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Dezeen: Harbin Opera House, north east China | MAD

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### dezeen.com 16 December 2015
MAD’s sinuous Harbin Opera House completes in north-east China
Beijing studio MAD has completed an opera house in the Chinese city of Harbin, featuring an undulating form that wraps two concert halls and a huge public plaza. The opera house is the first and largest building that MAD has designed as part of Harbin Cultural Island, a major new arts complex among the wetlands of the Songhua River. The 79,000-square-metre building features a three-petalled plan. One houses a grand theatre with space for up to 1,600 visitors, while the other is a more intimate performance space for an audience of 400. The building is designed to mirror the sinuous curves of the marsh landscape, with an exterior of smooth white aluminium panels and glass. These contrast with the rooftops, where a textured surface of ice-inspired glass pyramids allows light in from above. According to MAD, the building is designed “in response to the force and spirit of the northern city’s untamed wilderness and frigid climate”. “We envision Harbin Opera House as a cultural centre of the future – a tremendous performance venue, as well as a dramatic public space that embodies the integration of human, art and the city identity, while synergistically blending with the surrounding nature,” said studio founder Ma Yansong.

MAD architects [website homepage i-mad.com 26.12.15]

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MAD has designed several cultural buildings, including an artificial island of art caves, an icicle-shaped wood sculpture museum also in Harbin and Chicago’s proposed George Lucas Museum. Curved surfaces are a recurring theme through them all, picking up Ma’s ambition for a new style of architecture, referencing the landscapes of traditional Chinese paintings.

“We treat architecture as a landscape,” he told Dezeen in an interview last year.

Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects_Beijing - interior 1 [photo Adam Mørk]

The smooth surfaces of the opera house’s exterior continue inside.
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█ Photography by Adam Mørk and Hufton + Crow.

Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects_Beijing [photo Hufton + Crow]

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La Maison House of Pleasure, Queens Gardens —then and today

Service Gibson & Co Building (1866) – former Dunedin Savings Bank
Architect: Robert A Lawson

La Maison House of Pleasure at 5 Queens Gardens is co-owned by city councillor and former Act MP Hilary Calvert. In 2011, her eyes featured on a sign at the top of the building (the image is still evident).

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La Maison’s ground-floor ceiling was ornate and perfectly preserved, its below-ground vault still intact – original door included – although now it houses a “dungeon” stocked with items considerably different to those the vault was designed for. Upstairs, the building’s origin was harder to spot, although staff promised today’s tour would be comprehensive, including an all-access walk-through and details of the building’s changes through its 149 years. ODT 29.8.15

### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 15:12, August 29 2015
Open day at Dunedin’s House of Pleasure
By Hamish McNeilly
It was a happy ending for the dozens of visitors who attended an open day at La Maison House of Pleasure in Dunedin. Business owner turned tour guide, Teena Ingersoll, doesn’t like the word “brothel” to described her Queens Garden based business, which opened its doors on Saturday morning as part of a Heritage Festival open day. “I hate the word brothel, this is a house of pleasure.” Read more + Images

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Standard Building, 201 Princes Street —then and today

Standard Fire and Marine Insurance Company of New Zealand Building (1875)
Architect: Mason and Wales

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### ODT Online Sat, 29 Aug 2015
Surprises in old buildings
By Craig Borley
The doors to some of Dunedin’s historic buildings will be opened to the public today as the city’s heritage festival continues. The Dunedin Heritage Festival began yesterday with the “Dunedin 1865: A City Rises” photographic exhibition in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The festival finishes tomorrow. A major draw is the tours today and tomorrow of 64 historic buildings, which will be raising their customary barriers to the public […] the festival would also include a children’s heritage trail at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, a walking trail following Dunedin’s original shoreline and a special service in First Church.
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### ODT Online Tue, 2 Jun 2015
‘Absolutely incredible’ revamp of heritage building
By John Gibb
An “absolutely incredible” conservation and adaptive reuse project is nearing completion in Dunedin. This work on the Standard Building in Princes St, including extensive earthquake strengthening [and restoration of the Italian-style facade] has been undertaken as momentum grows to further revitalise the Exchange area, and a wave of adaptive reuse work continues to transform the nearby warehouse precinct. […] The project also includes the Stanton Building, situated behind the Standard Building, and backing on to the council’s Dowling St car park. A crucial – and previously largely hidden – feature of the redevelopment is an innovative, light-filled multilevel internal atrium, making extensive use of glass, which will link the two buildings and provide access to the various floors.
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Charles Jencks —extreme emotion and neutrality

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Jencks, Charles - Architecture Becomes Music. Essay 6 May 2013 - Architectural Review 1

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Coop Himmelb(l)au, Dalian Conference Center, China, 2008-12.
A continuously changing surface that rises and falls and bulges in the middle to include a theatre and opera house. Organised like block chords of music that open up and close, it is reminiscent of both Wagnerian chromaticism and the tonal melding of Philip Glass and John Adams.

