No doubt there are some very convenient things about apartment living but take a moment to think about the orphans left behind…. In all seriousness i was wondering around for about an hour and the trolley tractor did about two or three circuits full each time with IKEA (no surprise there) and Coles trolleys.
My wife and I bought a house in Sydney a few years ago, both of us grew up with backyards and parks nearby, we played in the back yard, I tinkered with stuff in the shed with my father. Both of us are ‘burbs‘ people. So it wasn’t really surprising that we bought in the suburbs. I have recently taken an interested in the necessary increase in density of housing and the rise of apartment suburbs here in Sydney like Rhodes and Zetlands. So i thought i’d start documenting it from behind the lens. Here is my first visit to Rhodes.
Whilst roaming around the city of Sydney last week scouting a location for a future shoot I spent a lot of time looking up. This isn’t something you do often in the CBD, I don’t really understand why, I mean the view looking up is much grander than watching the masses of people slide by like Balinese traffic. It took me by surprise how many smaller older building are still standing, these are the buildings that we overlook because they have been there that long and have become part of the cityscape. These buildings tucked up tight against the modern glazed buildings we have become accustomed to remind me of scenes from 2 children’s movies Stuart Little and Mr Magoriums Magic Emporium both based in NY city. Which got me thinking about one constant in architecture is having to deal with the past, whether it be historical surrounds or site issues. All spaces have history and I find it fascinating how each architect or designer has chosen to deal with the history of the site or surrounds.
When the Hilton Hotel was redesigned by JWP in 2005 the palette of materials sandstone and limestone that were used on the lower levels complemented the surrounding buildings on George St predominately the QVB and Town Hall. It has also softened the transition between the commercial ground floors and the brutal reminder of the 1960’s concrete tower above. Meanwhile the building next door the free standing federation style building of Simpson House designed by Robertson & Marks in 1912 is a century old and has witnessed 3 rebuilds including JWP’s latest yet it still somehow fits in. That being said what will is look like when the monorail which traverses past and through the building next door is decommissioned later this year?
Bob, the international magazine of space design, based in Korea, is an interior magazine including rich content which focus on global designers. This is an innovative interior design journal with portfolio style. Photography by Ian features in the article Bob has just published a beautiful double-page spread about Rptecture‘s recent Pet Carnival space. The store was also voted 2013 Dulux Colour Awards Finalist.