Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 41

Artichoke, Australia’s most respected interior architecture and design magazine, presents inspiring examples of design excellence and engaging discussion of design issues to industry professionals and a broader audience of design-savvy consumers. It reviews significant new projects, profiles designers, showcases new products and explores creative design collaborations. It is the national magazine of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

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in this issue

4 min.
idesign: the evolution of the designer

words OLIVER KRATZER FDIA/NATIONAL PRESIDENT DESIGN INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA/BOARD MEMBER AUSTRALIAN DESIGN ALLIANCE A friend of mine recently gave up paid employment to start her own design business. Close inspection of her very nice website confirmed that it was an iBusiness: “I” can do this and “I” can do that. That gave rise to a couple of thoughts: Why are there so many micro businesses in design? Why are there so few larger practices around? Barriers to entry are few, and low: a design qualification (optional), a computer, some software and you can hang out your shingle. Ninety-six per cent of businesses in Australia employ fewer than twenty people. So my friend is not out of the ordinary, but what propels some companies to great heights, while others tick along at entry level? Sometimes…

2 min.

ISSUE 41. HUB MELBOURNE MARCUS BAUMGART is a freelance journalist and author of the cafe writing blog theinkshot.com. He also runs The Words Guy (thewordsguy.net), which provides written content for those involved in competitive bidding in the construction, technology and arts sectors. THE NEXT FUTURE STEVE COSTER is a principal at Hassell and a leading specialist in workplace strategy and design. He holds a master’s degree in architecture focused on the strategic use of architecture and design for organizations. WOODS BAGOT SYDNEY FREYA LOMBARDO is a media consultant currently engaged in digital publishing and multi-platform content strategy projects. She fuels her love of design and architecture by contributing features to a number of leading publications including Houses and Artichoke. HAMER HALL/JIMMY WATSON’S WINE BAR/CODA PETER BENNETTS is a Melbourne-based, globe-roaming architectural photographer whose work appears in internationally acclaimed…

6 min.
design ideas in brief

(1) New public artworks in Brisbane city The Brisbane CBD’s new Queen Elizabeth II Court has become home to three new public artworks from three influential female artists. The three artists commissioned were Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama; Sally Gabori, a Kaiadilt elder in the Southern Gulf of Carpenteria; and Gemma Smith, an up-and-coming Australian artist. The artworks comprise the ninety-metre long Eyes Are Singing Out from Kusama, which may be the largest permanent artwork ever undertaken by the artist; a painting Dibirdibi Country by Gabori that runs the length of the wall behind the judge’s bench in the Banco court; and a hand-painted abstract piece called Collision and Improvisation on the court’s entry ceiling by Smith (pictured). The three works, while vastly different in style, meld the three generations and cultures of…

8 min.
hamer hall

words PAUL WALKER photography PETER BENNETTS Hamer Hall, completed in 1982, is a strange building. It is based on the iceberg principle, with the concrete cylinder visible above ground hiding a much larger volume beneath the surface. The floor of the concert hall is sunk well down in the mud of the Yarra River’s south bank. The idiosyncratic bluntness of Roy Grounds’s simple geometry and robust concrete construction is mediated within by the equally idiosyncratic interiors by the theatrical and film designer John Truscott – gold leaf, mirrors, plush orange/vermilion carpets, padded beige leather on the walls. Strangest of all is the interior of the concert chamber, where the richness of the Truscott repertoire is put aside for a kind of mineralogical regime – the walls are finished with striations apparently inspired…

5 min.

words MARK SCRUBY photography DIANNA SNAPE Flinders Lane. Fed Square. Chapel Street. Sydney Road. Smith and Gertrude. These are all possible answers to the question, “What are the places that make Melbourne Melbourne?” Southbank Promenade, however, is not a possible answer. With its tidy pavers, its super-buskers, its Nobus and Pradas and Burberrys, and its pigeons, this riverside walk is as globally generic as Melbourne gets. Not quite a “non-place” – the term coined by French anthropologist Marc Augé to describe the characterless places of transience that have proliferated with globalization, such as airports, malls and corporate hotels – but on a mild, tourist-filled Saturday afternoon in spring, not far off. The tension, then, where this geo-cultural tangent brushes against the curved facade of Melbourne’s esteemed Hamer Hall, is palpable and for designers…

6 min.

words MARK SCRUBY photography SHARYN CAIRNS The redevelopment of Hamer Hall is an important project for Melbourne’s arts community not only because of the vastly increased amenity the refurbished venue offers, but also because it has forged more open and organic connections with the urban landscape at the intersection of the Yarra River and St Kilda Road. A significant factor in this is the activation of the northern edge of the building through the breaking down of the facade and the addition of new restaurants and bars. At the river level, where the building interacts directly with the tourist-oriented Southbank Promenade, there is Saké Restaurant & Bar (see page 34). On the level above – the street level – is Trocadero, the newest restaurant for Melbourne hospitality mainstays the Van Haandel Group. It…