The beauty of slender buildings. An example of the design talent of Rothelowman and the collaborative process between architect and engineer. The result. An innovative, parametric design that saves costs on structure and provides sheltered balconies from the wind.
The Les Choux De Cretiel building is brutalist and beautiful.
The images below are select photographs of a trip I took to Japan in July this year. Tokyo was very clean, the food amazing and the people ultra friendly and polite and I will go back again……….but these are all cliches you’ve heard before, possibly from every person you know who has visited that part of the world. Do you know anyone who hasn’t liked Japan?
Hopefully though, you haven’t seen some of the amazing buildings I photographed on my travels and you get to view them in real life some day. Being the architectural nerd that I am, I researched before my trip as well as trawled the streets looking for inspirational architecture. I spent most of my time in Tokyo, but also took a day trip to an ominous Shogun temple in Nikko, followed by an Onsen in the middle of a green and wooded hillside. You would be happy to know there are no photographs of that wonderful experience.
Kenzo Tange – Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Kisho Kurokawa – Nakagin Capsule Hotel
Le Corbusier – National Museum of Modern Art
Makato Watanabe – K Museum
Makato Watanabe – Aoyama Technical College
Tadao Ando – Omotesando Hills
Toyo Ito – Todd’s Building
SANAA – Dior
Kengo Kuma Office & Various Works
Yoshio Taniguchi – Museum of Horyuji Treasures
Herzog and de Meuron – Prada
Jean Nouvel – Mui Mui
Nikko Temple – Shogun Shrine
Unknown Architect after an Onsen – at peace and one with nature.
Rothelowman have 140 staff in offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The Melbourne office has over 80 staff and is located in a warehouse building in Southbank, featuring a beautiful truss roof. The architecture and interiors of the office fit-out showcase the firms skills in commercial design and their ability to create wonderful spaces to be in.
This is my 4th week at Rothelowman and with my business partner Ben Pomroy we aim to grow the business in NSW, through innovative and creative thinking – an emerging design firm in the Sydney market. Rothelowman has 25 years of experience in a variety of project types including; residential, commercial, retail, master plan and mixed-use. Our ability to integrate Interior Design with Architecture, provides our clients with a holistic approach to design.
I posted a photo on Instagram when I visited the Melbourne office last week and could not believe the attention it received. Generally happy to receive 20 likes…. actually even 1 is good!. This photo cracked the matrix, gaining over 1000 likes. I believe this was a sign, I had made the right choice to move to Rothelowman, but happy to hear of any other reasons for this anomaly?
Last week, Crone Architects and SJB Architects chaired a Champions of Change (CoC) morning tea at the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) in Tusculum.
The inaugral event will be a regular session whereby the CoC leaders, invite architects, partners and their children to a morning tea session to discuss Gender Equity in the Workplace. The CoC members gave an update on the Champions of Change program and discussed collectively the difficulties for parents re-entering the work place after extended leave. The sessions will be an open forum to discuss Gender Equity and the Agreed Actions proposed by the CoC group. These include the following key areas;
- Mainstream Flexibility
- Modify Culture of being Always Available
- Plan Careers Early
- On Ramp, Off Ramp and everything else in between: Enabling successful career breaks and part-time work
- Reflect on Personal Leadership Style using the Leadership Shadow model
- Launch a Panel Pledge campaign within Architecture
- Plus One
- Submissions Ratio
- Networking Calendar
- Activate Networking
We had a great turnout on Monday of approximately 25 mums and dads and prams. There were quiet a few vocal parents and young ones who contributed to the discussions which made the morning tea very productive.
Representing Crone architects was Erica Teicher, Eva Ponsati and Anna Van Hees. Anna provided great insight into her experiences having recently come back from a parental leave break.
Crone provided a briefing on the firms commitment to Diversity in the office and highlighted areas they would like to improve in the future.
You can find our presentation slides on the link below;
A good article by Carter Williamson Architects promoting Crone’s participation as well as 9 other leading Australian Architectural firms, in the Champion of Change (COS) Program, run by the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter. The COS program is about promoting gender equality in the workplace.
Crone recently engaged a photographer to take aerial photographs of 180 Daisho, a 60,000m2 commercial office tower located in Ann Street, Brisbane. 180 Daisho is a 34 level, 6 Star Green Star office tower with a striking super graphic of the Brisbane River designed to the north east facade.
180 Daisho is ambitious, gutsy and a highly intelligent building. The tower will be Brisbane’s first, 6 Star Green Star V3 certified office building and is aiming for a 5.5 star NABERS Energy rating. This is the highest sustainability rating attainable through the Green Building Council of Australia’s rating system and described as World Leadership. Crone worked closely with Floth Engineers to design a very efficient, world class, sustainable building.
The buildings facade features a dramatic motif of the Brisbane River which is highly recognisable from a number of vantage points throughout the city and becomes a theme throughout the development.
The structural design is innovative. By utilising a side core to the office floor plate, we were able to straddle the Brisbane railway lines that run directly under the site. Crone worked with Arcadis structural engineers to develop the structural system, which uses in part, a series of large diagonal trusses to support the typical floor plates. This strategic thinking helped unlock the opportunities of the site. The resulting floor plates are regular in shape, open planned, saturated with light and with spectacular views of the city.
An amazing mature tree re-location system used in Victoria.
I know I couldn’t. In fact I wouldn’t even know how hard it would be to raise a child that had no disabilities. I imagine pretty tough but totally awesome.
Next weekend 3 April, I’m doing a swim with a bunch of kind people for an event named swim 4 autism at the abc pool in Woolloomooloo. We swim for 5 hours in a relay and raise funds for the Giant Steps Foundation. If you had a few spare dollars we would be very appreciative of your contribution.
You can donate to the link below or to the LOOBULLS team.
Thanks for your time and happy Easter!