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Ambassadors Lead the way in the 2021 INDE.Awards

With the 2021 INDE.Awards in full swing, taking the lead to spread the word of the program are the talented and expert group of architects and designers that are our ambassadors. As in other years, the INDE.Awards ambassador is a creative renowned for his or her talent and commitment to the design community. In 2021 we have a diverse group that encompass the realms of architecture and design as well as myriad countries within our Indo-Pacific region. They each bring their own special magic to the INDE.Awards and we are delighted that they are our regional representatives to our wide community.   This year’s Ambassadors are, Akshat Bhatt – Principal Architect, Architecture Discipline, India Annabel Smart and Marijne Vogel – Directors, Studio 11:11, New Zealand/Australia David flack and Mark Robinson – Directors, Flack Studio, Australia Goy Zhenru, Dessy Anggadewi and Sam Loetmann – Director, Indonesia Lead, Thailand Lead, Goy Architects, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand Jason Sim and Hao Wang – Founder and Architect, S/Lab10, Singapore Maria Warner Wong – Founder and Design Director, Warner Wong Design I WOW Architects, Singapore Mark Healey – Studio Director, Bates Smart, Australia Otto Ng and Chun Hang Yip – Founders and Directors, LAAB Architects, Hong Kong   Our ambassadors this year are an exemplary group of practitioners that dedicate themselves to fine design. Their projects inhabit our region and enrich each community and country as they span every genre. They see that design can make a difference to the lives of those who inhabit houses, learn in the classroom, recuperate in medical facilities, practice wellness, shop, reside in a retreat or eat at a restaurant. They are consummate practitioners and leaders in their field of design. We are delighted that each ambassador is associated with the 2021 INDE.Awards and that they value the connection that the awards bring to all who value design throughout our Indo-Pacific region. This connectivity is the very essence of the INDE.Awards and we pay tribute to those who lead the charge, our 2021 INDE.Awards Ambassadors.  2021 INDE.Awards ambassadors   Akshat Bhatt, Principal Architect, Architecture Discipline   David Flack and Mark Robinson, Flack Studio   Goy Zhenru, Dessy Anggadewi and Sam Loetmann, Director, Indonesia Lead, Thailand Lead, Goy Architects   Maria Warner Wang, Founder and design Director, Warner Wong Design I WOW Architects   Mark Healey, Studio Director, Bates Smart   Otto Ng and Chun Hang Yip, Founders and Directors, LAAB Architects   Jason Sim and Hao Wang, Founder and Architect, S/Lab10   Annabel Smart and Marijne Vogel, Directors,  Studio 11:11abc
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An extraordinary jury for the 2021 INDE.Awards

