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Australian Catholic University Stage 2

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Only a few months ago we completed the first stage of a new modular classroom wing for Australian Catholic University. Now, thanks to the speed and efficiency of modular design and construction, we are excited to announce the completion of the second stage – a super-imposed, second storey modular addition featuring general learning areas and teacher facilities. Consisting of 23 modules and 1315 sqm of space, the new addition was constructed in less than 12 weeks and installed in 10 hours.

Open House Melbourne

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As much as we love designing beautiful homes and modular spaces, it’s nice to take our design hats off from time to time and appreciate the fruits of someone else’s design labour. Luckily, Melbourne is full of design and architectural delights, and on the 26th and 27th of July over 100 buildings will open their doors during Open House Melbourne weekend. Seasoned Open House veterans and new visitors alike will have a free and rare opportunity to admire and discover some of Melbourne’s most significant buildings including the Channel 9 Studios, Circus Oz Headquarters, RMIT Design Hub, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parliament House, Melbourne City Baths, and many not-so-famous houses and unique spaces. While the event certainly invites curiosity, it is surprisingly cultured and layered with educational opportunities for people to learn about city-based industries, Melbourne’s history and future, and the built environment.  During the month of July, Open House will be celebrating architecture, design and the city by offering film screenings, talks, art installations and events in addition to the weekend tours. If you happen to be in Melbourne, have a love of design and architecture, or a combination of both, then this is something you definitely won’t want to miss. For more information including a complete building listing visit the Open House Melbourne website.

One man sauna by Modulorbeat

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June marks the beginning of the winter season, so we thought we’d heat things up a bit by featuring the One Man Sauna project by German architecture collective Modulorbeat. Situated on the site of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany, the sauna was created for an annual arts festival, but also forms part of a larger project called Borderlands which examines the use of spaces on the outskirts of Bochum. The firm developed the idea of a vertical shaft as an inverted representation of what is hidden below ground throughout the Bochum region. A tower of stacked concrete components — usually used for mine shafts — makes up the sauna’s structure, and pays homage to the many coal and steel mines that once occupied the region. The tower is arranged into three distinct zones or floors that can be accessed by internal and external ladders. The ground level consists of a plunge pool made from a standard waterproofed concrete shaft section, while the central level houses the electrically-heated sauna contained in a wooden shell with a transparent plastic roof. The upper level features a relaxation area that is complemented by a translucent roof which can be opened to provide views of the sky. At the end of the festival the One Man Sauna will be dismantled and moved to a new location, but you can marvel at its uniqueness any time you please by checking out the Modulorbeat website.

 

Fast-track to success

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The Mitcham Railway Station grade separation and station replacement project is part of the State Government’s Metro Level Crossing removal program that aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety for motorists and commuters in hazard areas.

Modscape worked in partnership with head contractor John Holland and VicTrack to deliver a modular solution that provides a template for multiple railway station roll outs, whilst also facilitating the tight timeframes associated with a substantial state infrastructure project.

With a combined module space of 254 sqm, the design comprises two adjacently-positioned station buildings — each consisting of 3 and 4 modules respectively — that provide all of the facilities for Mitcham Station including ticket offices, waiting rooms, café and retail spaces, amenities and a police lock up. As the buildings house all of the data rooms for the station’s operations, an extremely high level of services coordination has been integrated into the buildings.

In keeping with the external aesthetic of similar railway projects, the buildings feature a specialist cladding system imported from Hong Kong and stainless steel trims. Large timber-lined canopies placed under the main roof not only act as an important design statement, but also connect the buildings and shelter the concourse for commuters.

Modscape display suite now open

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Sometimes the best things in good architecture are free. Light, space and air. All three have been incorporated into the new Modscape display suite on show at our Brooklyn Facility.
Utilising 6 modules placed side by side, our display suite showcases the look and feel of a Modscape home, and displays our standard fixtures, fittings and finishes. With an overall module area of 235 sqm, the display suite is made up of internal and external spaces separated by floor to ceiling glass sliding doors.  An open plan kitchen, dining and living space is separated by a central core from a master suite that includes a large walk in robe and en suite. The centralised core not only acts as a stunning feature but promotes circulation throughout the space whilst incorporating the laundry, bathroom, service and storage areas. With any Modscape home you can choose any finish you desire, but in this instance a neutral palette of oak flooring, laminate panelling, 2-pac joinery, timber veneer, stained teak cladding, and axon sheeting combine to create a beautiful space that has been further complemented with some of our favourite furniture. 

