Scandinavia’s Striking Superstructure

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On the idyllic shores of the Oslofjord in Norway stands the new international headquarters of Norwegian energy producer Statoil. Unique even by Scandinavian standards, the iconic structure was created with the premise of consolidating disparate parts of the organisation under one roof. A key challenge of the project was to balance size and architectural expression with the building’s surroundings while introducing new impulses that enliven the park and commercial areas . . .

The Human Scale

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Most of us have felt the claustrophobic grind of being stuck in traffic – gridlocked or in peak hour as our congested roads and freeways choke from poor urban planning and design. 50% of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas and by 2050 this will increase to 80%. Recently, the Modscape team saw Andreas Dalsgaard’s documentary The Human Scale – a film that questions our assumptions about urbanism and explores what happens when we put people in the centre of our planning . . .

Breathing spaces for young faces

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The Oxygen Youth Facility is part of a youth-led initiative aimed at improving the spaces and places available to young people in Moreland. A need was identified to create a standalone youth centre that provided young people access to social spaces, programmed recreational activities and support services.

Modscape were approached by Moreland City Council to design and construct a multipurpose, co-located facility that contributed to the overall prosperity and wellbeing of the community, as well as provide a safe and interactive space for young people to socialise, learn, and access information and services under one roof . . .

Lorne Installation

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Rising from a steep slope that overlooks the Great Ocean Road and Loutitt Bay, this newly installed holiday home in Lorne is a contemporary rendition of the coastal beach shack, complete with simple and pragmatic detailing. More information and images to come.

On Display: Merrifield Sales Centre

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Carefully conceived to offer the diversity, prosperity and opportunity of modern living, the Merrifield project is a residential, commercial and industrial development occupying 900 hectares of farmland in the City of Hume.

Modscape were approached by the MAB Corporation to design and manufacture an iconic sales centre that showcased the project’s vibrant and contemporary ideals of the future of the Merrifield community . . .

Thinking Outside the Square in Prahran

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The recent addition to the newly renovated Prahran Hotel in Melbourne shows that modular doesn’t have to be square. The renovation has integrated a series of sculpturally striking, prefabricated concrete pipes stacked to create a dramatic three storey facade. At the same time the design offers patrons a multitude of interactive areas to draw in the contrast of private and social atmospheres that unfold over different levels . . .

A hidden touch of the dreamtime in Paris

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With its wide horizons, ancient gorges and pristine beaches, the Kimberley region in Western Australia is home to some beautiful hidden treasures, including Modscape’s own Kimberley project at Yougawalla Station. Now the region is sharing another of its treasures with the world – gifted Aboriginal artist Lena Nyadbi, whose painting Dayiwul Lirlmim, or Barramundi Scales, recently went on display on the roof of the Musée du quai Branly in Paris . . .

One Building, One City: Prefab Goes Sky High

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The future of buildings going green is looking up – if the latest development from Broad Sustainable Building Group is anything to go by. The Chinese prefabricator, originally known for producing air conditioning units, is taking modular prefab to new heights, with their ambitious plans to construct a 220 storey skyscraper in 90 days breaking ground this month. Aptly named Sky City, the project is a vision of sustainability that has had the architecture and construction industries talking . . .