The 2021 INDE.Awards has commenced and this year is shaping up to be the best on record. Now in its fifth year, the INDE.Awards is the pre-eminent architectural awards in the region and the only programme that encompasses the entire Indo-Pacfic in its scope and celebrations. Through INDE, we invite designers and architects to showcase local design in a forum that elevates its shortlisters and winners to the global stage.  With many high caliber projects already entered in this season’s awards, 2021 promises to be a challenging year for the jury as they decide who is to be shortlisted and who will be afforded the ultimate accolade of category winner. It’s not an easy job. The time it takes to read submissions, view images, decide and vote is critical, however, with the best projects and practices to review every consideration must be given to every entry. Many of the judges have been with the INDEs since its inception, some have returned from other years, while there are some new faces among this esteemed group.  This year, as always, the INDE.Awards jury is composed of the leading experts throughout our region and the world. Together they bring to the process their expertise and knowledge and the collective design experience is certainly unparalleled.  This year’s formidable INDE.Awards jury consists of 16 judges from Australia, Indonesia, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Denmark, Hong Kong, India and Thailand and they are,    Brodie Neill – Founder & Industrial Designer, Brodie Neill, Australia/United Kingdom  Chan Ee Mun – Architect, WOHA, Singapore  Florian Heinzelmann and Daliana Suryawinata – Founders and Directors, SHAU, Indonesia  James Calder – Global Director, User Strategy, ERA-co, Australia  Jan Utzon – Architect, Utzon Architects, Denmark  Jeff Copolov – Director, Bates Smart, Australia  Judy Cheung – Co-founder, Cheungvogl, Hong Kong  Leone Lorimer – National Practice Leader, GHDWoodhead, Australia  Liamm Timms – Fund Manager, International Towers, Australia  Luke Yeung – Principal, Architectkidd, Thailand  Peta Heffernan – Director, Liminal Studio, Australia  Praveen Nahar – Director, India National Institute of Design (India), India  Raj Nandan – Founder and CEO, Indesign Media Asia Pacific, Australia  Shashi Caan – Founding Partner, SC Collective, United States of America/United Kingdom  Tonya Hinde – Principal I Design Lead, BLP, Australia    With every jury member an exemplary representative of the architecture and design community in his or her country, the scene is set for an outstanding awards program this year. Not only will we have the opportunity to celebrate design at home, whichever country that may be, but we have the chance to connect to our Indo-Pacific region through a single focus, the INDE.Awards 2021. Entries are now open and we look forward to seeing your project and hearing about your practice and work. Register here to join your community and enter the INDE.Awards.  indeawards.com/#s-jury    Florian Heinzelmann and Daliana Suryawinata, founders and Directors, SHAU    Brodie Neil, Founder and Industrial Designer, Brodie Neil    Chan Ee Munn, Architect, WOHA    James Calder, Global Director, User strategy, ERA-co    Jan Utzon, Architect, Utzon Architects    Jeff Copolov, Director, Bates Smart    Judy Cheung, Co-founder, Cheungvogl    Leone Lorimer, National Practice Leader, GHDWoodhead, Australia    Liamm Timms, Fund Manager, International Towers    Luke Yeung, Principal, Architectkidd      Peta Heffernan, Director, Liminal Studio    Praveen Nahar, Director, India National Institute of Design (India)     Raj Nandan, Founder and CEO, Indesign Media Asia Pacific    Shashi Caan, Founding Partner, SC Collective, United States of America    Tonya Hinde, Principal I Design Lead, BLP   abc
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A Home Bringing The Owner’s Values To Life

As it is often said, our homes are our sanctuaries. They provide shelter and safety, and by their nature are an extension of what we believe. Wanting a home to truly reflect who they are as a family, Ruxton Rise Residence designed by Melbourne based studiofour, is more than just a building, it is a space that is focused on drawing out experiences. It is an approach that favours how the space feels, rather than focusing on just the building form or aesthetics. Set within the iconic Melbourne suburb of Beaumaris, renowned for its mid-century homes, Ruxton Rise Residence honours the unique context and rich architectural history but brings a contemporary take. The design is led by the fundamental principle that simplicity enables idleness, and the time we spend idle makes for a healthier state of mind. From the street the home nestles into the site, not giving much away of what lies within. There is a distinct inward focus, with an internal courtyard being the heart and focus of the home. Landscape also features prominently, which is a response to the desired calming effect that features strongly throughout. As the centre of the home, the courtyard garden is an extension of the liveable space, providing an extra room to sit and relax. Similarly, other spaces throughout the home have been designed with communal use in mind, to foster conversations and time together. The idea of healthy living is a key component to this home through a connection to nature, as well as providing spaces of interaction and retreat. In addition, passive design principles further the notion of healthy living. Natural materials and building techniques ensure the best daylight and ventilation, while products with no VOCs have been selected. Ruxton Rise Residence is a design that isn’t opulent or over the top. Instead, it prioritises private, unpretentious and sustainable ideals. This house shows how much you can achieve on a small site, without compromising space or creating a sense of overdevelopment. studiofour studiofour.net.au Photography courtesy the architect We think you would also like this project in Wanaka, New Zealand set in the gorgeous landscape abc
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The Continental Fusion That Is Courtyard House

