Sydney-based Structural Engineer, Angus McFarlane was the Structural Director on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Here he shares some of the challenges of working on the tallest human-made object ever built.
Australians’ obsession with luxury is set to continue as the nation is enduring a sustained rise in Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWI) and High Net Worth Individuals
Basement car parks are generally a given when apartments are built. Shared by numerous residents, these basement areas allow a resident to move easily from their cars to their front door via a lift.
When apartments were first introduced to Australia in the early to mid 1990s, many were pint-sized. For those looking for something larger, two small apartments were often amalgamated to form one.
Alpine architecture has been with us since the Inuit created homes from hides spread over whalebone frames and insulated with snow.
Courtyard-style homes aren’t a new phenomenon, appearing every few decades in different configurations. In the 1950s and ‘60s, these homes often appeared with flat roofs and were often single-storey in form.
In Victorian times and well into the 20th century, families lived in single-fronted cottages. After the Second World War, the idea of having a large back garden took hold with the mantra that fresh air could only be found in the suburbs.
People moving to the inner city often come with expectations from their suburban homes: unimpeded green views, natural light flooding all rooms and a sense of space. However, many inner-city homes often take the form of terraces, with party walls rather than driveways separating them.
We all love books, but architects seem to have a special affinity for the written word, beautiful photographs, and drawings. This passion is what drove Adam Haddow, a director with SJB, to take a gamble and open his own architectural bookshop in Crown Street, Surry Hills.
High fences and closed shutters may suggest a well-secured and protected home, but these features often do the exact opposite. “Once someone jumps the fence, there’s little or no surveillance, except for perhaps the security systems once inside, that’s if they’re activated,” says architect Reno Rizzo, director of Inarc Architects, who suggests that passive surveillance is often sidestepped. “A high hedge just allows an intruder to go undetected,” he adds.