Restoring Sydney’s Shell House with Make Architects and Architectus

Architectus senior team member Dan Solomon and Make Architects director Simon Lincoln explain how they restored Sydney’s iconic Shell House clock tower as part of their collaborative Brookfield Place Sydney project. Until recently, the 400-tonne clock on the roof of the iconic Sydney building, Shell House was hidden behind scaffolding, spending more than two years […]

Rothelowman defies COVID-19 to promote 15 staff

National architecture practice Rothelowman has recognised the innovation of its team, promoting 15 staff nationally, including new Melbourne principal Chris Exner. In announcing the promotions, Nigel Hobart, Rothelowman’s managing principal, recognised the ongoing efforts of the firm’s staff in adapting to the operational challenges presented by COVID-19. “As our clients face growing pressures incurred by […]

A stone floor brings the European countryside to this Adelaide addition by Georgie Shepherd

Cobbled archways and stone floors define the transition between two paces of life in this addition to a South Australian bungalow by Georgie Shepherd. The layered materiality of The Pavilion is best felt underfoot. Designed by Adelaide-based studio Georgie Shepherd Interior Design, The Pavilion is the second entertaining space for a family of six. The […]

Retreat, Nourish and Reset are the 2021 colour palettes from Dulux

Paint brand Dulux Australia has chosen three tonal palettes that “prioritises natural colours and textures” as its forecast for 2021. Combining softer tones “for comfort and security” with moments of stronger colour to “brighten our outlook and wellbeing”, the palettes are dominated by greys, creams and browns. Dulux Australia says its 2021 Colour Forecast stems […]

McConnel Smith & Johnson Architects merges with Conrad Gargett

Sydney-based architecture practice McConnel Smith & Johnson Architects (MSJ), has merged with Conrad Gargett, taking the national architectural firm to 176 employees across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.  Established following the successful competition entry for the Brisbane Head Fire Station by Henry Atkinson in 1890, Conrad Gargett celebrates its 130th anniversary this year. Over […]

“There is so much superfluous s**t out there” – Killing Matt Woods

Design for design’s sake continues to plague the A&D industry here and overseas, but Killing Matt Woods is working to change that, starting with his own Sydney studio. “How do I get out of bed in the morning?” asks Matt Woods in response to what is possibly my biggest foot-in-mouth moment as a journalist to […]

Edgars Creek house by Breathe Architecture

Edgars Creek house is emblematic of Breathe Architecture’s respect for Australia’s native landscape. We chat to project lead Madeline Sewall about collaborating with engineers to overcome the land’s steep slope and echoing the materiality of the local bush. AR: What was the core narrative of Edgars Creek house? Madeline Sewall: This home is respectfully about […]

MPavilion releases its first book: Encounters with Design and Architecture

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has published its first volume about the MPavilion project, the annual architecture commission and cultural laboratory held in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. MPavilion Encounters with Design and Architecture chronicles the first six years of the project with contributions from each of the MPavilion architects from 2014 to 2019. The book, published […]

“I am a better person, and a better mum, if I can keep my identity and be creative” – Lara Staunton, LAHAUS

At the helm of the strong female-led LAHAUS, Lara Staunton is bringing bespoke design to the West, one soft-toned and bold-textured space at a time. Interior designer Lara Staunton knows the challenges of being a mother and a working woman. She remembers working on the design for Coco & Lola, a boutique womenswear store in […]