As development progresses at a rapid rate in Hanoi, the city’s heritage buildings are fighting demolition. The juxtaposition between old and new is not always successful, but in this example, the glass box neighbour to the heritage facade is complimentary.
Have you been wondering why the news page of our website has not been updated in a while? Well, our Instagram feed has been keeping me busy along with a recent trip to mystical Bhutan. Takstang is Bhutan’s most famous temple and simply breathtaking (physically and spiritually). To see more photos of my amazing trip, please follow KOANDCOARCHITECTURE on Instagram by clicking the logo at bottom of the page.
The Hill House has been receiving a bit of press lately. Recently published by Brickworks in their industry magazine DesignPlace, you can read the full length article on line. Thank you to John Blowers from Brickworks for all the assistance he provided during selection and specification of the bricks and to Keith Cockburn for his exceptional craftsmanship.
One Central Parkis one of the most inspiring multi-residential developments in Australia in present times. Sydney’s SEPP65 which dictates design quality of residential flats has allowed French Starchitect Jean Nouvel to convince developers to erect a heliostat on the southern side of the building to reflect sunlight onto the lower levels of the building. Skeptics may wonder whether it actually works or not, but after almost 12 months, the Patrick Blanc designed vertical gardens are flourishing and the building is truly amazing.
American Starchitect Frank Gehry has “graced” Australia with his presence with the new business school at the University of Sydney. Reminiscent of Gehry’s Fred and Ginger building in Prague, the building blends surprisingly well into the surrounding brick streetscape of Ultimo. In fact, if it was not for the custom shaped bricks made by Austral bricks for the project to achieve the sinuous curves, the building might have been somewhat underwhelming. The devil is really in the detail.
Illumination of buildings can transform spaces from uninviting to inspiring, as is evident in the industrial/entertainment area at Auckland Harbour. Like many of the world’s harbours, the ViaDuct has become a hub of commercial activity, entertainment, culture, fine dining and boutique residences, quite akin in many ways to our own Woolloomooloo.
Yesterday I was viewing a friend’s photographs of a house he recently completed and one of his details reminded me of the creative genius that is Carlo Scarpa. Scarpa’s meticulous yet elegant details, his use of materials and his discipline in execution is incomparable and a constant source of inspiration to many. I conceived the idea for the Hill House staircase after a visit to the Olivetti Showroom in Venice. Whenever possible, I strive to achieve his elegance in my work. This photo is courtesy of my dear friend Nadia Watson, who saved the day when my camera battery went flat!