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Psst! Here’s a Sneak Peek of the Habitus House of the Year Video Series

For months now we have been working on the biggest issue of the year, the Habitus House of the Year special edition, which features an incredible array of projects from across the Indo Pacific. From family homes to sprawling holiday houses, renovated townhouses to sustainable tiny dwellings, the houses in the Habitus House of the Year line-up express the diversity of what it means to live today. Habitus has always sought out and curated the most incredible homes, people and products, highlighting the variety of cultures and climates from around the region. This unique lens is what continues to set Habitus apart, offering a perspective into architecture and design, which shows a way of living that is grounded in regionality. [embed width="810" height="810"]https://cdn.indesign.com.au/website_assets/habitusliving.com/hoty2021/HOTY-2021-teaser.MP4.mp4[/embed]   As the magazine makes its way to your doorstep and onto shelves, we've also been working on a special video series. While the projects are diverse, we have drawn out four key themes that speak to our current point in time and how they are shaping what it means to live in design. This video series takes our singular approach even deeper, considering how bigger ideas are shaping design in the Indo Pacific. Expect to see some new and familiar faces, as architects and jury members share their insights: – Alexander Symes (Alexander Symes Architect) – Howard Tanner (Consulting architect and Habitus House of the Year juror) – Kim Bridgland and Aaron Roberts (Edition Office) – Virginia Kerridge (Virginia Kerridge Architect) – David Clark (Design editor and Habitus House of the Year juror) – Matt Krusin (Tobias Partners) – Renato D'Ettorre (Renato D'Ettorre Architects) – Plus many more! The episodes will officially kick-start from October 14, but here's a sneak peek below:

A New Kind of Green

Sustainability is an imperative of our time. In this episode, we consider the role that architecture has to play in creating environmental solutions that make our homes more comfortable, durable and future-proofed.  

Future Monuments

Buildings should endure, passing from one generation to the next. Through an approach grounded in timeless design and quality, this episode explores what design longevity means. High-quality materials, details that don't shout, design that looks beyond mere trends – homes that can adapt and even be adapted.  

The Wellness Revolution

The benefits of connecting to greenery and being surrounded by natural materials have come to the fore, especially throughout Covid. Our homes are sanctuaries, offering us respite and refuge. In this episode, we examine how biophilic elements in our homes are part of the wellness revolution.   

Return to the Local

Supply chains have been drastically affected throughout the pandemic. But through the process, there has been a resurgence in working with local makers and manufacturers, relying once again on local skills and knowledge.

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Mim Fanning Reflects on 21 Years of Practice

Elana Castle: Can you share some of the seminal moments in your early career and how they influenced you as a young designer?

Mim Fanning: As a graduate, I worked for a large architecture office. Fortunately, the practitioners were all very generous in sharing information and I was able to build an amazing library of expertise, both in knowledge and built form. In that time, it was a hand-drawn practice. It’s amazing how technology has changed. Those early skills have proven extremely valuable in my career moving forward. To this day I still encourage a hand-drawn skill as I feel it allows creative freedom. [caption id="attachment_115470" align="alignnone" width="810"] Bower, Manly, photo by Tom Ferguson[/caption]

What prompted you to go out and establish your own practice and what was your early vision for Mim Design?

Starting my own business was really the most significant and formative turning point in my career. I had a young child at the time and my intention was to work as a design consultant, affording me the freedom of flexible hours and diversity. This is what initially prompted me to go out on my own, and from there I was very fortunate to have landed my first project within just a few weeks. Before I knew it, my independent consultancy grew into a studio, which has continued to grow incrementally ever since. [caption id="attachment_115479" align="alignnone" width="810"] Coastal Pavilion, photo by Tom Blachford[/caption]

How do you ensure that each project has a meaningful and unique outcome?

Research. Lots of research. For example, I love retail master planning – understanding the psychology of what drives people to shop a certain way and to connect with things. It’s a great educational process. I love space planning, investigating form and function, the sculptural aspect, three-dimensionality, materiality – essentially the complexity of design. I am lucky to have an amazing team (of 27), who work really hard to push all aspects of design. You have to find purpose and substance in every project. Design responses are holistic but also tailored to people. Design has to transcend time and have longevity. Ultimately you design for an emotional response. We want to create spaces that people just connect with and enjoy inhabiting. [caption id="attachment_115472" align="alignnone" width="810"] Bower, Manly, photo by Tom Ferguson[/caption]

What challenges have you faced at Mim Design?

When I first started Mim Design I had just had my first child. Designing, running a business and being a mum was very hard. I was told that you can ‘have it all’ and upon reflection, I don’t feel that’s entirely true. You have to figure out how you can both work and have children, and you have to let go of some things and choose your time and projects carefully. I believe that’s what makes one successful. Early in my career, I found being on building sites quite challenging as a woman, but I also enjoyed standing my ground for what I believed in. Ultimately, it made me a stronger businesswoman and helped me realise my true passion for delivering on projects.  

"You have to find purpose and substance in every project. Design responses are holistic but also tailored to people." – Mim Fanning

 

How do you find the time to design when there are so many other aspects of a business to manage?

In the last six years, I have learned to compartmentalise, to be specific with my time, and then only multitask when absolutely necessary. Some days I reserve for just designing and I’m strict about this because, at the end of the day, I want my job to be enjoyable. There are always issues, but it is our role to be problem solvers so that is a skill we simply need to have. I believe that if you enjoy your work at least 75 per cent of the time, then you have a career with longevity. [caption id="attachment_115473" align="alignnone" width="810"] NNH Residence, photo by Peter Clarke[/caption]

How has Mim Design evolved over the past 21 years?

We recently appointed a director of architecture and created an FF&E department. Now we get involved in all aspects of design and documentation. The continuity of architecture and interior design is a philosophy that has always been central to our practice, so these additions to our studio are very exciting. In the past five to seven years we have also made it a priority to only work with people who want to work with us. When we meet a potential new client, we invite them to meet us for coffee so we both have an opportunity to get to know one another. Projects can take years, so it’s important that both parties will enjoy the time you spend together. I also love the idea of us educating our clients as well as our clients educating us. We are a highly collaborative team, both with clients, consultants, builders and suppliers. [caption id="attachment_115474" align="alignnone" width="810"] Coastal Pavilion, photo by Tom Blachford[/caption]

What types of projects would you love to add to your portfolio in the coming years?

The more diverse the project types, the better. I’d love to work in infrastructure in some way, like designing a pavilion or a bridge. A winery would also be wonderful and I’d love to do some international work and maybe further develop custom furniture. The most important thing is to grow all our divisions and to make sure that the team is always being brought closer together.  

"I believe that if you enjoy your work at least 75 per cent of the time, then you have a career with longevity." – Mim Fanning

 

How were you able to run Mim Design in the midst of a global pandemic and during an extended lockdown in Victoria?

2020 was certainly a year of adapting and learning, and what really came to the forefront for us was being reminded of the importance of home. We obviously had to go remote and despite that, I think we adapted really well. We had lots of group design meetings and I’m not the most technical person in that department, but I learned a lot and have enjoyed learning that further skill. [caption id="attachment_115475" align="alignnone" width="810"] Bower, Manly, photo by Tom Ferguson[/caption]

To what do you attribute your undisputed success as a designer?

People who produce great design, LIVE design. They really live design, versus just doing design. It’s also about being an originator versus a follower. Some of the best practitioners in Australia live design. It’s what makes their work great. [caption id="attachment_115476" align="alignnone" width="810"] Works – a new book by Mim Design traces her 21 Years of practice[/caption] Mim Design mimdesign.com.au Mim's new book Works is available now abc
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The Bold and the Durable

It’s not often that energetic and playful family homes can also be called laid-back refuges. But when client Liana and James Shaw-Taylor approached Tom Mark Henry studio to design Wahroonga House, they delivered on both the durable child-friendly and the calming sanctuary aspects of the brief. The dark green kitchen with white walls and a brown tiled mosaic island bench. Wahroonga House by Tom Mark Henry. “Robust and functional materials were employed to accommodate the playfulness of young children and for durability. It is the unexpected use of colour and texture that provides a cohesive connection throughout the house, delivering a laid-back and sophisticated refuge, which excites and intrigues while fulfilling the client's brief,” says project lead Cushla McFadden. A loungroom with white walls and white timber ceiling with support trusses. Wahroonga House by Tom Mark Henry. Dark green tiles in the bathroom match the forest green of the kitchen in Wahroonga House, while the dark timber of the dining table is mirrored as the master bedroom’s bedhead, speaking to this cohesive colour and texture. Matte terracotta tiles line the floors throughout the home, including the bedrooms, a durable factor that was chosen to cope with the playfulness of children. The clever use of colour, materials and repetition allowed for a cost-effective impact that didn’t compromise on design. Living room Wahroonga House by Tom Mark Henry. Designed to house a growing family, the living, dining and kitchen form the open central area of the home, allowing “the young family to enjoy the space with ease and comfort”. Large sliding doors were incorporated into the living room, allowing the area to connect seamlessly with the external landscaped garden, pool, and bushland surrounds. Located in Wahroonga, the home responds to the leafy bushland of Sydney’s Upper North Shore. “The use of rich golden brown hues and the deep forest green cabinetry complement the site’s natural bushland of flora and fauna creating a unified space from the inside out,” says McFadden. Bathroom with green tiles and white grout in the Wahroonga House by Tom Mark Henry. The mid-century structure of the home was also referenced in the clean lines of the white-painted timber ceiling and triangular trusses. Details such as the curved shapes in the joinery also act as “a nod to the minimalist yet playful geometry of modernist design,” says McFadden. “A truly collaborative approach with the home owners from all involved in the design and build has contributed greatly to the successful outcome, delivering the inhabitants a home which is reflective of their personalities and love and respect for quality, timeless design,” says McFadden. Bathroom with green tiles and white grout in the Wahroonga House by Tom Mark Henry. Beautiful yet durable, Wahroonga House delivers a child-friendly and financially sound home, without compromising on its bold and sophisticated aesthetic. A frosted brown door to the bedroom in Bathroom with green tiles and white grout in the Wahroonga House by Tom Mark Henry. Bedroom with built in white and brown cupboards and terracotta floors inBathroom with green tiles and white grout in Wahroonga House by Tom Mark Henry. Bathroom sink in Wahroonga House by Tom Mark Henry. Terrazzo bathroom vanity in Wahroonga House by Tom Mark Henry. Project Details Interior design — Tom Mark Henry Architecture — Quantum Built Damian Bennett We think you might like Bistecca restaurant, a project also by Tom Mark Henryabc
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Colour Our World

