Australian Red Cross & Caroma launch campaign on toilet & sanitation issues in Asia-Pacific

On World Toilet Day (Friday, 19th November), Red Cross and leading bathroom brand Caroma launched a joint, long-term fundraising program – ‘I Love my Bathroom’; to highlight the plight of the two billion people around the world who don’t have access to basic sanitation.

‘I Love my Bathroom’, is an ongoing campaign designed to raise money to build toilet facilities and provide clean water for adults and children in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Timor Leste, and as a result help reduce disease and deaths associated with lack of sanitation.

The website provides information on how to donate towards the much needed program.

Red Cross and Caroma are working together to improve water and sanitation facilities for those most in need, but all Australians can make a contribution to changing lives. For example in Vietnam, $20 will buy a water filter for one household; $95 will build a household wooden-structured latrine; $570 will provide a rainwater harvesting tank for a village; and $6,000 will build a school latrine for up to 400 children.

Castlecrag Residential Architecture Bus Tour

The Australian Architecture Association’s next Residential Bus Tour will be held on Saturday 27 November 2010 in Castlecrag. On this wonderful tour you will visit the handpicked, inspiring houses in this suburb designed by Walter Burley Griffin. These houses have been designed by award winning architects and the majority will be on site to talk about their work.

The houses you will see on the tour are varied and spectacular. You will see how they relate to the site, their orientation and the view. Some are brand new. One of the houses was architecturally designed in the 1950’s and updated for today’s living standards.

You will have the opportunity to walk through some of the suburb and gain an understanding of Griffin’s landscape and why he designed this suburb as he did.

This tour will open your eyes to what architects can do and you will go away inspired!

When: Saturday, November 27, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Click here to book online now!

Luxury Home Design announces new tour to Italy

The Road to Rome is the latest tour to Italy announced today by Luxury Home Design magazine.

If you love Italy’s architecture art lifestyle and design, this tour is for you! Join managing editor, Kate St James for 15 nights in Italy where you will visit such towns as Como, Bellagio, Padova, Venice, Vicenza, Lucca and Florence.

Escorted by our host in Italy, interior designer, historian and best-selling author, Isabella Dusi the wonderful itinerary will be complete soon.

Keep a watch on our website, Facebook and Blog for more information but pencil in the date now! September 27 until October 12 (TBC).

Interior Design Excellence Awards Announced

The Interior Design Excellence Awards [IDEA] winners and highly commended projects were announced last week at a ceremony held at Sydney’s Ivy in the Ivy Room, before moving on to Ivy Lounge for the glamorous after party.

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) showcase the best of Australian design. First held in 2001, the prestigious awards program receives hundreds of submissions from across Australia each year and is recognised by the design community as the country’s pre-eminent design awards program.

IDEA promotes and rewards recent work in interior design and product design across 14different categories, as well as recognising emerging young talent and designers whose work demonstrates exemplary sustainable objectives.
Now in its ninth year, IDEA 2010 Interior Design Excellence Awards received a record number of 288 shortlisted projects across 14 different categories.

The Overall Winner was a joint venture between architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture for the Hilton South Wharf in Melbourne.

HASSELL also won several awards for commercial categories including the Leo Burnett office in Sydney and the ANZ Centre in Melbourne.

The residential category saw architects BKH receive the Multi Residential award for Chippendale Apartment with Multiplicity winning the Single Residential category for Westwyck Unit 4, a modern eco-house.

Multiplicity Westwyck 1 450x298
Multiplicity Westwyck 1 450×298
Project: Westwyck Unit 4
Design practice: Multiplicity
Photography: Emma Cross

Bkh Chippendale Apartment 3
Bkh Chippendale Apartment 3
Project: Chippendale Apartment
Design practice: BKH
Photography: Sharrin Rees

The retail design winner was Dreamtime Australia Design’s Victor Churchill Fine Family Butcher and Museum Victoria won the new event design category for Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world, an interactive exhibition blending traditional displays with multimedia screens.

In the product categories, Koskela won for the Mika Table, while Ross Gardam of Spaceleft received the award for sustainable product for Ply High – a pine ply table with legs fabricated from cut-outs from the underside of the table top. The Goods Shed North by BVN Architecture was awarded in the second sustainability category, winning the sustainable project award.

The emerging designer award was presented to Sydney product designer Henry Pilcher, who also won Design Pitch at Corporate Culture on Tuesday night. This year’s Designer of the Year award was split into two categories for 2010 – the judges award, and the people’s choice award. Bates Smart designer Jeff Copolov was recognised by the jury, while Stuart Krelle and Rachel Luchetti of Luchetti Krelle won the people’s choice award.

An important new category introduced this year was the IDEA Gold Medal award. With nominees chosen by the jury, the shortlist acknowledged the work of a selection of high achievers in the world of Australian design. The winner of this year’s inaugural award was Sue Carr of Carr Design Group, chosen by the jury for her extraordinary body of work since the formation of Inarc in 1971.

Overall Winner
Hilton South Wharf, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture
Commercial under 1000m2
Winner Leo Burnett, HASSELL
Highly Commended Sydney Seafood School, Dreamtime Australia Design
Highly Commended Cornwell Studio, Woods Bagot with Hecker Phelan & Guthrie
Designer of the Year
Judges Award Winner Jeffery Copolov (Bates Smart)
People’s Choice Award Winner Luchetti Krelle
Emerging Designer
Winner Henry Pilcher
Event Design
Winner Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world, Museum Victoria
Highly Commended Giant Digital Origami Tigers, LAVA
Highly Commended Lulamae Pop-up Shop, Breathe Architecture
Winner Hilton South Wharf, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture
Highly Commended Crown Metropol, Bates Smart
Highly Commended Outpost, Hecker Phelan & Guthrie
IDEA Gold Medal
Winner Sue Carr
Winner Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture
Highly Commended Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, Francis Jones Morehen Thorp
Highly Commended Glasshouse: Arts, Conference and Entertainment Centre, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
Major Commercial over 1000m2
Winner ANZ Centre, HASSELL
Highly Commended Goods Shed North, BVN Architecture
Highly Commended Host, WHOdesign
Multi Residential
Winner Chippendale Apartment, BKH
Highly Commended 10 Darling Street, Neometro
Winner Mika table, Koskela
Highly Commended Block 2, Henry Pilcher
Highly Commended LD Desk, Jon Goulder
Winner Victor Churchill Fine Family Butcher, Dreamtime Australia Design
Highly Commended Lisa Ho Adelaide, Nicholas & Alexandra
Highly Commended Aesop Chatswood, Ryan Russell
Single Residential
Winner Westwyck Unit 4, multiplicity
Highly Commended Elm and Willow House, Architects EAT
Highly Commended Golden Crust Bakery, Jackson Clements Burrows
Sustainable Product
Winner Ply High, Ross Gardam – Spaceleft
Highly Commended Yuta Badayala, Koskela and Elcho Island Arts
Sustainable Project
Winner Goods Shed North, BVN Architecture
Highly Commended Lulamae Pop-up Shop, Breathe Architecture
Highly Commended Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture