01 November 2021
Sandra writes on the new HOTA (Home of the Arts) Gallery on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Sandra is a well respected architectural critic in Australia and globally. She was recently commissioned by Architecture Australia to write on this import piece of public project. She notes "As a space for spectacle and consumption, the gallery and museum are not unlike big-box retail, with shopping centres and galleries sharing organizational and envelope strategies for some decades now, despite those who remain convinced of the transcendental potential of the artistic encounter ... it(the vorinoi)'s ubiquity in nature – in leaves, butterfly wings, bubbles – lends it a narrative versatility on par with its geometric malleability. It is these same qualities that mean we are – I hope – on the other side of peak Voronoi.
Read the full article here.
11 October 2021
The Good Design Awards Jury commented: “A well executed flexible and fun living solution. This is a well considered design response to the needs of its users, with a high level of flexibility and adaptability. The spaces are vibrant and joyous. Porous House is a highly inventive housing solution for multi generational families.”
Porous House wins a prestigious Good Design Award Gold for outstanding design and innovation.
The Australian Good Design Awards is the country’s oldest and most prestigious international awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian and international market, excellence in architectural design, precinct design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design, and reward new and emerging areas of design including design strategy, social impact design, design research and up-and-coming design talent in the Next Gen category.
The 2021 Good Design Awards attracted a record number of submissions with 933 design projects evaluated by more than 70 Australian and international Jurors, including designers, engineers, architects and thought leaders. Each entry was evaluated according to a strict set of design evaluation criteria which includes good design, design innovation and design impact. Projects recognised with an Australian Good Design Award demonstrate excellence in professional design and highlight the impact a design-led approach has on business success and social and environmental outcomes.
The Good Design Awards Jury commented: “A well executed flexible and fun living solution. This is a well considered design response to the needs of its users, with a high level of flexibility and adaptability. The spaces are vibrant and joyous. Porous House is a highly inventive housing solution for multi generational families. Well done.”
Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said: “Receiving an Australian Good Design Award is testament to embedding design excellence at the heart of a product, service, place or experience. Although 2021 continues to be another challenging year, it is incredibly inspiring to see designers and businesses working together to find innovative, customer-centric design solutions to local and global challenges and to see them recognised and rewarded for their efforts through these prestigious Awards.”
“The importance of embracing good design principles is now more important than ever as many businesses around the world have had to completely re-think their business strategies to remain competitive. The standard of design excellence represented in this year’s Awards is the best I’ve ever seen in my 25 years of running these Awards, an encouraging sign that the design sector is flourishing,” Dr. Gien went on to say.
15 June 2021
Peter Salhani has interviewed us for Sparkkle Space, a blog that "introduces you to creative risk-takers – wise and emerging – from the worlds of architecture, design, culture and action" - read the interview here.
"We conceived the practice with quite a broad remit. Making buildings for communities and people will be part of it. We also want the practice to extend into creating events for Lismore, our closest town. We’re really keen to be part of its renaissance. So, not just buildings, but ideas and friendships. It’s really important in the regions."
28 May 2021
Sandra's art practice has been profiled in Issue 19 of Paradiso, an independently produced Byron based magazine that celebrates creativity and community.
"I’ll become consumed by something, dive down into it until I exhaust it, and then pick up another trail."
16 April 2021
Our Porous House as been recognised by peers judging the Houses Magazine Awards.
Presented by Houses magazine, the Houses Awards is an annual program celebrating Australia’s best residential projects. A Houses Award is one of Australia’s most sought-after accolades for residential work.
Each year, the Houses Awards entries provide a unique insight into contemporary residential design and the contribution Australia’s architects and designers make to enhancing the way we live today. Entries are judged by an eminent panel of architects and designers who are themselves recognized for creating inspirational Australian homes. The judging process is anonymous, transparent and confidential.
See the full list of shortlisted projects - here.
20 March 2021
We're excited to have been shortlisted in three categories in the Australian Institute of Architects 2021 NSW Architecture Awards. We've been successful in Sustainability, Interiors and the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture. The competition is tough and the bar is high - we are up against some amazing projects.
See the full list of shortlisted projects - here.