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Designer Henry Timi Has Us Highly Intrigued

Many designers express a commitment to simplicity, but few discuss it with the devotion of Henry Timi. “I constantly preach pure forms,” he says. “I think it’s intriguing to achieve beauty and to run after the charm of aesthetic perfection.” Henry launched his eponymous Milan-based practice in 2009 to explore his minimalist vision through beautifully handcrafted furniture and objects. His products range from tables and chairs to minimalistic kitchens systems and bathroom vanities. “I just think of pure products,” he says. “Purity as the beauty.” Henry grew up with a fascination of built forms. “Since childhood, I loved to understand and preserve the charm of built things,” he says. “I always observed the world with interested eyes, inspired by nature.” A respect for local craftsmanship ensures all HENRYTIMI designs are made in Italy from natural materials, such as Carrara marble and oak. Henry describes himself as a “simplicity lover” and a “careful investigator” of the beauty in “shapes, materials and functions, especially of design, fashion, and architecture”. His kitchens are like functional works of art. Each luxurious design is reduced to its simplest form and the material – solid wood, stone or metal – is always the star. His monolithic HTGR604 Kitchen system, for example, heroes solid marble – the countertop features an integrated marble sink and clean lines are maintained by concealing cupboards behind marble slabs without handles. As Henry describes, the principal function “is invisible but intrinsic”. Functionality is also concealed – but not compromised – in the Corpo kitchen bench. It features smooth, clean lines and a sculptural basin that appears to be carved in situ. “All the [kitchen] models show just how important the choice of material is in determining each design and production,” he says. “Material, restraint, purity and functionality are at the basis of the entire collection.” Henry describes kitchens “not only a place where you cook, but where can live and be yourself”. As a result, his designs can be customised for individual requirements. “The concept behind the design can be translated into other forms, sizes and finishes, according to the bespoke design principles that inform our philosophy,” he says. “HENRYTIMI kitchens are not furnishing items but unique pieces with a high artistic value.” Timi’s handcrafted bathroom designs are equally restrained. His HT705 vanity, for example, features two perfectly spherical basins that seem to balance on a solid stone plinth, while his rectangular HTGR703 freestanding bath appears to rise from a rocky terrain. “Each product displays unquestioned excellence and the special manufacturing process we bring through our know-how,” says Henry. “I use natural materials to revert to the pristine state of things: monochromatic elements and single materials build objects over trends.” Unlike much of the kitchen design industry, Henry says he refuses to follow trends. “Unfortunately, the kitchen industry will be increasingly boring, repetitive, globalised and distorted by any origin and coherence, devoid of creativity and based on plagiarism,” he states. “The future of these companies will increasingly be characterised only by a continuous battle of prices and advertising.” Henry’s ambition is to continue following his own unique design path and, while he plans to grow his practice through research, he says his approach to design will not change. “My projects of today or tomorrow are always the same – to be the most exclusive world reference for the luxury of simplicity and formal rigor,” he says. “Living in beauty is one of the greatest pleasures of life.” HENRYTIMI henrytimi.com We think you might also like bathroom designer Thomas Coward abc
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High Density Residential Design Like You’ve Never Seen

Aspirational lifestyles come in all manner of shapes and sizes; high density living is not often one of them. Urban life, on the other hand, very much is – and in this day and age, the two practically come hand in hand. High density design is one of contemporary residential architecture's foremost concerns. In the context of the global population, the perennial call of the city has today's architects and designers ceaselessly wondering the same thing: how might we design habitable, urban environments that offer sufficient shelter, comfort and privacy, for individuals and families living in high density, inner city areas? And do so with longevity and affordability front of mind? Enter, the compound house. Compound houses, as per their typology, are characteristically fortress-esque, forging pockets of peace, quiet and comfort, amidst areas of potent, enveloping urbanity, for private residence and cultivation of a harmonious life. Quintessential to the vernacular architecture of post-colonial Singapore and Indonesia, this type of residence is practical, unpretentious and designed to cater for even the extended family. As such, compound houses are as humble a house as any relatable contemporary, city-dwelling family could ask for. From the 2020 Habitus House of the Year program, here are five highly-considered, exemplary compound houses that showcase high density design for contemporary living like you've never seen before.  