The 15th volume of the Haymes Colour Library has arrived, and entitled Awakening, it stirs up bold creative ideas but also contains colours that engender calmness and wellbeing. It’s an apt and perceptive name for the latest update of colour trends and reads our moods correctly, translating them into a spectrum of colour to gladden any interior and indeed our hearts. As the largest Australian made and owned paint manufacturer, Haymes Paint has established itself as a business with a grand reputation for quality products and service. Established in Victoria in 1935, the Ballarat-based company presents not only a fine product but in this new iteration of colour trends, there is choice to suit every palette. As the overarching theme of the colour collection, Awakening speaks to our changing circumstances – from the challenges of the last year to the hope for the next. Through colour there is the opportunity to make a statement, to experiment and explore and yes, to awaken the creative soul that lurks within. Speaking with Wendy Rennie, Concept Manager, Haymes Paint to find out just why Awakening is special she commented, “In one statement I can say it is the true power of colour! [caption id="attachment_115403" align="alignnone" width="810"] Clear view[/caption] "These colours are so timely and responsive to the mood and situation we are in right now. As a result of the pandemic each of us is having a different experience – some are showing such resilience and gratitude for their own circumstances, and may be more drawn to the soft warm comforting neutrals and tactility of the 'In the Moment' palette. "Others are needing something to help break down the feeling of rules and regulations so really fun and unexpected colour palettes from the 'Game Changer' just add some joy and a sense of newness to spaces. While others may be looking for respite and escape, which can be found with calming and reflective hues offered in the 'Clearview' theme.” The continuum between the three palettes of Awakening – 'Game Changer', 'In the Moment' and 'Clear View' – is the depth and cleanness of the colours. As each palette explores an emotional response in the viewer, the diversity between them encompasses all feelings but also allows for a multitude of applications. [caption id="attachment_115404" align="alignnone" width="810"] Game changer[/caption] 'Game Changer' encapsulates the idea of newfound freedom that offers the chance to challenge the old with fresh optimism. There are powdered blues, shades of sunset with pinks and aquas, greens and mustard yellow and there is an underlying softness to the palette that gives the creams and white a beautiful resonance. 'In the Moment' celebrates nature in all its glory. Taking cues from the Australian landscape, this palette speaks of our environment with shades of rust, earthy browns, ochre and creamy greys and taupes.  [caption id="attachment_115405" align="alignnone" width="810"] In the moment[/caption] 'Clear View' on the other hand is a sensational group of mostly blues some greens with a dash of brown. Transparent and pastel blues, opalescent teal, eau de nil and classic grey through to ink blue and forest green all represent a calm and relaxing vibe that contributes to a soothing aesthetic. [caption id="attachment_115406" align="alignnone" width="810"] Clear view[/caption] What defines these palettes is the strength and clarity of the colours. They are not loud but dense shades that are saturated and complex. These are colours that will make a statement on a feature wall or be a sensation painted throughout a room or house. A favourite for me is the 'Clear View' palette as blue has been a dominant and much-loved colour, however, there is ample choice to find a new ‘go to’ colour with pinks and greens at the top of the list. As everyone has a favourite colour, or family of colours – here are the choices from Awakening from some of the fabulous editorial team at Indesign. [caption id="attachment_115407" align="alignnone" width="810"] Game changer[/caption] Alice Blackwood, Editor Indesign “I like the gutsy peacock blue of Haymes Awe Inspired – lots of power but still warm and rich. Also, I like the combination of Faded Blue through to In Bloom, playful, with personality, but not too pretty.”   Jarrod Reedie, Digital Content Writer “I like the 'Clear View' palette. The Remote Green and Arboretum lay a strong foundation for the lighter tonalities to provide relief, with the blue nuances very much the salient feature.” [caption id="attachment_115408" align="alignnone" width="1170"] In the moment[/caption] Aleesha Callahan, Editor Habitus “I love the calming and textural palette of 'In the Moment' – all those soothing neutrals are just what we need right now.”   Emily Sutton, Design Product Editor "Pick of the day: Game Changer. This collection of tones brings a muted vibrancy that instils a refreshed energy to our everyday spaces. With a playful mix of bold and subtle shades, the 'Game Changer' palette paves the way for artistic, colour-led environments.” [caption id="attachment_115409" align="alignnone" width="810"] Game changer[/caption] Laura Box, Digital Editor “I love how the 'In the Moment' palette transports me to the Catalan countryside with its calm and warming tones, particularly Haymes Sand Haze and Haymes Clay.”   And lastly from Rennie, her pick of the stand out colours from this Forecast. “Haymes Fuzzy is the new go-to neutral for me, which kind of feels like the best ever bone colour (not grey and not yellow) just somewhere between the two. Haymes Arboretum is a deep rich forest green – while green overall is still having a moment. "Another colour we have featured but not talked much about yet, which is going to shine through is Haymes Gumleaf Green, a beautiful silvery green, capturing the beauty of the gum leaf with a just a bit more depth to it.” [caption id="attachment_115410" align="alignnone" width="810"] Clear view[/caption] Then colours like Paradise Pools, a soft clear aqua, not blue or green, has some kind of transformative effect in just making a space feel like you are wading through water on a deserted island. Reviewing the 15th volume of the colour story from Haymes has added a little joy to working from home. It’s inspirational and shows that colour can indeed reflect and enhance our moods and awaken us to the possibilities and that’s just as it should. [caption id="attachment_115416" align="alignnone" width="810"] Game changer[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115417" align="alignnone" width="810"] In the moment[/caption] Photography Martina Gemmola We think you might like this story about colourful tapware by Volaabc
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Fredericia: The Name To Remember

