nagakin capsule tower

Having visited Japan in 2016, I was delighted to find these images in Pinterest. I drove past the Nagakin Capsule Tower (photo below) designed by Kisho Kurowaka and always wanted to know what it looked like inside. Some lessons to learn from this 1972 building on how to design micro, affordable housing for the masses.


The future is prefabricated

Prefabricated construction is in its infancy but with increasing demand on tradition construction and speed and the sustainability benefits of prefabrication, could this new manufacturing industry change the way Australia builds?

Source: The future is prefabricated

pool in the sky

Rothelowman Project featured in architecture & design


What’s Shaping Workplace Design in 2017?

Rothelowman’s Michael Banak on What’s Shaping Workplace Design in 2017

Surfers Paradise Project To Have World’s Most Slim Fitting Architectural Design –

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.

Source: Surfers Paradise Project To Have World’s Most Slim Fitting Architectural Design –

Carte Brutaliste – Brutalist Paris Map

The Les Choux De Cretiel building is brutalist and beautiful.



japanese inspiration

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

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Herzog and de Meuron – Prada

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Jean Nouvel – Mui Mui


Unknown Architect


Nikko Temple – Shogun Shrine


Unknown Architect after an Onsen –  at peace and one with nature.



rothelowman – cracking the matrix

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?



taft east gate

taft east gate

gaisano property invests in cebu waterfront project

Below is a link to an article in the Business Inquirer on a project we are doing in the Philippines for HT Land (A joint venture between Hong Kong Land & Taft Property). The project is named Mandani Bay and located on a 20 hectare site on the banks of Mactan Channel in Mandaue.

business inquirer – cebu waterfront