Much of the vitalisation of Melbourne’s CBD from average business district to the bustling, vibrant centre it is today is attributed to the work of Rob Adams, Melbourne’s Director of City Design for the past 30 years. In this week’s issue, Mitra Anderson-Oliver visits Professor Adams at his CoM HQ to gain an insight into the design principles that underpin our dynamic, 24-hour city. All images by Dianna Snape and City of Melbourne.
Last week celebrated the opening of the inaugural MPavilion in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens - a unique, architectural event which will see an exceptional architect design a temporary pavilion each year for the next four summers. Speculating on the future of such a commission and its stimulating line-up of talks, workshops and activities, Nic Dowse looks back on the colourful history of the summer pavilion - from Chinese pagodas to fake Roman ruins - all the way through to the project’s iconic UK inspiration, the Serpentine Pavilion. All photos by Earl Carter.
Still only in its third year, the Independent Photography Festival has nonetheless managed to garner a passionate following, firmly establishing itself as one of the most exciting and anticipated events in the photography calendar. To celebrate the kicking off of the festival on November 8th, we at Assemble Papers share with you a selection of our very favourite entries from the previous years’ photographic prizes.
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.