As one of Australia’s most noteworthy design destinations for industry professionals and enthusiasts alike, Cult Design continues to impress with their extensive offering of the most revered furniture pieces from across the globe. With a particular focus on European design, Cult Design has long been known for bringing the best pieces of Danish designs to Australian shores.  This year, Cult Design is thrilled to welcome the Danish brand, Fredericia to the family. From the Spanish Collection by Børge Mogensen, an artful infusion of Iberian tradition with exemplary Danish functionality; the Ditzel Lounge Chair by Nanna Ditzel and Jørgen Ditzel, a contemporary take on the traditional easy chair; to the sculptural and expressive lighting designs from Space Copenhagen; Fredericia offers boundless design possibilities, time and time again.  Product-led and editorially curated, the Habitus Edit offers a unique perspective on the exceptional designers and brands across the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. Dive in and explore the Habitus Edit on Cult Design’s latest partnership with iconic Danish powerhouse, Fredericia. abc
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Luwist Spatial Designs a Row of Fun-Sized Affordable Homes

The Eureka House, designed by Luwist Spatial for Pertiwi Land, is a single storey, two-bedroom home that takes up a menial 38-square-metres. Despite its small-scale size, the home’s high ceilings let in copious light, making it feel larger than expected. Located just outside Bandung, the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province, the row of compact houses were purposely developed to deliver reasonably priced housing for young people and newlyweds entering the market. [caption id="attachment_115227" align="alignnone" width="1170"] An artists interpretation of the Eureka House[/caption] The white exterior of the Eureka House by Luwist Spatial. “Property prices in Indonesia keep rising constantly year after year. As a direct result, we see houses in Indonesia getting smaller and smaller. The younger generations could barely afford to buy their own houses,” says Luwist Spatial director Lukie Widya. While house prices in Indonesia are still among the most affordable in South East Asia, in 2017 Indonesia’s finance minister estimated that only 40 per cent of the population could afford to buy a home. This figure is expected to increase alongside the nation’s increasing wage disparity. As such, the demand for affordable housing in Indonesia is stronger than ever. The garden patio of Eureka house Roshihan, the property developer and owner of Pertiwi Land, first worked with Luwist Spatial almost 10 years ago. Since then, the team has worked on both his personal and his housing projects. He once again approached Luwist Spatial to assist on the project, giving it a brief for a compact two-bedroom home that still provided sufficient light, air, and typical living spaces, within reasonable cost. The high front façade of the Eureka House is pristine white and minimal. Upon entering, an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, extends from the front of the house to the backyard. Paired with the common area’s high ceiling, this space optimises light and airflow. High ceilings and the back patio in Eureka House by Luwist Spatial. “The open layout of the common area allows interaction between the inside and outside of the house. Someone reading a book on the backyard patio could still participate in a conversation with family members at the dining table or the living room sofa,” says Widya. The house is predominantly white to act as a canvas to the nearby environment, says Widya, incorporating the sky, ground and surrounding landscape. “You can see this come into play when the trees cast shadows on the house exterior,” he says. Orange chairs and table on the garden patio, in front of the white exterior of the Eureka House by Luwist Spatial. For young families or those needing an extra room, the house can also be adapted, with the high ceiling being able to accommodate a mezzanine level. “Through Eureka House, we hope to address the common misconception among Indonesians who think a good house has to be big and expensive,” says Widya. A bed with blue sheets and a mirror above it in Eureka House. The white exterior of the Eureka House by Luwist Spatial. The row of Eureka Houses by Luwist Spatial. ArchitectureLuwist Spatial Photography — Aldito Tagor We think you might like this Singaporean apartment by L Architectsabc
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2021 Sustainability Awards Shortlist Has Been Announced

