29 November 2013
© Ponyfish Island Bar
Located on a unique atoll beneath the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge, the Ponyfish Island Bar is one of Melbourne’s hidden hotspots dedicated to curious wanderers and explorers alike.
Delivering a compact 20sqm of space, the single module design is simple in form yet logistically complicated. As the bar is surrounded by water on both sides and only accessible by stairs descending above, the installation of the module called for a touch of ingenuity.
The module was constructed in the Modscape factory and then trucked to Hawthorn, where it was loaded onto a barge along with an excavator, transported up the Yarra River, and lifted into position by the excavator in one day.
Comprising a servery, kitchen and bathroom, the architecture and setting of the bar is further complemented by external cladding and design work by Moth Design. Extension of the site elements in the furniture, the serving counters and the timber cladding on the outside has homogenised the site into one aesthetic language, but with many pieces.
Finished with models and diagrams of peregrine flora and fauna and nautical paraphernalia, and offering a 360-degree panoramic waterfront view of the city, the Ponyfish Island Bar is a pop-up oasis of innovative design, degustation and adventure. Click to read more…
29 November 2013
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What happens when you ask Dutch architects to design on water? You get the Citadel. Consisting of sixty apartments in a high-density arrangement, the Citadel is the first instalment of six luxury apartment blocks in a water-borne housing development called New Water. Led by architect Koen Ulthuis and his team at Waterstudio, the project is set to commence construction in early 2014. Much of the build will take place in a temporary dry dock that will be flooded once construction is completed, with water levels expected to rise as high as twelve feet after settlement. In addition to its high-end level of design and form—designed to provide the same level of comfort as a high-rise building—the Citadel incorporates a clever and sustainable use of modular construction. As many as 180 irregularly-stacked modular components will make up the basis for the apartment complex, all of which will rest on top of a floating concrete caisson. A car park and floating bridge to the mainland for residents and emergency vehicles offers ease of access to and from the development. And what would a modular project be without the input of sustainable features? Greenhouse units and green roofs will be part of the environment, and energy saving methods and technology are estimated to make consumption for the Citadel twenty-five per cent less than that of a conventional building on land. Not surprisingly, all of the apartments will have water views and most will have their own berth for a small boat, alleviating the carbon consumption of a typical high-rise, inner city building.
29 November 2013
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Could we expect anything less from the National Gallery of Victoria than an ambitious, cutting-edge, exhibition jam-packed full of Melbourne’s best designers? We think not. Currently exhibiting at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International, Melbourne Now is a celebration of innovation and creations in art, architecture, design, performance, and cultural practice that reflects the intricate, creative topography of Melbourne. Melbourne Now is not just any old exhibition, it has exhibitions within exhibitions – as well as 175 individual and group presentations, a suite of special projects which extend from the visual arts to architecture and design, dance and choreography, performance and sound, commissions for children and families, and a Community Hall and garden inviting a wide range of community expression. There is even a Melbourne Now App that allows curious wanderers to explore the exhibition, plan itineraries, discover multimedia content and get all the scoop on where and when special activities and events are happening. The Melbourne Now exhibition will run from 22 November 13 – 23 Mar 14, so there is no excuse not to go! For more information including exhibitions times, and a full list of works and events visit: www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbournenow.
12 November 2013
Our latest project in Northcote has been recently installed and features a rich chocolate exterior accented by brightly hued doors. With clean lines and a singular, two storey volume that overlooks a sleek inground pool, this four bedroom open plan home is a bold and contemporary statement of modular design.
30 October 2013
Located in one of the most beautiful suburbs in Australia, this home in Cottesloe, WA, was designed around a young family who have recently moved to Australia from Switzerland.
Our brief was to create a modern family home that provided 4 bedrooms, study areas, open plan kitchen/living/dining area, external undercover deck, garage and storage area for the client’s bikes and water toys.