Wall House, India | Abin Design Studio

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CH House, Vietnam | ODDO Architects

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The Twins House, Indonesia | DELUTION

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Compound House, Singapore | Linghao Architects

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Sky House, Australia | Marra+Yeh Architects

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Ultimate Kitchen Freedom

With the customer experience front of mind and the use of technology to improve the lives of consumers, Miele designs timeless products that bring unparalleled convenience to the home. The new range of revolutionary dishwashers is another feather in their cap. It boasts an array of innovative features that free customers from some of the rigmarole of domestic chores – and visually elevates kitchen design in the process. With the choice of standard and XXL dimensions – and flexibility ranging from freestanding to fully integrated installation options – there is a G 7000 dishwasher for any kitchen space. The universal finishes of classic Brilliant White, contemporary Clean Steel, and the sophisticated Obsidian Black fascia design seamlessly integrate the appliance into any interior, with a handless option for the ultimate minimalist look. Sleek and elegant in its visual expression, the G 7000 range has been tested to the equivalent of 20 years average use and it possesses the design, features and innovative technology to take it well into the future. [caption id="attachment_106927" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] The G7000 dishwasher is a seamless addition to ultra modern, luxury-led kitchens.[/caption] Beyond the intuitive top-of-the-range M Touch controls offered alongside the more traditional user interfaces, the range features market-leading innovation that further lessens the customer’s need to interact with the appliance. The dishwashers are equipped with Miele’s world-first AutoDos with integrated PowerDisk. The PowerDisk is an all-in-one detergent dispenser that automatically distributes the right amount of detergent at the right time based on the selected programme: a sensor measures the degree of soiling on crockery to adapt the dosage accordingly. With enough detergent for an average of 20 uses, the PowerDisk doesn’t need replacing for up to a month based on average household usage. [caption id="attachment_106928" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Adjust the interior of the dishwasher to each load’s unique needs with the adjustable 3D MultiFlex tray and ergonomic FlexLinebasket.[/caption] The smart use of technology doesn’t end there. Miele’s innovation continues with the incorporation of their intelligent AutoStart programme, which allows for the dishwasher to be set to start automatically at the desired time, and the Miele@mobile app which enables the customer to remotely 
set and start a cycle from anywhere. “Our range allows even more flexibility in the kitchen, meaning that all that remains for our customers to do is to load and unload the dishwasher and occasionally replace the PowerDisk,” says Elisha Pritchard, Senior Product Manager of Dishwasher & Laundry at Miele Australia New Zealand. “Everything else can be left to the appliance, giving them back precious time to focus on the things they love.”Those exclusive Miele technologies highlight not only
the convenience of the range but also the inventive context
 and customer-centric design of the wider Generation 7000 collection of cooking appliances the new range of dishwashers is part of. “All of our appliances are designed with the customer experience in mind, and our cutting-edge new dishwashers are no exception, adding an unparalleled level of convenience and freedom into the home,” says Elisha. [caption id="attachment_106926" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] With AutoStart and the Miele@mobile app, you can set G 7000 dishwashers to automatically start at one or several pre- determined times.[/caption] Complementing the ease and convenience of the AutoDos with integrated PowerDisk, the G 7000 Dishwasher range also comes with a host of other features. The adjustable 3D MultiFlex tray, ergonomic FlexLine baskets, and EcoPower Technology that enables the dishwashers to use significantly less energy and water, together make the range an ultimate expression of Miele’s Immer Besser philosophy: innovative, durable, sustainable and stylish. Miele mieleexperience.com.au/g7000-dishwasher abc
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Beauty Comes Natura(lly) To Life In Burleigh

The natural beauty intrinsic to Burleigh Heads in Queensland is quite breathtaking, from stunning coastlines to beautiful hinterlands. So, it is only fitting that those who choose to call this locale home are inspired to embrace the magnificent natural environment, inviting it within their residences amid a nexus of design that approaches perfection. This is where Natura, the latest development by Spyre Group, a developer specialising in luxury residences, comes into its own. Situated at the pinnacle of Burleigh Heads Esplanade, directly across from one of Australia’s most spectacular beaches, Natura is the epitome of coastal sophistication and will set a new standard for luxury coastal living upon its completion in January 2022. Conceived by Spyre Group in response to high demand for residential properties that inspire through design and technical innovation, Brisbane's eminent, award-winning architecture practice bureau^proberts was appointed transform the vision of Natura into reality. The premise of the brief and the aim of Natura was to harness the unique natural beauty of the surroundings, with both the architecture and interiors reflecting this through the highest quality design and appointments. Interpreted and realised by bureau^proberts, Natura's architecture, landscape and interiors each rely on and enhance one another, forging a synergy that succeeds in capturing the essence of Burleigh Heads in a luxury residence.  

