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The Transformation Of A Fitzroy Warehouse by HOLA Projects

What was once a working-class suburb in Melbourne, Fitzroy is now recognised as one of the city’s most popular inner-city neighbourhoods. Quintessentially cool and old school, Fitzroy became a crucible for Melbourne’s bohemia. The house on George Street is thus considered an adaptive reuse of a former factory – one that is classified to be ‘Individually Significant.’ With offices in Hong Kong and Melbourne, the architectural studio HOLA Projects recently transformed this factory that used to house the Federal Trolley and Truck Company back in 1920, into a family residence. Considered as a heritage property because of its Art Deco-inspired façade with stepped parapets and a unique corbelled brick decoration, the architects retained the original brick shell in collaboration with structural engineers. Though the depth of the building posed as a challenge with a lack of natural light and poor spatial planning, the HOLA project team resolved this by introducing three glazed courtyards with enclosed steel frames and bespoke bronze hardware to allow for natural ventilation, sunlight and thus – to turn the existing factory warehouse into a solitary retreat. The existing building also had poor thermal performance, so the addition of courtyards and glazed windows, the new dwelling is highly insulated and achieves a reduced running cost. Despite its similar functionality, each courtyard serves a different purpose; the entry court acts as a buffer or transition space between the interior and exterior, the kitchen courtyard towards the back of the house with diffused sunlight and cool or warm breezes, and the central courtyard with a compact pool that bisects all the common areas of the home. Steel frames are a dominant feature throughout the project. Not only nodding to the building’s past but also serves as a reinforcement of the building’s existing shell as well as support for the staircase and upper levels. The sensibility of design that belies the complete interior transformation was inspired by the owner’s affinity for European modernism. As the industrial references juxtapose with modern features and the material and colour palette, the neutral, white plaster walls subtly contrast with solid timber floors and use of natural stone. The modern aspect is further enhanced through a Le Corbusier-like staircase, an eclectic furniture collection, and the owner’s extensive art collection and vintage carpets that add splashes of colour. HOLA Projects placed great emphasis on craftsmanship and is evident through the Japanese elm cabinetry and custom laid marble mosaic in bathrooms. Adding to the project’s quality and longevity while paying homage to the building’s former purpose, Hello Fitzroy not only boasts the excellence of past manufacturing in Melbourne but also the adaptive nature of architecture. Hola Projects holaprojects.com Sub-Zero & Wolf subzero-wolf.com Photography by Daniel Aulsebrook Dissection Information Bronze door furniture by Marcos Davidson Custom Japanese Elm cabinetry Tapware and sanitary ware from Agape and Vola Akari lamp from Noguchi Washing machine and dryer from Vzug Ghost sofa from Gervasconi Stools from Artek Artwork by Angela Brennan Oven by Wolf Refrigerator by SubZero Fireplace Shaker by Skantherm Ceramics by Stephen Bird Carrara Marble downlight by Terence Woodgape Hanging Chair by Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel abc
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Managing Construction Sites with SiteSupervisor

SiteSupervisor isn't just for managing the construction site: this cutting-edge platform has big benefits for interior designers and architects working on small and high-end residential projects, too. SiteSupervisor was created through 30 years of hands-on construction experience, recognising the industry’s untapped potential for greater connectivity and efficiency throughout the design and construction process. Drawings, permits, licenses, key contact and emergency details are all uploaded and stored on the platform and ready to be accessed whenever and wherever you need them. Having all of your project's important information stored in one secure place helps increase your efficiency by eliminating the need for sharing documents across multiple applications like Dropbox, Excel, Google Docs, email or text. This is especially helpful when you're working on multiple projects simultaneously or without the help of an assistant. Among its many features is the world's first fully automated digital drawing register. That's right - no more searching through email folders seeking the latest revision. Now there is one central place for your drawings, which is automatically updated with the latest revision and is accessible on any device. With a seamless approval and distribution process, everyone else involved in the project has the latest revisions handy at all times. Upload a vector PDF and your drawings are rendered in ultra high definition. You can overlay drawings and increase or decrease the opacity so you can see every line in detail. Markups in the platform are another great feature and are especially helpful to explain an issue to others on the project with specificity and clarity. Unlimited storage means your drawings will stay with you forever, so you can have your lifetime portfolio in your pocket to showcase to potential clients, colleagues, friends and family. These are just a few of the many features that could be useful for your new project. And for a limited time, SiteSupervisor is offering 60 days free, which gives you unlimited access to all of the platform's revolutionary features. Start working smarter today. SiteSupervisor sitesupervisor.com abc
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A Year Of Architecture And Interior Product Design