The design response of the home adheres to the ideology of form follows function. The two main challenges of the project were the constraints of the steep site, and to create a garage that addressed the street as the façade of the house. A vertical timber battened screen gives the garage an informal, yet inviting openness that is a suggestion of what is concealed behind it, but with little hint of the size of the house beyond.
The home is organised over two levels with the ground floor dedicated to bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry and a study, while the first floor takes full advantage of the sweeping views of Cottesloe and the Fremantle afternoon breeze.
Both the main circulation area and the master bedroom look through to a double height internal courtyard that was devised to protect an existing tree and allow light to penetrate deep into the home.
The home features an internal staircase near the main entry, and an external staircase at the rear that connects occupants to the first floor undercover balcony, to the pool and backyard areas below. Click here to read more…
30 October 2013
In August this year, Modscape’s Jan Gyrn visited the Fertighaus exhibition in Munich, Germany. Literally translating to ‘prefab house exhibition’, the Fertighaus exhibition is part of a series of display villages spread throughout Europe, solely dedicated to prefabricated housing providers. The Munich village is the largest in Europe, with 58 different prefabricated housing companies all displaying a completed home in the one location. Visitors and potential home buyers have the opportunity to view a wide variety of prefabricated homes, and also have access to designers and representatives from each supplier. In addition to the display companies there is a large technology pavilion devoted to sustainability and design innovation. Nowhere else in the world can you visit and compare such a huge selection of prefabricated homes in one location, and while the likelihood of such an event taking place in Australia seems a long way off, the Fertighaus exhibition certainly gives the Australian prefabricated market an inspirational insight into the future of sustainable design.
30 October 2013
The LEGO Architecture range by LEGO is like building with modules, only using the floorplans of some of the most iconic buildings of world architecture – all perfectly realized as LEGO models. Budding architects can harness their inner muse and recreate residential masterpieces, from Frank Lloyd Wright’s visionary Fallingwater home to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. Or try your hand at recreating some of the architectural wonders of the world, including the Guggenheim Museum, Sydney Opera House and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Whether your design ambition is humble or grand, these amazing architectural replicas will make a great addition to your desk, home or playroom, and provide hours of fun and entertainment. To view the LEGO Architecture range visit: http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Architecture-ByTheme.
16 October 2013
Much like the visionary, boutique-style projects that have become synonymous with our developer clients name, this sales centre complete with office space and bank was designed to facilitate the sale of Caulfield village – a new venture by the developer which will create a thriving, integrated, mixed use community neighbouring Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield train station and Monash University. This time lapse video shows the ease and uncomplicated process of installing a 16-module project in a day.
07 October 2013
Sited on 24 hectares within a lush green belt in Balnarring, this contemporary and sustainable family retreat comprises two accommodation wings connected by a centralised open plan kitchen/living/dining area with a view that heralds the afternoon sun over the undulating contours of the surrounding landscape.
30 September 2013
This chic country retreat located in the peaceful hamlet of Glenlyon offers guests a sanctuary of seclusion and tranquillity, and adds further diversity to the luxury accommodation market in the Shire of Hepburn Springs.
Aptly named Omaroo, which is derived from the Aboriginal term meaning ‘beautiful view’, the dwelling is idyllically situated on a unique property and offers 270-degree views of charming country landscape. The transition between indoor and outdoor areas and the opportunity to draw in the full extent of countryside views informs the layout of the floor plan and the subsequent palette of raw materials.
The articulation of the interior space comprises five modules that form three distinct but connected areas. With two master bedroom wings, the size of the dwelling is more akin to a four bedroom family home, with a vast centralised kitchen/living/dining area that extends out onto the main deck, providing a sprawling, seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces.
A duo-chromatic palette and a mix of modern and antique furnishings punctuate the retreat and give it an eclectic and inimitable aesthetic. Galvanised zincalume and the prominent use of wood in the exterior cladding, flooring and cabinetry creates a subtext of rustic ambience that, when combined with the lit double sided wood fire in the living room, draws in the landscape and evokes a cosy sentience in which to relax and indulge.