The subtle and natural palette focuses on raw beauty and pays homage to the surrounding coast

  With only a single floorplan option for all of the apartments, what was initially considered a risk, turned out to be hugely successful as every single element was thoughtfully considered and refined, leaving buyers wanting for nothing. The grandeur of the interiors incorporates sinuous curves reminiscent of the coastline, full height windows to take in the glorious views and an open plan design that provides an effortless connection between the kitchen, living and dining areas. The coastline was also a strong point of inspiration for Natura's façade. “Whilst the Burleigh Heads surf is widely recognised around the world as one of the southern hemispheres best beach breaks, it is the headland and coastline that add to the specialness of this location," explains Kent Pinel, Design Manager at Spyre Group. "The way the coast interacts with the Burleigh Hill combined with the cascading landscape that falls over the basalt headland were both key drivers for the design of Natura Burleigh Heads. From this we drew a subtle and natural palette, focusing on raw beauty and paying homage to the view across this amazing coast.” Comprised of 33 residences set over 17 storeys, there are only two residences per floor. Each apartment features three bedrooms with uninterrupted ocean views and gives the impression of a standalone home with complete privacy, while allowing the occupants to feel at one with nature. The materiality of the interiors mimics the natural landscape, offering a rich textural palette that creates the sense of the home connecting seamlessly with the outdoors. But the heart and soul of the homes, is the kitchen. Anchored by a natural stone island bench by Artedomus, premium joinery, porcelain panels and high-end Gaggenau appliances harmoniously culminate the space. With a development of this calibre, the selection of appliances was a key consideration and one that needed to not only uphold the high-standards of Natura, but offer buyers the best in terms of precision, functionality and design.  

Anchored by a natural stone island bench by Artedomus, premium joinery, porcelain panels and high-end Gaggenau appliances harmoniously culminate the kitchen.

  “The Gaggenau name provides our buyers assurance of the highest quality appliances and the design of the Gaggenau fixtures naturally complement the interior quality of the apartments," says Kent. Each of the apartments in Natura feature a selection of Gaggenau 200 series appliances including a pyrolytic oven, compact combi-microwave oven, a 90cm flex induction cooktop, integrated rangehood and a fully integrated dishwasher. The 200 series from Gaggenau has been designed for the culinary connoisseur. The recognisable yet understated aesthetic of the appliances doesn’t dominate the kitchen, yet promises all the culinary prowess that an ambitious private chef could hope for. The combination of the appliances selected offers an impressive versatility that inspires creativity in the kitchen. As the residents of Natura experience a connection to the surrounding natural landscape with a lifestyle steeped in wellness and relaxation, so too can they experience a visceral connection with gourmet delights and a culinary exploration within their own home thanks to the masterpiece of a kitchen equipped with only the best of appliances: Gaggenau. Gaggenau gaggenau1683.com.au abc
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The Whole Nine Yards

South Melbourne isn’t short of sophisticated eateries and now there’s another one to add to the list. The recently opened Nine Yards is a café by day and restaurant by night, accommodating afternoon coffee catch-ups as well as formal evening cocktails and meals. In designing the interior, Golden co-directors Alicia McKimm and Kylie Dorotic took their lead from Nine Yards’ modern Australian menu. Their resulting scheme is a vision of exquisite materiality and lush colour that respects the venue’s Victorian heritage while never once venturing into the realm of kitsch or cliché. “We’re reductive in our design approach,” says Alicia. “And always carefully balance form with function to arrive at a resolution that feels just right.” Indeed, Nine Yards’ spatial planning makes the most of a modestly sized footprint, ensuring a variety of different seating options that can cater for different sized groups and events. A Blackbutt island separates the dining zones and banquette seats allow plenty of room for dining tables and chairs, ensuring circulation paths aren’t compromised. Golden’s pared-back styling and removal of superfluous embellishments places the material palette centre stage, with attention deservedly lavished on finely crafted details and surfaces. As Kylie explains, “We used local finishes throughout and the idea was to give a respectful nod to the Australian landscape.” They’ve managed to do just that with the inclusion of Tasmanian oak veneer and rattan detailing on the banquettes, recycled timber for the walls and titanium-honed basins in the bathrooms. While the timber veneer ceiling visually ties all elements together, it’s the banquettes’ upholstery that punctuates the overall scheme. This custom fabric came about via a collaboration with local artist Louise Jones and its punchy Australiana design couldn’t be more successful in instilling a strong sense of place. The yellow and blue-grey palette also complements the ebonised banquette frames and dark grey wall panelling, as well as highlights the tiled cream and rust coloured tabletops. There’s a raw, understated beauty to Nine Yards that makes this venue incredibly welcoming. Both Alicia and Kylie wanted to create a fit-out that was warm and immersive and this is exactly what they’ve achieved. It stands as an ideal study in theme-based design, where concept and aesthetic are perfectly balanced. GOLDEN designbygolden.com.au Photography by Sharyn Cairns abc
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Congrats To The 2020 Sustainability Awards Winners!

