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;
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;
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!
A few weeks ago, Vish and I travelled to the Philippines to be part of the Austrade and the Australian Governments’, “Celebrate Australia Day” program in the Philippines. Unfortunately, we missed out on our Australia Day public holiday in Sydney, but fortunately, we were able to spend quality time with our friends in Makati.
We visited the Arya Residences on McKinley Parkway to take some photos of our development designed in 2009. Arya is nearly complete, a twin tower, LEED Gold certified, sustainable development located in Bonifacio Global City. The site is located just 20 minutes drive from Makati…….on a good day……for those that understand what Manila traffic is all about. This is my photo of Vish taking a photo of Arya, from the roundabout at the entry to the American War Memorial site.
Arthaland’s signature project, the Arya Residences, is highly acclaimed both in the Philippines and abroad, having won several awards at the East Asia Property Awards and the Philippine Property Awards.
We met with CASAS Architects to discuss 2 projects we are collaboratively working on in Cebu; TAFT East Gate in Central Cebu for HT Land and The Bond House (CASAS have named the house, the “Iron Man House”, which we like as well) for a private client in the Hills of Cebu.
This is a view of one of the many study models of the House. We have just finished Schematic Design and are now looking into a Design Development Phase for the interiors. You can see from the photograph the design incorporates an expansive entertainment deck and wet edge swimming pool that runs the full length of the deck. An amazing spot for a party! The house gently lands on a steep sloping site, with stunning views of the country side, a tree lined ravine and pocket glimpses of the Mactan Channel in the distance. The design promotes sustainable living with a series of Green Initiatives integral to the design including; passive solar control, natural ventilation, atrium stack effect cooling, sun shading and PVC technology.
Taft East Gate is a 4 tower development in Cebu for Taft Property Venture Capital and includes residential, Commercial, Hotel and a retail shopping centre. Tower 1 documentation of the residential tower is complete. Site works have commenced and the display suite should be operational by next month. The design incorporates a “crinkle cut” facade to the towers, creating movement and drama and essential shading to the apartments. The image below was provided courtesy of CASAS Architects.
Another major site in Makati we visited was our Garden Towers project, a Premier Grade twin tower residential condominium development for AYALA Land Premier. The 2 towers will be quite stricking on the city skyline and will reach a similar height to the towers you can see in the background of the photo below. The project features green sky lobbies, summer gardens, extensive landscape areas and a green wall at the porte corche drop-off. A quality development located in the heart of the shopping precinct in Makati, promoting a healthy lifestyle and work / live environment.
Due for completion at the end of 2015, the Arya Residences public spaces are coming to life. The canopy was designed to be a protected space from the harsh environment of Manila, a place to gather, eat, cool down and enjoy a quiet respite from the bustleing city life of Fort Bonifacio in the Philippines.
True to the original design intent, award winning developer and Green advocate, the Arthaland Corporation have pushed the boundaries where other developers may not have had the courage. Our collaborative vision, complimented by a focus on sustainability, saw the project achieve a LEED Gold certification and selected as a BERDE pilot project through the Philippine Green Building Council. The first Green Certified Residential Condominium development in the Philippines.
Some recent shots of 180B under Construction in Brisbane. 180B is a 6 Star Green Star Commercial Office Building, with over 60,000m2 of Commercial Office Space.