Skyscrapers are finding a new life around the world, but one being reborn in Sydney is the most radical of all. We talk to partner of Danish architects 3XN, Fred Holt, about the transformation of the AMP Centre at 50 Bridge Street Sydney.
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.
If the idea of being fifty metres high in a building made of timber doesn’t sit too well with you, it may be time to consider a home office. Timber skyscrapers are growing in popularity for a number of reasons including sustainability, cost, earthquake protection and speed of build.
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.
Australia, among other developed countries, is looking at even higher construction costs in future years as the Baby Boomer generation of skilled tradespeople retire and are not being replaced.
The first images projected on the Sydney Opera House during Sydney’s Vivid Festival disrupted the projection mapping industry, wowing the crowds with this innovative use of mapping technology. Moving forward to the present day, it is now much harder to impress audiences with these kinds of projections as it has become the standard.
Any professional working in the construction industry will have experienced some type of incident with a worker or a product that has injured or damaged.
The design, architecture and construction industries in Australia continue to develop at a rapid pace. With innovative launches, technology advancements and continuing interest in the regulation of the nation’s built environment.
The cartoon television series The Jetsons, screened in the 1960s, showed the characters jumping into helicopters to get to work. Conveyor belts met them on their return, propelling them into their favourite lounge chair.