|RUSSELL JONES IN LONDON|
Expatriate Sydney architect Russell Jones has renovated a 200 sq m, four-level corner house in Holland Park, London, with minimalist treatments using limestone, pine, birch, teak and white paint. The ground floor and basement were opened up to create a five metre-high living space with a mezzanine dining area; illuminated by a pavement light and ground-level window. A new staircase, walled with plywood veneered with Latvian birch, connects all four floors and a roof terrace (below left).
RUSSELL JONES IN LONDON
In Londons Notting Hill, a top-floor apartment has been refurbished by expatriate Australian Russell Jones. Existing perimeter walls were replastered and new partitions were installed as furniture elements beneath a new vaulted ceiling. Services are marshalled along one side of the apartment, leaving an open space partitioned into living and sleeping zones. Roof terraces extend the living space on two sides and a close leafy outlook lends the sense of a tree house (above right).
KEN SOWERBY IN IOWA
In the mid-western American state of Iowa, Gannett Corporation has built a new printing hall for The Des Moines Register, incorporating 3000 sq metres of offices. The building, locally known as the super shed was designed by Ken Sowerby, a globetrotting Australian architect, with process planners Eurografica and Des Moines architects Shive-Hattery. It is a concrete and steel structure clad with fibre cement panels to a destroy the box concept involving walls inclined off-vertical. Although the building is subject to extreme weather shifts, displacement air principles maintain perfect operating temperatures inside.
HASSELL IN HONG KONG
As part of a continuing upgrade to Hong Kongs mass transit rail system, Hassells Hong Kong office is creating 15 new entrances for six stations on the Central Line. The existing stations, built in the mid-1980s, are being refurbished to relate to a corporate image recently developed for the Airport Line, and are being given improved lighting, signage and facilities for disabled access. Construction began in late 1999 on a roll-out expected to last several years.