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http://www.coop-himmelblau.at/architecture/projects/dalian-international-conference-center

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Warehouse conversions | Apartment interiors #materials #light #colour

Loft-Barcelona-01 [homedsgn.com]

Warehouse Converted to Modern Loft
This 8,600 square-foot loft was completed and renovated by developers and designers of urban lofts Benito Escat and Alberto Rovira; the designers teamed up with interior design studio Minim for this ambitious project. What was once stables (built in 1930), a bomb shelter and then a print shop is now a modern loft located in Barcelona, Spain. The original brick walls are exposed, and the high concrete ceilings make the space truly magnificent. Glass lights set in the floor reveal the bearing structure and provide light to the level below.

More photos at http://www.iintrepidinc.com/lifeinstyle/2011/9/29/a-rustic-modern-loft-warehouse-conversion-barcelona.html

Russian architect Denis Krasikovis created this eclectic apartment in Murmansk, Russia.

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More photos at http://www.homeadore.com/2014/12/09/murmansk-apartment-denis-krasikov/

In 2014, Vertebrae Architecture designed this tiny 330 square feet apartment in Venice, California. Full height hidden storage delineates space and provides visual and acoustic privacy. The minimal material palette minimizes distraction and maximizes the spatial quality of the apartment.

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Rad Design fully demolished and redesigned the interior of this loft in Toronto, Canada. Custom shelving and displays show off the client’s antique camera collection and books on photography. The client had requested use of reclaimed wood materials and simple, metal elements. A small black platform makes the low bed float slightly above the floor. The bright new kitchen and bathroom add modern touches.

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Warehouse in San Francisco Converted into Contemporary Loft
This project located in the historic Oriental Warehouse Loft Building in San Francisco’s South Beach neighbourhood, is a complete reconfiguration and renovation of an existing loft apartment. In order to maximize the spatial experience of the loft, traditional notions of domestic privacy were abandoned in favour of open and transparent relationships. Here is more on the renovation process from the architects: “Opaque guardrails at the sleeping mezzanine were replaced with frameless glass guardrails in order to provide a direct visual connection to the living room below. A large over-sized sheet of transparent glass further eliminates privacy in the master bathroom by allowing views into and out of the bathroom to the rest of the loft beyond. In contrast to the existing heavy-timber and rusticated brick structural shell which are left exposed, sleek new interior finishes were replaced throughout including wall and floor finishes, kitchen and bathroom mill work and a new steel cantilever stair that connects the living areas on the ground floor with the sleeping areas on the mezzanine.”

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Jestico & Whiles, Andel’s Hotel Łódź, Poland, warehouse conversion (completed 2009)
Located in central Łódź, the hotel features a top-floor spa centre and modern interior design. Its spacious and bright rooms come with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. The hotel houses a luxury spa, the skySPAce, featuring a glass-covered swimming pool with beautiful city views, as well as various saunas, a massage parlour and a fitness centre. The hotel is a beautiful building with a post-industrial character. You can see an old and historical place (loads of old factory elements) and on the other hand the building is really modern. The Andel’s Hotel Łódź is housed in the cultural and commercial complex of Manufaktura, just 1.5 km from the famous Piotrkowska Street. The hotel was recently awarded the best in Poland in a European ranking.

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Lant Street warehouse conversion, Southwark, London
Dow Jones Architects
An ongoing process of urban regeneration has seen the transformation of nineteenth century light industrial buildings into residential quarters for the liberal middle classes. In Lant Street, a five-level former brick warehouse is a case in point; over the past few years it has been gradually transformed into residential property with an art gallery below street level. Dow Jones Architects was asked to convert the top two floors and the roof, with spectacular views of the city, into a separate apartment. The brief was unequivocal; the client asked for ‘London in my living room’.
Giving views of the City skyline, only previously available from the rooftop, required the placement of the living room on the uppermost floor, with the sleeping and bathroom area on lowest level and the kitchen and dining in the middle. Preserving the stairways in their original locations allowed a relatively unpartitioned organisation of the individual floors, with just two oversized, automatically operated fire doors unobtrusively concealed in wall linings. Dow Jones’ internal material palette combines the original brick surfaces and rough timber structure with new smooth oak linings with flush camouflaged doors. The in-situ concrete boxes that mark the wet areas – bathroom, shower room, kitchen – read as discrete objects placed atop the existing surfaces.

