Art & Architecture
Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia

Issue #9.2

Following the success of the new Australian TV series inspired by the UK version, Grand Designs Australia welcomes you to a new era in home design magazines. Whether you’re building a new home, renovating or decorating, this publication features everything readers will need to know about creating their own grand designs. Industry experts offer advice on getting started, mortgages, environmentally sustainable design and project management, to name a few. Grand Designs showcases architects and designers, builders and homeowners working together on projects from concept to completion and features the latest colour forecasts as well as planning your interior, kitchens, bathrooms and window coverings. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

these have been strange times indeed as we all adjusted to a “new normal” that seemed to change week to week. One thing that never changes, of course, is our hunger for beautiful architectural and home design. Along with a round-up of fab whole-home projects, this issue we’re examining innovative new products emerging onto the market (see p36), as well as glorying in the glamour of glass (p160). Combine these, however, and you get a solar energy breakthrough. Researchers, led by Professor Jacek Jasieniak, have succeeded in producing n next-gen perovskite solar cells that generate electricity while allowing light to pass through, which could effectively transform our windows iinto power generators. The idea isn’t entirely new, but previous designs failed due to ccost, iinstability or inefficiency. While rooftop solar has a…

2 min.
from peter maddison

Oh, Palm Springs, you’re so sexy, but what’s lurking below? How good is “Palm Springs Modernism Week”? Every February, rare and collectable mid-century homes are spruced up and presented to design buffs like me willing to make the pilgrimage. The climate and proximity to Los Angeles made Palm Springs the ideal resort town in the 1950s and 1960s. Being only two hours from LA by car (at least it used to be), it was the perfect place for movie stars like the Marx Brothers, Sammy Davis Junior, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Kirk Douglas to escape Hollywood, yet close enough for them to return to their film studio when needed. The climate and geography are exotic and perfect for producing architecture to match. Sitting on the desert floor and with the…

2 min.
click bait

01/ Babylon Rooftop Restaurant On entering this restaurant, atop a Sydney shopping centre, you’re spirited away to another place. Inspired by the lost city of Babylon and its hanging gardens, this restaurant’s “curves for days” make our design senses tingle. Swathes of greenery spill over walls, curtains loop across the ceiling, and then there’s that house-made bread and za’atar butter! Sitting at the oversized black marble bar, we could take in the moody space with its furniture of white marble and bright orange. Silky curtains create intimacy, enhanced by a mix of private and open dining spaces, each with a different aesthetic. A must-see/must-eat spot. Photography by Steven Woodburn. babylonrooftop.com.au 02/ NG Madeira White range by Cork Imports Australia Another corking new range from the Queensland company with beauty in sustainability…

2 min.
book club

NEW YORK CONTEMPORARY THOMAS HICKEY & EDWARD YEDID PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | $60 An architect and interior designer walk into a bar together… and leave with GRADE Architecture and Interiors. After collaborating on numerous projects, the partnership of Thomas Hickey and Edward Yedid brings elegance, art and a meticulous curation of furnishings together to create splendid design. New York Contemporary is a peek into seven apartments in the most glamorous condominium buildings in Manhattan (including Yedid’s own duplex) where this design duo has created modern yet personal homes. The book emphasises the importance of both architecture and interior design to create a harmonious home. STILL: THE SLOW HOME NATALIE WALTON HARDIE GRANT BOOKS | $60 Slow living is a philosophy on the rise across Australia. The idea of thoughtfulness and being present in each moment…

3 min.
architecture snapshot

01 SJAIII HOUSE Where do we even start for this project in rugged Mexico? Overlooking (and indeed purposed to embrace) the ocean, the SJAIII House emerges conceptually from the relationships between the natural elements of the landscape. The slope of the site is redirected to a flat roof that generates the interior space beneath. Seeking to maintain the dichotomy of built and wild, the interior opens completely to the breeze and red sunset light, glowing brilliant red thanks to the hues of cedar covering the walls. Photography by Rory Gardiner. cdm.la 02 HILLSIDE HOUSE Created with the idea that you can’t compete with the beauty of nature, only frame and contemplate it, the Hillside House is all about the unparalleled views. Located 45 minutes from the city in San Bernardino, Paraguay, the home…

3 min.
cutting-edge creations

01 HEAT OR COOL WITH GENUINE STYLE What would you prefer on your wall — a heating and cooling unit or an artwork? No need to choose between them. Cinier’s fan coil unit, Greenor, means you can cut the cake and eat it in style. The designer two-pipe wall-mounted unit is ultra-quiet at 14dB. Greenor is a universal solution, connecting to heat pumps or conventional boilers and providing year-round comfort through refrigerant-free liquids and low-temperature heating systems. Its 360° frame technology enables air to disperse over a 4.9m perimeter, so you can say goodbye to draughts. A multitude of styles are available and appear like a painted artwork, a metal creation ringed by LED lights or even a mirror. heaterwarehouse.com.au 02 SOUND AND LIGHT Undoubtedly a statement light but also an acoustic enhancer?…