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Edwards Moore

In September, Fitzroy based architects Edwards Moore marked five years of practice. To celebrate, Juliet Moore and Ben Edwards held ‘5’, a temporary exhibition of their work in their studio and gallery, and invited friends and sticky beaks alike to come and take a look.

‘5’ reflected upon a growing portfolio of built and unbuilt projects of varying scales dating back to 2009. The exhibition comprised a range of material including models, competition entries, prototypes and installations, as well as a short film featuring their Bow House. This was followed later in the year by a book published by the architects.

Photo credit: Edwards Moore

Utopia Folk (a collaboration between Folk Architects and Utopian Slumps)

Folk Architects recently collaborated with Melissa Loughnan of Utopian Slumps and Places Victoria to create ‘Hortus’, a temporary activation on Docklands’ Harbour Esplanade.

Named after the Latin word for garden, ‘Hortus’ provides shelter and a backyard-like environment for Docklands residents, workers and visitors. The project consists of a freestanding glasshouse that contains a cafe and a living installation of medicinal and edible plants by artist Lauren Berkowitz.

Outside, recycled timber creates outdoor seating, while concrete pipes have been transformed into planters filled with indigenous plants. The greenhouse itself was constructed using donated high performance glass, again reflecting the project’s social and sustainable agenda.

Photo Credit: Peter Bennetts

Project 3. Monroe Pendants. WOWOWA Architecture.

PROJECT 4. Middle Park Residence. EWERT LEAF.


PROJECT 6. Where?House for Melbourne Music Week 2012. SASHIMI.

Monroe Pendants
WOWOWA Architecture

WOWOWA Architecture’s Monique and Scott Woodward cite varied references such as Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion World Map, social media and the glamour of the diamond engagement ring as inspiration for their newly released, solid brass cast ‘Monroe’ pendants.

The lights are the result of two years of production, with the process aided by Scott’s background in fine arts sculpture and an eventual teaming with Melbourne manufacturers, Rakumba.  The design is comprised of three identical pyramids that distort to produce three unique elevations. The fixtures, imagined as wall sconces, desk lamps and pendants, are available in shiny and rough finishes that WOWOWA have affectionately labelled ‘Glamour’ and ‘Rough Night’.

Photo Credit: WOWOWA Architecture


Mideel Park Residence

This five bedroom house by Ewert Leaf is positioned on a prominent corner site within an established heritage precinct in Middle Park.  Given the requirements of the planning controls and the client’s desire for a significant increase in floor area, the architects were faced with the common dilemma of sensitively integrating a modern addition with the existing building, a former storefront.

A key component of the design was the inclusion of decorative Corten cladding on the site’s Fraser St façade. Referencing the same ideals of craftsmanship that were once evident within the site’s historic shop, Ewert Leaf collaborated with artist Mark Douglass to fabricate a façade featuring a laser cut leaf motif that softened the impact of the new additions.

Photo Credit:  Andrew Latreille


Caufield Residences

Amnon Weber Architects completed this project near Caulfield’s Princes Park in November 2014.  The pair of large family townhouses have been constructed using a palette of lightweight and minimalist materials and colours and are set amidst landscaped courtyards and outdoor entertaining areas.

The homes’ exteriors feature wrapped facades that highlight the project’s sectional qualities. Large windows on the street elevation allow for light and views while privacy is maintained on the neighbours’ sides. Internally, the house has been organised into informal and formal zones, with elements such as a butler’s pantry and multiple ensuites adding to the sense of luxury.

Photo Credit: Mat Moore, Urban Angles


Where?House for Melbourne Music Week 2012

Emerging architectural design studio SASHIMI collaborated with event partners Kevin Karlberg (Stable Music), The City of Melbourne and cultural producer Starr Guzman to temporarily reuse the disused Argus Building for Melbourne Music Week 2012.

The project involved cutting through lengths of red tape and public safety concerns. The site conditions were challenging with limited clear paths of travel and no safe access to the upper levels. The walls, ceiling and roof had been previously stripped of all linings during asbestos removal, so the building in its existing state was cave-like, raw and exposed to the elements – a theme carried through to the fitout.

The cavernous decaying interior housed temporary stairs and other minimal insertions, creating good circulation, spaces for people to meet, and spaces to facilitate different activities. Scaffold systems were used unconventionally to create furniture as well as food and bar areas. Two large, curved plywood walls formed the educational room on the first floor, whilst found and borrowed objects formed barriers to hazards. Projection mapping by local artist Kit Webster in the main dance floor area changed daily and amplified the experience into a fantastical fluid space.

Photo Credit: Christine Francis Photography