Agape Sen Tapware & Accessories from Artedomus

From acclaimed French designer Nicolas Gwenael (Curiosity) and Japanese marketing expert Reiko Miyamoto, Sen stamps its extremely distinctive mark on any space in which it is fitted. Sen is a combination of Eastern spirit and Western technology. Sen incorporates multiple functions in a line of independent components which can be freely combined to make a unique design statement, it is further enhanced by the striking brushed black brushed aluminium or grey aluminium finish. The range includes wall-mounted taps, a flexible hand shower, a shower column, surface-mounted taps and floor-mounted spouts. [gallery size="large" ids="73403,73404,73405"]
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Bassam Fellows Daybed by Living Edge

Constructed entirely of solid wood, the slim elegant frame of the Daybed holds leather seating cushions. The wood’s richness of colour and grain serves to punctuate the daybed’s simple shape.
Photography courtesy of Living Edge. Additional information here. 
   

Gessi Emporio Via Tortona Bathroom from Abey

Gessi Emporio’s Italian designers and artisans are committed to creating stunning products that combine meticulous quality and environmental awareness, with unmistakable style. The Via Tortona Bathroom Range expresses eco-awareness in functionality while offering a sleek and slender approach to bathroom design.
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Imola Chair by BoConcept

From the striking details to the graceful sweeps of its curves, the Imola armchair is a true Danish design icon. Roomy enough for you to curl up in, yet so elegant it doesn’t seem over the top, the Imola armchair is an instant classic and ready to make a statement in your home. [gallery size="large" ids="60439,60440,60441"]
 Photography courtesy of BoConcept. Additional information here. 
   

ercol Marino Chair & Sofa from Temperature Design

Designed by London based furniture designer Dylan Feeth, the ercol Marino Chair is made out of Solid Ash with elegant and flowing lines and upholstered removable seat and back cushions. [gallery size="large" ids="68594,68592,68590"]
Photography courtesy of  Temperature Design. Additional information here. 
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Modernist Meets Modern In Foomann’s Latest Composition

