“We’re constantly inspired by the power of design and its ability to affect lives” – Pattern Studio

The directors at Pattern Studio share a few traits with Goldilocks: they are young and keen to try new things. But they’re worldly-wise too. Just look at their projects. Lily Goodwin and Josh Cain have tried working in large and small practices, operated from remote and local studios, and created ephemeral and enduring projects. And […]

BLP ushers in new leadership era with Tara Veldman as managing director

Australian architecture firm Billard Leece Partnership (BLP), has appointed 12 principals and 11 associates as its new leadership team.  After 25 years of practice, BLP, a 130-strong team with offices in Melbourne and Sydney, is moving to a more inclusive model of ownership recognising performance and fostering diversity of talent.  Following David Leece’s recent retirement […]

Grimshaw completes heritage encased Olderfleet office tower

Global practice Grimshaw celebrates completion of 40-storey Olderfleet commercial tower, merging Melbourne heritage with contemporary workplace architecture.  Set behind three heritage-listed buildings at 477 Collins Street, collectively known as the ‘Olderfleet Buildings’, the 40-storey office tower was designed by Grimshaw to deliver on Mirvac’s aspirations for the development to be one of Melbourne’s highest quality […]

Getting to know Melbourne interior designer Nickolas Gurtler

Discovering designers like Nickolas Gurtler is perhaps one of the most exciting perks of being editor of ADR. When his name crossed my desk a couple of weeks ago, I thought, ‘I’ve met Nickolas before’. The affable Melbourne designer was behind Design Donated, an online platform started earlier in the year as a way of […]

Melbourne Design Week 2021 calls for designers and artists to submit ideas

Artists, designers and architects are being invited to pitch their projects and ideas for Melbourne Design Week 2021. The Victoria-wide 11-day program of talks, tours, workshops, launches and exhibitions will explore the theme ‘Design the world you want’ in 2021. Expressions of interest are now open for ideas that consider “how the design community can […]

BESIX and Watpac integrate to create multi-disciplinary contractor

The integration of BESIX and Watpac construction companies creates a new multi-disciplinary contractor, bringing a unique offering to Australian and New Zealand markets. The capability of internationally acclaimed BESIX Group has been combined with iconic local brand, Watpac to form BESIX Watpac, heralding a new approach to the construction industry. The expertise that delivered the […]

Arcadia announces senior promotions

Arcadia Landscape Architecture has announced the promotions of Valerie Ostermann to associate and Kaylie Salvatori to Indigenous landscape strategist. “In the two years that Valerie has been with Arcadia, she has demonstrated exceptional design leadership within the studio and become a trusted mentor internally. Her multi-disciplinary collaboration skills and her delivery of significant construction packages […]

IDEA 2020 shortlist to be announced next week

Curious to see if your project made the IDEA 2020 shortlist? Well, you only have to wait a little longer. We’ll be revealing all this year’s shortlisted projects starting from 21 September! Thanks again to everyone who entered IDEA 2020. As shortlisting, the first stage of the judging process, comes to an end, here’s what […]

“Flexibility has become the most valuable currency” in the workplace – Balder Tol, WeWork

As companies around the world start to rethink their workplace needs post-COVID19, they’re in search of more flexible and safer, turnkey options, says WeWork general manager of Australia and New Zealand Balder Tol. Speaking to ADR recently about the future of co-working in a post-pandemic ‘normal’, Tol says WeWork has been affected by the pandemic, […]