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One brick to rule them all

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It’s a space worthy of a Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones film set.

Grand, cavernous and breathtaking, the interior of Grundvig’s Church in Copenhagen, Denmark is enormously powerful yet calming. Our Director, Jan Gyrn visited the church on his trip back to Denmark over the Christmas break and was blown away by the intricacy and masterful restraint of the construction.

Unbelievably this beautiful church is constructed using one brick module. There isn’t a single piece of decoration – no stained glass, no art or even a cross. Instead, just one brick used in an amazing array of ways..

Grundtvig’s church took 19 years to build with each of the six million bricks lovingly smoothed into place by a handful of masons personally selected by the architect, Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint. Unfortunately Jensen-Klint died before the church was finished, so the task was entrusted to his son, Kaare Klint, who completed the building of the church in 1940.

Just like Modscape’s modular method of construction, Grundvig’s Church displays the flexibility and endless design possibilities of building with a modular element.

 

Things we love: Patterns inspired by the hustle and bustle of city life

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Our January love interest has been these intricate modular patterns designed by artist Damola Rufai.

With a background in architecture, Rufai draws on his own experiences of the built form to create a series of isometric patterns that are as chaotic as they are beautiful.

The series of work captures the hustle and bustle of city life and transforms the maze-like nature of Lagos, Nigeria into vibrant prints. Each variation of the series is created digitally and printed on cotton fabric.

An Australian city hasn’t yet made the cut for inspiration, but we’d love to see it in the next range (hint, hint).

 

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Modscape’s top kitchens from 2015

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It was a difficult choice, but the team at Modscape has picked their top three favourite kitchens from the list of those we designed and constructed over the last 12 months.

Project St Kilda Apartments

A muted and crisp internal finishes palette is utilised throughout each apartment to beautiful effect. In each kitchen Calacatta stone celebrated by an expressed steel detail is further enhanced by the 2-pac joinery.

Project Berry

The Berry house has a timber joinery core which conceals services such as a butler’s pantry, laundry, staircase and powder room. It also cloaks the joinery in the kitchen. The timber is complemented by the zinc shroud kitchen splash back and the concrete bench top island.

Project St Kilda East

A spacious kitchen and dining area in this large family home opens out to the north-facing deck and garden. Qasair rangehood makes a statement over the expansive island bench and enables the back wall to be lined with cupboards.

 

Modscape’s top bathrooms from 2015

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Looking for bathroom inspiration? Here are three of the Modscape team’s favourites from the many we designed and built for our clients in 2015.

Project Alphington

The clients asked Modscape to deliver a modern solution which incorporates clever use of natural light and encompasses clean, contemporary internal finishes – ensuring the home is practical yet elegant. A long skylight works beautifully to bring natural light into the ensuite bathroom.

Project Berry

Meeting all the functional requirements of modern, sustainable design, the Berry home incorporates a finishes palette that is minimal and modest. Clean, white materials in the bathroom are used in an uncomplicated manner to create a design that is humble and nondescript.

Project Yackandandah

This chic country retreat offers the owners a sanctuary of seclusion and tranquillity amongst the expanse of rolling hills, and the stunning tiles bathroom is no exception. A feature of the bathroom is the freestanding classic bathtub, a perfect escape to soak and relax.

 

Shepparton Private Hospital Time-Lapse

Modscape worked closely with Ramsay Health, Erilyan and Team 2 Architects to construct a modern health care facility incorporating maternity and rehabilitation patient rooms, staff amenities and office space for Shepparton Private Hospital.

The hospital chose a modular solution to enable them to quickly meet their increasing accommodation demands. Minimal time spent onsite meant less disruption to the day-to-day running of the hospital – imperative for management, staff and patients.

The construction of the hospital was completed in 16 weeks with the modules being installed in four stages over a two week period.

Click the image above to watch the time-lapse video of the project being installed.

Monash College Learning Village

Designed by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Modscape recently constructed new prefabricated modular learning spaces and associated amenities for Monash College in Clayton. The College chose a modular solution to enable them to quickly meet their increasing accommodation demands and to avoid disrupting staff and students. The 48 modules were installed during the semester break. This impressive time-lapse video features the site works undertaken by Buildcorp and documents the build from construction to installation and completion. Sit back and enjoy as modular magic transforms Monash.

Things we love: Object Future III Exhibition

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The design process is often overlooked when you are experiencing and admiring a final product. Yet, as we are well aware here at Modscape, it is the time and effort that goes into the design process that is responsible for creating the end masterpiece.

Object Future III is a new exhibition set to open in December at St Kilda’s Linden New Art Gallery. Focusing on the design process, the exhibition looks at how ideas shape the things that are designed for everyday consumption and asserts the objects in a context for aesthetic and intellectual consumption.  (more…)

SOFTlab’s Nova Pavilion

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An crystalline modular pavilion has popped up in New York’s Flatiron Square, offering pedestrians beautiful kaleidoscopic views of the surrounding cityscape.

Created by SOFTlab in collaboration with ARUP Architects, the ‘nova’ pavilion has been constructed using a modular system of lightweight aluminium to reflect and refract the urban context.  (more…)

The sustainable and smart office building

The Edge, designed by PLP Architecture for OVG Real Estate. HQ of Deloitte

This office building, named the Edge, in Amsterdam knows exactly what you want, when you want it. It has been labelled the greenest building in the world – and is possibly the smartest.

When you arrive, you’re connected. The building automatically recognizes your car or bike and directs you to a parking spot.

Then the app finds you a desk. Because in this building, you don’t have one. Workspaces are based on your schedule (which again, the app checks) and your preference of work station. Perhaps you want a sitting desk, a standing desk, a balcony seat or a work booth. By using the app to give employees desks only as needed, the building can not only provide an employee’s desired working environment, but can accommodate more people in a much smaller footprint.  (more…)

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