MIM Design’s coastal rainforest retreat

Coastal retreat, Edge of Rainforest, is situated in Little Cove next to Noosa’s picturesque National Park and beaches and has recently undergone an architectural and interiors update by award-winning Melbourne studio, Mim Design. Inspired by the lush vibrancy of Edge of Rainforest’s surrounds, the Mim Design team added a light and bright extension to the 15-year-old […]

Australian Regency meets Japanese Zen

Bringing in influences of Japanese Zen, homeowner and architect Renjie Teoh rejigged this 1920s Regency-style Heritage apartment into an uber-functional space, all on a shoestring budget. Proving that a clever floor plan and sensitive approach can result in a comfortable and thoughtful home, Teoh’s apartment in Sydney’s Rosebank also brings in plenty of personality, but […]

Top 5 Alexandra Buchanan

Alexandra Buchanan is the founder and director of Alexandra Buchanan Architecture (ABA), a boutique studio based in Brisbane, whose residential projects are dotted all along the eastern seaboard. 1. Favourite item in your own home I have a beautiful Sri Lankan planter’s chair that I love! My husband bought it for me for Christmas one […]

How does your urban garden grow?

  While increasing urban density is pushing more people into apartment living, the desire to stay in touch with nature has become more pressing. So, when it comes to gardening, how can we do more with less. We asked Byron Smith the director of Urban Growers.   Australian Design Review: Many Australians now live in apartments. Which […]

Designing workplace collaboration

When online ‘prop tech’ start-up PEXA brought its three separate offices and over 200 staff together into a new futuristic workplace in Collins Square, Melbourne they employed Futurespace to ensure collaboration was at the heart of the new space. PEXA was ranked as the fifth fastest growing tech start-up in the Deloitte 2016 Technology Fast […]

Bamboo enjoying sustainable growth as building material

Bamboo is versatile and resilient and can be replenished and harvested more sustainably than any other timber. ADR takes a looks at the history of the material and how technology is shaping a new era for this sustainable product. Bamboo is ancient. It goes back so far, in fact, that there are records of it […]

In Sirius Danger

With its future still hanging in the balance, Melissa Rymer takes a look back at the history and social significance of Sydney’s controversial Sirius building. Designed in 1978-1979 by architect Tao Gofers, the Sirius building is an apartment complex in the historic Rocks district of Sydney. It is notable for being the only high-rise development in […]

Scandi design: In convo with Anderssen & Voll

Established in the fall of 2009 by Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll, the design company that bears their names has flourished thanks to an approach that is receptive to cultural and market influences. We caught up with the pair to learn more about what makes them tick. ADR: What typifies Scandinavian design? Espen Voll: Democratic? […]

Second engineered timber office building flagged for Barangaroo

Lendlease has lodged a planning application with the Department of Planning & Environment for an engineered timber office building at Barangaroo South. This will be the second of its kind for the award-winning urban precinct. The application, which is subject to the department’s approval following public exhibition, proposes a ‘sister building’ to International House Sydney. […]

OMA renovates Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi

First constructed in 1228, and located at the foot of the Rialto Bridge across from the fish market, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi is one of Venice’s largest and most recognisable buildings. It was used as a trading post for German merchants, a customs house under Napoleon and a post office under Mussolini. Depicted by Canaletto […]