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Sky-high: Sydney Tower’s Bar 83 by Loopcreative
Claiming the title of Sydney’s highest cocktail lounge, the all-new Bar 83 places guests at a soaring 83 floors (245 metres) above ground level. Located in the heart of the city with panoramic views as its backdrop, the suave-looking bolthole was designed by local Sydney firm Loopcreative who have rolled out the red carpet for a space-age scheme with a nostalgic nod to classic sci-fi film sets.
Hospitality Design
September 14, 2020
The futuristic fit-out for a minimalist fashion label
Occupying a 120-square-metre space in Coastal City, the retail precinct of Nanshan’s CBD, the trippy concept store belonging to minimalist womenswear brand Geijeong dazzles with its layered use of reflective, translucent and transparent materials. The interior designers, Chinese firm Studio 10, say that the futuristic fit-out “explores the interactivity between materials, light transmission, refraction, reflection and fabric”.
Interior Design
September 8, 2020
Kvadrat’s ‘Knit!’ exhibition corrals 28 designers including Adam Goodrum and Benja Harney
Kvadrat’s ‘Knit!’ exhibition corrals 28 cross-discipline designers who, using Kvadrat’s Febrik textiles as their medium, have snipped and stitched their way toward a brilliant showcase of objects – from chairs and sofas to tableware and fashion items. The exhibition brief required the designers to harness the qualities of the knitted fabric collection and, by applying […]
Events
September 7, 2020
First look: Maldives welcomes over-water villas at Soneva Fushi
The brilliant turquoise waters and pure white sands of the Maldives are no stranger to luxury-seeking globetrotters. The region's Ministry of Tourism revealed that more than 1.7 million travellers flocked to the country in 2019, the highest amount of visitors to the archipelago in one year. Although the travel industry has been dealt one of the harshest blows during the Covid-19 pandemic, world-leading luxury resort outfit Soneva is ever-optimistic for similar stats in the near future, moving ahead with its plans to open Soneva Fushi's new over-water retreats this August.
Hospitality Design
September 3, 2020
Singapore’s Eden building and its skyward gardens are in sync with the city-state’s biophilic vision
In an act of rebellion against the shrinking footprint of traditional green spaces among cityscapes, towering vertical gardens are clambering onto the agendas – and facades – of high-rise developments around the globe. And it’s a welcome sight. After all, the concrete jungles of the world are damn hot, pretty ugly and rather unpleasant to inhabit without them.
Architecture
September 2, 2020
Terracotta transformation: The Beehive by Raffaello and Luigi Rosselli
Raffaello was project architect, and Luigi his “informed client”. Having acquired an empty infill site in a heritage row, they started looking for a material waste stream with no existing re-use market. Raffaello’s emerging practice is dedicated to material re-use in construction, furniture and linings. “I wanted to take things further, and integrate a recycled […]
Architecture
September 1, 2020
Open for business: Shigeru Ban’s transparent toilet blocks in Tokyo
We’ve all been there. Miles from home – or just far enough – and the urge to, ahem, ‘go’ strikes. But there are two factors that prevent most people from willingly seeking out the nearest public restroom. "The first is cleanliness," explains Shigeru Ban, one of the ‘creators’ invited by The Nippon Foundation to participate in The Tokyo Toilet project. "The second is whether anyone is inside".
Architecture
August 31, 2020
The LittleNap ‘luxury hostel’ in Hangzhou by Say Architects
Overshadowed by visions of cramped living quarters, squeaky bunk beds, shared amenities and a sprightly clientele with the predisposition to party hard, there's no denying that the humble hostel gets a rather bad rap. But the ongoing popularity of hostels around the world suggests, to a certain extent, that travellers are prepared to surrender some of life’s little luxuries in order to benefit from a hostel’s price point, prime location and community atmosphere.
Architecture
August 25, 2020
Watch: Alec Tzannes is the first guest in the all-new inDETAIL architecture series
Broadcast live from the Brickworks Sydney studio last Thursday evening, episode one of the all-new architect speaker series inDETAIL is now available for catch-up viewing.

For the inaugural episode of inDETAIL, Alec Tzannes AM, founder of architecture practice Tzannes, took to the stage to deliver a compelling presentation, titled Architecture for Sydney: Are we at the threshold of a new design era?
Architecture
August 24, 2020
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Home tour: Couldrey House in sub-tropical Queensland by architect Peter Besley
Locals who wander the foothills of Mount Coot-tha in Queensland, Australia remark that the distinctive, textured brickwork at Couldrey House is akin to sedimentary rock, tree bark or corduroy fabric. Wildly more playful and sweet-toothed with their words, “children say it is cake with icing,” says architect Peter Besley, who designed the recently built home for a member of his own family.
Architecture
August 20, 2020