Building Big in the City

Emerging Spaces final contribution to Grand Design's Australia Season 6 - EP7 online!

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

Emerging Spaces final contribution to the Lifestyle Channel on Foxtel for Season 6 of Grand Designs Australia, Episode 7.   

Episode 7: Vinegar Factory – Northcote, Melbourne.  Taking on a project in the centre of the city is not for everyone. However, for those who rise to the challenge, it’s always an adventure. But was it worth it?’.

In the last episode for series 6 of Grand Designs Australia, partners Adrian Light and Elizabeth Murdoch took on a 19th century building in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote, and discovered the realities of working with an old building in an urban space. 

The factory was built in the 1800’s as a bakery and stables, and was later transformed into a vinegar factory for the iconic Melbourne brand, Skipping Girl.  The building is a four-storey, red brick warehouse with original concrete vinegar vats located in the basement. For complete article click here. 

What to Look for When Selecting Your Next Home or Building Site

Emerging Spaces contribution to Grand Design's Australia Season 6 - EP6 online!

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

Emerging Spaces contribution to the Lifestyle Channel on Foxtel for Season 6 of Grand Designs Australia, Episode 6.   

‘Episode 6: Deakin House - Canberra.  Selecting the site to build your future home requires just as much consideration as the design of the home itself.

Barb Coyle and husband Bill have a love for beautiful architecture. A passion that has had them living for the last seventeen happy years in a Harry Seidler designed home in inner Canberra.  The homes architectural features - split levels, vaulted mezzanine and Harry’s signature curved stair design was proving difficult for Bill to navigate since his diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Consequently the reluctant pair needed to move to a location that could accommodate Bill’s future reliance on a wheelchair but just as important the single level home needed to have an architectural aesthetic of the 70’s.  Finding a home that accommodated their needs and wants proved difficult so Barb and Bill took on the challenge of finding a site to build their home and an Architect to design it.  For complete article click here. 

 

Building your next home within nature!

Emerging Spaces contribution to Grand Design's Australia Season 6 - EP5 online!

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

Emerging Spaces contribution to the Lifestyle Channel on Foxtel for Season 6 of Grand Designs Australia, Episode 5.   

‘Episode 5: Eucalyptus House - Turners Beach Tasmania.  Working with the natural geography of a site is all about honoring nature and letting the land drive the decisions. Is this possible? 

Draftsman Nigel Eberhardt and partner Nina, a school teacher ventured into exactly that! They have secured one of the last remaining native bush blocks in Turners Beach in Tasmania’s North Coast, a beachside suburb filled with new modern homes and manicured gardens. 

Nigel and Nina have a passion for the environment and aim to keep the property in its natural state. They plan to keep all existing trees and minimise the disturbance to the natural growth on the block, this includes the towering 30 metre eucalyptus tree that sits proudly on the property. For complete article click here

Grand Designs Australia will air Thursdays at 8:30pm EST

Living in Minimal 1950’s Inspired Spaces and Not Letting the Clutter Take Over

Emerging Spaces is contribution to Grand Design's Australia Season 6 - EP4 online!

Emerging Spaces contribution to the Lifestyle Channel on Foxtel for Season 6 of Grand Designs Australia, Episode 4.   

‘Episode 4: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said: "You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having." And this is exactly what Warwick Noble and Melanie Hughes have done.  A passion for all things relating to the 1950’s, specifically American design, architecture and art has taken them on a journey that was a long awaited dream. 
Having lived in a 1950’s fibro home built by Mel’s grandfather, they outgrew their space and needed an upgrade with a twist.  With two artistic girls and a dedication to collecting pop culture items and furniture from the 1950’s and 60’s, they needed  a home met the requirements of modern living while  still paying homage to the passion they have for the 1950’s era.  For complete article click here

Grand Designs Australia will air Thursdays at 8:30pm EST

Is Home Automation For Everyone?

Emerging Spaces is contributing to Grand Design's Australia Season 6 - EP3 online!

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

Emerging Spaces contribution to the Lifestyle Channel on Foxtel for Season 6 of Grand Designs Australia, Episode 3.   

‘Episode 3: Huitpo Song Tower. Opera singer Cate Foskett and partner Silicon Valley IT guru, Nick Foskett, embarked on a life-changing new venture.  They went back to school to study viticulture and are now running their own 100-acre vineyard in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. The couple wanted a new life on a working farm, and to build a house on the site that would embrace its working-farm setting and magnificent surroundings, while also meeting the owners’ individual interests, which were polar opposites.  For complete article click here

Grand Designs Australia will air Thursdays at 8:30pm EST

The Importance of Setting a Construction Budget Early on in a Project

Emerging Spaces is contributing to Grand Design's Australia Season 6 - EP2 online!

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

We are pleased to share that Emerging Spaces is working with the Lifestyle Channel on Foxtel again for Season 6 of Grand Designs Australia, hosted by leading architect, Peter Maddison.  

‘Episode 2: Launceston Substation. Mark and Karen Bartkevicius  are a very unique couple with a passion for old buildings and restoration. Together they pursued a two-year campaign to acquire an old electric substation, overlooking the city of Launceston, Tasmania. This project ended up being more than the journey of saving an old building and building a home. It became a project that provides a life string  to both of them, in particular Mark.  For complete article click here

Grand Designs Australia will air Thursdays at 8:30pm EST

Embracing Prefabrication for Residential Buildings

Emerging Spaces is contributing to Grand Design's Australia Season 6 - EP1 online!

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

Image courtesy of the Lifestyle Channel - Foxtel

We are pleased to share that Emerging Spaces is working with the Lifestyle Channel on Foxtel again for Season 6 of Grand Designs Australia, hosted by leading architect, Peter Maddison.  

‘Episode 1: East Melbourne House. Photographer Ralph Alfonso, who has a very strong sense of how precious our environment is and how little space we really need to live in, has come up with his own downsized style of living in an inner-city suburb of East Melbourne.  For complete article click here

Grand Designs Australia will air Thursdays at 8:30pm EST

 

Is the Australian dream changing!

We moved to this lucky country of ours that we call home nearly 30 years ago.  As first generation immigrants arriving in a country with no more than suitcases I saw how hard it was for our parents to buy our first home.  Their dream was to have that magnificent abode to bring up a family and finally set up some roots.  The quintessential Australian dream, that’s what our parents wanted.  A large house, garage and a grand backyard to spend those lovely summer evenings in.

[ Interview ] Pablo Veiga Photography

Pablo is a Spanish born, Sydney based independent photographer of architecture, interiors, people and places.  His interest in photography started in his youth, he grew up surrounded by moving black and white photographs of the 1950’s and 60’s in Galicia, Spain.  These where take by his grandfather and award winning amateur photographer of the time.  However it was this beautiful and inspiring country of ours that fueled and encourage him to pick up the camera and start his love affair with the lens.  More specifically his interest in shooting interiors came by marriage to his interior designer wife. 

Black is the new colour of choice!

 

“Black is the most slimming of colors.  It is the most flattering.  You can wear black at any time.  You can wear it at any age.  You can wear it for almost any occasion.  I could write a book about black.” – Christian Dior

We agree with Dior’s quote.  Black is an authoritative and powerful colour that can evoke strong emotions and can be worn at any time. Can this concept translate to built form?