A high-rise apartment building bearing the image of an indigenous leader is set to become one of Melbourne’s most dramatic landmarks.
The proposed Portrait building, earmarked for the old Carlton brewery site, features a 32-story portrait of Wurundjeri tribal leader and artist William Barak. The contouring of the building’s balconies and the play of light and shade will feature his face when viewed from the correct angle.
A clever concept, while other buildings have featured screen prints of landscapes, think Bjarke Ingles Mountain Dwellings, and others have featured contoured balconies like the Aqua building this building will be the first to combine the two if completed in 2014.
The best line of sight for viewing the image will be from the Shrine of Remembrance, Victoria’s largest and most visited war memorial which is approximately 3 km away. When viewed from close up the building will simply appear to have an oddly contoured facade. The portrait will be created using a number of horizontal white panels that have been cut to make Mr Barak’s face to appear via positive and negative space. The panels will be distanced from the balconies themselves so that residents will not accidentally alter the imagery.
The building design is by Australian architecture firm ARM. The brewery project is a five building development by Australian firm Grocon who is firmly behind paying tribute to an important figure in Australian history and have received the blessing of both the Wurundjeri elders and the trustees of the Shrine of Remembrance.
The ARM architecture firm has attempted buildings with portraits on their facades in the past, the Dupain Building and 347 Camberwell Road however, neither of these projects were completed. Maybe the proper stars are in alignment this time.
no one blends styles better than hecker, phelan & guthrie.
above: event space at flemington racecourse
above: st. ali outpost
above: ivy venue
The interiors designed by this Melbourne-based firm are a veritable grab bag from the last five centuries. You’re just as likely to see a Louis XVI chair in neon pink as you are a Mies van der Rohe sofa or a floral print lamp shade of unknown origin – often times all in the same room. The result is a feast for the senses.
Their portfolio is vast, ranging from sleek and modern residences and retail spaces to projects like the 65,000 square ft. “hospitality venue,” Ivy, in Sidney, a landscaped public oasis that includes eighteen bars, nine restaurants, two penthouse suites, a ballroom, a rooftop pool and a sunken courtyard. Even more eye-catching is their 2008 event space at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse.
The company hosting the event was tired “of all the bling and superficiality” of most corporate events and hired HP&G to bring their trademark playfulness and sense of humor to the traditional atmosphere. They came up with a “frivolous and cheeky temporary marquee” where guests could experience classic horse racing at its most exaggerated – “think Pimms on the lawn, vintage furniture, English china, strawberries and cream, British fusion tunes and waitresses in 50s-inspired dresses serving high tea.”
A space like this forces you to leave your pretensions at the door so even the stuffiest of stuffed shirts can laugh, relax and have a good time.
We are inviting communities, business and governments to switch off their lights! Be part of this historic event. There are
above: hackett and prelgauskas are driving hackett’s red 2008 roadster as part of the 10th annual global green challenge, one of the most high-profile rallies worldwide for production, prototype and experimental cars. Hackett is providing updates in real time on his blog.
The pair drove from alice springs, in the australian northern territory, to the finish marker at a point 183 km north of coober pedy, in south australia.
above: motor sport manager from the south australian motor sport board, jeffmattner,
applies a seal to the Roadster’s “fuel tank”.
above: simon hackett, as he sets off to break the world distance record for a production electric vehicle
above: simon and emilis making history with 313 (501 KM) miles on single charge
above: internode’s favorite road marker on the entire stuart highway
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If you “love” retro modernism and espresso, go no farther. Loved around the world, Robbiati’s patented coffee machine is a classic design of the ‘Atomic Age'(1945–1960). Known as the ‘Atomic’ it embodies the explosive energy and creativity of the post-war era of Italian coffee machine design.
It would be impossible to improve on the organic lines and sleek modernism of Robbiati’s extraordinary machine or to find a more versatile stovetop coffee maker. The quality and simplicity of the machine ensures trouble free operation for a life–time.
The all new “La Sorrentina” Coffee Machine is the result of close collaboration between Ikon Exports, Australia and the Bellman Company in Taiwan. Our goal was to produce a new product worthy of the Atomic style machine. A love of coffee and reverence for the beauty and functionality of the original design united us in this endeavor. After years of refinement the end result is a premium reproduction of Robbiati’s patented coffee machine, manufactured to the same dimensions and high standard.
Having just visited the Wolfsonian museum’s Streamline Show, this coffee maker shoulda been there.
It’s been a week since Earth Hour 2008. So we looked around to see what happened then, and if
This taken from the Chicagoist…
Earth Hour officials indicate last year there were 2.2 million who participated in a one-hour effort to bring awareness to energy conservation. Yesterday, they estimated that number was around 10 million. In Chicago, the Sears Tower, the John Hancock, the Wrigley Building, and the Tribune Tower dimmed decorative lights, while 500 McDonald’s throughout Chicagoland turned off their golden arches. In the theatre district, marquees went dark, and Elphaba, the witch from “Wicked” turned out the lights with a dramatic “spell”. Navy Pier’s iconic ferris wheel went dark and nearly every store on the Magnificent Mile turned out their lights. (more…)
Earth Hour 2007 was a Sydney, Australia event to fight global warming by saving energy and raising awareness. On March 29, 2008, Earth Hour goes global.
Just a few days left before Earth Hour—March 29, 2008. 8-9pm. Between now and then send a reminder to your blogosphere connections to participate. You can continue to remind people about conserving energy for the rest of the year too! Here’s how…
1. Forward this information or create an original. (The image in this post is a photo taken from one of the many posters, billboards in Chicago.)
2. Place your Earth Hour post on your blog along with these instructions…
3. Send a minimum of 5 bloggers—or your entire blogroll—to do the same. Notify them of the tag.
4. ADD your site to the list and place your blog’s name and url in a comment here to let DA know you successfully forwarded this info. DA will acknowledge your success with a comment in your post. Email webmaster [at] designapplause.com if you have questions. (more…)