Last Thursday's digital gala and awards ceremony for the 2020 Sustainability Awards was resoundingly an incredibly gratifying event for all involved – and even, by way of inching closer towards a healthier, happier planet, those who weren't. We've many projects, people and innovations to be proud of, so let's hop straight to it. Here are all of the official and decidedly deserving 2020 Sustainability Awards winners – to which we all owe the world!  

The projects

Best Adaptive Reuse Lilydale House at Marrick & Co

By Mirvac Design and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer The adaptive reuse of the heritage Nurses’ Quarters as Lilydale House makes a charismatic centrepiece in Mirvac’s urban renewal of the former Marrickville Hospital site. The landmark mixed-use precinct integrates Marrick & Co, Mirvac’s sustainable medium-density housing development, with Council’s outstanding new library and community pavilion. Redevelopment brings new connections and open spaces for socialising, creates safe and equitable access to new amenity, improves local habitat through new plantings, promotes wellbeing, mitigates long-term environmental impacts, and supports local economy, culture and community.
Highly Commended: Marrickville Library and Pavilion by Steensen Varming (Engineering & ESD Consultants) & BVN (Architects)

Commercial Architecture (Large) Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre

By NH Architecture and Frasers Property Australia Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre is a self-sufficient, doesn’t exceed the resources of its location and contains socially equitable, culturally rich and ecologically restorative spaces that connect people to light, air, food and community. It produces more energy than it consumes, captures and re-uses all the water it needs, incorporates biophilic design, avoids the use of toxic and worst-in-class building materials, and has a net positive waste impact.  

"Burwood Brickworks redefines sustainability in retail, a sector synonymous with waste."

  The centre is vying to achieve Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, the most rigorous sustainability standard in the built environment in the world, administered by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Globally, just 24 buildings have achieved full LBC certification, and aside from Burwood Brickworks, no other retail project in the world has aspired to do so. The result is a building that operates with the simple efficiency and beauty of a flower.
Highly Commended: Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service Healthcare Hub by Kaunitz Yeung Architecture

Commercial Architecture (Small) Acre Farm Eatery

By ZWEI Interiors Architecture and NH Architecture Part of the Burwood Brickworks development by Frasers Property, the world’s most sustainable shopping centre, Acre Eatery is an urban rooftop farm showcasing ‘farm to table’ eating in an urban setting. With over 2500sqm of roof space, the site comprises of hydroponic glasshouses, quail coops, worm farms and over 1000sqm of garden beds all delivering fresh produce direct to the restaurant table at Acre.
Highly Commended: T2 Bondi Junction by Sandbox Group

Education & Research Monash Woodside Building for Technology & Design

By Grimshaw Architects The Woodside Building for Technology and Design is a landmark, state-of-the-art technology and education design building to accommodate the faculties of Engineering and Information Technology at the Monash University’s Clayton Campus.   The building hosts 750 staff and students, divided in 5 levels, and is currently the largest Passivhaus Building in the Southern Hemisphere.
Highly Commended: PICAC Narre Warren by FMSA Architecture

Multiple Dwelling Gilles Hall, Monash University

By Jackson Clements Burrows Architects with AECOM Gillies Hall, a new student accommodation on Monash University's Peninsula Campus, has been designed and built to redefine comfort and create opportunities for students to meet and learn from others. Comprising 150 studio apartments and common areas, the six level accommodation provides exceptional single occupancy studios and dedicated collaborative spaces for students to study, engage and relax. Utilising mass timber structure and Passive House design and certification, the building puts occupant comfort, health and wellbeing as a central focus. The building provides an ideal indoor environment at an energy and carbon footprint dramatically lower than any similar type building in Australia.
Highly Commended: Arkadia by DKO Architecture + Breathe Architecture with Oculus

Prefab & Modular The Foundry

By Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) and Sissons with Mirvac The Foundry is the third and largest new commercial building Mirvac has completed at South Eveleigh. It spans 55,000sqm over six storeys with expansive floorplates nearing 9,000sqm, earning the title of one of Australia’s first ‘groundscrapers’ in reference to its large-scale, low-level design which fosters a campus-style, sustainable working environment that promotes health, wellbeing, collaboration and productivity.
Highly Commended: Sackville Studios by studio edwards with Sphera Lighting

