ON OUR WEBSITE: Rafaela Pandolfini visits the Blue Mountains home of the incredible Jenny Kee, Australian icon and fashion pioneer. Recycling, salvaging as a way of life, waratah and wattle as ongoing emblems and inspirations. Photos by Rafaela Pandolfini.
ON OUR WEBSITE: The stunning, steely Law Street House by Melbourne-based architects Amy Muir and Bruno Mendes of Muir Mendes. The couple designed and built the house themselves, focusing on building ‘with one’s own hands’ – an art which is often left behind in this age of 3D rendering and industrial construction. Overall, the form is clean and contemporary while remaining quintessentially ‘house’-like, referencing the site’s former humble Victorian worker’s cottage. Photos by Peter Bennetts.
The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 have announced The Living's Hy-Fi project as the winner of the annual Young Architects Program in New York. The YAP challenges emerging architectural talent to design a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1 that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. The Living blew competitors out of the park with a trio of towers that will be constructed entirely out of natural materials, claims near-zero carbon emissions from the construction process and will be fully compostable after use. (via Dezeen)
The Voringfossen Waterfall Area located in the municipality of Eidfjord is one of the most popular waterfalls in Norway. In 2008, Norway’s National Tourist Routes held a competition calling for a design that unifies the experience of the 182m deep canyon and waterfall in one. Norwegian architecture studio Carl-Viggo Holmebakk created multiple designs for the competition entry; an indication of their site-reponsive passion for design. The images they produced for the unrealised project are arresting. They capture the fantastical darkness and drama of this tourist haunt so well, it’s as if we are there ourselves. Images courtesy of Carl-Viggo Holmebakk.
Once more, Georgia Nowak travels to Fogo Island, this time to visit the Squish Studio in the quaintly named township of Tilting. Designed by Saunders Architecture, Squish is the smallest of the four studios built to date. Covered in a glowing white armour to protect it from the stormy seas, Squish is off-the-grid and light on the land, like its other Saunders-designed counterparts. Photos courtesy Bent Rene Synnevag and Steffen Jagenburg.
ON OUR WEBSITE: The roving lens of photographer Paul Barbera captures the home of equally restless artist Shantell Martin. From the confines of her beautifully-illustrated Brooklyn bedroom, Shantell discusses her travels, her needlepoint collab with her Nan and her love of drawing as a means of performance. Thanks to Paul for the photos and the house visit.
ON OUR WEBSITE: In BLUEPRINT CITY, writer Anna Hickey discusses coffee culture from the time of the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century to present day caffeine proliferation in our cities. Cafes are social forums where conversations and ideas are exchanged. A current wave in Melbourne is moving towards a socially-conscious model: the threefold power of a caffeinated cuppa — flavourful, energy boosting and socially enriching. Tick, tick and tick! Images courtesy of Nusha Gurusinghe.