As the directors of private art dealership Clark Ark Projects, Amanda and Ben Clark know good composition. So too do Jo Foong and Jamie Sormann of Foomann, who updated and extended Amanda and Ben’s mid-century home to create more space for their two young children and diverse art collection. “Their home is a 1957 modernist gem designed by C.C. Sainsbury and is more exuberant than the typical war-services home,” says Jamie. “They wanted us to respect the original elements of the house and to showcase their art, books and furniture, and encouraged us to be gutsy in our approach.” Maintaining the footprint of the house, Foomann did an internal refurbishment with a new kitchen, laundry and storage, and added a second storey with two children’s bedrooms. “Our intention was to preserve as much as we could while creating something bold, with a cohesive feel using contemporary execution,” says Jamie. Ruby Residence Foomann CC Willem-Dirkdu Toit entrance Ruby Residence Foomann CC Willem-Dirkdu Toit entrance stairs The new addition sits above the downstairs bedrooms at the rear of the house. To respect the skillion roofs and deep eaves of the original house, Foomann created two intersecting volumes with opposing raked roofs that echo the pitch of the existing house. “This created dynamic internal spaces, particularly at the intersection, where triangular windows draw in light and sky views,” says Jamie. Grooved Corten clads the upper level, tonally complementing the brick and timber and mimicking the angle of the skillion roof to define it as a distinct new element. The crazy paved entrance at the front of the house leads into the dining area and new kitchen, which has a clean white palette with timber detailing and green splashback. A colourful stone wall provides a backdrop in the dining area and living room and expansive white walls provide for Amanda and Ben’s collection of artworks. Ruby Residence Foomann CC Willem-Dirkdu Toit kitchen island breakfast bar Ruby Residence Foomann CC Willem-Dirkdu Toit kitchen splashback tiles The new staircase is designed to wrap around a joinery wall with display space for small sculptures and books. The joinery also conceals a new laundry and storage space. The children’s bedrooms upstairs receive natural light through the triangular windows where the forms of the new volume overlap. Windows and perforated screens are strategically placed to block views of the neighbours, and an east-facing window at the top of the stair frames views a mature Silver Birch. “It’s nice to work with a building that was designed in a modernist spirit,” says Jamie. “The existing forms made it challenging to resolve, but we are particularly proud of the overall composition and the internal spaces they provide.” Foomann foomann.com.au Fido Projects fidoprojects.com.au Photography by Willem-Dirk du Toit Styling by Esme Parker, Art Curation by Clark Art Dissection Information Plywood supplied by KoskiDecor Eco Carpet in Coal Ash from Hycraft Carramar Hurdle Stool from Dowel Jones Freestanding Cooker in Bright White from ILVE Pinboard supplied by EchoPanel Ruby Residence Foomann CC Willem-Dirkdu Toit dining area Ruby Residence Foomann CC Willem-Dirkdu Toit hallway Ruby Residence Foomann CC Willem-Dirkdu Toit storage Ruby Residence Foomann CC Willem-Dirkdu Toit staircase Ruby Residence Foomann CC Willem-Dirkdu Toit kids bedroom Ruby Residence Foomann CC Willem-Dirkdu Toit exterior house We think you might also like The Mill House by Carter Williamsonabc
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e15: From A Postcode In London To The Rest Of The World

In such a diverse and vast industry, it is sometimes rare to come across an individual who has not only gained a reputation for being progressive and unique, but also someone who focuses exceedingly on authenticity and constantly striving to broaden the boundaries of traditional architecture and design. Having studied product design at Central Saint Martins College and architecture at the Architectural Association in London, Philipp Mainzer co-founded e15 in 1995 with an unparalleled approach. During his trip to Australia, we had the opportunity to sit down with him and discuss all things related to e15. [gallery size="large" ids="83978,83980,83979"]
Lazlo Table
Tell us about the start of e15. While I was studying product design I remember thinking about how there had to be more, more to design and even more to creativity. Rather than just focusing on the product itself, I wanted to learn about its surrounding. Even though I studied product design and architecture, e15 did not begin as a business idea. I had a gut feeling about producing and designing minimalistic furniture with a character. If you had to describe e15’s DNA in one sentence, what would it be? e15 is very much about the materials and the quality of craftsmanship that allows the products to last long but also make people feel comfortable. You studied product design before architecture, how does e15 differ to other furniture design as a result of this? Back in 1995, the furniture industry did not touch upon minimalism the way it does today. Rather than being warm and comfortable, it was cold with a lot of aluminium and glass. So, in this sense, e15 started as simple pieces, simple forms and simple materials that people recognise every day. What gap in the market does e15 fulfil? When e15 began, nobody touched solid wood, especially not the kind of wood that we were using. With oak, we knew that the way to really stand apart from the competition was to create something different. The natural flaws, its knots and splits made people question why. Ever since day one, we challenge ourselves to really bring warmth into living spaces, creating endless possibilities that inform and explore form and structure. With a worldwide reputation for making strong and simple design statements, how would you say e15 is globally and culturally received? The same way humans react to nature, people react to our products. Wood has been around for over thousands of years, and people know to appreciate a material that boasts timelessness. No matter what age, profession or setting, people can connect with it. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="83977,83976"]
Kazimir Table
What draws you to collaborate with other designers and brands? Back in the day, I used to design every single piece. But now, many of our collaborations begin very naturally, sometimes even unplanned. It is not really about name dropping, it never has been. It is more about the natural process, how you get to a finished product and find a worthy sparring partner that allows you to exchange ideas, philosophies and perspectives. When you said that e15 does not follow ‘trends’, what did you mean? That we set trends. (laughs) When we showcased the rustic quality of wood, we were definitely one of the firsts, now it has obviously become quite a popular approach. One thing that has stayed true is that we have never really tried to follow or look like others, that’s quite a dangerous approach to have. We look to art, to architecture and to the simple definition of those disciplines. If ever you isolate our products from its setting, you’ll notice that it doesn’t fit into any one place and can stand alone. What are your thoughts on the future of Australian design? I see designers trying very hard to create something special but often get lost looking outside of this beautiful landscape. Focusing on the heritage, the climate and what the country has to offer could be the turning point. Like always, if you are trying to be someone else, you’ll never really get to where you want to be, and you won’t achieve what you can. [gallery size="large" ids="83973,83972,83971"]
Basis Table
Can you tell us a little bit about the new products that you’ve just released? The Kazimir table was inspired by suprematist compositions. Focussing on a rather distinct structure and centre base, people can use Kazimir for many things. It’s adaptable enough to be specified in public and private spaces. Lazlo is built on the same construction as Kazimir, except a side table version with well-defined geometric forms and a silhouette that really emphasises its materials (whether its honed marble or wood). Unlike the other two, Basis was a result of collaborating with David Chipperfield. The solid wood trestles and beams were manufactured with traditional joinery techniques and is, therefore, a flexible solution for any living or working space. What’s next? We have quite a few things in the works at the moment. On the commercial side of things, we’ve been approached by numerous small offices and co-working spaces to design products like a workbench and desking system that includes wire management and privacy screens. But I feel like for us, really, its very much about how we can bring the residential element and feel to the contract world and we’re ready to offer personalised services that can fulfil end-users and architects needs. e15 e15.com Living Edge livingedge.com.au Photography courtesy of Living Edge.  e15 Living Edge Philipp Mainzer portrait We think you might also like XXX by XXXabc
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A Compact But Concise Café by Ricci Bloch

Ricci Bloch Architecture + Interiors’ recent renovation for High St Society has to be the hardest working fit-out in Randwick. The popular café is situated across the road from the Randwick Public Hospital and so receives an extraordinarily high volume of breakfast and lunchtime traffic. It’s a big ask for this tiny 60sqm corner shop in a 1970s building, but architect Ricci Bloch has made the most of a compact space by delivering an effortlessly good looking, modern interior that’s as functional as it is effective. “Because of the large number of takeaway and eat-in patrons, the design had to be spatially efficient for both customers and those working behind the counter, as well as being resilient in its finishes,” says Ricci, who established her eponymous practice in 2016. Redesigning the shopfront to incorporate sliding sashless windows ensures the main entry is as neat as possible, allowing a clean threshold between inside and out. Ricco Bloch High St Cafe Randwick cafe counter detail And while the addition of a side entry assists with accessibility and circulation, it also created the opportunity for an external concrete standing bar, freeing up more room internally for seating. This affords the space flexibility and the owners have taken advantage of this, utilising a phone app to let time-poor doctors and nurses pay online and then collect their order from the bar, avoiding congestion at the service counter. For the interior’s materiality, Ricci took inspiration from the building’s 1970s heritage. “I came on board after the builder had already stripped out the previous fit-out,” she explains. “So I derived my palette from what was there and I like that the robust materials and furniture choices are a nod to both the 1970s strata building and European cafés in general”. The resulting scheme features terrazzo flooring, brick walls that are original in some places and dark timber ceiling panels. A service counter clad in encaustic cement tiles with a polished concrete benchtop very much anchors the design, drawing people past the dining area and into the heart of the space.   Ricco Bloch High St Cafe Randwick cafe counter It makes for a highly tactile interior that feels all the more finely detailed because of the patina and finish of each material. Yet despite the richness of the palette, the space still feels pared back because of Ricci’s necessarily judicious application and elegantly minimalist styling. She has a masterful approach to materials and an intelligent command of spatiality, all of which makes this tiny café a delight to visit. Ricci Bloch Architecture + Interiors riccibloch.com.au High St. Society highstsociety.com.au Photography by Tom Ferguson Ricco Bloch High St Cafe Randwich shop front cafe seating Ricco Bloch High St Cafe Randwick storage nook Ricco Bloch High St Cafe Randwick round table lighting detail Ricco Bloch High St Cafe Randwick shop front We also think you might like Full Circle Café by X+Oabc
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Suburban Residential Architecture Leaps And Bounds Ahead Of The Rest

HDB Apartment in Singapore by Nitton Architects

Wanting to test the spatial potential of the standard Singaporean flat, architecture-trained couple Liting Lee and Khoon Toong Chow of Nitton Architects were determined to create a ‘mini house’ out of their new 5-room BTO flat in Sengkang. Their project consisted of a bold reconfiguration of the standard flat layout. The decision to remove every non-structural internal wall gave rise to living spaces that were more open and fluid and included an indoor garden. [gallery size="large" ids="79124,79125,79123"]
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Mixed-Use House by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

Wellington Street Photography by Shannon McGrath Glass Facade This new house by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design takes a residential model more familiar in Asia and Europe and adapts it for an urban infill site in Melbourne. From the street, the house appears as a series of zinc-and-glass boxes, stacked in two columns, some set back and others brought forward. The boxes break down the visual bulk of the building, and create a modular rhythm that resonates with the more human-scaled grain of terrace houses on the other side of the street. [gallery size="large" ids="71760,71764,71765"]
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Courtyard House by HYLA Architects

The resdiential design is a masterful exploration in spatial awareness and material craftsmanship. Working with a very specific brief that called for each of the occupants to have their own study attached to their respective bedroom, with all three studies facing each other, HYLA Architects have arranged the two-storey home around two courtyards. [gallery size="large" ids="78657,78658,78662"]
Photography by Derek Swalwell. Read the full story here
   

Type Street Apartment by Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment Tsai Design cc Tess Kelly living With the increase in apartment developments comes the move towards living with less: less space, less belongings, but smarter design. When Jack Chen of Tsai Design was posed with the challenge of transforming a 35-square-metre unit into a one-bedroom apartment with home office, he created a clever multi-purpose timber joinery box that serves all rooms and offers the luxury, comfort and detailing found in a normal house. [gallery columns="4" size="large" ids="79163,79168,79171,79164"]
Photography by Tess Kelly. Read the full story here
   

Liverpool House by Kennedy Nolan

Liverpool House Kennedy Nolan cc Derek Swalwell exterior The clients allowed Kennedy Nolan to establish the architectural language, form and spatial relationships of the house – ultimately becoming great custodians of the build process. This outcome is evident in all aspects of the build, particularly in the elegance and interplay of the material palette. The use of robust materials like shiplap cladding, exposed brickwork and concrete, terrazzo and cork imbue the home with texture and character. [gallery size="large" ids="79272,79274,79267"]
Photography by Tom Ferguson. Read the full story here
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Habitus’ Top Boutique Design Hotels Across The Region

United Places Botanic Gardens, Melbourne by Carr

Combining international vision and local excellence, United Places Botanic Gardens hotel is in the centre of South Yarra, opposite the lush parklands of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Inspired by the idea of merging travel luxury of a hotel with the comfort of a home, the suites offer expansive living spaces, opulent designer style premium amenities and superior service. With suites resplendent with sunken bathtubs overlooking the city’s skyline framed in velvet drapes, it is tempting to spend any trip to the United Places indoors the entire time. Yet like all great hotels, the design simply facilitates the enjoyment of the beauty surrounding it. [gallery size="large" ids="78362,78365,78367"]
Photography by Sharyn Cairns. Read the full story here
 

The Slow by George Gorrow and GFAB Architects in Bali

The Slow Bali GFAB Architects Suite Bridging modern and traditional elements with local stone, The Slow is rich with native wood and raw concrete to instil “tropical brutalism” just 300 meters from Canggu Beach, Bali. With a contemporary and unassuming sense of luxury, Australian co-owners Cisco and George Gorrow and GFAB Architects ensured a balance of modern and traditional Indonesian elements. Standing apart from the rest, The Slow transforms a space with clear identity, paring local material with a classic take on tropical brutalist architecture and design. [gallery size="large" ids="59822,59825,59826"]
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Felix Hotel, Sydney by Fox Johnston Architects and Space Control 

Felix Hotel Mascot Fox Johnston Architects Space Control cc Tom Ferguson lobby The combined efforts of Fox Johnston Architects and Space Control have redefined the standards of Airport hotels. Located in Mascot, just a stone’s throw away from the Sydney international and domestic airports, Felix Hotel offers 150 rooms that each wholeheartedly embraces the location, albeit with a 1960s, ‘golden era of air travel’ twist. So for a room like no other, in a location heralding convenience like few others, Felix Hotel in Mascot might just tip the game. [gallery size="large" ids="77674,77676,77678"]
Photography by Tom Furguson. Read the full story here
   

The Ville Resort-Casino in Townsville by Woods Bagot

Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff pool and sundeck Wood Bagot’s update of The Ville Resort-Casino in Townsville creates a popular laid-back destination for tourists and locals alike. Designed for the subtropical climate in Queensland, the redevelopment of The Ville Resort-Casino was revolved around making the property connect with the scenery, climate, water and views.  Broad verandahs, brise-soleil walls and awnings are characteristic of the Queenslander, and timber and stone sourced locally where possible. [gallery size="large" ids="82526,82527,82522"]
Photography by Simon Shiff. Read the full story here
     

Little Albion Guest House, Sydney by 8Hotels

Little Albion Guest House cc Terence Yong balcony

“Little Albion Guest House was created with the needs of today’s luxury travellers in the front of our minds, which is the authenticity of a local experience, alongside world-class boutique hotel service and ease of booking. To do this we had to redefine the whole hotel category by imagining a modern guest house, developed with the same attention to detail that a homeowner has in creating their dream home, resulting in this truly one of a kind property,” shares Paul Fischmann, CEO of 8Hotels. Intimate in scale, clever in its execution and appealing to the new generation of modern travellers hungry for authenticity. [gallery size="large" ids="79141,79149,79136"]
Photography by Terence Yong. Read the full story here
   

Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore by WOHA and Studio Patricia Urquiola

Oasia Downtown Hotel - WOHA | Habitus Living Oasia Hotel Downtown by Far East Hospitality is one such building. The 27-storey development stands out with its red aluminium mesh façade and rising green creepers. It is, in fact, impossible to miss. The building – featuring a 25,490-square-metre red aluminium trellis structure with the potential to grow the world’s largest outdoor vertical garden – is designed by award-winning Singaporean architectural practice WOHA, with interiors by Studio Patricia Urquiola. From Oasia, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the city. [gallery size="large" ids="55806,55803,55808"]
Photography by Albert Lim KS, Ho Wai Kay, and K.Kopter. Read the full story here
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SiteSupervisor Empowers Designers To Focus On Design

As the design and construction industries continue to rapidly expand, it’s no surprise that architects and designers are always pressed for time and pushed to the limit. In response to this and with the aim of giving professionals more time to do what they love most, SiteSupervisor’s latest cutting-edge platform enables interior designers and architects to seamlessly manage small and large-scale projects alike. With over three decades of first-hand construction and building experience, SiteSupervisor positions itself as the first purpose-built collaborative program for design professionals. Based on the industry’s emerging reliance on collaboration, the platform uncovers the potential for greater connectivity and efficiency throughout several project stages. Truly making lives easier with streamlined and easy-to-navigate functionality, SiteSupervisor’s list of convenient features does not stop at convenience and timesaving. Instead, the platform combines practicality and ease of use with a high degree of functionality.

