DesignOffice’s Pop Down Bar

26 Nov, 2015

Winner at IDEA 2015 and recipient of a high commendation at the Eat Drink Design awards 2015, DesignOffice’s Pop Down Bar in American ash has been repurposed to highlight the environmental impact of American hardwood use. The Pop Down Bar was unveiled in 2014 as the launch venue for the…

Roji Respite

24 Nov, 2015

With a lovely brief to reflect the philosophies of the surrounding development as well as the products used in the salon, Craig Tan Architects was asked to include “a connection to nature, sustainability and the use of organic ingredients and natural materials” in their recent project. The Roji Salon is entered…

Bioplastic Fantastic

16 Oct, 2015

French design company Alki have designed their first bioplastic chair: “The Kuskoa Bi”. The Alki workshop is in a valley at the foot of the Pyrenees in France and their proximity to untouched mountains and forests keeps them conscious of the impact they have on the environment. They have always…

Welcome Shelter

30 Sep, 2015

North of Gisborne on New Zealand’s East Coast is the Longbush Ecosanctuary, over the last 15 years Jeremy and Dame Anne Salmond have overseen a rapid restoration of the 120 hectares with removal of invasive pests and weeds and the planting of hundreds of thousands of native trees. Their latest project for the sanctuary is the Welcome…

COLORBOND® steel lends environmental credentials to sustainable home

30 Sep, 2015

Roofing and wall cladding made from colours in the COLORBOND® steel colour palette has played a vital role in the custom design and construction of a sustainable residential property. Straddling picturesque Brisbane Forest Park in the western Brisbane suburb of Brookfield, a recently completed residence built to sustainable design principles…

Kennedy Nolan’s Warehouse conversion

21 Sep, 2015

Carlton Warehouse Carlton warehouse designed by Kennedy Nolan Architects is a unique, private house built on a site bound by the walls of a former industrial building with a garden on two sides in inner city Carlton. From the outside, it gives a sense of creativity, the unknown and wonder….

PARK(ing) Day

10 Sep, 2015

One of Brisbane’s leading architects BVN will make a workplace on the street as their contribution to Brisbane’s PARK(ing) Day on Friday 18 September. “Increasingly people are able to work anywhere, so we have designed a space where people can gather and still do some work,” said Mr Brian Donovan,…

Designercise – a workout kit for your brain

31 Aug, 2015

PHD designer, sociologist and sustainability provocateur, Leyla Acaroglu, teamed up with artist and maker, Yvette King, to produce Designercise: the ideation toolkit for brain-activating games for professional play. Recently launched on kickstarter, the Designercise Ideation Toolkit combines design thinking and cognitive sciences to create fun, fast, easy to play, mental interventions…

Entre Deux Rives – first for L’lle-Saint-Denis’s eco-district

16 Jul, 2015

Living in L’Ile-Saint-Denis, the only eco-district on a river in France, means adopting an island identity, a very “L’Ile Saint-Denis” consciousness for its residents. In this development of 165 low energy consumption housing units, known as Entre Deux Rives, just like the rest of the eco-district, cars are banned from…

Awly shows Christchurch leadership with 5 Green Star rating

17 Jun, 2015

The new Awly Investments’ development in central Christchurch has achieved a 5 Green Star Design rating – the first building in the city post-quakes to attain the rating. The five-storey, mixed-use development, at 287-293 Durham St, was designed by Warren and Mahoney, and will house offices and retail across three…