Architect/Designer

20 April, 2015

Sick Building Syndrome and the Importance of Good Air Quality

We are all familiar with the term ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ as a term that is bandied around to imply an unhealthy environment to be in. But what makes a building ‘sick’? And what are its effects? Sick Building Syndrome affects the well-being of those who spend time within it. The symptomatic effects are a sore…

17 April, 2015

Sunlight and Nature: Positive Medication in Healthcare Spaces

It is almost impossible to discuss biophilic design in healthcare without mentioning this 1981 seminal study on recovery times during post operative care after gall bladder surgery by professor Roger Ulrich of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. This fascinating study investigates whether a view out to nature from their room had any effect on…

16 April, 2015

Why the ‘Designed Experience’ is so Vital to the Post-GFC World

Japanese design house Nendo recently teamed up with international fashion label BEIGE to remind the world why ‘experience’ in design is so important. A concept store for international fashion house, BEIGE has been newly opened in the Tamagawa Takashimaya shopping centre in suburban Tokyo. The store has been crafted by minimalist heroes, Nendo, as a multi-functional…

3 April, 2015

Can Flooring Define The Boundaries Of A Space?

With limited space and lead time, the flooring of the Monash University project proved that carpet tile can indeed define the prescribed functions of a space. Undertaken within an astonishingly tight deadline of two weeks, the Monash University Australian Law Faculty, Clayton Campus project by Dasch Associates in Melbourne, was incredibly successful. This humble little…

27 March, 2015

Biophilia: Sustainability Meets Health & Well-Being

Places we naturally love turn out to be good for us! We can now scientifically verify the physiological viability of our designs, by measuring pulse rate, blood pressure, heart rate variability (HRV), electro-dermal response, hormonal & adrenal response, brain wave activity, eye movements & muscle tension. Biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology & neuroscience have begun…

26 February, 2015

Can you communicate a brand’s vibrant culture through its floor?

Activity Based Working (ABW) has been the buzzword in the commercial sector over recent years. Australian national property developer CIP has taken up the challenge by transforming a 550sqm office into an energetic and vibrant ABW space for its staff and a showroom for its clients. The office space was carefully chosen to reflect the…