Technē channels calm and bright in this Victorian renovation

Melbourne’s Technē Architecture and Interior Design sought to deliver a contemporary renovation while remaining sympathetic to the era of this large Victorian home in Carlton. The property – home to a couple with two young children – had recently undergone a pre-sale renovation, but the clunky and heavy-handed job had not addressed the existing problems […]

HASSELL’s Geelong Arts Centre marries the historic with the contemporary

HASSELL has overhauled and modernised the newly opened Geelong Arts Centre, cladding the dance studio element in channel glazing and revealing a once-hidden heritage church.  Led by Principal Mark Loughnan, HASSELL transformed the venue by updating the exterior and interior spaces without the facility closing. “The building had to keep operating,” Loughnan tells ADR. “It was a really complex undertaking. […]

GOLDEN’S Nine Yards restaurant is designed to feel quintessentially Australian

A colour palette drawn from native flora and terrain helps channel Australiana nostalgia inside this South Melbourne restaurant, designed by Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm from the Melbourne studio GOLDEN.  The young duo designed Nine Yards to subtly evoke “images of the bush and the sea”. The bones of the restaurant are heritage – it’s a former stable […]

Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines opens at NGV

Crossing Lines, a joint exhibition of the work of groundbreaking US artists Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 to 1988) and Keith Haring (1958 to 1990), has opened at the National Gallery of Victoria International. The exhibition is loosely a dialogue between two artists who were friends and collaborators in the heady artistically fecund days of 1980s New York. Their work […]

Shaw Contract introduces new curated colourways for iconic Dye Lab collection

Shaw Contract has expanded the colour palette of its iconic Dye Lab carpet tile collection, drawing inspiration from the natural world. With the introduction of 13 new saturated hues, Dye Lab’s updated palette is the result of a colour journey that included the exploration of more than 20 dyes ranging from madder root to Osage orange, sandalwood […]

Peaches Cocktail Bar brings our candy-coloured childhood fantasies to life

Perched above the three-storey American barbeque restaurant Cheek in Swanston Street, Melbourne’s Peaches Cocktail Bar is like something out of a child’s mood board, if that child lived for Miami Vice and oversized philodendron.  The colour palette is simple and obvious – it’s peach (like the name) – but what could have been tacky and predictable in less capable hands is beautifully executed by […]

Edition Office and Yhonnie Scarce’s 2019 NGV Architecture Commission opens to the public

Set among the European pin oaks of the National Gallery of Victoria, Edition Office and Yhonnie Scarce’s installation for the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission is as much about what isn’t there as what is.  In Absence opens to the public on 27 November and will be on the Melbourne museum’s grounds until April 2020. ADR toured the installation […]

Australia’s best architecture, interiors and design studios of the year named at IDEA

Adele McNab Architects, Flack Studio, Kennedy Nolan and Tzannes were named the best studios of the year at IDEA 2019 in Melbourne. Adele McNab Architects was named best emerging designer, while Flack Studio was Editors’ choice, Kennedy Nolan scored Designer of the Year and Tzannes picked up Overall Winner. The four winning studios were chosen […]

Architects and designers from around the world celebrate at IDEA Gala 2019 party

Architects and interior designers from all over Australia cheered on extraordinary local design at The Timber Yard in Melbourne for this year’s IDEA Gala party. The event, on 22 November, celebrated the 16 project category winners and five overall design award winners, which were revealed on the night. Flack Studio, Genesin Studio, BVN, Woods Bagot, HASSELL and Travis Walton Architecture were […]

A look at the 2019 finalists for IDEA’s Australian Designer of the Year

Tonight, at the 2019 IDEA Gala Party, one practice will take home the coveted Designer of the Year award. Here’s an overview of the six finalists along with ADR’s favourite project from each. Kennedy Nolan  The work of Kennedy Nolan has always existed in a symbiotic relationship with its architectural context, simultaneously referencing and informing it. Drawing on […]