Now in their 15th year, the 2021 Sustainability Awards are perhaps more important than ever. The last 24 months, with widespread humanitarian and natural disasters, has given us a dire look into the future, and has positioned us – as stalwarts of an industry that emits masses of CO2 emissions – as a powerful impetus for change. This is perhaps why the 2021 Awards have received their highest ever number of entries, with a diversity and range that have yet to be surpassed in the 15 years these awards have run. As we unveil the shortlist for this year, we celebrate those architects, builders, designers, contractors and (important) clients who are committed to perpetually aiming higher in the world of sustainable built design. It is their innovation and commitment to change that continues to elevate design that is considered in its application and outstanding in its function. We congratulate not only our shortlist, but all our entrants on a fantastic year. This year, for the second year running, the Shortlist was chosen via our live (on Zoom) judging day – which was also once again, proudly supported by Alspec, who, along with our events and IT teams, have ensured that the day went off without a hitch. All up, this bodes very positively for the upcoming Gala Awards night on November 11 and will once again confirm the Architecture & Design Sustainability Awards as the paragon of sustainability awards in Australia’s built environment. Registrations for the Digital Gala are now open. We invite you to complete your free registration for the evening Awards, or purchase your full day ticket to experience both the Gala and the 2021 Sustainability Summit. Featuring keynotes from Abbie Galvin (NSW Government) and Angelique Edmonds (University of South Australia, School for Creating Change) and speakers from the likes of John Wardle Architects, Bates Smart, NMBW, fitzpatrick + partners and many more, the 2021 Summit brings you the latest knowledge around Sustainable design and architecture in an all-new dynamic digital event platform. Earn up to 5 formal CPD points, network with the speakers and go in the draw to win some amazing door prizes. Purchase your ticket here. So, now it’s time to announce the shortlist. 2021 Sustainability Awards shortlist   Adaptive Reuse Proudly partnered by Havwoods International [caption id="attachment_160623" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Goodman Headquarters – The Hayesbery. By Intermain with Woods Bagot. Image by Nicole England.[/caption] Clifton Hill House Winter Architecture Goodman Headquarters – The Hayesbery Intermain with Woods Bagot nettletontribe Brisbane studio nettletontribe Newman Heritage House Peter and Jan Newman with Gerard McCann Olderfleet Mirvac with Grimshaw Architects & Carr Smart Design Studio Smart Design Studio Commercial Architecture (Large) Proudly partnered by Interface [caption id="attachment_160624" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Dexus 180 Flinders St. By SJB & Woods Bagot. Image by Derek Swalwell[/caption] 51 Langridge SJB Dexus 180 Flinders St SJB with Woods Bagot Olderfleet Mirvac with Grimshaw & Carr Smart Design Studio Smart Design Studio Commercial Architecture (Small) Proudly partnered by Autex Acoustics [caption id="attachment_160625" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Rosby Cellar Door and Gallery. By Cameron Anderson Architect. Image by Amber Hooper.[/caption] Buckettys Brewery North by North CITIZEN Coffee Pavillion ZWEI Interiors Architecture Gurriny Yealamucka Health and Wellbeing Centre POD (People Oriented Design) with Coburn Architecture Ona Coffee Melbourne Breathe Rosby Cellar Door and Gallery Cameron Anderson Architects Sarah & Sebastian Russell & George Education & Research Proudly partnered by Alspec [caption id="attachment_160626" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Korayn Biralee Family Centre. By Brand Architects. Image by Blue Tree Studios[/caption] Ainsworth Building, Macquarie University Architectus Korayn Biralee Family Centre Brand Architects La Trobe University Sports Park Warren and Mahoney with MJMA Toronto Palmview State Primary and Special School FKG Group with MODE Design Corp Susan Wakil Health Building Billard Leece Partnership with Diller Scofidio + Renfro Emerging Sustainable Architect / Designer Proudly partnered by Cosentino [caption id="attachment_160627" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Work by Shannon Battisson (The Mill: Architecture + Design). Image by PJ Lily.[/caption] Anthrosite Anthrosite David Coates Sustainable Building & Design Mia Radic Talina Edwards Architecture Shannon Battisson The MILL: Architecture + Design TRIAS TRIAS   Green Building Material Proudly partnered by Big Ass Fans [caption id="attachment_160628" align="alignnone" width="1100"] SMaRT Apartment at Pavilions Residences. By Mirvac Design (Green Ceramics by Professor Veena Sahajwalla, UNSW). Image courtesy of Mirvac.[/caption] AMPAN Particle Board AMPAN Compostable Insulation Mycoeden & Urban Moments Contemporary Bamboo Cladded Villa House of Bamboo ECOPact and ECOPact Zero Holcim (Australia) MondoClad HVG Facades SMaRT apartment at Pavilions Residences Mirvac Design (Green Ceramics by Professor Veena Sahajwalla, UNSW) Lifetime Achievement Award Proudly partnered by BlueScope [caption id="attachment_160629" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Treetop House. By Peter Stutchbury Architecture. Image by Michael Nicholson.[/caption] Lang Walker Walker Corporation Nigel Richmond Bell ECOdesign Architects + Consultants Peter Stutchbury Peter Stutchbury Architecture Tone Wheeler Environa studio Multi-residential Dwelling Proudly partnered by Electrolux [caption id="attachment_160630" align="alignnone" width="1100"] La Trobe University North and South Apartments. By Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Stantec & ASPECT Studios. Image by John Gollings.[/caption] Breese St by Milieu DKO Architecture & Breathe with Milieu Property Cremorne Duplex Hebden Architects Glen Iris Garden Homes ARKit La Trobe University North and South Apartments Jackson Clements Burrows Architects with Stantec & ASPECT Studios LIV Indigo Mirvac Design & BVN Miller Social Housing Stanton Dahl for the NSW Land and Housing Corporation Public Urban & Landscape [caption id="attachment_160631" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Gosford Leagues Club Park. By Turf Design Studio & Kevin (Uncle Gavi) Duncan. Image by Guy Wilkinson.[/caption] Cobar Miners Memorial Stephen Pearse Architect Gosford Leagues Club Park Turf Design Studio & Kevin (Uncle Gavi) Duncan Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre Andrew Burges Architects with Grimshaw with the City of Sydney People Parkers Alexander Symes Architect with People Parkers Waterfall Valley Hut - Overland Track Green Design Architects   Single Dwelling (Alteration / Addition) Proudly partnered by Stormtech [caption id="attachment_160632" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Chelmer Flood House. By JDA Co. Image by Scott Burrows.[/caption] Chelmer Flood House JDA Co Hamilton Courtyard House Anthrosite Light House Alexander Symes Architect Little Loft House Light House Architecture and Science Sol House Anderson Architecture Suburban Sanctuary Adapt Architecture   Single Dwelling (New) Proudly partnered by Wattyl [caption id="attachment_160633" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Garden House. By Austin Maynard Architects. Image by Derek Swalwell.[/caption] Garden House Austin Maynard Architects LiveWorkShare House Bligh Graham Architects Off Grid FZ House Anderson Architecture Rainbow House Light House Architecture and Science The Adaptable Living Range Breathe Urban Green Home Build Sustainable Building & Design   Smart Building Ideas Proudly partnered by ASP Access Floors [caption id="attachment_160634" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Smart Design Studio. By Smart Design Studio. Image by Romello Pereira.[/caption] Legacy Living Lab Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute with Fleetwood Building Solutions Olderfleet Mirvac, Grimshaw Architects & Carr Smart Design Studio Smart Design Studio Urban Green Home Build Sustainable Building & Design Women in Sustainability Proudly partnered by Siniat [caption id="attachment_160635" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Gurriny Yealamucka Health and Wellbeing Centre. By POD & Coburn Architecture. Image by Scott Burrows.[/caption] Arianna Brambilla The University of Sydney Belinda Allwood & Dr Shaneen Fantin POD (People Oriented Design) Bonnie Herring Breathe Milica Tumbas Lovell Chen Sara van der Meer HIP V. HYPE Tatiana Schonhobel Integral Group   Best of the Best Proudly partnered by Alspec (To be chosen on the Gala Awards night) Lastly, these awards would not be possible without the support of our partners and sponsors, who help make all this possible. The Sustainability Awards would like to thank our partners, strategic partners and trophy partner for their support of the 2021 program. For tickets to the Sustainability Awards Gala Night or for the Sustainability Summit, please click here.abc
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Midi Serves Up Brutalist Charm