New growth for Italian design

When it comes to fashion, where Milan leads, the world follows. But as the Bosco Verticale (or the ‘Vertical Forest’) nears completion, the world could soon be following in the footsteps of Milan’s architecture and horticultural ingenuity. Imagine two residential towers filled with as many trees that could be planted in one hectare throughout each building, and you have a project that has gone from a simple apartment block to an exemplary piece of biological architecture. Reaching 80 and 112 metres respectively, each tower will feature a mixture of large and small trees planted on balconies around all four sides. It will be accompanied by 5,000 shrubs and 11,000 floral plants in the hope of building a micro-climate for wildlife and filter dust particles which are present in the urban environment. When fully grown, such diverse vegetation will create a living, thriving façade that uses the changing shape and form of leaves for its façade. According to the project’s designer Stefano Boeri, Bosco Verticale is an anti-sprawl measure which aims to control and reduce urban expansion. The creation of a number of vertical forests in the city will be able to create a network of environmental corridors which will give life to the main parks in the city. If you think of them in terms of urban densification, each tower of the Bosco Verticale is equivalent to an area of family houses and buildings of up to 50,000 square metres. The towers are the first example of vertical forests to be completed, and forms part of a larger redevelopment project in the city. We think it is a great start.

25 Amazing Abandoned Places You Have To See

A famous architect once said, “I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing.” Amid the millions of blogs and websites praising the best in contemporary architecture and design, there exists a forgotten world of buildings and places that were once as glorious but have now been left to ruin. Trendland – an online magazine for international trend-watchers and design addicts – recently featured 25 abandoned places that prove that some things get better with age. As if frozen in time, the images reveal a selection of buildings and places from different architectural styles and eras—ranging from old mills and hotels, to hospitals, underwater cities and opera houses. Each image captures a haunting beauty and quality that suggests a past glory. Yet in some of the buildings it seems the glory has been created through the process of ageing itself. If you have an appreciation for nostalgia, old-world design, or the out-of-the-ordinary then, like us, you’ll love Trendland’s post.

Guide to lighting

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It may not be as obvious in the daytime, but the lighting in a room has a huge effect on the overall atmosphere of a room. And it’s not just atmosphere that you should keep in mind – the lighting in a room also has a considerable effect on its functionality. Just imagine going to sleep with bright lamps by the bedside or preparing food with dim bulbs.

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Modscape meets Harold Luxury Magazine

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We were lucky enough to be approached by HAROLD Luxury For Men – a free Canadian-based online magazine – to feature our Cottesloe project in their Spring 2014 edition article on prefabrication. HAROLD is a contemporary lifestyle and fashion magazine that is now being viewed in over 2600 cities across the globe including Paris, Melbourne, Montreal, London, LA, and New York. We give them the thumbs up for their take on our project, as well as dedicating their mag to innovative design and sophistication across a variety of design mediums. To see the article on Cottesloe and read the rest of HAROLD’s Spring Edition, click on the image above.

 

Popper Pendant Lighting by André Hnatojko

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As many of you know, much of a Modscape building consists of recycled, reconstituted and sustainably sourced materials that not only look good, but also promote healthy living environments and minimal environmental impact. So whenever we come across a product that embodies these features, we sit up and take notice. The Popper Pendant light is one such product that fits our brief, and it gets an extra tick of approval for being designed and made by talented Melbourne designer André Hnatojko (who also happens to be one-third of local design collective Lab De Stu). André knows a thing or two about lighting design, having won the Fringe Furniture Festival 2011 and Inside Out’s Emerging Designer Award 2013, and exhibited at the London Design Festival alongside curator Suzanne Trocme. Inspired by ‘party poppers’, each lamp is fabricated from 100% recyclable/recycled elements, using finishes that produce no offset gases when in use, thus contributing to a healthier interior environment. The Popper range consists of the original Popper lamp, as well as the Popper Tilt, Popper Mini and the recently released Polly Popper which won Best Lighting Design at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013. All Popper versions are now commercially available. To the view the full range or make an enquiry, check out the Lab De Stu website.

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