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ANOHA museum: 150 animals made from recycled materials inhabit a ‘spaceship’ by Olson Kundig
The circular structure is inspired by the more than 4000-year-old Mesopotamian story of the ark. But the architects at Olson Kundig say that it resembles a “spaceship”, too. Visitors to ANOHA Children’s World are invited to step onboard the craft and unleash their imaginations, fuelled by the Jewish concept of tikkun olam which calls on […]
Architecture
June 25, 2021
Sydney’s biggest pool since the 2000 Olympics is now open
An impressive aquatic centre with extensive fitness and wellness facilities is the jewel in the crown of a major recreational project in the Epsom Park precinct of Sydney’s Green Square. Featuring four swimming pools, one becoming the largest to appear in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics, the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre was designed by Andrew Burges Architects and Grimshaw with landscaping by Taylor Cullity Lethlean.
Public Spaces
February 11, 2021
Reclaimed bricks line the vaulted buildings of China’s Imperial Kiln Museum
Known as the ‘Porcelain Capital’ for its centuries-long association with crafting some of the world’s finest ceramics, Jingdezhen is a prefecture-level city in the north-eastern Jiangxi province of China. While historians suggest that the area may have produced pottery as early as the sixth century, the region didn’t become a dominant kiln site until the 11th century. Later, from the Ming Dynasty onward, the official kilns of Jingdezhen fell under the control of the emperor, who commissioned large quantities of ‘imperial porcelain’ for palace service and lavish gifts.
Architecture
November 17, 2020
Italian furniture powerhouse Paola Lenti launches its best-ever outdoor fabric
After four years of intensive research and engineering, the technical team at Italian furniture house Paola Lenti has developed a coating solution that considerably increases the performance of the mono-material yarn called Twiggy. The brand says that the new yarn will deliver incredible performance when put to use in the manufacture of outdoor furniture, while also respecting the environment. Twiggy is an evolution of the polyolefin yarn that Paola Lenti first started using for its outdoor furniture fabrics 20 years ago.
Furniture
September 3, 2020
‘The world’s most popular chair’ gets a sustainable overhaul by Konstantin Grcic
Italian design house Magis has recently launched the 'Bell' chair. Lightweight, affordable and stackable, this new iteration of the popular monobloc chair is designed to be stronger than ever before and is manufactured using industrial waste. The versatile chair comes in three colours: Sunrise, High Noon and Midnight.
Industrial Design
August 10, 2020
Home tour: WOWOWA’s castle by the creek
When Monique and Scott Woodward of WOWOWA Architecture first imagined Merri Creek House, their overriding design ambition was to make “the familiar strange and the strange familiar”, a fitting concept for this out-of-the-ordinary home where modern and gothic influences intersect in the most wondrous and playful way. Built by Atma Builders, Merri Creek House is […]
Architecture
July 21, 2020