Talking Architecture & Design Podcast (Episode 108) - Builder, designer and sustainability advocate David Coates gives the hard truth about sustainability Listen Now
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    Case Study: NSW Parliament House

    A symbol of great historical, political and societal significance, NSW Parliament House consists of a heritage-listed complex of buildings where the Parliament of the state of NSW resides. Located on the east side of Sydney’s Macquarie Street, the edifice has recently undergone a refurbishment by renowned architectural, interior design and urban design practice, Brewster Murray.

    Case Study: Glennifer Residence

    Nestled in the leafy suburb of Wahroonga on Sydney’s upper north shore, “Glennifer'' is a beloved family home with a rich history. “When we bought the home to live in, we knew it needed work but like most things, until we got into renovating, we did not really appreciate the true extent of the work,” says the current homeowner, Glenda Green.

    Blazing a trail: The shift from gas to electric fireplaces in the modern Australian home

    Modern fireplaces have become the focal point of both indoor and outdoor environments, creating a warm, inviting space for family gatherings and social connection. As the market moves away from gas appliances, and with the emergence of highly-efficient solutions with ‘smart’ technological features and realistic flame patterns, the future of fireplaces may be electric.

    The future of home heating: Choosing the right heating system in the changing energy landscape

    The shift away from fossil fuels has begun, but renewable energy sources are not yet an option for many Australian homes. When it comes to specifying heating and cooling systems, designers must balance meeting immediate user needs with providing enough flexibility to adapt to future changes to the energy landscape.

    Express Yourself: Understanding the use of colour in bathroom design

    The bathroom is evolving from a purely functional space to one that is more lifestyle focused. With the right colour scheme, designers can make the bathroom feel more tranquil, or transform it into an energising space that lifts the user’s spirit before a long workday. A deep understanding of how colour can be used to its maximum effect is needed to deliver truly memorable bathroom designs.

    Bathroom Intelligence: How smart fixture data can transform building maintenance and operations

    Advances in data gathering and bathroom monitoring solutions offer significant opportunities to improve bathroom maintenance and operations. Smart bathroom fixtures, including taps, urinals and toilets, can track valuable usage data, allowing facility managers to make informed decisions on maintenance and cleaning activities.

    Innovating beyond tile trim: A new Australian-made design solution for tiling around window and door openings

    From domestic builds, apartments and hotels to sporting pavilions and any place with bathrooms and amenities, tiling is a major component of every new project. An overlooked element of tile design that can make or break the final look is the finishing of tiling around window and door openings.

    Case Study: 93 Louisa Road, Birchgrove NSW

    LevantaPark were engaged to install a three level lift shaft that would combine the desired functionality, whilst complying with all the necessary restrictions and requirements - and provide a high-end finish to match the property’s exquisite design language as well as the sophisticated context of the neighbourhood.

    Improving aged care environments: New trends in design

    An ageing population creates both pressures and opportunities for Australia’s aged care sector. Design and construction professionals have an opportunity to incorporate innovative configurations and operator models to create environments that enable high levels of care while providing an enriching living space for residents.

    The Future of Kitchens and Bathrooms: Why specifying sensor taps for the home is the way forward

    Often associated with commercial, healthcare or food preparation settings, sensor taps have grown in popularity due to increased hygiene awareness. However, concerns about cross-contamination, health and hygiene are equally as legitimate in the home as they are in public or commercial spaces. With added benefits such as convenience, reduced water and energy bills, and accessibility, sensor taps designed for domestic use are the wave of the future.

    Efficient materials for residential building facades: A comparison of brick and autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC)

    The use of efficient facade materials not only plays a critical role in defining a building’s aesthetic, but also optimising operational energy requirements and other functional characteristics. Brick and autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) are two of the most commonly used cladding materials in residential construction. While they share some common features, there are differentiating factors between the two materials that are not widely understood.

    Beauty & Strength: Unlocking design possibilities with decorative concrete

    Concrete has timeless, utilitarian appeal, but too rarely is it used as a featured design element that can enhance or complement its surroundings. Thanks to a versatile range of decorative techniques – colouring, texturing, exposing aggregate, polishing, honing and more – you can achieve aesthetic effects with concrete that cannot be replicated in any other medium.

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