which form a floor-to-ceiling window – and can be raised and lowered by synchronised electric actuators.

Baby boomer expectations drive innovative aged care design

“We are creating homes and pushing institutionalisation to the background. We’re designing for residents, not patients, who want to be treated as such,” says James Kelly, associate at ClarkeHopkinsClarke.

Aussie design curbs pedestrian danger

Smart phone users crossing roads without looking is a growing concern, especially following the release of Pokémon Go. Australian design company, Büro North, however, has come up with a bright solution in Smart Tactile Paving.

Robot to revolutionise bricklaying

Perth-based company Fastbrick Robotics has created a robotic bricklayer capable of constructing a house by itself in less than two days.

Melbourne to Sydney in under two hours: high speed rail link proposed

A private company has released a $200 billion plan for a high-speed rail network connecting Melbourne and Sydney via Canberra, with the construction of eight new cities along the way.

World’s first Tesla town to be built in Melbourne

Is this the green suburb of the future? Using Elon Musk's groundbreaking Powerwall technology, a new development planned for inner city Melbourne is set to become a sustainable battery-powered precinct.