Slender Towers: Understanding of Science and Parametrics

Previously unbuildable buildings have become a reality thanks to advances in parametric design.
As any architect will attest, attempting to make a pencil thin tower stand up on a small parcel of land in the middle of a city is no small feat. Nor is the humane architecture that…

City To Suburbs: Mixed-Use Developments

Architects are finding innovative ways to offer new building typologies as multiple market factors influence a push to provide all the convenience and connectivity of city living in a widening suburban context.

The resulting mixed-use developments, which include permutations of hotel, commercial and residential offerings are being driven by market conditions including governments’ push towards sustainable, low-transit living; developers’ desire to sell large portions of projects simultaneously; and a thirst by the public for increased…

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…