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Agency Feature Part 2: The Uncarved Block – The Galeries Victoria Food Court

The second piece of work the Uncarved Block had shortlisted in the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards, was another food court. This time in The Galeries Victoria shopping centre. The previous food court was looking tired, located below ground level in Sydney’s CBD. Philip Chia came up with a new direction for the food court, one that would see it offer a new boutique style dining experience. Read More…

Agency Feature Part 1: The Uncarved Block – Melbourne Central Food Court

I have lost count of the amount of times I have used the above image as inspiration over the last 6 months for retail projects focusing on graphic language and tone of voice. I recently stumbled upon this article on Architecture.AU and found that the agency responsible for the project is The Uncarved Block. A relatively young agency, founded in 2010 by Philip Chia. The Uncarved Block’s holding page gives little away, other than a strong, contemporary impression that leaves the visitor intrigued to see more! Read More…

Lately….

After a few weeks break from blogging that was filled with business trips to Germany, Spain and France I am playing catch up. Here is a summary of some of the great things I have seen online over the last month. Ranging from showrooms and book stores, to hotels and offices. Not to mention a new hotel in Marseille that looks like a take on Shoreditch House by Philippe Starck. Read More…

Bonaldo Showroom, Padua Italy

This minimal furniture showroom is worth a mention. Concrete and framed floor to ceiling glass form a warehouse like space on which furniture is placed on poured polished concrete floors.

Of special interest are the clever ceiling rafts that mask off the sprayed out ceiling slab above with cut outs for suspended lighting and features. Read More…

Mackintosh flagship store, Tokyo

More Wonderwall, back in Japan this time with the opening of Mackintosh. Classic British fashion and lifestyle is the inspiration for the design of this space. The stylish interior is comprised of large scale parquet floor against white fielded panels on walls and white ceilings with chunky grid panel mouldings and covings.

Traditional furniture in the form of chesterfield sofas and polished timber tables and desks sit alongside gold plated steel frame showcases that product hangs in. A low lit corridor with timber clad walls holding minimally hung product, again on gold rails, overlooks a beautiful sweeping staircase in white, with blue carpet and black ironmongery balustrade. Read More…

Shed 5 Restaurant, Melbourne

I love the scale of this restaurant in Melbourne, Shed 5 has been designed by Loop Creative, with an industrial/warehouse look and feel. The project is currently still only at visualisation stage.
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London Olympic Velodrome by Hopkins Architects

The elegant and dynamic form of the Velodrome was the first stadium to be completed in Stratford’s Olympic Village. It has since won awards for its design and sustainability, the latter in particular is something designers Hopkins Architects are very proud of.

The venue cleverly makes use of natural light in the form of a glass band that runs around the entire building connecting the athletes inside to the visitors in the Olympic Park outside. The same glass band ‘props up’ the beautiful curved facade of the building, clad in Western red cedar. The architects claim sustainability over beauty, was the driving factor in their design. But for me the timber clad facade is a sculptural masterpiece.  Read More…