MINI LIVING – INVERT final day is Sunday 8 October. The 13 models are currently on display in a glasshouse on the site of the design brief in Melbourne’s CBD. Green magazine is excited to share the remarkable talent and vision of all participating architects.

The exhibition runs from the 4–8 October. The glass house will be open from 10AM to 5PM Wednesday through Saturday and from 10AM to 4PM on Sunday. Visitors are advised to enter the Greenco carpark via Russell Place at 200 Little Collins Place.

The architects have embraced, challenged and explored the MINI LIVING – INVERT brief, which was to create a home for a family of four on a six-by-ten-metre site. For example, panovscott’s House of Houses design provides a home not only for a family, but constructs defined ecosystems that support specific plant and animal life.

Austin Maynard Architects have approached the brief with similar creativity. Their design consists of prefabricated modules that serve as “incremental building blocks” that can be added or removed to suit the family’s evolving needs.

David Luck Architecture has also delivered a luminary small-scale design characterised by intriguing features. This design is surrounded by plant life; 130 individual grasses and shrubs make up its striking exterior façade.

Botanic design studio, Loose Leaf have designed an installation for the glass house to soften the urban, built environment of Melbourne’s CBD with a natural touch. Marrying built and natural landscapes is a core value of the INVERT brief.

Tickets to the series of talks presented by the architects are fully booked. However, these presentations will be filmed and shared online next week.

A design by Samuel Kakkoufas has been selected from the RMIT Master of Architecture Design Studio students’ entries, to be shown at the INVERT site. Green magazine would like to applaud and congratulate all RMIT students involved on the high calibre of their work. Their models will be shown in a concurrent exhibition at RMIT’s Design Hub from 4-8 October.

Tamsin O’Neill, editor of green magazine, is thrilled that MINI LIVING – INVERT has arrived, saying “the exhibition has exceeded our expectations. The thought-provoking ideas behind the designs, the interpretation of the site and the workmanship of each model is exceptional.”

RMIT Design Hub Exhibition


MINI LIVING is an initiative launched in 2016 as a creative platform for MINI to develop architectural solutions for future urban living spaces. Last year, MINI LIVING showcased visionary concepts for shared and collaborative living/lifestyles/working in urban areas through the installations MINI LIVING – Do Disturb (at the Salone del Mobile in Milan) and MINI LIVING – Forests (at the London Design Festival). MINI LIVING – Breathe is the third installation created as part of the initiative. MINI will show a further MINI LIVING installation at A/D/O in New York in the second half of 2017.

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