Things we love (when there is no love): Divorce house

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Divorces can be messy. Well at least now you don’t have to worry about the house.

Amsterdam-based Studio OBA has designed a concept home that literally breaks up when its owners do. Responding to the increase in divorce rates, the studio created a floating home concept that makes domestic uncoupling a whole lot easier. Called ‘Prenuptial Housing’, the idea was conceived by Omar Kbiri who wanted to help divorcees avoid a real estate battle after their relationship fell apart. 

Periscope Tower

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Located on the shore of a man-made lake near Seinäjoki, western Finland, stands a stunningly simple prefabricated wooden tower offering a spectacular view of the surrounds. But the real beauty of the tower lies in its viewing platform options.

Whether you decide to trek the stairs to the top or stay on the banks of the lake, you are guaranteed the same bird’s eye view thanks to a series of large mirrors forming a periscope.

Open House Melbourne Weekend

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Not long to wait until 2016 Open House Melbourne Weekend- and we’re counting the sleeps.

As mentioned last month, Modscape recently became an Official Practice Partner for the 2016 Open House Melbourne Weekend. Open House Melbourne’s goal is to ensure Melbourne remains a liveable and vibrant place by better connecting people with their city and educating our city’s future custodians on the importance of good design. And we’re thrilled to help them do it. 

Project Shoreham

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Orientated to enjoy the dramatic views across Western Port Bay, this holiday home in Shoreham, Victoria provides all the essentials for a beachside getaway.

The dwelling is arranged over two levels with a timber clad box atop a black metal base. The clients’ brief was to capitalise on the beautiful sea views so the main living space and master bedroom are elevated to the first floor. With the sea views to the south a secondary outdoor area was constructed to take full advantage of the northern sun. 

Things we love: Open House Melbourne

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We love good architecture and design. So it’s no surprise that we are a big fan of Open House Melbourne and the Open House Worldwide Network.

‘Open House’ is a simple but powerful concept – showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience, completely for free. Open House initiatives encouraging everyone to go exploring in their city and discover the value of a well-designed built environment. 

Introductory rooms

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When you walk into the introductory room at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice you’ll be overwhelmed by lengths of crumpled metal channelling hovering above your head – and all of it is “waste”.

2016 Pritzker prize winning architect, Alejandro Aravena, alongside his team from ELEMENTAL reused over 14 kilometres of scrap metal generated by the dismantling of the previous 2015 Venice Art Biennale. Similarly, the walls are covered by 10,000 sqm of stacked plasterboard dividing each space and showing a snippet of the other exhibitions on display at various venues across Venice. 

Block’hood – a video game for budding urban planners

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Calling all aspiring urban planners. There’s a new video game on the block. Quite literally. It’s called Block’hood – and it challenges you to create a functioning community on just one city block.

Similar to games such as SimCity and Cities: Skyline, the game allows you to experiment with constructing virtual environments. But the goal in Block’hood isn’t to build an entire city. In fact you only have one city block to build on. And because land quickly runs out the only way is up, with the constraints and scale forcing you to place single structures with a more urban perspective. 

Our one year Instagram birthday

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Time really does fly when you’re having fun – we can’t believe it’s been one year since our first Instagram post!

Below are our 5 most liked and talked about posts from the past year.

A big thanks to our followers – we’re looking forward to sharing with you more modular magic and behind-the-scenes snaps in the year to come. And if you haven’t already, we’d love to have you join our insta family and follow us @modscapeaus

Modscape’s Wye River project: a CSIRO post-bushfire case study

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On Christmas Day 2015 a raging fire tore through the Wye River and Separation Creek region. Thankfully no lives were lost, but the impact to the small beachside towns were nonetheless devastating. Over 100 homes were destroyed with roughly 80% of buildings in the fire area lost to fire.

Following the fire the CSIRO reviewed the houses that were impacted in the Wye River fire footprint with the aim of identifying factors that led to the loss, damage and survival of these houses. A Modscape home at Wye River survived the fire and was assessed as part of the CSIRO’s report.