Environmentally friendly design and construction is an ever-increasing trend as being ‘green’ plays on the consciousness of today’s society. The importance of such should therefore be transferred through every aspect of a building and with the floor being one of the major components in every building.
Several power-saving initiatives are being implemented at The Orchards, a new masterplanned residential community being developed by Sekisui House Australia in Norwest, Sydney, to provide future residents ongoing savings in utility costs.
Retrofits extend the life of existing windows, avoid production of new materials, reduce waste and preserve a home’s character. Sealasash is a company on a mission to conserve our built heritage and negate the need to rip out old wooden windows.
In the mid-1990’s, magazines such as wallpaper* created renewed interest in houses designed in the 1950’s through to the ‘70s. Homes with large picture windows, filled with iconic post-war designed furniture, captured the imagination of home hunters worldwide.
Melbourne’s new underground railway stations are set to be the first piece of Australian public infrastructure to include “biophilic design” – a ground-breaking method that takes green architecture far beyond landscaping and solar panels.
In the competitive design and construction space, keeping up with new processes across modular builds and trends in natural materials puts you in the driver’s seat to deliver sustainable solutions for clients.
Brisbane-based firm Cox Architects has designed a ‘mini city’ in the heart of the Chinese port city of Guangzhou in order to improve facilities without causing a loss of density and incorporating a range of sustainable objectives.
If igloos and snow are more your thing during the Yuletide season, check out our pick of the best ice hotels from around the world. While some feature domed glass roofs to take in the Northern Lights, others boast extras including reindeer sleigh rides, outdoor hot tubs and even an underground ice cave. Prost!
As the price of land heads ‘north’, the size of plots heads ‘south’, with families alongside singles and professional couples competing at auction for inner-city properties. Frontages of five metres become the norm and what was originally a two-bedroom Victorian cottage is transformed to accommodate a family.
Ventech Australia has introduced a range of architectural panel products to help architects, designers, shopfitters & cabinetmakers keep up with world trends in panel products.