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Artday – Chris Engman


These images are pretty extraordinary. You need to really look at them closely to see what is going on, I’ll give you a hint, there is no tree in this room. Check out his site here for more. I probably saw this on Colossal, always interesting.

Neo Tokyo Metro


Beautiful video artwork by Afridimensional. Reminds me of the genesis for our corporate ID graphics, an obscure nothing image mirrored over itself. via Gizmodo

Volvo Electric Cabins



All car manufacturers are working with electric cars now and the technological side of things seems to be moving along very nicely thanks to the great work of our modern day Nikola Telsa; Elon Musk, refer to a few of my previous posts on Tesla here or Mercedes’ version here. Once the safety measures are fully ironed out, we will then be able to sit back and relax and literally take our hands off the wheel. Volvo have uploaded their concepts to the inter-webs and they look fantastic. Travel pods that turn into meeting pods or a relaxation mode in the form of a lounge or a bedroom on wheels. It’s a pretty cool idea travelling overnight and waking up refreshed at your destination. Apparently Volvo have gone a little further then most when considering safety, as only Volvo can. They have proposed a safety blanket in lieu of the seatbelt, this allows unrestricted movement when laying down however in the event of an accident the blanket becomes taut and holds the occupant in place… brilliant piece of design thinking, lets see how they go.

Check out the 10:30am appointment on the display window in the image above. I’ve also attached a few more renders below that look great. Via Jalopnik.


Solo & Beastie Boys Mashup


Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer ℅ Lucasfilm Ltd. This one has been recut to some Beastie Boys “Sabotage” by Chris Galegar at War Starts At Midnight. Via Gizmodo.

Interestingly I saw this version being played on a screen at a major department store in the Melbourne Emporium. I don’t know if it was intentional but it was very cool.



Not the design magazine but bona fide wallpaper. I realise wallpaper comes in and out of ‘fashion’ but personally I do love big graphic paste up custom wallpapers. I was recently lucky enough to have a great client that was very receptive to all of our proposals. One of these included a couple of custom wallpapers, the easy sell was a full wall world map in the kids play room, easy sell as you can justify this as educational. The slightly harder sell was a full wrap around beach scene in the powder room. He was totally into it from inception but her… not so much. The fact it was a powder room that you can easily avoid made it more palatable for her, alternatively, close the door and you just won’t see it. The flip side is when a guest comes around then the reactions are fantastic. Its a bit of fun that was fun to do. Below you’ll find the sketch elevations. This project will be photographed soon, so check back again.


Future Cities Symposium


BIG + Fender Katsalidis Lanescraper Southbank by Beulah

Less of a symposium and more a pre-marketing marketing campaign by a developer. That said, it was astonishing to be able to watch six of the top international architectural firms battle it out and present their ideas for this particular site. The building is a heavy mixed use $2B tower at a Site on the corner of City Road & Southbank Boulevard in Southbank Melbourne (currently a BMW showroom). This boulevard has some major adjustments underway as the Arts Precinct expands southwards and now east to this site and beyond to the Yarra River. I don’t think anyone mentioned the notion this is likely to be Australia’s tallest structure but everyone was aware that City Road is a basket case in need of some major love. The idea this was a ‘future cities’ talk is not far off as this building will house a future city with 250,000 square feet of space.


MPavilion by OMA


OMA MPavilion 2017

The MPavilion is a highlight on the Melbourne architectural calendar and an offshoot of the Serpentine Pavilion in London. The most recent iteration was designed by Rem Koolhaas & David Gionotten from OMA (the Office of Metropolitan Architecture). This was amazing and the lecture series with both of them and Virginia Triolli plus Naomi Milgrom was pretty heavy on theory. I was sceptical that Rem would show up to our little island in the south here but further listening meeked out the fact OMA have been working with Naomi for a number of years on a masterplan of her Sussan Corporation land holding in Cremorne, check out the rooftop artwork by Ugo Rondionone in a previous post here.  If you didn’t catch a glimpse of the pavilion when it was at Queen Victoria Gardens then do not stress, it has been permanently relocated to Monash University.  The next pavilion will be designed by Carme Pinos so go search that one. Previous pavilions in 2014 (inaugural) by Sean Godsell, 2015 Amanda Levete; 2016 Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. Follow the link below to see the others or go directly to the MPavilion site for everything you need.


SEA on Social Media


Photo Slim Aarons

If you are wondering what this picture above has to do with the SEA or social media; I have no idea but it’s a beautiful image, I suspect it’s by Slim Aarons on Capri and it’s somewhere I’d rather be than chilly Melbourne right now.

In a minor attempt to escape the cold I ventured north and happened to be in town for the latest instalment from the Sydney East Architects (SEA) network / lecture series, this one was hosted by the very civil Kieran McInerney with architect / social media boss Jenna Rowe and media magnate / digital artist Marcus Piper (Mezzanine magazine).  The subject was social media and more specifically Instagram, I was keen to go along to this as I had recently switched off all my social media accounts as a little experiment.  I was interested to see how others used these types of accounts and the biggest takeaways were authenticity and engagement.  The former was reasonable but the later did not resonate with me.


