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m3architecture have designed bicycle shelters to sit outside the Australian National University’s Burton and Garran Hall. The proposal promotes cycling by siting the structures at the main entry. The bike shelters incorporate a lightweight structure and brick facade which responds to the context of the predominately brick Burton and Garran hall forecourt. The frugal structure reinforces the notion of economy present within the culture of cycling.
Detailed from galvanized tube, using proprietary couplers, triangulation is used to generate structural economy. The shelters provide two layers of protection: a roof and a chainwire outer surface that gathers and stretches, conforming to the triangulated substrate. A creeper is proposed to grow over the chainwire, resulting in a faceted green landscape behind the “Canberra Red” brick wall.
Terroir are designing a large hotel in the Tasmanian wilderness. The site is located approximately two kilometres north of the town of Coles Bay, with only a beach and single connecting road between. Its dominant feature is the expansive view along the beach and across the bay to “The Hazards” – a famous landscape that makes the Freycinet Peninsula one of the most visited wilderness areas in the state. The design evolved from an analysis of the geology, landscape form and climate of the site. It is designed to express an understanding of the monumentality and intimacy of the Tasmanian landscape, as explored in the photographs of the late Peter Dombriovskis.
Harrison & Crist’s entry to the competition for a traveller’s lodge on a mountain opposite the famous Machu Picchu in Peru wraps around the hill like a ring. A strong frame is anchored into the hill, with a light timber skin and a final red fabric skin. Given its massive context, the traveller’s lodge is designed to retain impact through colour and profile. At one scale, a thin red stripe – a line at a contour; at another the zigzag edge of the fabric forms a figured profile, like a word written across the mountain.
Working in the long tradition of architects inventing industrial components for buildings, Neil de la Coeur (Bird de la Coeur Architects) and Paul Mizzi (Topform Joiners) have gained international recognition for their innovative safety hinge.
The hinge prevents finger-jamming injuries on both the hinge side and the handle side of a door. The device is completely concealed within the hinge and is patented for both car and building doors. They have recently returned from a series of Austrade-assisted meetings in Scandinavia with car and building industry partners. Crushing or trapping injuries are among the most common in children under five, with a significant proportion resulting in permanent disfigurement or amputation.
Published online: 1 May 2004
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