Designing and building an eco-friendly home

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We love great architecture and clever design. But we love it even more when the very best practices of residential design are combined with principles of sustainability.

Environmentally-friendly practices can be applied in a multitude of ways when designing and building a home – whether it be reducing waste during the construction, choosing sustainable materials and those with low embodied energy, or orientating your home to take full advantage of passive heating and cooling.

2016 Architecture iPhone Photography Awards

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Have an iPhone and an interest in photography? The team at Modscape answered yes to both of those questions and were totally inspired by the photographs in the architecture category of the 2016 iPhone Photography Awards

Now in its 9th year, the competition’s category celebrates digital photography of the built environment. It was open to anyone from around the world with the simple prerequisite of the image needing to be shot on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. 

Project Modscape

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Each month we feature one of our recently completed projects. This month we feature the space where those projects come to life – our innovative modular design and construction hub.

Our 6.5 acre site includes our ex-foundry factory and display suite, and has recently been extended to incorporate our new design office to house the growing Modscape team. 

Our picks from the London Design Biennale 2016

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Earlier this month the first ever London Design Biennale opened to the public. 37 countries and territories came together in a culturally diverse, immersive and inspiring exploration into the role of design.

Titled Utopia by Design, this year’s theme inspired participants to explore big questions and ideas around sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities and social equality. Their responses celebrate cultural diversity and show design’s innate power to strike up and inform debate.

We have to admit that it was a challenge for the Modscape team to narrow down a list of favourites from the inaugural event. But we do love a challenge, so here are our top three designs: 

Things we love: off-grid living

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This month we are loving the new video by on off-grid living – featuring our very own Tintaldra project.

The Tintaldra home is situated on a vast property on the southern banks of the Murray River and serves as a minimalist retreat, offering a secluded yet intimate existence from which the surrounding environment can be observed and revered.

Museum of Architectural Models

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Architects have been creating models for years as an instrument to visualise and experiment with form. Models are a design development tool and crucial lessons can be learnt through the testing of ideas in a miniature format. But most of these models are only occasionally exhibited to the public. That is until Archi Depot opened in Toyko’s Shinagawa district.

Archi Depot is a new museum which puts models in the limelight, showcasing them as works of art in themselves. Inside the 450sqm cavernous space are rows and rows of dramatically lit miniature designs, many of which serve as the tiny precursors to some of the city’s top attractions such as the Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo International Airport. 

Things we love: Modscape on The Block

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If you were one of the 1mil+ viewers who tuned in to the first episode of Nine’s reality renovation show, The Block, you would have seen five Modscape modules being craned onto the top of a Port Melbourne building.

The modules utilized our steel frame construction but were ripe for renovating as part of the contestants’ first 48 hour challenge.  The couples got to work fitting out a bedroom and bathroom that would be their home for the duration of the competition and, in between the tears, demonstrated a practical use of space.

Rio’s prefabricated, modular stadiums will be removed, rebuilt and repurposed

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The 2016 Olympic Games may be over, but it’s not the end for the Rio de Janeiro stadiums.

In the past, the games have been notorious for leaving burdensome buildings behind. After the medals have all been won and the crowds have dispersed, the facilities mostly lie empty and are never used to full capacity again. Just look at the rusting and underutilized Olympic Park in Athens. Or the famous Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing – now sitting empty but for a few tourists and costing $11 mil a year to maintain.

Because of the underutilization of the facilities post-games, the International Olympic Committee has directed organizers and host cities to consider how they will be used after the closing ceremony – and Rio is in line for a gold medal based on its impressive removal, rebuild and repurpose response to date.