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In Architecture, Reviews on
17th August 2017

Today’s Generation New Window To The Housing Crisis

It’s a well known fact that getting on the property ladder as a young adult is almost an impossible task. This is true in London, but it’s also a big epidemic right here in Melbourne. Fortunately for some people, their parents are giving them a little helping hand, by building an annex on their property.

My first reaction to this was, but how could you gain any privacy? What’s even the difference? Looking at the design of these studio flats that are being built on the edge of a parents property, it’s starting to seem like a great plan. It gives a freedom to our young generation of today whilst still being able to experience some of melbournes greatest spots. (Or at-least puts off high end rent prices for low end property’s…)

That’s exactly what the architects at Austin Maynard’s firm was implemented to design, seeing the end result of this recycled brick house makes you see this is idea in a whole new light.

“Melbourne does have one trick up its sleeve that many parents are increasingly exploring. Melbourne is strewn with under-utilised laneways and many home owners are creating a second residence in their backyard with frontage to the laneway, where their adult children can live during university and early employment,”

With this description by the Architects, it can be seen why this trend is taking off all over Melbourne. For some people this might just seem like a shiny way to distract the eye from sponging off of your parents a little longer. But with designs like this, who can blame them?! And with the state of the economy now, this may be one of the few answers we have left.

 

 

In Architecture, Lookbook, Reviews on
25th April 2017

Top 5 Architectural Designs for April.

Now I know what you’ll be thinking, I’m a little late to the April party, 25 days to be exact. But has anyone else felt like this month has run away from them? Maybe some of it was spent in a chocolate induced coma…

Back to the point, here I have put to gather 5 designs that have really caught my eye during this month on Dezeen. There have been some amazing designs lately it was hard to narrow it down. Now if your like me and look at Dezeen maybe 180927 times a day, these won’t be new stories to you, but just incase you haven’t got the time to catch up, here are the very worthwhile stories.

1. Micro Hostel by Zhang Ke.

This is an awesome design, the way the buildings design responds to the awkward space is inspiring. By projecting the rooms with chaotic angular faces, the tiny space feels larger and more dense.

Micro hostel with tiny concrete rooms installed by Zhang Ke in old Beijing hutong

This is an awesome design, the way the buildings design responds to the awkward space is inspiring. By projecting the rooms with chaotic angular faces, the tiny space feels larger and more dense.

2. Green Roof and Living wall in Vancouver Residence.

Now if you’ve read any of my other blogs, it’s obvious I am a fan of a living roof… and this project by Measured Architecture does this very well. I am also a fan of the design of the staircase in this house as well.

Measured Architecture incorporates green roofs and living wall into slender Vancouver residence

3. Vo Trong Nghia’s House

The combination of the industrial concrete and natural foliage in this is beautiful. The aim was to bring life from the outside to in, whilst also creating privacy.

Planted terraces are interspersed among living spaces at Vo Trong Nghia’s Binh House

4. StudioAC’s White box.

This is a truly beautiful design. I love the diversity of the industrial apartment mixed with the ‘White-Out’ sleeping nook. This is a place I could see myself living in, especially because of the black out kitchen wall.

White box forms sleeping nook in Toronto loft by StudioAC

5. Batay-Csorba’s Urban Towerhouses.

And last but definitely not least, this beautiful facade on these townhouses. I am a huge fan of the brick cladding here, it not only creates an interesting look for the structure, it also creates more depth by casting of amazing shadows that change at different points in the day. Everything about this design is unique, right down to the massive graffiti walls covering the courtyards.

Batay-Csorba creates urban townhouses in Toronto faced with brick and wooden screens

In Interior Design, Reviews, Sustainability on
17th April 2017

Genbyg’s Recycled Design for Nordic Restaurant Väkst

I am a big fan of Danish Studio Genbyg, this is because they have a long history with using recycled materials in their design. They not only design heavily using sustainable resources, they also sell on recycled building materials to other studios to create an easy access to sustainable design.

A recent project by this studio was a design for a new plant based restaurant in Copenhagen called Väkstis.

The word Väkst is Danish for growth and the owner wanted this to be represented in not only the menu, but also the restaurant aesthetics swell. So it made clear sense for these two to join forces and the overall creation is an indoor greenhouse style restaurant that is stunning.

The Space reflects the Nordic Kitchen, whilst also combining the atmosphere of a city and a garden. “The idea was to create a vivid and organs space, like a garden party.” explained designer Rasmus Fex.

A lot of the refurbishment of this design has a lot of history. The main framed structure is built from repurposed windows and follows the pattern of traditional Nordic greenhouse’s. The counter is salvaged from old factory floorboards, while the shelving is taken from file drawers from the National Museum of Denmark’s Archive. The glass shelving has even been reused from a palace in Copenhagen, each part of this restaurant has such a diverse and interesting story.

