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Indigenous art facade unveiled in Fitzroy

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If you’ve passed the corner of Brunswick Street and Victoria Parade recently, you may have noticed a stunning new Indigenous mural wrapping the Australian Catholic University’s modular learning spaces.

You Are, Here Now by artist Megan Cope, forms part of a series of large-scale map works which investigate issues around history, identity, the environment and mapping practices in a Melbourne context.  (more…)

Seaside sauna staggers over Norwegian landscape

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Images via Dezeen

Imagine whiling away an afternoon relaxing in a beautiful location like this. Located in Kleivan, an abandoned fishing village in Norway, The Bands not only overlook a stunning landscape but host a sauna, hot tub, rest area and a barbeque terrace.

The ribbon-like design emerges from the rocks and leads off to different relaxation areas, containing all of the facilities in a folding system of three bands.  (more…)

Things we love: World’s first 3D-Printed Supercar

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Image via Divergent Microfactories

This curvaceous supercar is one of the greenest and most powerful cars in the world – and it accelerated out of a 3D printer!

Created by Divergent Microfactories, the Blade supercar prototype incorporates 3D printing technologies to dramatically reduce the pollution, materials and capital costs associated with building cars.  (more…)

Algae – Powering the Future Home

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We love it when we come across furniture that embraces sustainable design in some way. So you can imagine our delight when we saw this part furniture design showcase, part futuristic lab experiment happening in Pittsburg.

Called Living Things, the exhibition features pieces of photosynthetic furniture that not only generate light and heat but actually “eat” any excess carbon dioxide in the home.  (more…)

Myth Busting – Misconceptions of Prefab

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There are many misconceptions about prefab. At Modscape we break them.

Myth #1: Prefab means low quality

The biggest misconception about prefab buildings is that they are cheap and low quality. Well in the past that may have been true, as prefab was focussed on saving design costs through repetitive design and mass production. But today prefab is thankfully all about quality, predictable costs and the experimentation of new materials and construction methods. (more…)

Things we love: The Beach Ball-Pit

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If a dip in the ocean in the middle of winter is not your cup of tea, perhaps you’d enjoy swimming in a massive ball-pit!

The National Building Museum in Washington D.C. recently transformed its Great Hall into a nostalgia-inducing ball-pit for adults to play, jump and submerse themselves in.  (more…)

MPavilion 2015 unveiled

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Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens is set to play host to a captivating, highly-technical and weather-responsive ‘forest’ designed by British architect, Amanda Levete.

As part of the annual MPavilion architecture and design event, Levete’s studio AL_A will create a pavilion consisting of tall, slim carbon-fibre poles and a roof of ultra-thin translucent ‘petals’.  (more…)

Open House Melbourne

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Melbourne’s favourite architecture and design weekend, Open House Melbourne, is back with a line-up that won’t disappoint!

Held over 25 & 26 July, the event puts a spotlight on the unique spaces and places that form the foundation of Melbourne – from outstanding houses and buildings to infrastructure and landscapes across the city. Over 105 buildings will open their doors and invite visitors to get close up and personal and get access to spaces not normally open to the public. And the best bit – it’s all for free. (more…)

Modularize your home – three modular furniture concepts

As you probably know by now, we’ve got a love of things modular.

Like our prefabricated homes these furniture concepts use modular construction methods to create an array of different configuration possibilities.

Check out a few of our favourites below:

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Hash, is a graphic modular bookshelf with diagonal slats that act almost like a cage. Depending on how you hang the shelves and how many you put together, you can create a really cool, visually dynamic wall piece. (more…)

Prefab house doubles as a sledding hill

Prefab house doubles as a sledding hill

Imagine sliding down your roof. And actually enjoying it. Well, the residents of this two-storey house definitely have fun during the winter months thanks to their roof that transforms into a sledding hill.

Designed by Street Monkey Architects, this prefab house nestles into a steeply sloping site in Värmdö, an island in the centre of the Stockholm archipelago.  The sledding ramp makes great entertainment for the children and ensures the volume of the house is camouflaged from the road, lessening its visual impact on the landscape. (more…)

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