Set within a ground-floor tenancy of a bespoke commercial tower, designed by MA Architects, Midi is a coffee shop oozing understated character. Designed by Sans-Arc Studio, Midi draws on the brutalist aesthetic of the base build, with natural elements injected for a refined finish. Sans-Arc worked closely with the clients, the owners of the ever-popular coffee spot Burnside in Collingwood. “The concept for Midi was based on the success of the model that we have here at Burnside. We didn’t want to overextend ourselves or reinvent the wheel. But we did want another version, a more grown-up version,” shares Jona Gunn, co-founder of Burnside and Midi, alongside business partner Chris Handley. Working from the back of house outwards, the project carefully considers the service areas as the first port of call. “Function was paramount to us, there was no compromising that. The space needed to be contemporary but functional,” says Jona, adding, “Our brief was very broad. But they managed to distinguish what we wanted based on what we did and didn't tell them." While the brief was somewhat loose, Sans-Arc Studio Director Matiya Marovich says, “We wanted to take the laid-back vibe of Burnside, but still create something unique that uses the brutalist bones as a jumping-off point.” The shell that the team was working within features a stainless steel entry portal and window details, with a terrazzo floor. This set the tone for the material palette, which also included polished plaster to the walls as a nod to the building’s concrete façade and recycled spotted gum to bring in a warm element. “We worked with the existing materiality, adding a pop of colour in the teal fabric on the bench seat,” says Matiya. The recycled spotted gum timber used on the counter grounds the space and was a necessary inclusion, as Jona says, it needed “something natural to offset all the concrete”. Finding just the right pieces and thicknesses of timber was a challenge but one which Matiya and his team relished. Playing on light and texture, Midi is a small project with a design that speaks just loudly enough, exuding lots of details without overwhelming the senses. It’s unpretentious, just like the service and food offering. Reflecting on the process, Matiya shares that they were, “Some of the best clients and I’ve come to realise how important the right clients are, they make the process fun and enjoyable”. Midi has reopened and is serving takeaway coffee and food in Richmond. Project Details Interior design – Sans-Arc Studio Builder – Frameworks Photography – Dan Prestonabc
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Hardware Done Differently