Single Dwelling (New) Upside Down Akubra House

By Alexander Symes Architect The Upside Down Akubra House seeks to do things differently and to form an empathetic and nurturing relationship to the big landscapes around the Northern-Central district of NSW. The Upside Down Akubra House, inspired by the wide brim of its namesake, it marries beauty and functionality to create an off the grid family home on a 314 hectare cattle farm an hour south of Tamworth in regional NSW. The living spaces are arranged around the perimeter with a functional service core featuring operable skylights that bring light and ventilation into the heart. A simple material palette of concrete, timber and corrugated metal unifies internal and external spaces. Not only is the form of the house drawn from the landscape, it is also nurtured from its place; collecting all the energy and water required for occupation on its vast sloping roof. The brief for a simple, robust and self-sufficient house has been met with a combination of high-tech solutions and thoughtful passive design.
Highly Commended: Edgars Creek House by Breathe Architecture

Single Dwelling (Alteration) Warehouse Greenhouse

By Breathe Architecture The home is built to Passivhaus standards, is extremely air-tight with only 1.2 air changes per hour and uses passive solar design to maximise sun penetration in winter and shade the interiors in summer. It has a highly thermally efficient envelope, is cross-ventilated and harnesses the existing buildings thermal mass. It has high performance, double glazed tilt-and-turn windows, which were installed inside the existing glazed openings – essentially adding a third layer of glazing with a large cavity (making this a triple glazed dwelling). Incredibly, there is no active heating or cooling in this residence, instead, it solely relies on the tight thermal envelope and the HRV system. Materiality took precedence over form and ethics came before aesthetics while remnants of the existing building are preserved and expressed revealing its imperfections and years of layered wear. Prioritising the longevity of the existing warehouse, the project is a simple, contextual extension built using as many reused, repurposed materials as possible.
Highly Commended: Balgowlah CLT Passivhaus by betti&knut architecture & The Snug by Green Sheep Collective

Urban & Landscape For Our Country

By Edition Office and Daniel Boyd For Our Country, is the inaugural National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial, commissioned by the Australian War memorial (AWM) and is located on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country. The work provides a space from which to contemplate and commemorate Indigenous connection to country and the sacrifice that Indigenous serving men and woman have made in the protection of their country. A basalt stone field outlines the outer face of the memorial, establishing a collective gathering space defined by a two-way mirror glass veil which captures the landscape and the viewer within a cloud of mirrored lenses. This reflection is seen to exist on the other side of this veil, establishing an empathetic othering whereby a viewer can witness themselves and their surroundings as existing elsewhere, both in space and time, allowing the contemplation of an indigenous gaze and an indigenous experience of war, conflict and sacrifice.
Highly Commended: The Canopy Precinct by Scott Carver with Supermanoeuvre

The people

Emerging Sustainable Architect / Designer Talina Edwards

Talina Edwards was one of the first woman architects in Australia that qualified as a Certified Passive House Designer and designed a home that successfully achieved Passive House Certification. The award-winning “Owl Woods Passive House” is a ground-breaking project demonstrating leadership with world’s best practice in terms of sustainability, performance, efficiency, resilience, durability, quality, beauty, comfort and occupant health. It proves what is achievable, but also necessary for more climate-responsive and responsible buildings. Edwards has played a leading role promoting sustainable architecture by sharing her knowledge, experiences and passion to inspire others through presentations, articles, podcasts and social media.  

Lifetime Achievement Paul Haar

For over 40 years, Paul Haar has advocated for sustainability by example, through many projects both in and around architectural practice. Haar’s highly regarded knowledge of thermal performance, building materials and construction detailing have seen him also commissioned to troubleshoot where green builds by others have gone awry. Australia’s premier commercial green building, 60L in Carlton Victoria, had him engaged in this capacity for six years (2002-2008). His expertise with water engineering, renewable energy systems and horticulture, have seen Haar also teaching outside architecture, to seminars and courses on permaculture, agroforestry, health promotion and community development. In his engagements with students and young graduates, Haar emphasises how our environmental and COVID emergencies present as many new opportunities for work towards sustainable futures as they pose constraints to business as usual. By sharing his own story, he illustrates how a career in regenerative architecture can be launched, scaffolded and enriched by volunteering in community based building work and other environmental pursuits.  

Women in Sustainability Nadine Samaha

Nadine Samaha established with her partner level architekture>konstrukt 26 years ago to fulfill the need for a comprehensive interdisciplinary service that pursue sustainable built outcomes. To broaden her knowledge, Samaha became LEED green associate and green classroom professional. As lecturer on ESD at RMIT, she empowers students with tools to improve the built environment and runs workshops on climate change, biophilic and regenerative design. As an AIA Chapter councillor and chair of SAF, in collaboration sometimes with Architects Declare, Samaha promotes sustainability issues to architects, academics and the public through forums and webinars on climate change, zero emissions and low carbon.  

