Avalon House On The Beach With A Garden On The Roof

ArchiBlox has given this prefabricated beachfront house near Sydney a verdant plant-covered roof to help it blend into its clifftop setting. Avalon House is situated on one of the sandstone cliffs that overlook Avalon Beach, around 35 kilometres north of central Sydney. The property was designed by  ArchiBlox, a Melbourne architecture studio specialising in modular buildings and that previously developed a carbon-positive house. In the case of the Avalon House, the prefabricated construction method enables the house to sit lightly on its plot and facilitated a rapid build time of just six weeks. “We are still combating a shortage in the Australian market for architect-designed sustainable dwellings that are affordable,” said architect Bill McCorkell. “That market is definitely here to stay and will only grow in the coming years.” The house was designed to make the most of its rare north-facing site, so large windows are positioned along the elevation to benefit from beach views and the northern sun. Dark steel cladding applied across the majority of the facades was chosen for its robust properties, which are essential in a seaside location prone to salt spray and strong winds. Timber surfaces used elsewhere introduce a softer natural element. The wood is particularly evident on the elevation facing the street and wraps around a corner where it lines a wall leading to a rear terrace. The house has a compact floor area of just 106 square metres but comfortably accommodates two bedrooms, a bathroom and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, as well as a storage space for equipment including surf boards. A garden covering the building’s roof enhances the building’s connection to its context and features plants chosen for their similarity to those found on the surrounding cliffs. The building is raised above the earth on structural posts to reduce the impact of foundations on water flow across the site, which could have contributed to dangerous levels of erosion. The planted roof also minimises rainwater runoff and adds thermal mass that helps to insulate the interior. Rain falling on the roof is directed into a 7,500-litre above-ground storage tank so it can be used for irrigation. The building’s eastwest orientation promotes cross ventilation from northwesterly breezes that are encouraged to enter through optimally positioned operable windows that only need to be opened a small amount to air out the house. The interior features a palette of deep blue and bright orange, which was influenced by the hues of the sea and sand. A Japanese-inspired bathroom requested by the owners to offer a memory of time spent living in the country features a traditional tub and shower area lined with wood-effect porcelain tiles.

Stunning Moonlight Cabin in Australia

In the Australian state of Victoria sits Moonlight Cabin. The stunning structure was designed by local firm Jackson Clements Burrows Architects for a young family, intended to give them refuge while providing sweeping views of the gorgeous locale. The modern building comprises a single story with a living room and kitchen at one end and sleeping space in the rear. An adjoining area of sheltered decking provides a protected look at the outdoors. It has a rustic timber construction, and proves that a building can dazzle with just this single material – the perforated screens, although simple in design and patterning, create a radiating display when the house is lit at night.

Stunning Australian Beach Captured by Karl Lundholm

Photographer Karl Lundholm may have been born and raised on the west coast of Sweden, but he dreamed of traveling to somewhere he could hear the sound of crashing waves and feel the warmth of sunshine on his skin. Living overseas in Australia became his “little dream” until he actually made the trip in 2014, when that fantasy become reality. Since then, Lundholm has spent the past year living in Queensland, where he captures stunning photographs of sparkling ocean waves against the gorgeous backdrop of the setting sun. Each of Lundholm’s images is a unique expression of the sea’s beauty, as no two waves are alike. Giant swells of water glisten like glass, while wild breakers send crystal-clear droplets splattering in the air. Although the photographer doesn’t surf himself, several of his images feature the dynamic silhouettes of surfers looking to ride the waves on the beautiful Coolangatta beach.

The Pole House in Australia by F2 Architecture

F2 Architecture have designed the Pole House, perched high above the scenic Great Ocean Road in Australia. “Perched high above the Southern Ocean on Australia’s famous Great Ocean Road, the Pole House by F2 Architecture is a great example of the power of architecture, made possible by the spectacular location combined with the unique experience that a work of architecture can bring to such a unique expanse of coastline. The house sits atop a concrete platform supported by a 13m high pylon built into the steep hillside. Accessible only by a narrow concrete bridge, the visitor is delivered to an entrance which is recessed into the metal clad walls that face the hillside. Full height glass walls can be slid back to open the living area to the panoramic ocean view, sun and sea breeze. Frameless glass balustrades at the perimeter of the elevated platform provide safety and wind protection without obstructing the view. A fireplace is suspended from the ceiling in the corner of the living area to provide warmth and ambience on cold winter days or in the evening. The deceptively simple square plan of this house underpins the dramatic experience it delivers. The two walls facing the hillside are solid providing complete privacy and a sense of detachment from the land, the only connection being the narrow entry bridge. The two walls facing the ocean are glass. The result is a living area perched high above the landscape, referencing only the vastness of the ocean, the horizon and the distant land forms. The overwhelming experience is of escape, solitude, and freedom.”

Frank Gehry’s Sydney Business School

The 85-year-old architect Frank Gehry, who is based in Los Angeles, has completed his first building in Australia – the Dr Chau Chak Wing building at Sydney’s University of Technology, set to open in early 2015. He designed the building to provide teaching, research and office accommodation for the UTS Business School, as part of £612 million overhaul of the university’s facilities. “I think when the university hired me they expected a shiny metal building,” he said. “I made some shiny metal models but they were things I had already sort of worked over and done. I just felt that it should be a material like in the neighbourhood. If I’d built it in metal it would have been fine too, but I think the metal would have cost more.” The Canadian-born architect said he was inspired by the way that artists use folds to explore colour, form and shadow. “Because of the technology we’ve developed we were able to design something that was primitively made – hand-laid brick – that could follow those kinds of forms and I’ve always wanted to do that with brick.” The curved forms continue inside the school, where the brick walls are finished in plasterboard. The Dr Chau Chak Wing building is named after an Australian-Chinese benefactor who has donated £13.9 million to UTS. A formal opening is scheduled for February, which Gehry is due to attend.

The National Arboretum Playground in Australia

Taylor Cullity Lethlean has delivered a new playground at Australia’s National Arboretum, located in Canberra, Australia. The National Arboretum Playground challenges the conventional idea of play environments, featuring giant acorn cubby houses floating in the sky, and enormous Banksia cones nestled on the forest floor. Inspired by the Arboretum’s 100 forests of rare and endangered trees from around the world, the playground has been designed to creatively engage children with the beauty of trees and foster life-long connections to the remarkable surrounding environment. The acorn play area features customised play items including portholes with insects, thunder sound panels, rain and hail tubes, wind chimes, kaleidoscopes, slides, ladders, sliding poles and rope tunnels, while boulder climbing walls sit below and include a clambering net and blackboards.

Creative Chocolate – Crave Sydney 2009

This appetite set of chocolates was created in 3ds Max and Vray by designer from Australia Rachael Dunk. Each chocolate represents a different event that took place around Sydney for October 2009. For now it’s just a concept but even if you’re not on a diet we doubt that you’ll be able to eat such piece of art.

Branding for Australian Wool Innovation

Landor Associates – company wich provides a full range of brand consulting – have created a new brand for Australian Wool Innovation (AWI). The new slogan is “Moving Australian Merino wool into a new era”. So the main idea of this brand company was about moving, both in the emotional sense and in motion of the fibres. This creative company includes creation of identity mark and fashion shoot in the Western Australian outback which have been reflected in the special video and magazine. All company was created exceptionally by australian artists. Clothes for this projects was designed by famous australian fashion designer Michelle Jank solely from merino wool. Photographer Georges Antoni and graphic designer Sam Pemberton in collaboration created stylish magazine.