Established in 2015, Australian brand Spiggy was created to bring a fresh perspective to the local architectural hardware scene. With founder Colin Wright at the helm, Spiggy has continued to define and redefine the role of architectural hardware as we know it. Enthusiastic, passionate and driven, Colin talks us through his contribution to the Australian hardware landscape. [caption id="attachment_115287" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Colin Wright. Spiggy Founder and Director.[/caption] Habitus: How did the brand begin? Colin: I worked as a designer in the UK prior to relocating here to Australia – when I arrived, I noticed that the choices for handles here were pretty limited. I saw a gap in the market for something more creative, something design-driven and better suited to the stunning architectural projects that I was seeing in Australia. Habitus: Who were your first few collaborative partners? How did they influence your development? I first approached Philip Watts of Philip Watts Design. I had used his products in the UK and wanted to see if we could represent him over on this side of the world. They had just started to expand throughout Europe, the Middle East and the USA, so the timing was perfect and we secured distribution for Australia, New Zealand and the South East Asia region. Our first project together was for a collection of bespoke handles that really crossed borders from design to production – the collection was based on a sketched brief from a designer in Moscow and installed at NZ’s largest private residence in the Bay of Islands for a Russian oligarch. I spent the next few years searching for another brand to represent, something more architectural to contrast with the more sculptural form of Philip Watts Design. I was determined for us not to be just another supplier of handles. I didn’t want to just stock us up with brands – the focus had to be based around design and designers. [caption id="attachment_115308" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Branch (Left) and Starburst (Right) by Philip Watts Design.[/caption] Habitus: It seems like that first connection really set the tone for the brand. How did you keep up the momentum from there? I eventually discovered an up-and-coming brand of the time, called Buster + Punch. Headed up by Buster Minale, an architect and custom motorbike enthusiast, I really connected with his creative process: using the techniques developed when building his motorbikes, he could transform ordinary hardware into something extraordinary. The brand has since transformed the design industry, with a growing collection of products quite literally achieving icon status. Sadly, such success is inevitably followed by many copies – while Buster + Punch continued to create new design icons, I became even more determined to represent authentic design.
Our latest collections epitomise this strategy and include products designed by globally recognised architects and designers. From architectural greats such as Arne Jacobsen, Frank Gehry and Norman Foster, to some of the world’s most influential product designers such as Tom Dixon, Jaime Hayon and Karim Rashid. We are also keen to add some local names to our portfolio and would welcome enquiries from Australian designers to create new collections in alignment with our suppliers. Habitus: What do you see as Spiggy’s mission and purpose? Our mission is simple: to provide an exceptional collection of authentically designed hardware, created by some of the worlds most renowned designers, transforming the doors of the design conscious. Our purpose is equally simple: to supply authentic, designer doorware for Australia’s finest architectural projects. [caption id="attachment_115309" align="alignnone" width="1170"] H 383 R8 by Perkins & Wills for Fusital. Photography credits: Fusital.[/caption] Habitus: There’s a lot of clarity in that mission and purpose. Simple to articulate, but certainly much more difficult to achieve in practice! How do you think this has driven Spiggy to be different to other brands in the hardware landscape? Traditional hardware suppliers tend to represent numerous brands. While this gives you an overwhelming selection, the products tend to be significantly varied in terms of quality and standards. At Spiggy, we have carefully selected the brands that we represent to provide a broad selection of products for a variety of applications, ensuring that every product is designed by reputable creatives and produced to the very highest quality. Keeping our brand offering to a minimum also means that we can really specialise in the brands that we represent. Habitus: How do the designers and brands under the Spiggy name reflect its core values? They are authentic, creative and dare to be different. In the same way that we have reconsidered the retail experience for handles (our new Brisbane showroom designed by Alcorn Middleton), the brands that we represent approach the design of a new handle from an entirely different perspective, starting from a blank page with every new product. As designer Tom Dixon notes, door handles have “a particularly difficult and hyper-functional set of challenges, because they’ve evolved rather than being designed.” [caption id="attachment_115301" align="alignnone" width="1170"] FAT Lever Handle by Tom Dixon for d line. Photography credits: Tom Dixon x d line.[/caption]
Habitus: In your opinion, what is the role and importance of exceptionally designed hardware products in our present context of architecture & design? Architecture is predominantly visual. We admire the design, we can see the texture, the scale, the light, the shade. Handles, however, are the first touch point to any architectural piece, so as well as visually working with the scheme, they will also make an immediate connection with the user. It is therefore vital that both the aesthetics and kinetic qualities of the handle are carefully considered to appeal to our senses. Does it look exceptional? Does it feel exceptional? How does it make you feel when you touch or use the handle? Habitus: That kinetic connection really is key to interacting with architecture – it can be so visceral. What do you envision for the future of Spiggy within the Australian architecture and design landscape? Spiggy will continue to be a ‘boutique’ hardware supplier. We are not interested in being measured by the number of products that we represent. Instead, we will continue to remain true to our core values of providing authentic, exceptionally designed, quality products, appealing to a distinguished architectural and design client base. Spiggy spiggy.com.au [caption id="attachment_115292" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Creative Process. Photography credits: d line.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115307" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Door Knob in Brass by Buster+Punch. Photography credits: Buster+Punch.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115289" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Boole by dnd. Photography credits: dnd.[/caption]
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Minimalist Palette Shapes Bell Street House

Bell Street House, designed by Techñe Architecture + Interior Design, allows for smart accentuations of colour against a monochromatic canvas. Minimalist in quality and industrially influenced, the house combines rugged materials with a feeling of warmth that reverberates through the entire space. In approaching the Richmond home, Techñe looked to create a project that was both family home and an entertainer’s space, where tactility and openness would be a versatile base for a vibrant city life. To achieve this, the practice envisioned a completely reconfigured floor plan, growing the internal footprint by allowing for cohesive movement between spaces. The practice created a larger, open plan living areas bookended with large windows and doors that open into front and rear courtyards. Drawing the outside in, these seamless connections between indoor and out create an expanded living space, while also saturating the home’s interiors in natural light. When it came to finishes and furnishings, Techñe drew on the architectural vernacular of the home’s surrounds, where rendered brickwork and steel fixtures pay homage to the warehouse style buildings that litter Richmond. Matte black fixtures and stone further the industrial nuances, with an honest material curation a striking characteristic of the house itself. Balancing this materiality is strong use of timber, where warm oak and painted white panelling works alongside sleek marble and plush carpets to bring the softness required in a family home. Leaning into the home’s biophilic feel, Techñe have provided the clients with an outdoor kitchen, ensuring that entertaining is possible throughout the entire home. Matte charcoal laminate and grey stone are a continuation of the interior palette, while vertical gardens and an abundance of greenery create an urban oasis in the heart of the city. The interior flooring is made of timber, with a pale quality that exudes elegance and class, while remaining congruent with the materials curated for Bell Street House. George FethersOak White Wash by Lignapal were selected for the kitchen joinery, with their premium finish and durable qualities suitable for a home that is able to withstand the various adversities that come with the incessant foot traffic of family residences. The Bell Street House champions the beauty of minimalism, that acknowledges the suburb the house resides within. With a thoughtful selection of materials that are durable and sleek, Techne have created a vastly more open floor plan that gives the family the ability to grow together and entertain guests within the space. Photography by Tom Blanchfordabc
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Redefined Lines And Living

Designer and client were one and the same for Dover Townhouses. Adam Stapleton of Dood Studio developed the neighbouring residences so that he and his brother could raise their young families in proximity. The brief for the two four-bedroom townhouses stipulated warm, well-lit spaces to accommodate entertaining, juxtaposed with focus space to allow working from home. The layout distinguishes the busier areas of the home downstairs from the peaceful sleeping zone upstairs. Similarly, the rear of the home is open plan and connected, conducive to family time, while the study is positioned away from the hustle and bustle towards the front where natural light streams in via the double-glazed window. Dover Townhouses is nestled into a heritage zone and Dood Studio responded to the streetscape specifically through adopting the silhouette of a classic single fronted Victorian dwelling, complementing the surrounding buildings. The spacing of the gables between the two homes replicates the architectural rhythm of the setting. Though its form is in keeping with its neighbours, the façades on the two homes have a contemporary character. A darker chestnut cladding around the entry contrasts with the bleached battens floating above, creating a sense of depth. Hours of persistent detailing with respect to spacing, joins and fixing of the battens has achieved a monolithic quality. Upon entry, guests are warmly welcomed into the home by a light spaciousness prompted by the raked ceiling. The materials selected lend a soft cohesiveness that connects zones of the home. While timber cladding punctuates the exterior façade, it also informs the interior experience through oak flooring, timber light fittings, a tailored desk and bedheads. Natural light interacts with marble, tiling and the lush textures of handpicked furnishings to produce reflective nebulous qualities that shimmer throughout. Lines guide the eye around the home, setting the rhythm of these dwellings. The stable crisp lines of flooring, cladding and cabinetry partner with ephemeral lines created by shadows that bounce off curtains and furniture twitching gently as natural light transitions, like a conductor’s wand. Angled windows frame interspersed glimpses of greenery whether travelling from up to downstairs, or gazing out the kitchen’s glass splashback. Dover Townhouses does not use lines to visually or physically delineate space from space, or dwelling from dwelling. Rather this project forms a tapestry of woven lines that harmonise, achieving a relationship between the dwellings that celebrates living in proximity to others – delightfully blurring lines between family, friend, neighbour, mine and yours. Project Details Architecture – Dood Studio Photography – Tatjana Plitt abc
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