Our Houses Conversation


The Great Australian Bight. Photography: Emma Cross

Katelin Butler from Design Speaks / Houses Magazine / Architecture Australia / Dulux Study Tours / Architecture Media regularly puts on these talks where the architect and client get up and talk about their new home.  It is always amazing to hear these conversations and this was a special one with the calibre of architects;  Sioux & Tim from Multiplicity discussed The Great Australian Bight & PanovScott went through 1 of 16, a stunning row house in Newtown.  Both very special houses in their own way but the most interesting bits are the process and the relationships that you never get a handle on when viewing a glossy picture.  I also really love knowing how the client found and chose their respective architect, a pretty important piece of the puzzle for me. That’s Tim in the photo above with the tiny tot car, very similar to those old ones with Corb and his Citroen.

Kudos to Katelin Butler.  Keep in the loop by signing up to their mailing list here.

Artday – Q Yachts


Is it an artday or a boat day, I don’t know myself so lets say it’s both. This little puppy is just so beautiful that it doesn’t really matter, it’s really a piece of art on the water. I think I am drawn to well designed boats because so many of them look like they aren’t designed at all. This is the Q30 Motorboat by Q Yachts, a 30ft vessel powered by a quiet electric motor. These motors are pretty new on land and sea so speed and range are sacrificed however the environment has been sacrificed at the hands of diesel for too long. Capacity for 8 with a stunning little interior cabin and B&O sound system. Check out some of the other yachts in our Journal here.

More images after the jump below.  First seen on UnCrate and link to Q here.


Shou Sugi Ban


Also know as Yakisugi; translates to ‘burnt cedar board’ which is an age old Japanese protective wood treatment. A typical timber cladding board is literally charred on one side which creates a carbon layer on the surface of the timber. This forms a protective layer to combat UV, weather decay and insects in lieu of a coating while also providing a very striking appearance. The board is brushed to remove any of the loose heavy charcoal that may come away leaving subtle textures and a blackened surface.

Timber has very interesting properties in that it has a char factor that will protect the integrity of a timber from structural failure under certain conditions. This performance is better than structural steel as steel will quickly bend and fail under high heat. All this is a moot point in severe fire conditions as fire will take out anything and everything.


Global Warming


Global warming represented graphically without all the numbers and anything else that could possibly distract you from the facts. The numbers were taken from the U.K Met Office data between 1850 – 2017. Kudos to the designer Ed Hawkins. Via Gizmodo.

Unite d’habitation by Le Corbusier


Triangles Perces 2016, Felice Varini

Meaning ‘Housing Unit’, this particular building is located in Marseille France and built between 1947 – 53.  Colloquially called Unite, it is one of five constructed during this period with buildings in Nantes-Rezé ’55, Briey ’57, Firminy-Vert ’63 all in France & the final one in Berlin in 1965.  All of them are basically built from the same plans.  The plan is unique in that every apartment faces east west and each apartment spans the width of the building with cross through ventilation (something sorely lacking in current apartment design).  This is achieved by a cross over section and access corridors located every third floor.  Parts of Unite Marseille are open as a hotel, link to that site here.

The image above is by an artist Felice Varini of the roof top structures to Unite Marseille, Varini paints geometric shapes over physical objects that can only be discerned from a particular viewpoint, look him up.  Image above via Dezeen.

Some links to previous posts on Corb buildings in this Journal include Saint-Pierre Church / community building here and Villa Savoye here.  Follow the jump for more, I’ve attached some plans and sections below plus an picture of a Lego construction created by One World Architecture link to their site here.


Site Modelling


Kinetic Object by Axel Schindlback

Architectural model-making is an excellent way of understanding designs for both an architects process and also for a client’s understanding. It was also my first job while still at Uni. It’s very easy discussing a design over a model rather then plans and I’ve had a couple of clients that simply can’t read a plan. There is nothing wrong with that as we all have our strengths. I present computer models to all my clients and we also format this model so client’s can take them away to view at their own leisure and ruminate over the design. With the invention of BIM (building information modelling) that same model we create then becomes the documentation for town planning and construction / contract documentation. Structural engineers are also now providing their steel shop drawings to us in BIM format which we then overlay on our model, this very quickly shows any discrepancies and you’ll easily notice if a beam is sticking out of the roof or wall. The gained efficiencies are in turn affecting the weighting of the work bringing more to the front end and, I suspect, soon we’ll be changing our billings to reflect this.


Dale Frank


Dale Frank 2017 via Neon Parc

Ricky Swallow


ricky swallow killing time 2004

Artday – Vuk Vidor


Art History Version D

Ocean (kinda) Racing


Some drone footage of the current overall leader of the Volvo Ocean Race; MAPFRE in the doldrums on their way to Hong Kong after leaving Melbourne on the 2nd of Jan. I was very excited to see Australia as a late addition to the 8 month round the world ocean race after a 10 year hiatus. I went down to the pier and watched MAPFRE win leg 3 on their way into the heads on Christmas night and I also watched the full fleet for the start of leg 4. It appeared to be really intense and hard sailing through the roaring forties from Cape Town to Melb, very different to the footage shown here. Best use of a drone that I have seen to date but I am still rooting for team Brunel.

Via Volvo Ocean Race and Team MAPFRE.

Artday – Banksy on advertising


“The people that run our cities do not understand graffiti because they think that nothing has the right to exist unless it makes a profit. The people who truly deface our neighbourhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across our buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff. Any advertisement in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours, it belongs to you, its yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking if you can keep a rock someone just threw at your head.” Banksy.