Hotel Design: What Can We Learn From Global Innovations?

There’s no room for boring anymore in Australia’s hotel industry. Globally the hotel sector is experiencing change and innovation on a scale not seen before. With new signings in Melbourne confirmed for Ritz-Carlton, W Hotel, Shangri-La and Hotel Indigo, and with Australia’s overall supply set to double in the next two years there are several key…

What’s next for workplace design

Wellbeing and nature-based design are rapidly transforming office efficiency in the 21st century. And as globalisation continues to redefine work, commercial buildings must equally adapt to meet the demands of a changing workforce. The blank floorplates and cubicle farms are by-products of yesteryear, giving way to fresh thinking that incorporates architecture, interiors, technology and urban context, each working seamlessly to create…

Co-living – what is it and why should we care?

By Nigel Hobart, managing principal, Rothelowman & Al Jeffery, co-founder, Base Commons If co-living is the next phase of co-working and the new development model for our future cities, how do we make it a commercial reality in Australia? How do we design a sustainable development model to redefine the way people work, live and…

Prefab High Rise Halves Construction Time

Author, Stuart Marsland Prefabrication design is leading the next generation of efficient high rise construction. This significant shift is being made possible due to a larger industry move towards prefabricating by design; where buildings showcase a construction system that’s built to reflect the design, rather than use a prescribed prefabrication system. The subtle result is…

Integrating Heritage

Rothelowman Principal Stuart Marsland shares why he believes heritage assets should be celebrated in contemporary design. Complex site constraints provide restrictive parameters for Architects to work within, but often create an opportunity for project differentiation. While heritage assets can posture a challenge to designers, their historical narrative can be reshaped and celebrated, resulting in an…

Designing density for blue chip suburbs

Design that emphasises local context is the solution to overcoming concern from local council and residents who worry new multi-residential developments may detract from the character and overall appeal of prestigious suburbs. The need to respect and respond to the context of the existing built environment may be one of the most important rules towards…

Campus Style Developments: A Model for New Apartment Living

Whilst much of the recent focus in residential design has centred on high-rise buildings, Rothelowman has recently been commissioned to design a number of midrise, campus style developments on large brown field sites. Significant additions to the existing urban fabric, the design and delivery of these complex developments requires a sophisticated understanding of both the buildings…

Reinventing the Townhouse for Australia’s Shifting Cities

Architect-designed townhouses are essential to support sustainable population growth in our rapidly expanding capital cities. Large-scale, master-planned townhouse developments in urban infill sites provide an option for increased density that offers an attractive solution to rising land value while creating a greater number of affordable dwellings in central and…

The Commercial Value of Differentiation

By definition, a product without differentiation is a commodity and commodities are rarely sold at a premium. A project, be it commercial, residential or retail, isn’t about selling space; it’s about selling the intangibles – the opportunities, the lifestyle and the economic prospects these spaces can provide. Differentiation is most effective via the communication of…