When a townhouse is typically restored, much of the pre-existing materials are replaced with newer, more modern alternatives that are installed to prolong the life of the original site. Additionally, when some task themselves with a restoration, they opt for an extension onto the back of the abode and basic refurbishment of the house that sits in front of it. Cox Architecture Principal Joe Agius has done neither of these, instead transforming his family home in Glebe — the Courtyard House — into a house that is centred around a garden, with all elements of the original 1885 structure carefully kept and reused. courtyard house entryway Referencing Moroccan Riad architecture, in which common areas and private rooms are shared, Agius has created an area that doubles as a segregator of parental and children spaces, and an area where the family can come together. The aim was to “create a courtyard house that afforded much better amenity than the typical terrace typology,” in which Agius duly succeeded through the means of the central area. Completed in 1885, the house is Italianate in character and build, and is situated within Glebe’s Toxteth Estate. Between the First World War and World War II, the house was reimagined as a boarding house, with many significant adjustments made to accommodate for more tenants. courtyard house living room Agius acquired the property many years later, but the need to reconfigure the house back into a residential entity was paramount. Fusing 19th century Italian design, Morroccan principles and modern techniques together in the one dwelling, the result is a sensationally poised townhouse that allows for both communal gathering and privacy under the one roof. Agius says the house was built to be purposely versatile – a feature rarely seen in a 19th century townhouse. courtyard house living space “The design for the house embraces the ideal of adaptability – it is designed to ‘transform’ easily between three modes – single generous 4-bedroom home, two 2-bedroom homes, and a large 2-bedroom home with a separate studio. This adaptability is designed-in – including all building services – it challenges the ‘fixed’ way in which design our housing stock, potentially addressing challenges of housing affordability.” The building’s exterior marries old with new, with the original single storey dwelling and new wing witnessed from the street. The two pieces are conjoined by a cantilevered roof, with sandstone materials from the existing house acknowledged and honoured in the new design. The facade pays respect to the dwelling’s border house history, with tonal changes seen throughout the exterior surfaces. courtyard house dining area The central courtyard that operates as the heart of the building is covered in sunlight throughout the day. Its positioning allows for sunlight to pour through its surrounding spaces, with Agius adopting timber glazed sliding doors to ensure as much natural light as possible into interior areas. After spending approximately one year carefully planning the transformation of the courtyard house, Agius and his family now possess a home that allows for connection and privacy under the one roof. While not Morroccan in characteristic, the design principles of Riad architecture are used carefully to craft a townhouse that pulls together the best of classic design and modern biophilia and conjoins them at the hip and allows them to beautifully coexist. Joe Agius (Cox Architecture) Photography by Robert Walsh We think you'll love Italianate House by Renato D'Ettore Architects courtyard house bedroom courtyard house living space courtyard house stairs courtyard house exteriorabc
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The INDE.Summit is Coming: Topics Announced!

2021 is a year for learning and evolving, of looking forward and moving ahead of the curve. This year, for the first time, this learning will be delivered to you through the INDE programme, which has expanded to include the INDE.Summit. Coming to you for its inaugural season this August, the INDE.Summit adds to the Indo-Pacific’s most progressive award initiative, where excellence is not just celebrated but explored and analysed. The INDE.Summit will be a full day symposium, an event comprising four, CPD-Accredited discussions which will bring together a spectrum of regional and local speakers to explore how the Indo-Pacific region’s architects and designers are responding to and innovating in the face of critical global and local challenges. So mark your calendar for Thursday August 5th, where the INDE.Summit will be held in Sydney and broadcast live around the globe. Whether you’ll be attending in person or joining virtually, get ready for a knowledge-charged day that will deliver your education differently, using interaction and inspiration to bring you a broader understanding of diversity and a stronger position from which to propel forward under the gaze of the world.


“[It is imperative] to see architecture provide innovative solutions to complex scenarios. It’s imperative for the architecture from the region to be sensitive to the environment and to be designed carefully with the available resources, with empathy.”

– Palinda Kannangara, Founder, Palinda Kannangara Architects (Sri Lanka) and INDE.Awards 2020 Ambassador


INDE.Summit 2021 Topics

The INDE.Summit will present a series of panel discussions which have been specially curated and developed for our industry and our region. Progressive, insightful and contextually placed, each session will form as part of the wider 2021 theme: ‘Develop/Underdevelop’. ‘Development’ often goes unquestioned as a force that will deliver advancement, value and growth. But as the realities of climate, equity and health challenges play out locally, regionally and globally, it’s critical that we deeply consider what sort of advancement, value and growth we really need in our part of the world. Within an overarching regional context of rapid change, the INDE.Summit will explore leading examples of deeply rooted, deeply relevant and deeply equitable approaches to architecture and design for the benefit of enhanced regional awareness, understanding and strategy.

