“I feel like our best ideas often come from a slightly whimsical yet critical analysis of a situation,” says Brad Wray of Branch Studio Architects, one of the practices in the running to take out Zenith’s Emerging Designer category at IDEA 2016.
The Smile puts timber to the test
“I wanted to create something that uses tulipwood CLT in its largest format possible.” The AHEC has collaborated with Alison Brooks Architects, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a giant, cross-laminated tulipwood structure that showcases the true strengths of timber.
“Our interest in Kevin Borland’s architectural approach took expression in our work via a lens of interpretation and transformation,” says Melbourne-based practice Mihaly Slocombe, discussing their Chamfer House project – a ‘sensitive infiltration’ of a 1970s Kevin Borland design.
The international set: Aussie design abroad
When it comes to Australians doing well overseas, mainstream thinking seems to stop at the mega-stardom of Marc Newson. The global product design sector is, however, alive with a swathe of Australian designers – as Gillian Serisier writes for inside.
Green divide: Joost Bakker on biophilic design
“I respect nature and never try to imitate it in my work, I believe we are human and all we can do is show nature the respect it deserves,” says Joost Bakker. The influential sustainable designer discusses the limitless potential of biophilic design and shares his latest project, a new vertical garden system for Schiavello.
The future of education design
ThomsonAdsett’s director, Peter C. Lippman, is an educational facility planner, author, and researcher well regarded for his international expertise in education design. Here, Lippman shares his insights into the trends that will continue to shape the design of schools in years to come.
Sean Dix’s lux amenities
Sean Dix’s latest fitout is seen by more people in a week than most projects will see in a lifetime. Asia correspondent Elizabeth Chu visits the IFC Mall to discover that public restrooms have just taken a giant leap into luxury.
Melbourne School of Design graduates: Danielle Savio
“Nothing can replace work experience. It will make everything in your course more relevant.” Danielle Savio graduated from the Master of Architecture in 2010, and now works at Brookfield Multiplex while running a blog for women in the built environment. She offers her advice for those coming up in the field.
On infrastructure and risk: Larisa Moran
“There’s something fascinating about being part of something that’s physically built. And you can touch and feel when the end product is complete. There’s a buzz that you can get out of that that you can’t get in many other industries.” Larisa Moran is chief operating officer at Woods Bagot, and discusses her role with AR.
Chris Connell – IDEA 2014 Gold Medal winnerChris has a reputation for elegantly shaping residential and hospitality interiors, while designing and manufacturing objects and furniture. Here, on winning the IDEA 2014 Gold Medal, he reflects on his more than 30 years of experience within the architecture, interior design and furniture industry.
ADR travels with inside co-editor Jan Henderson as she visits Cognac, taking us on a tour of the Martell estates, one of the area’s most elegant sites.
Melbourne School of Design graduates: Elliot Summers
“Ignore the grades. Focus on the work instead. Read broadly and proficiently. Take ownership.” Elliot Summers graduated from the Master of Landscape Architecture in 2012, and then co-founded Polygon Landscape Architecture. He offers his advice for those coming up in the field.