An Easily & Readily Accessible Digital Drawing Transmittal

 Having drawings, permits, licenses, contacts and emergency details all stored in one place ensures secure storage and access by any stakeholders at any time. Boosting efficiency by consolidating all document management applications into a single platform, SiteSupervisor allows designers to work smarter, not harder: available anytime, anywhere, and on any device, the platform automatically updates with the latest revisions of documentation. As the world’s first fully automated digital drawing directory, it is also accompanied by unlimited storage, which presents the unique potential to create a lifetime portfolio.

High-Definition Design and Distribution

Surpassing traditional cloud-based storage platforms, SiteSupervisor utilises a familiar transmittal layout that allows users to view the complete history of a project and its related documentation. More than just a storage solution, the platform significantly reduces the time spent finding revised file versions and houses all drawings and documentation in Ultra High Definition. With other features such as drawing overlays and mark up capabilities, SiteSupervisor has multiple tailored functionalities for each design discipline involved with any project. If you are a design consultant, your drawings can be stored, transmitted and collaborated in a seamless way – leaving you in control of your drawings for the duration of the project, with more time to focus on design.

Build Your Business Network

With SiteSupervisor, your company will be accessible to potential clients on the platform’s powerful directory, making it ideal for budding architects and designers who want to grow without forking out money for costly advertising. Organised and structured for your industry, this site can be shared with current and potential clients to showcase your work without the hassle of building your own website. SiteSupervisor’s business and web profiles are unmatched, and completely unlike anything you’ll find on any other construction management platform. SiteSupervisor promises to transform the construction industry and help designers create their best work with the best outcomes. SiteSupervisor sitesupervisor.com abc
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Inside PGH Bricks’ Extraordinary Launch Event

The new range of PGH Bricks, the Lang Mursten collection, deserved an appropriate celebration. The collection of extra-long format, water-struck clay bricks, exclusively imported from Denmark, was launched at two exclusive designer party events, one at Sydney’s Tesla showroom and one at Melbourne’s Tesla showroom. Attended by a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Australia’s architecture and design industry, the launch party for the unusually designed bricks was mirrored in its theme – ‘anything but ordinary’. Guests were treated to an extraordinary Tesla experience before being enticed by delicious Danish-inspired canapés and a six-course degustation tasting menu with paired wines. Both events included an extraordinary dining experience that was specially curated by superstar chef Nelly Robinson of nel. Restaurant. In addition to a presentation by Tesla about electric vehicles and the future of driverless cars, Ms Rikke Scheel Gamborg, the Deputy Consul General and Trade Commissioner at Royal Danish Consulate General/Trade Council Denmark, spoke about Australia and the nation’s love of Danish design before the reveal of the Lang Mursten range. “The Lang Mursten collection of Danish long format bricks is our most luxurious brick range yet,” says Jai Sanderson, General Manager Marketing for PGH Bricks & Pavers at CSR Ltd, “Our team went beyond our shores to search globally for something that not only met the highest pinnacle of quality but also stood out as something uniquely different. “We are absolutely thrilled to launch this new brick that is not only elongated and exceptionally elegant to design and build with, but delivers breathtaking colour and texture from the bespoke water-struck method of manufacture, creating an organically raw surface finish.” We raise a glass to the PGH Bricks team and toast to a successful launch of an exciting new development in brick are. PGH Bricks pghbricks.com.au [gallery columns="4" ids="84743,84744,84745,84746,84747,84748,84749,84750,84751,84752,84742,84753,84754,84755,84756,84757,84758,84759,84760,84761"] Photography courtesy of PGH Bricks.abc
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A Two-Sided House Leverages And Celebrates Its Views