The Housing Balance: Design, Community & Economy in the Indo-Pacific

Housing presents universal challenges as well as contextual ones related to migration and urbanisation patterns, affordability and financing, culture and social norms, climate, construction modes and adaptability. The ingredients of resilient communities and environments around the Indo-Pacific region can be studied from multiple angles to find pathways to housing that achieves much more than real-estate-driven concerns. Housing that sensitively and successfully fuses top-down and bottom-up concerns is possible in many contexts. This session will dissect some of the region’s leading examples.

Manifesting Culture, Place & Identity in the Indo-Pacific

The vernacular is often complementary to sustainable architecture and design. Yet in many cases these days, its manifestation tends toward the gestural. Opportunities for deeper relevance and benefit are overlooked. Similarly, sanitised and packaged versions of heritage, as well as dogmatic preservations of the past, each present their own limitations. Authentic understandings of what the vernacular has to offer the contemporary built environment can positively impact ideas of culture and how people live. This session will explore the lived experience – as opposed to the thin iconography – of culture, place and identity as manifested through a variety of project types in a spectrum of regional locations.

Finding & Financing Sustainability: Indo-Pacific Built Environment Case Studies

What drives a strong vision for holistic sustainability in a project? How is it financed? What supports and threatens its implementation? The answers and the very framing of the questions will vary with place, budget and regulation, but will certainly allude to how the various players in the built environment industry value sustainability in all its forms. This session will seek out positive examples of sustainable development as a means of finding lessons that could benefit the regional industry as a whole.

Ecosystems of Commercial Space in the Indo-Pacific

Globally, strategies from one sector of commercial space design are crossing over to influence others. This is creating new opportunities and avenues for the owners, designers and users of spaces. Though many of the drivers of this strategic fluidity are borderless, the  cultural inflections of particular places, and the real estate and planning contexts at play, can vary considerably and influence the outcomes. This session will investigate, through regional examples, how global currents are manifesting in the Indo-Pacific and survey the lessons that can be shared between us.


“No longer is our region about mimicking what is done in Europe and North America. Being part of international design and architecture festivals over the past few years, it’s clear that the world is now looking to our region for inspiration.”

– Ryan Russell & Byron George, Directors, Russell & George (Australia) and INDE.Awards 2020 Ambassadors


The world is watching the Indo-Pacific region. A united architecture and design industry is a confident and powerful one – one that is ready to respond with wisdom, agility and innovation to the immense challenges of today. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for dialogue that spans geographies, climates and cultures.


5 August 2021, Sydney

The Summit day program will precede the INDE.Awards 2021 Gala (evening, 5 August 2021, Sydney). More information to be announced soon.

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The Studio Kitchen by Kennedy Nolan and Laminex