The innovations

Green Building Material Carbon Neutral Floors by Interface

Interface’s Carbon Neutral Floors was achieved from our mission to live zero. Zero waste, greenhouse gas emissions and net water use, 100 percent renewable energy and a closed technical loop via product take back, 100 percent recycled or biobased materials and other goals related to transportation, stakeholder well-being and business models that “redesign commerce”. The goal is to make products with the lowest carbon footprint possible that help restore the health of the planet. Interface says it’s committed to lower our carbon footprint across all areas of our business. Providing environmentally responsible flooring solutions to the built industry where both embodied and operation carbon can be reduced even further.
Highly Commended: Citizen _ Pop-up Coffee Pavillion by ZWEI Interiors Architecture

Smart Building Vanquish

By Joe Adsett Architects with Solaire properties and Eco Lateral Environmental Consultants "This home is the absolute epitome sustainable building design, energy innovation and smart home technology. This home is Australia's largest architecturally designed passive house and one of only 38 ever built to this standard in a Sub Tropical climate anywhere in the world."
Highly Commended: InterContinental Double Bay Sydney by ample

Waste Elimination Marrick & Co

By Mirvac Design and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Guided by One Planet Living principles, urban design brings connections and open spaces, creates safe and equitable access to new amenity, improves habitat, promotes wellbeing, mitigates environmental impact, and supports local economy, culture and community. Collaborative consumption is encouraged via a resident-managed tool library, reading library, bulky goods store & kitchen garden. Outdoor spaces provide significant new biodiversity, human comfort, social interaction & stormwater filtration. The Residents’ Garden, rooftop kitchen garden, barbecue area & pizza oven allow residents to grow & prepare healthy food.
Highly Commended: Citizen _ Pop-up Coffee Pavillion by ZWEI Interiors Architecture

Best of the Best Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre

Burwood Brickworks is one of very few retail buildings to engage with the cultural history of the site and bring these dynamic stories to life. There is a permanent art installation on the ceiling of the internal mall and façade of the centre along Middleborough Road painted by Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung and Ngurai Illum Wurrung artist Mandy Nicholson which tells the indigenous tale of the forming of the Yarra River.  

One of very few retail buildings to engage with the cultural history of the site and bring these dynamic stories to life

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Super Design kicks off today!

After months of anticipation, Super Design officially kicks off today, launching a fortnight of jam-packed activations that bring the best of global design directly to you. Over the next two weeks, Super Design will let you be the first to tour new showrooms, unlock industry know-how and delve into immersive design discussions, as you navigate our curated schedule of physical, digital and hybrid events. Coming up this week is five days of global design content that are not to be missed. You’ll hear from the best of the design industry and connect to a community of design-lovers.  Don’t miss out - register now and be there as Super Design unveils design without limits.

16 November

The Latest Kitchen Technologies - Winning Appliances Out of Office: the New Working Culture  - Flokk  Love Local - Tint The ‘Must-Know’ of Lighting - About Space In Conversation with Carla Sozzani & Christian Andersen  - Cult  

17 November

Light Stories - Euroluce  

18 November

In Conversation with Adele Locke, Expert in Lighting Design - About Space The Winning Process - Sculptform A Showroom Space to Learn How to Better Equip Your Kitchen - Sub-Zero Wolf Light Bulb Moment  - INLITE  

19 November

Kitchen Confidential: New Directions in Products and Design - Winnings  King Design Insider- Behind the Scenes with David Kardwick  - King Crafted by Hand, Inspired by Nature  - Artisan Furniture Australia  Interior Landscaping with the New Puffalo Universal Group - Didier Light Stories, the Studio Journey  - Euroluce (6pm)  

20 November

Light Stories, the Studio Journey  - Euroluce (9am) Experience the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom - Sub-Zero Wolf (11am) Experience the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom - Sub-Zero Wolf (2pm) Supreme Cooling Global Premiere - V-ZUG Global Game Changer: In Conversation with Kelly Hoppenabc
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These Houses Wholly Embrace The Power Of Place

Any place, in any given situation, has the power to influence how we think, act and feel – for better or worse. Commonly referred to as the power of place, this much has long gone undisputed as a universal truth, and through the culmination of experiments and experiences of generations of designers, we've grown apt at ensuring ourselves comfort and convenience. These days, you need not travel far – especially you happen to be in the antipodean corner of the earth – to find a highly resolved exemplar of residential architecture. Exemplary habitats that wholly harness the power of place are decidedly rarer to come by. Enigmatic architecture of this calibre is typified by the sense of considered cohesion that permeates every aspect of its design, culminating in residences that are equally and at once both one-of-a-kind and one with all.  