Two Angle House, designed for two expats (and their family and friends) takes its name from the contrast of “two angles” in the residence’s architectural form and material palette. “Being on a corner site, there was an opportunity to justifiably break away from the prevailing pattern of development of the surrounding neighbours,” explains Christopher Megowan, director of Megowan Architectural. “The main spaces were cranked off-grid to better orient to the views and sun. From there, the design resulted from contrasting the two angles internally and then setting up a contrasting but almost thematic material palette – cold concrete contrasting against warm timber.” Two Angle house sits snugly in the landscape, cascading down a sloped site. “The stepped or split configuration of the floor plates helps the house move down the hillside less abruptly than if we have had designed each level without steps,” adds Christopher. “Given the rigidity of many of the architectural elements, the brief to the landscape architect, John Patrick, was to use softer forms, curved planter beds and rustic timbers to act as a counterpoint against the structure.” Two Angle House Megowan Architectural CC Tom Blachford exterior entrance Two Angle House Megowan Architectural CC Tom Blachford exterior corridor entrance framed views The principal areas of Two Angle House occupy the top (second) floor, allowing the clients to live predominantly on one level (and to enjoy the best views), despite the hillside nature of the site. The master bedroom, oriented to the north and east, draws in the morning sun and opens up to spectacular views across the bay and beyond to Melbourne CBD. The kitchen living and outdoor terraces are oriented to the west and north, maximising views and the majestic sunsets. Two Angle House also expertly manipulates domestic scale in the sense that it appears small but is undeniably grand in scale. “The house presents to the street as a modest single-family home in scale with many of the older post-war homes which exist in the area,” explains Christopher. However, it is only upon entry that the true scale of the house becomes evident. “The hillside context worked in our favour in this regard, as the entrance is at the highest point of the site, therefore reducing the scale from the street,” he adds. “We used this aspect of the context to our advantage by designing a massive board formed blade wall which starts at a single storey scale and then extends down a double height stair void and ultimately ends up nearly three stories tall at its western extent.” Two Angle House Megowan Architectural CC Tom Blachford house foyer Two Angle House Megowan Architectural CC Tom Blachford open plan living dining and kitchen It’s remarkable to note that Two Angle House was ultimately completed as the early construction process was fraught with significant challenges. “Leading up to the start of construction, everything was sunshine and rainbows. Great site, great clients, great design (we thought!)…what could go wrong? We even had Grand Designs Australia interested in featuring the build, but after several interviews, their producer determined that there wasn’t enough inherent drama in the project…everything was a bit too tidy.” As it turns out, the producers missed out on a dramatic turn of events. “The initial builder did just about everything wrong that he could,” explains Christopher. After numerous episodes demonstrating severe lack of judgement, the first building contract was terminated and Kabsav Projects was brought in to rectify the problems and rebuild most of the house. “They did an incredible job and really pulled the rabbit out of the hat on this one. “What’s interesting is that so often we see these stunning homes in magazines and online, but there’s almost always a struggle (even on the so-called “smooth” projects) to bring a building, especially ambitious ones like this one, to life.” Megowan Architectural m-a.com.au Photography by Tom Blachford Dissection Information Benchtops from Newform Concreting Bath tub by Kado Luxe Bathroom basins by Kado Luxe Tapware from Milli Edge Appliances supplied by Miele Fireplace from Heatmaster Skylights by Belle Yuki Border tiles form Artedomus Two Angle House Megowan Architectural CC Tom Blachford kitchen material palette Two Angle House Megowan Architectural CC Tom Blachford kitchen island breakfast bench Two Angle House Megowan Architectural CC Tom Blachford staircase Two Angle House Megowan Architectural CC Tom Blachford framed bathroom corridor Two Angle House Megowan Architectural CC Tom Blachford exterior bathroom details bath tub and basin Two Angle House Megowan Architectural CC Tom Blachford living space balcony Two Angle House Megowan Architectural CC Tom Blachford entrance pavement We think you might also like Church House by DAH Architectureabc
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