Vue De Monde, take 3

What is it? Shannon Bennett's fine dining restaurant, Vue De Monde, that reopened last month in its new location: the 55th floor of the Rialto tower. Visiting for dinner on Friday night, the experience began at ground level, where we were greeted by hosts who took our name and guided us to the dedicated elevator,... Continue Reading →

Melbourne Open House – Speaker Series #2

What is it? The second of two free lectures organised by Melbourne Open House held on Tuesday night that explored recent Melbourne architecture across seven different typologies - residential, multi-residential, commercial, retail, education, landscape and heritage restoration. Presenters included Andrew Simpson, Robert Blackhouse of HASSELL, Roger Nelson of NH Architecture, John Wardle, Perry Lethlean and Jeff Turnbull. As with the first Speaker Series, discussed... Continue Reading →

On permanence

The oak tree is large and solid. It has a deep tap root, a massive trunk and heavy branches. It lives for many years and spreads its branches across a far-reaching crown. It entrenches itself so firmly into the soil that over time its water-seeking roots can crack concrete slabs and rip up paving stones. It... Continue Reading →

Mihaly Slocombe: Website active

Hill House, 2006 The website for our architectural practice, Mihaly Slocombe, is now active. Check it out here. "We are dedicated to inventive, timeless and environmentally sustainable design. We believe that every project has the inherent potential to change the built environment for the better. Be it a new house on a vineyard or an office fitout... Continue Reading →

The electric Rolls-Royce

What is it? Currently a one-off prototype, the 102EX Experimental Electric is making the rounds of stronghold Rolls-Royce markets to determine potential customer interest in the car. Based on the top-of-the-range Phantom, it does away with a thirsty 6.75 litre V12 petrol engine in favour of a bank of 96 batteries under the bonnet and... Continue Reading →

The many disguises of the film trilogy

After recently seeing, and thoroughly enjoying, the third Transformers film, Dark of the Moon, it came to our mind that not all film trilogies are created equal. Some are imagined with great creativity and care, are built to endure. Others cut corners wherever possible, chasing a quick box-office buck at the cost of quality. Here follows... Continue Reading →

What comes after the shuttle era?

What is it? Running since 1981, NASA's shuttle program will come to an end in just 12 days. On the 21st of July, space shuttle Atlantis will return from its 135th and final mission to the international space station and the United States of America will lose its ability to send men and women into... Continue Reading →

Melbourne Open House – Speaker Series #1

What is it? A free lecture organised by Melbourne Open House on Tuesday night that explored the works of seven established Melbourne architects. Run in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Community Development, the architects presented residential projects that have been selected by the DPCD as Good Design Case Studies. In addition, each nominated... Continue Reading →

The “wee” book

What is it? Otherwise known as the flipback book or dwarsligger in the original Dutch, it is a lightweight, small-format book invented in 2009 by Dutch publisher, Jongbloed. The book is designed to be read in one hand, is printed on super-thin onion skin paper, measures 120 x 80mm and weighs slightly more than an iPhone.... Continue Reading →

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