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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

2015 MPavilion

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…)

Modscape in AR Magazine

If you are looking for one more excuse to pick up the latest edition of the fabulous AR Magazine, there is an excellent piece on the wave of prefabricated construction in Australia.

Each month, Architectural Review Asia Pacific (AR) presents a thorough insight into the best of Australia’s contemporary architecture, as well as showcasing a selection of significant buildings and projects from overseas.

This month’s feature article, titled The Space Program, touches on the history of prefab in Australia and highlights some of the benefits along with some of the challenges that are hindering the growth of the industry. It also includes the views of Modscape’s Jan Gyrn.

The Modscape team are very excited to be featured in this beautiful magazine and to contribute to an important piece.

Smart Garden Hub App

Smart Garden App

Don’t have the ‘green thumb’? Not to worry – advanced networking technology and artificial intelligence may soon give you a helping hand in the garden.

A start-up company has designed the GreenIQ Smart Garden Hub system which uses real-time sensors, computing power and wireless communications to provide not only for the plant’s needs but also to help to reduce water consumption by up to 50 percent. (more…)

Combating Fast Fashion with Modular Design

Modular clothing, who would have thought? But that’s exactly what designer Rhiannon Hunt is proposing in her designs to stem the epidemic of “fast fashion”.

Hunt suggests modular design as a way to improve people’s emotional attachment to their garments. Inspired by the built environment, her clothing designs highlight different methods of clothing construction – such as box pleats, panels, waistbands, and hemlines – all joined with detachable fastenings. (more…)

Project Alphington

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Effective passive design and beautiful material selection combine to create this elegant family home in Alphington.

The clients asked Modscape to deliver a modern solution which possessed plenty of space for both adults and children alike, whilst taking into consideration a large diagonal easement that runs across the site. To ensure privacy whilst maximising natural light, this stunning design runs over two levels and across the site, opening up to a garden at the north. (more…)

Things we love: Fantastic Cities

Like Play-Doh and jungle gyms, colouring books have always seemed reserved for children. Well, until recently.

The adult colouring book craze has hit Australia with colouring books aimed at grown-ups outselling cookbooks on Amazon. These books have shown to be a stress reliever for adults with colouring becoming the perfect digital detox. (more…)

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