Bowden House, New Zealand | Belinda George Architect

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Te Pakeke, New Zealand | Fearon Hay Architects

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House At Otago Bay, Tasmania | Topology Studio

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Ruckers Hill House, Victoria | Studio Bright

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Upside Down Akubra House, New South Wales | Alexander Symes Architect

  See more   Habitus House of the Year habitusliving.com/houseoftheyear   Habitus would like to acknowledge the support of our Major Partners for 2020: Gaggenau, StylecraftHOME and Zip; and our Supporting Partner: Rocks On. Our Trophy Partner, Axolotl, and our Design Hunter Partners: About Space, Didier, Euroluce, Phoenix Tapware, The Green Room, Savage Design, Stylecraft and Top3 By Design.abc
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Design For The Colour Curious

Colour is an essential tool in any designer’s box, capable of uplifting, energising, relaxing, and defining our state of being. Arne Jacobsen, the Danish designer behind the Vola taps first created in 1968, knew that, used wisely, materiality and colour had the power not only to design, but to define a whole atmosphere. After realising that colourful taps could form an essential part of a scheme and help create characterful spaces, in 1970, Vola selected ten expressive hues. These injected personality into its range of kitchen and bathroom taps and, for the first time, bathrooms and kitchens became arenas for personal expression. Jacobsen’s first foray into the world of colour for Vola was with orange and grey colours in which early prototypes were crafted. He favoured the grey colours inspired by the tone of concrete; the muted grey pigment is now a timeless classic for any interior scheme. Of course, trends have evolved over five decades – olive green was the hottest shade of the 1970s, while today classic and sleek matt black and matt white is the top pick on people’s palettes. Yet regardless of trends, every Vola colour has been inspired by longevity and the bold, geometric principles of their founding values. The latest finish from Vola is matt white – pure and minimal, it brings calmness, clarity and confidence. Today, the ten original shades have evolved into a palette of fifteen colours, six of which are still featured from the original ten. These are still integral to Vola’s design identity, with each hue bringing the ability to shape the spirit of a space. Even in a world of mass production, every single product configuration, of which there are approximately 100,000 possible combinations, is available in each of the 15 colours – coloured by hand in Horsens, Denmark, where every product is built to order.  Discover Vola's broad range of colours and product combinations through the Vola Configurator. Vola en.vola.com  abc
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These Guys Design The Things We Use Everyday

Elric Petit, Grégoire Jeanmonod, and Augustin Scott de Martinville may hail from diverse corners of the earth (Elric is Belgian; Grégoire, Swiss; and Augustin, French-Swiss raised in Beijing, Hong Kong and Paris) but eventually – by fate or chance – a shared design pursuit merged their paths into one. The trio met while studying industrial design at Écal (a.k.a. University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland) – where they now each entertain teaching gigs on the side – and clearly, they hit it off. Classmates became friends; friends became collaborators; collaborators became co-founders.
From the get-go, BIG-GAME’s intention has been clear-cut: to design simple, practical, and affordable objects for everyday life. But in order to get into the design for everyday use game, the trio focussed first on conquering the exhibition space. Using Salone del Mobile as a springboard, BIG-GAME’s first products were designed for the purpose of capturing the attention of those who could materialise their vision.
The strategy paid off. BIG-GAME quickly earned itself a name, not to mention a prized place in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, thanks to early pieces such as the BOLD chair designed for Moustache. The real win however was the relationships with some of the most important producers in the international design scene including the likes of Hay, Muuto and Ikea. Since its inception in 2004, BIG-GAME has worked with household product labels at every scale. “We have designed cups and glasses for Nespresso, flatware for Alessi, cooking knives for Opinel, shelving for Ikea, tables and chairs for Karimoku,” BIG-GAME shares, dropping just a few of the big names. Under no such pretence that bigger equals better, the studio’s portfolio is not without its fair share of collaborations with more discreet brand names. Namely, there’s the porcelain coffee makers, pots and kettles designed for 2016/ Arita and the bath toys made from recycled cork designed for Amorium – that’s just to focus on the objects meant for use in the kitchen or bathroom.
When it comes to designing such products, two considerations are front of mind for BIG- GAME: firstly, that the design respects the DNA of the brand it belongs to; and secondly, comfort is key. “From sitting on a chair to holding a cooking knife or putting a spoon in the mouth, our goal is to design products that are as comfortable as possible,” say the trio. Above and beyond the intricacies of the interface between person and product, BIG- GAME believes that the real challenge faced by designers today lives in the relationship between planet, production, and product. “It is an exciting time for designers,” the studio references the collective conscience’s growing sense of responsibility toward the environment as an ever-present, all-powerful force. “All the projects we work on at the moment bear an aspect of improving our carbon footprint... There is more interest in transparency; how things are made; what impact they have when they are used; when they are produced,” Elric, Grégoire, and Augustin stress the need for designers to take more responsibility for the environmental impact of production and consumerism overall. This sense of responsibility to the environment plays a big part in BIG-GAME’s game plan, at least for the foreseeable future, with the studio focussing its efforts on finding ways to embellish the everyday lives of people, while minimising the impact on the planet. BIG-GAME big-game.ch Portrait photography by Cedric Widmer
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Creating Kitchens That Live Up To Ambitions

