Geoff Handbury Science and Technology Hub
The new Geoff Handbury Science and Technology Hub at Melbourne Grammar School, is a simple, singular sculptural structure. It produces compelling imagery that alludes to the scientific and technological investigations taking place within. The building is sympathetic to the campus heritage and identity, contributing to the ‘Bluestone Campus’ character in both form and colour. It also engages with the wider campus landscape; the curved building forms a clear and direct response to the main oval. The internal arrangement accommodates new and emerging pedagogies by being highly flexible, highly transparent, and highly efficient in its organisation. It is characterised by broader settings for teaching and learning; spaces that enable collaborative learning; and blurred distinctions between formal and informal learning within and outside the classroom / laboratory spaces. The Laboratory Benches are located in the Outdoor Learning Area, an indoor / outdoor learning space on the top floor of the Hub. The benches create a unique identity for the space which is used as a scientific exploration / experimentation area, to complement the more formal teaching laboratories on the floors below. The benches are curved in plan to foster collaboration in small group settings.
Corian® was chosen for the Laboratory Benches in the Outdoor Learning Area for its durability, a key requirement in a school laboratory setting. The malleability of the product in achieving a completely integrated and seamless finish, including the range of Corian® integrated sinks, was also a fundamental reason for choosing this product. This afforded an opportunity to design a laboratory bench of artistic quality.
The Laboratory Benches feature complex double-curved surfaces, being curved in plan and tapering in section. This creates a striking design with ergonomic form, allowing students to stand comfortably at the benches and eliminating the need for protective kickplates. Each bench was constructed off-site in three sections, and final joining and polishing was completed onsite to create an integrated seamless finish.
The outcome of the Laboratory Benches has confirmed the malleability of Corian® in achieving an integrated seamless finish. Feedback from the school after just three months of using the benches has been extremely positive; students and teachers alike have commented on the comfort of the benches, and the striking quality has inspired different interpretations. For example, indigenous students have likened the curved forms to serpents and the Dreamtime.
The Laboratory Benches are a striking addition to the Outdoor Learning Area at the Hub. The dynamic double-curved surfaces in Glacier White create a unique identity for the space which aims to promote scientific exploration / experimentation.
Microsoft, North Sydney
Located within 1 Denison Street in North Sydney, the new Microsoft Australia Head Office breaks the mould of a traditional workplace and is a fully immersive experience. Thanks to the collective expertise of the GroupGSA team. Microsoft’s hybrid office experience features intelligent lighting, robotics and advanced workplace occupancy sensors linked to Microsoft platforms. The 10,000sqm […]
Corian® on show in Sydney’s luxurious Opera Residences
Positioned to enjoy the most iconic views of Sydney, the Opera Residences at Bennelong Point reflects design and style that is true to Sydney’s wealth of architectural talent. Designed by Tzannes Architects, in collaboration with Interior Designers, Make and Executive Architects Crone; style and elegance resonates throughout, and incorporates the creator’s passion for light, space […]
This island getaway renovation project blends practical high-end materials with sophisticated organic design techniques and the latest technologies to create an elegantly timeless and serene weekend escape for the client. The overall design brief for the project was to creatively transform the existing beach house into a very open and subdued glamorous island retreat that […]
The key to the success of this modern, minimalist kitchen was to split the kitchen island into two equal parts, to allow for good circulation and access. It also created a stunning design statement. The two feature Corian® islands in this kitchen are mirror images of each other. They have a waterfall at one end […]
Alicia Xiberras Interiors recently completed design works for the reception and change room facilities at Atmosphere Signature, Napean River. The health and fitness centre is designed to be unlike anything ever experienced before, with world-class facilities, technologies and innovations throughout the club. The use of Corian® for the gym reception counter, bathroom vanities and foyer bench […]
McDonald’s Sydney International Airport
Floating above the departing passengers, and announcing itself from afar, is a glowing yellow glass box; a new McDonald’s at Sydney Airport’s Terminal 1, designed by Landini Associates in collaboration with McDonald’s Australia. The brief for the restaurant was simple: create an iconic, memorable customer experience, like nothing seen before in restaurant design. For Landini, […]
Based in the Illawarra, Rachael Miklas Design and Detail is a trusted local interior design studio specialising in new construction and renovations in the local area. Rachael was entrusted with the design for Coledale, a new build right on the waterfront. The home lends itself to light and breezy atmosphere, where simplicity and cleverly thought […]
Anne Hindley and the team at Hindley & Co Architecture and Interiors used tone-on-tone colour and space layering to reinvigorate this grand double storey heritage house in Balwyn. Anne amplified the great features of the original house and got playful with referencing them in the contemporary rework. The existing arches of the library and the […]
New Zealand designer Annika Rowson has just unveiled this elegant beauty – a third kitchen in her Rowson Kitchens showroom. Having a showroom that changes every couple of years enables Annika not only to showcase leading edge materials, concepts and functional features in kitchen design, but also to personally challenge herself to apply materials in […]
Hotel Sofitel Brussels, Le Louise, Belgium
Monumental wall covering in translucent lacework of DuPont™ Corian® solid surface turns Brussels hotel into a place of pilgrimage for design lovers When Portuguese designer, architect, artist and top chef Antoine Pinto takes on a new project he gives it 200% of his creativity, as witnessed in the reopening of the Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, […]
St Vincents Private Hospital
Corian® was selected as the primary wall lining material for the refurbishment of Operating Rooms at St Vincents Private Hospital Sydney, following a collaborative prototyping process including rigorous bacterial, chemical, stain and impact resistance testing. Critically, the seamless joining capabilities of Corian® allowed the walls to be constructed without any visible conventional joints which are natural weak points […]