You liked it, we listened! We bring to you just a small sample of the built environment’s best projects from the year gone by.
January 3rd, 2022
It’s true that 2021 delivered a year full of ups, downs and dwellings. We here at Indesignlive were lucky enough to cover a multitude of them, across the realms of residential, multi-residential, commercial and workplace.
To recap the year that was, we are bringing to you the best projects from 2021 featured by us at Indesignlive. Shall we begin?
For 15 years, Smart Design Studio operated out of its Bourke Street headquarters in Surry Hills. 2021 brought about a change for the practice, relocating to a new space in Alexandria designed entirely by the practice. Housing double the floorspace of the previous office, the white minimalist office features a staggering 80 per cent of recycled materials within the building.
Originally designed by Vin Davies in 1968, the Hayman received a much needed refresh earlier this year by With_Architecture Studio. Ensuring the space is more functional and accessible, the work by With_Architecture is effectively ‘clipped’ onto Davies’ original designs, through the use of Equatone sheets.
Asked by the clients to create a concept design in the early stages of the design process, Woods Bagot effectively went chips in on Sculptform Showroom. The fluid, curving design envisioned by the practice pushes the boundaries for the capabilities of timber as a material and is something of a perfect union between client and practice, showcasing the expertise of both Sculptform and Woods Bagot.
Asked to execute an entire workplace redesign with a sense of assuredness and conviction on a tight budget was something of a challenge for Splinter Society, but one they responded to with aplomb. Adaptively reusing a host of materials in a bid to reduce the project’s footprint, the new Asaleo office space features exposed concrete ceilings, columns and flooring, as well as timber panels and functional furniture pieces.
The site of a former chocolate factory, Make Architects oversaw the repurposing of this Haymarket precinct into a boutique office building. Retaining much of the former building’s character, Make’s approach aimed to juxtapose new and old within the one space with a material palette of copper, concrete and terrazzo sitting comfortably alongside chipped white brick, timber structures and an abundance of natural light.
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CSM’s new Work Aisles range shows that smart storage can be more than just where you can keep personal items at the office, but also the key to enhanced connection and productivity.
Striking in its playful simplicity, eye-catching and charmingly self-assured – the renowned sofa system named after a chewing gum is making a comeback. And it’s more relevant than ever.
For an organisation that champions making positive change, it made perfect sense for Davidson to change their workspace to reflect their philosophy. COMUNiTI’s inspired approach to flooring using Milliken-Ontera saw the Davidson brand flawlessly translated into its new working environment.
Retail has become a hyper-dimensional experience. While a destination may draw you in for any number of reasons – social, educational, personal wellness – shopping remains the ultimate act.
Maintaining the stately character of the dwelling’s 1880s origin, St Huberts’ most contemporary incarnation embraces the house’s traditional features while equipping the occupants with all the creature comforts and technological advancements a modern family of five may need.
Sydney Coliseum Theatre by COX is a dazzling and grandiose space, reflective of both its name and the theatrics it hosts.
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Razzy graphic forms and pops of hypercolour – this new furniture collection from SBW shows that after 10 years of designing and manufacturing, they really know what they’re doing.
Sophie Solomon of SSD Studio designs living spaces that evoke emotion and connection. She was drawn to the Luna Chair by King for its fine blend of contrasts and the power of this to touch the individual.
Designed by Grimshaw Architects and built by Lendlease, the highly considered edifice is a transformational facility for the Faculties of Engineering and Information Technology, and an optimistic manifestation of sustainable design in the face of the environmental crisis.
The Studio* Collaborative’s Melinda Huuk sums it up perfectly when she says, we can rationalise beauty to ourselves but it “needs to be underpinned by purpose and responsibility”. She highlights the Fleur Sofa by King for its responsible manufacture – a quality that takes its beauty beyond skin-deep.