Designing Melbourne Knowledge Week 2018

The Meat Market in North Melbourne has been transformed into a giant installation for Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW18), the City of Melbourne’s annual festival that explores the future of Australia’s fastest growing city.  Designed by Grimshaw, the installation comprises approximately one square kilometre of fruit netting. The tensile structure has been manipulated to provide an […]

Margot Krasojević’s latest project is a positive energy hotel

Experimental architect and psychologist Margot Krasojević is known for designing structures that engage smart materials and sustainability and her latest project doesn’t disappoint: she is currently working on ‘the first renewable resource positive energy hotel’. The Harmonic Turbine Tidal hotel, located on Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan in the South China seas, has been designed […]

How virtual reality is impacting the built environment

No longer just clever toys to thrill users in ‘show and tell’ situations, virtual and augmented realities can now have significant impacts on a business’ bottom line, reports Vanessa Choi. As AR has reported previously, “the commercialisation of virtual reality technology has brought a complex technology into the hands of almost anyone with a smartphone […]

“Nintendo for adults”: Villawood Properties launches VR display village

Homebuyers will soon be able to experience walking around their new property before it’s even been built thanks to a new virtual reality experience. Residential land developer Villawood Properties has created the world’s first virtual reality (VR) display village, replicating its vision for its Rathdowne community in Melbourne’s Wollert suburb. Using an Oculus Rift headset […]

Biophilic design built into new Melbourne Metro stations

Melbourne’s new underground railway stations are set to be the first piece of Australian public infrastructure to include “biophilic design” – a ground-breaking method that takes green architecture far beyond landscaping and solar panels. The design approach is a labour of love for Dr Phillip Roös, a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Deakin University, who […]

Prefabrication and the role it has to play in Australia’s built environment

Recently, industry leaders from Australia’s built environment came together at the prefabAUS 2017 conference to discuss the role prefabrication should play in the future of architectural design and construction. Convened by prefabAUS, the peak body for Australia’s prefabricated building industry, the 2017 conference brought together industry heavyweights to discuss far-reaching trends affecting the built environment […]

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 […]