Fujitsu’s new Melbourne HQ fuses Japanese heritage with a local flavour

When BLP designed Fujitsu Melbourne’s Headquarters, the brief was clear: to honour Fujitsu’s refined Japanese heritage and create a culture of ‘One Fujitsu’, while also incorporating the local Melbourne flavour into the design. BLP’s design took inspiration from Melbourne’s stylish population as a baseline, which manifests in the workplace in the form of crisp and […]

Lounges from the 1960s inspire design of new bar The Wednesday Room

Canadian architecture and interior design firm McKinley Burkart has designed an intimate and nostalgic space for The Wednesday Room, with a quirky twist.  Described as “the lovechild of a sophisticated lounge from the 1960s and a house party at your eclectic uncle’s home”, The Wednesday Room’s design creates a laid-back yet upscale lounge atmosphere that encourages […]

Davidov Architects designs studio to reflect its built work

Melbourne-based Davidov Architects’ new studio fit-out is the first purpose-designed space for the young practice. The team wanted to design a series of spaces that convey the architectural devices and general approach to space that is evolving in its built work. The interior is divided into two core spaces: a meeting room and a workroom, with […]

New ‘super venues’ show how to create intimacy at scale

Having worked on two large Melbourne venues The Espy and Garden State Hotel, Nick Travers, director at Technē Architecture + Interior Design, tells ADR how to design multi-faceted, layered spaces at scale.  The secret of a successful large hospitality venue is making it feel intimate. While a typical bar and restaurant project might be anywhere […]

These neighbouring venues offer a transition from coffee to wine

Shanghai-based studio Linehouse has designed two adjoining venues, one offering coffee, the other wine, and breathed new life into the humblest of materials – rattan. The two venues, named Bird and Bitter are separated by an alleyway near Changshu Lu in Shanghai. Bitter focuses on daytime coffee and early evening aperitifs and Bird serves wine […]

The architecture of dance

Tasmania-based Liminal Studio is renowned for its innovative and multidisciplinary projects and, again, the practice has explored and created yet another dimension to its architecture and design portfolio through Liminal Spaces and the set design for the contemporary dance production Dust. Collaborating as a production designer with Dancenorth, a dance company based in Townsville, Queensland, […]

Colour is the design hero of this pop-up store

Christopher Elliott Design was given carte blanche to design a pop-up store for shoe brand Phare and used the opportunity to use bold colour as the main element of the design. Due to the impermanence of a pop-up store, Christopher Elliot Design had to ensure the design had little impact on the existing space, paint aside. […]

Dutch practice Concrete designs hotel with ‘eternal sunshine’

Netherlands-based architecture and interior design firm Concrete has designed a hotel in Bergen, Norway for travellers seeking a unique accommodation experience.  With just an average of 50 hours of sunlight per month in winter, the city of Bergen is starved of daylight for a large chunk of the year. To combat the feeling of seasonal affective […]

A café design that steps back and forth in history

Designed by Killing Matt Woods, the interior of Percy Plunkett café in Penrith, NSW is a unique response to heritage, as inside co-editor Gillian Serisier discovers. Approaching each project as a unique entity, Killing Matt Woods (KMW) produces interiors that are never expected, always interesting and, more importantly, completely relevant to area, client and aspiration. […]

Woods Bagot designs ‘eclectic spaces and sinuous organic forms’ for Market Grounds Perth

Woods Bagot’s design for Market Grounds, a contemporary pub located in Perth’s CBD, combines the city’s food and beverage culture with its outdoor lifestyle. Paying homage to the original Perth Market Grounds located on the site, the venue is a series of eclectic spaces that present a variety of dining and bar experiences to suit […]

Designing a ‘micro-city’ for creatives

Last September, audiovisual production company Attraction moved into its new workspace and for the 300 or so employees, the change was drastic. Previously divided by activity sectors on two different floors, each with their own corporate identity and culture, the company left its closed offices behind to join together in a shared single floor space of 53,000 sq […]