The iconic works of architecture giant OMA (founded by Rem Koolhaas) span the globe with projects including the Seattle Central Library, the Casa de Musica in Porto and the CCTV Building in Beijing, all instantly recognisable within the global consciousness. In the theme of our second print edition - The Space Between- AP co-director Quino Holland sat down with OMA partner David Gianotten (recently here enjoying the Melbourne spring) to talk the role of architecture in public space, buildings as urban catalysts and the seemingly paradoxical approach of designing for the unexpected.
It’s hard to believe that Modernist pioneer, Le Corbusier, only ever designed one home for himself – a tiny wood cabin. Modestly perched on a quiet piece of land overlooking the Mediterranean sea is Le Cabanon, his 13.39sqm holiday home. Designed to have minimal impact on the environment, this unassuming abode relies on its natural surroundings to bring it alive. With mirrored window shutters inviting in the striking landscape, nature is as apparent inside as it is out, and the overall design is evidence of the architect’s sounding belief that “space, light and order” are essentials for excellence in building and design.
AP directors, Ben, Pino and Quino consider the future urban texture of our city, taking an impassioned stance on the impact of the proposed Victorian Apartment Design Standards through a survey of the evolution of Melbourne apartment design, the complex forces of the current real estate market and the operation of comparable regulation in NSW. Illustration by Alice Oehr.
ON OUR WEBSITE:James Stephens visits ‘Moonbria’ – a multi-residential apartment building in Toorak, designed by architect Sir Roy Grounds. One of four Modernist buildings built by Grounds between 1939 and 1941, the complex has managed to retain its livability and appeal due to the architect’s design emphasis on natural light, ventilation and circulation based around a central green space. All photos by James Geer.
One of the studio flats in Fitzroy’s iconic, Best Overend-designed Cairo Building has recently undergone an award-winning fit-out by Melbourne architecture duo Architecture, Architecture. Owned by renovating studio’s co-director, Michael Roper, REJ dropped by to experience the everyday particularities of minimal living. At a mere 24 square metres, the aim of the design was to create a flexible, light-filled space that could be easily transformed from kitchen to bedroom, work-space to entertaining room. Stunning photos by Tom Ross testify to the luminescent results of this inner-city transformation.
Not a common occurrence within the white gallery walls, Eliasson’s stunning Riverbed (2014) is no regular installation. Site-specific in design, visitors are invited to traverse the unexpected landscape on foot – providing a unique experience of the museum which itself is characterised by it’s blending of art, architecture and the environment. Running now until January 4, 2015.
In today’s fast-paced world, retail fashion experiences are overwhelmingly characterised by high turnover rates and the very brief temperaments of season and trend. Hidden within this landscape however lie two havens, distances apart, yet linked by an alternative philosophy that values timelessness, quality and a sense of community. We take a trip from Sydney’s The Frock Exchange to Melbourne locale, Archive, to discover how two very different – yet similarly minded – fashion consignment stores are slowing things down. All photos by Rafaela Pandolfini.
Vina Lostado at Sol Haus studio has designed her dream home that’s somehow both tiny and luxurious. Reflecting her own philosophy, the house embodies ideas of simplicity, sustainability and living within means. The mini home has 140 square feet of living space that, with ample windows, operable sky lights, portable solar panels and solar heating, is entirely self-sufficient. Double doors open onto a patio to extend the living area, while bringing in fresh air throughout the space.
Concealed within the labyrinthine streets surrounding Kichijoji Station in Tokyo’s west lies BONDO, a “hand made art store” focusing on hand-crafted objects sourced from across the four islands of Japan. Ben Davis – writer, photographer and editor at the Thousands Tokyo – sat down with owner and friend, Yuichi Murakami for a chat about daily life, the conceptual process of curating the store, and the unique energy of well-crafted things. All photos by Ben Davis.
Melbourne-based studio Edwards Moore breathe new life – and light – into a single-storey terrace house in Carlton North. Squashed between a multi-storey apartment block on one side and another Victorian terrace on the other, the project – dubbed the ‘Lightbox House’ – features an additional storey with perforated floor that allows light to filter through to the ground level. We talk to the architect duo about the design philosophies behind this luminescent, inner-city oasis. All photos by Daniel Aulsebrook.