Constraints often challenge architects and designers to do their most creative work, and we see that here, in the very beautiful, very clever Studio Kitchen by Kennedy Nolan. Conceived as a kitchen for a small house or apartment, its design plays with scale, colour and texture to not only create a feeling of spaciousness and generosity but deliver maximum amenity from its minimal footprint. studio kitchen drawer open The material palette comprises a handful of products chosen for their rich colour, textural appeal and inherent tactility. Most prominent is ultra-matte Laminex AbsoluteMatte, specified in warm, earthy Green Slate for the tower and under-bench cabinetry, and in classic blue French Navy for the benchtop, splashback and elegantly curved rangehood cover. AbsoluteMatte’s light-absorbing qualities give these surfaces a beautiful visual softness, and particularly in the deep blue of French Navy, help the kitchen to recede in the space, making it feel larger. studio kitchen sink and cabinetry Terracotta brick tiles from Artedomus bring wonderful contrast with their warm tones and rustic texture. There’s also a wall finished in blackboard paint, which coordinates with the darker colours and matte finishes. And then, two flashes of brilliant red – a custom-coloured Volker Haug wall light and hidden, waiting to be discovered, a drawer lined in Laminex Pillarbox. studio kitchen oven and stovetop But what really sets this kitchen apart is the way Kennedy Nolan has brought these materials together, pushing certain elements beyond standard dimensions to achieve visual effects and deliver greater functionality. For example, instead of having a regulation 100mm kicker, the terracotta floor folds up the front of the cabinetry to the full height of one tile, making a feature of something that’s often an afterthought. This is mirrored in the way the Laminex AbsoluteMatte French Navy above gives expression to a chunkier-than-usual benchtop. And the benchtop itself is 800mm deep – 200mm deeper than standard – so there’s room for appliances and cooking staples to be pushed to the back, while leaving ample workspace in front. In a kitchen that can’t accommodate an island bench, this will have a positive impact every single day. [gallery size="large" type="rectangular" ids="110018,110019"]   The same deep-blue decor is used for the splashback, designed to a width of 1200mm to match the laminate sheet size and avoid visible joins, and for the cold-formed curve of the rangehood cover, again crafted seamlessly from a single sheet of laminate. There are no overhead cupboards here, and this creates a feeling of openness at eye-level. Storage is instead provided in a substantial pull-out pantry beneath the benchtop, and in the tower cabinetry, which extends from floor to ceiling. Describing her team’s approach, Kennedy Nolan Principal Rachel Nolan says, “There’s not much space, so when you make a gesture, make it generous!” Indeed, one final feature reinforces the point – all of the cabinetry is designed with discreet finger-pulls for doors and drawers, except for one massive circular In-Teria door handle, crafted from timber and leather, a beautiful focal point against its muted organic green Laminex backdrop. Studio Kitchen contributors Interior Design by Kennedy Nolan Photography by Derek Swalwell Art Direction by Ortolan Styling by Natalie James Featured in this kitchen Cabinetry: Laminex AbsoluteMatte Green Slate Benchtop, splashback and rangehood: Laminex AbsoluteMatte French Navy Drawer interior cabinetry: Laminex Pillarbox Flooring and splashback: Artedomus Cotto Manetti Rustic Split Handle: In-Teria, Big Moo Wall light: Volker Haug Sink: Oliveri Solitaire Round Sink Tap: Sussex Tap Cooktop: Miele CS 7612 FL Oven: Miele 11128560 H 7860abc
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EDIT: The New Wave of Kitchen Design

The onset of the global pandemic magnified the role of home in our lives. It made it abundantly clear we might have to rely on our interiors much more than before. And while the benefits of biophilic design have been appreciated for a long time, the ability to bring the notion of the outdoors inside is now more vital than ever, as it helps create residential spaces that echo the sensation of being in nature. A quality that is essential in times when contact with nature can be limited. With its concept deeply rooted in the Australian landscape, EDIT invites the outdoors into the kitchen space. 'The relationship between the words 'edit' and 'tide' made me think about the places where land and water meet, and how the colours in the landscape could inform the palette for the kitchen,' Kylie Forbes, Creative Director at Cantilever, explains the inspiration behind the design process which - much like the ebb and flow of a tide - was an exploration of possibility, its reduction and repetition. The kitchen manufacturer teamed up with Kett, a furniture design studio known to draw inspiration from the country. 'A lot of the inspiration comes from a walk along the beach or through a forest. Today, we all rely on the emotions that one takes from nature in our homes because we all yearn for that connection back to place,' Justin Hutchinson, Kett's Design Director, describes - referring to his commitment to emulating both the visual aspect of the Australian landscape and the emotion of it, too. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="108442,108443"]   Those inspirations have evolved into an engaging and tactile kitchen that uses natural materials and palettes. From the selection of Australian and international natural stones, steel and ceramic to the stained veneer and solid timber detailing - the natural look creates a palpable connection to the outdoors; and the refined aesthetic guarantees the longevity of its unpretentious appeal. [gallery size="large" type="rectangular" ids="108647,108648"]   In creating EDIT's natural and timeless charm, Cantilever refined some of their existing design elements - like the sink or ingenious incorporation of the chopping board into the countertop surface. Alongside the tried and tested classics, Cantilever introduces a selection of new solutions that accentuate the kitchen's organic identity - and further boost its intuitive functionality. The solid timber finger pull elevates the tactile experience of interacting with drawers and cabinets, mirroring the rounded edges visible in other kitchen elements such as the ceramic countertops or the solid timber table sitting atop the island. The new, contrasting slimline steel shelving options further expand Cantilever's design language complementing the visible grain of the veneer throughout. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="108651,108652"]   Out of the combination of natural materials, organic colour palettes, and tactile design emerges a kitchen that not only emulates the Australian landscape but also offers intuitive functionality bound to stand the test of time. Cantilever cantileverinteriors.com/edit-kitchen  abc