Every bit of this place is recycled, from the cabinets made from wooden planks, the lamps being created using old milk cans to even the ceiling coverings that had once been table cloths.

This restaurant shows a strong example on why recycling has so much more depth than just creating new. The end result is not only a beautiful design, but is rich with so much history and authenticity, its hard not too love.

In Interior Design, Products, Reviews on
25th March 2017

Ikea’s Recycled Kitchen

For most people, when designing your home, one of the first places you’ll visit is Ikea. It’s such an easy way to decorate, you simply walk through different sections, picking out the furniture you like and then simply collect them at the end… and I also have to mention the food hall, which lets face it, we don’t more of an excuse to visit.

Well now to make this an even better experience, IKEA have come up with a completely recycled kitchen. It’s made up of of recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood. With the amount of plastic bottles ending up in landfill, this could be such an ingenious way of cutting back on so much waste, it proves that recycling on a large scale is very possible (which gives no excuse to how much we waste).

The design is structure is formed from the reclaimed wood while the coating is made with plastic bottles. The colouring is a lovely matt grey with a contrasting shiny black handle. John Lofgren, creative designer at Form US With Love, said:

“We wanted it to feel like a black T-shirt, tuned to fit right, practical and still precious.” 

You would assume with how much it costs in production to apply waste materials to design, that this would be coming in at a hefty price, making it not so achievable for a lot of people. But Anna Granith, product developer at IKEA, explained that:

“Overcoming the price as a milestone in the development. Sustainability should be for everyone, not only for those who can afford it.” 

IKEA is paving a way for new design at low cost. The design is effective, low-priced and economic, whilst also having a sleek and sophisticated finish. Did I also mention that it is set to last 25 years? It almost seems too good to be true.  There’s more to come too, as the company is introducing more sustainable furniture in 2017 that are ‘no waste’.

 

In Interior Design, Reviews on
22nd March 2017

Walls Replaced With Storage In Home Design.

This is an awesome idea from Bulgarian office Another Studio. They removed walls from a spacious Apartment and replaced them with plywood partitions, with integrated shelving, drawers and cupboards.

The concept behind this was to create a workspace within the home that was comfortable and practical, they achieved this by opening up the rooms too each other with extra storage. The inspiration to this design was from Japan as they wanted to recreate the “purity and serenity” of Japanese architecture but within a working home.

I love the idea of swapping walls with extra storage, even for day to day life. Hopefully my clutter would have no excuse with these in my home. Also some may ask about privacy, seeing into every room through a few books might not be to everyones taste, but the studio have also implemented white curtains to add extra privacy for certain areas.

Overall this is a successful design and would be a great way to add extra storage too apartments in a beautiful way. The combination of the storage walls and the free wire lighting create a comfortable and spacious work space within a home.

In Interior Design, Reviews on
20th March 2017

Peter Kostelov’s Transformable Apartment Vs Yael Perry’s Tel Aviv Apartment


It’s a well known fact that the population is getting larger by the day, especially in the cities. Due to this, housing and accommodation needs to be smaller and smaller. These two designers have come up with differant ways to do this in clever ways.

Peter Kostelov has come up with a design solution of transformable furniture. “The main aim of the project is a concept of effortless transformation,” said Kostelov. “For example, a living room can easily be transformed into a dining room, while a working studio turns into a guest bedroom in no time.”

He achieves this with a design that consist’s of wooden panelled floors, ceilings and walls, with wooden doors that hide the transformable objects. The main room transforms from a bedroom to a study. The Lounge has a retractable dining table and benches. The narrow kitchen has fold away shelving and a fold away breakfast table.

Overall the use of storing away furniture is inspiring, it creates new ways of using a room and is a great way of maximising a small space. However, aesthetics wise, I am more preferable to a Scandinavian sleek style for a tiny space.

This is where Yael Perry’s Tel Aviv Apartment steps in. Perry took an apartment that measured a small 11 metres in length and 3.3 metres wide and transformed it into a family holiday home. His way of doing this was a much simpler one. He used white as the main colour in the design, with a few small accents of plants to keep it from feeling too clinical. This design makes the apartment appear a lot more spacious and vast than it actually is, whilst also creating a lovely overall home.

Both of these designs are succesful in their own way, Kostelev’s for his interesting technique at creating more space and Perry’s use of white to open up a space. Overall I think a combination of both of these would be an incredible plan. Having the interchangeable furniture in a complete sleek white out would make it multifunctional whilst also creating a beautiful design.