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Shoreham install video

Check out this little teaser video showing the installation of our latest residential project in Shoreham.

With an upstairs living arrangement and decking on both the northern and southern sides, this design takes full advantage of the property’s beautiful sea views – while providing an array of options to entertain or relax.

More detail and photos of the Shoreham project will be online soon, so watch this space.

 

Things we love: Miniature treehouse sculptures

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Treehouses are not just a plaything for kids – as we discovered when selecting 50 of our favourite treehouse designs from around the world.

They can be wild realisations of the union between man-made abodes and plant life in its most archetypal, grounded form. They can be reflections of eco-friendly sustainable design. Or they can be beautiful pieces of architecture, existing for their own sake as the manifestation of a creator’s mind. Just like these delightful miniature treehouses by artist Jedediah Corwyn Voltz that are perched among potted plants.

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Field of Light – Uluru

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Now here’s an exciting way to use solar power.

British artist Bruce Munro has created an immersive large-scale installation that incorporates 15-tonnes of solar-powered LED lights to transform the striking landscape at Uluru.

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Modular green wall that generates energy

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Student Elena Mitrofanova and biochemist Paolo Bombelli have developed a green façade system that aims to explore how moss might be used as a source of renewable energy at an urban scale. Thanks to a series of hollow, modular clay bricks, the system utilizes the natural process of photosynthesis to generate electrical energy.

The moss consumes carbon dioxide and water from the environment and converts it into organic compounds. Bacteria that lives alongside the moss feed on the compounds, breaking them down to release free electrons. By harvesting these electrons we are able to generate electricity.

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Project Mt Martha

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Located 200m from Birdrock Beach on the shores of Port Philip bay stands this striking home, raw in modular form.

The arresting design developed out of a strong collaboration between the client and Modscape’s design team. Directed by the client’s proposed concept the team further refined and optimised the design while honouring the client’s desire to exploit the characteristics of modular construction.

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Minimalist dog accessories

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Japanese design studio Nendo is best known for designing furniture, retail stores and exhibition spaces. With a diverse range of products under their belt, the studio has recently added a new line of minimalist accessories – but this time for your dog.

The new range of pet accessories favours simple geometric shapes and is a welcomed alternative to the typically garish and bright toys currently dominating the market.

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3D-Printed Shelter

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At first glance this looks like a vision for the far-off future of off-grid living. But thanks to a team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and architects at SOM Architects this vision may not be too far off becoming a reality.

The team has created a highly energy efficient, 3D-printed building that shares it energy with an SUV (which is also 3D-printed).  It’s called the Addictive Manufacturing Integrate Energy Structure (a mouthful more easily condensed to AMIE) and it aims to change the way we think about generating, storing and using electrical power.

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Things we love: Architecture-themed eggs

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You may have eaten too many Easter eggs over the Easter break and can’t bear the thought at seeing another.  But these architecture-themed Easter eggs might convince you to embrace the egg yet again.

Architecture and design blog Archdaily recently launched a design competition where participants from around the world illustrated or animated a single white egg, transforming them into architecture inspired gems.

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Black Lines architecture photography exhibition

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Photography and architecture come together in the new Black Lines exhibition on show now at Sydney’s Black Eye Gallery.

The exhibition features a selection of Australia and New Zealand’s leading fine art and commercial architectural photographers.

Moving beyond highly polished images, Black Lines is a collection of photographs that approach the subject from a different angle – casting buildings and places often considered banal in a new light.

One of our favourites is Chris Round’s photograph of the recently-demolished glass pyramid at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. The muted palette heightens the airiness of the abandoned glasshouse.

This exhibition is on until the 3rd April.

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Pre-fabulous

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*Article from Mezzanine Magazine Issue 3 –  australiandesignreview.com

Prefabricated homes have taken on a new life in recent years and now present a wealth of options with some added benefits for those on a strict time-frame.

You would be hard pressed to find a moodboard that doesn’t feature a piece of Nordic design or architecture these days. Globally, we have become obsessed with the muted tones and bleached timbers characteristic of modern Scandinavian living. For those bordering the Arctic, however, there is a bigger and more permanent trend at play, which is steadily making its way south. More than 50 percent of all residential projects built in Sweden and Finland are prefabricated modular dwellings, made in factories and installed on-site. (more…)

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