BAR Studio designs secluded mountain resort Park Hyatt Niseko

Melbourne-based BAR Studio’s design for the luxury hotel was inspired by the warmth of alpine lodges, Japanese craftsmanship and the welcoming nature of a mountain village. Located on the northeastern side of Mount Niseko Annupuri, the Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono has a strong connection to nature, with the design responding to the landscape by terracing around the natural […]

Ben Callery Architects designs a house that interacts with the elements

Designed by Ben Callery Architects, Elemental house is a low impact, off-grid retreat on an exposed ridgeline in High Camp, an hour north of Melbourne. Architect’s statement In a compact 10m x 10m footprint, this house has one bedroom, one bathroom and one living room. But while it shuns some of the excesses of modern […]

The unique needs of a research organisation are met with this bright office space

Hong Kong-based workplace design practice, The Office as a Project, was met with two very specific needs for this infrastructure research organization; maximising light and space and accommodating the unique needs of researchers.  Located in London, the brief for the office space involved turning a previously dark, uninspiring office for 36 workers into a bright, flexible […]

Australian workplace design is for the future, not just for show

Is Australia spoilt for choice when it comes to having the most progressive workplaces in the world? According to Hassell’s Domino Risch and Anthony Dickens, compelling evidence points to the level of innovation in Australian workplaces as being higher, on average, than anywhere else. It’s something we should be proud of, particularly when talking about […]

Victorian glamour meets contemporary design at The Prestige hotel

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of George Town, Penang, The Prestige hotel is a modern-day interpretation of Victorian design. Created by Ministry of Design, the independent luxury hotel is located along Church Street, Penang, within the core zone of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage site. The Prestige is a new-build, joining intricate Victorian buildings, which […]

Revealed: the 2019 Shaw Contract Design Awards Winners

Shaw Contract has announced the winners of its 2019 Design Awards, as the flooring expert continues to champion purposeful, authentic design. The awards, which have now been running for 14 years, place a spotlight on a diverse range of talents from across the globe, celebrating design in action and purposefully rewarding the innovative and truly […]

Carr’s pared-back design for Eazy Peazy highlights the Japanese landscape

Carr has designed a hibachi grill restaurant that takes visitors from the streets of Richmond and into a cool and calm Japanese haven. The practice was briefed by the owners of Eazy Peazy to create the “cheeky sibling” of their premium sake label Toji Sake. Shar and Yuta Kobayashi worked closely with the Carr hospitality team […]

In pictures: IDEA 2019 Shortlist Reveal

The shortlisted projects for the 2019 Interior Design Excellence Awards were revealed at a sold-out event in Sydney last week, where talented members of the Australian design community gathered to celebrate. Two hundred and seventy-two projects were shortlisted across 14 categories and two special awards. The night also provided the Designer of the Year entrants the […]

Australia’s top commercial photographer announced

Sydney-based professional photographer, Gavin Jowitt, was named Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year at the 2019 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) this week. Organised by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), APPA is the most prestigious competition for professional photographers. This year saw 1647 entries judged over three days with the results announced at a […]

David Mitchell Architects brings a small but bustling slice of Sri Lanka to Sydney

A long, narrow space in inner Sydney makes for a bustling atmosphere, where the sambols, hoppers and curries fly out of the kitchen from lunch until late. Designed by David Mitchell Architects, Lankan Filling Station is a restaurant and bar with a busy open kitchen at one end and a high bar at the other. The […]

Bates Smart wants new Gandel wing to become ‘a national benchmark for patient comfort’

Bates Smart’s recently completed Gandel Wing at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, Melbourne, has a cutting-edge design that the architecture firm believes will become a blueprint for future hospital wings.  Bates Smart worked with Cabrini Health for five years to realise its aspirations in upgrading its health precinct and offering state-of-the-art oncology and maternity services. The result […]