In many ways, the realisation of ambition is what Habitus House of the Year is all about. Each year, the line-up of outstanding projects, selected from across the Indo-Pacific Region, culminates in an exposé of ambitious residences, designed by and for ambitious people, pursuing ambitious, even profound, ways of life. And each year, we develop a taste for more. Such an appetite for ambition ought not, need not and — thanks to Gaggenau — shall not go unfed. Driven by the principals of a professional kitchen and inspired by the needs of an experienced chef, all the while catering for private kitchens, in homes such as yours and mine, Gaggenau is an ambitious type itself. The preeminent German manufacturer of premium domestic appliances is renowned as one of the most influential players in the residential kitchen design space. And deservedly so; not least because of its design-led approach and its penchant for being a catalyst in the discovery of many-a-users’ culinary ambitions. To create a custom-designed domestic kitchen, fitted with technically sophisticated yet easy-to-use appliances has been the company's steadfast vision since the mid-century. While, decades on, that robust vision remains the same; the modern-day possibilities have exponentially changed. Today, bespoke kitchen design demands appliances that are built-in and operate harmoniously with one another. Stainless steel fridges integrating perfectly with wine climate cabinets, for instance, or ovens aligned with built-in, automated espresso machines. Championing endless culinary potential, Gaggenau's relentless desire to inspire is quintessentially exhibited throughout its product range. Even the oven — typically a staple and rarely a stand out kitchen feature — in Gaggenau’s case, is anything but basic. The brand’s 400 series ovens make an apt point in case; their sleek, handle-free form comes endowed with 17 different heating methods, a three-point core temperature probe with estimated cooking time feature, pyrolytic cleaning functionality and an intuitive TFT touch display. In its entirety, the 400 series comprises an exceptional range of ovens, combi-steam ovens, combi-microwaves and complementary appliances, each of which are domestic in proportion while professional in principle and wit. Specification-wise the 400 series ovens and accessories, along with the rest of Gaggenau’s offering of premium kitchen appliances, are designed to be tailored in configuration to suit one’s personal preferences and ambitions in the kitchen. Complementary appliances, including the 400 series’ warming drawer, vacuuming drawer and automatic espresso machine, are able to be combined with one’s own bespoke composition of ovens, combi-steam ovens and/or combi-microwaves. Completed by an inimitable suite of induction cooktops, modular fridge/freezers, wine climate cabinets, dishwashers and ventilation systems, Gaggenau’s offering goes unmatched. Therein lays the key to living up to ambitions in the kitchen. Gaggenau gaggenau.com.auabc
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5 Façades That Are Not Just A Pretty Face

As a devout disciple of passive solar design, the screen façade is one of tropical modernism's closest allies. From India through Southeast Asia, to New Zealand and Australia, the diverse and age-old vernacular architectures of the Indo-Pacific Region have long expressed a penchant for permeable façades, culminating in an architectural ancestry characterised by breeze blocks, timber battens and perforated panels in all manner of material variations. Inherently striking, but so much more than just a pretty face, these hallmarks of tropical architecture make for stunning house facades that are beautifully intricate and have intellect to boot. Amongst the projects shortlisted for Habitus House of the Year 2020, there are five in particular that embody such stunning house facades. Through thoughtful use of brick/timber/perforated screen cladding, these five projects each feature outerwear that operates as architecture's natural aircon – quite literally – working harmoniously with the elements to ventilate, refreshen and acclimatise environments to make for comfortable living, even in the most stuffy climes.  

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#3, New Zealand | Studio2 Architects

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