DowJonesArchitects Lant Street warehouse conversion, Southwark, London [architecturetoday.co.uk]

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Historically Preserved Mansion Gets Eclectic Makeover
A true mansion, originally from 1922, with preserved architecture and full of details that reveal a rare magnificence, is the headquarters of the 22nd Edition of Casa Cor Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With very high ceilings and large windows, the beautiful and famous building has been designed in an eclectic style with over 5,400 square metres of constructed area, divided into 52 environments, with about 80 professionals who have demonstrated that it is possible to renew with style, but without deleting the marks of time. The building was once a Boarding School of Nursing Anna Nery (1926- 1973) and the College Student House (1973-1995). Here, past, present and future coexist im harmony.

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Interactive room. Reuse was the watchword for Tiana Meggiolaro and Bia Lynch who set up the room with brick walls left exposed. “Based on the concept of upcycling and demos new function was given to the pallets, wooden structures used in freight transport that became bookshelf and countertop,” says Tiana.Casa-Cor-54-1-Kindesign [onekindesign.com]

Jewellery. The space of interior designers Mariana Dean, Jason Sartori and Luciana Arnaud pays homage to the fashion designer Coco Chanel and makes reference to her jewellery.
Casa-Cor-45-1-Kindesign [onekindesign.com]

More at http://www.onekindesign.com/tag/preservation/page/5/

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Dezeen: 3 projects #materials

17 March 2014
Wooden strips coil around staircase at Strasbourg hotel by Jouin Manku
Les Haras de Strasbourg (France) is a hotel and restaurant project unlike any other. Composed of a four-star hotel and Michelin 3-starred chef Marc Haeberlin’s first brasserie, Les Haras presents an original solution to the question many provincial cities are facing: how to redevelop and harness the potential of their architectural heritage. Managed by the Institute for Research into Cancer of the Digestive System (IRCAD), presided over by Professor Jacques Marescaux, the project allies architectural creativity and technological innovation, two particular areas of French expertise, with philanthropy, an unprecedented mix for a historic redevelopment project in France.

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Parisian studio Jouin Manku created this 55-room hotel inside an 18th century building previously used as an equestrian academy, with a restaurant that features a staircase wrapped in a spiral of wooden strips. The pieces of oak around the stairs, which link two floors of the hotel’s brasserie, create handrails on one side and a balustrade around the top.

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“The interior design for the hotel and brasserie is characterised by its authenticity and modernity,” said the designers. “A particular idea of luxury and comfort inspired by the equestrian world, restrained and subtle.”

The staircase sits between a circular bar and open kitchen at the entrance level, where informal seating and a few dining table are located. Upstairs, guests dine beneath the original wooden roof supported by chunky beams and columns. Private booths are created within pods and large curved seats covered in saddle leather, while long tables extend down the length of the space to accommodate larger parties. Stonework around the windows has been left exposed and the walls are finished with rough plaster.

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The wood structure is also highlighted in the simple bedrooms, which are painted white and decorated with leather details on the headboards and furniture.

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Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku have expressed their vision of this former stud farm and historic site, in a design that is both elegant and simple. They have deliberately chosen to limit the range of materials used; solid wood, natural full hide leather and blackened or brushed metal to transpose the original life of this emblematic Strasbourg building into something resolutely contemporary and simple, whose architectural details attest to the studio’s creativity.
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14 May 2014
Hotel Hotel Canberra lobby, Australia, by March Studio
March Studio was commissioned to design the lobby for the Nishi building, a multi-storey apartment building located in Canberra’s arts and culture precinct New Acton. The building houses two floors of hotel rooms, wrapped around a central courtyard and light well. The ground floor contains Hotel Hotel’s lobby, reception, concierge and bar, as well as retail and hospitality tenancies. The grand staircase links the apartment block with the hotel, whose design was developed by 50 artists, designers and makers including Japanese studio Suppose Design Office.

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The space features thousands of pieces of recycled wood, which are fixed around the walls and ceiling to create irregular patterns around the building’s precast concrete pillars. “Freed to scatter up the walls and across the ceiling, the suspended timber filters exterior light and views into and from internal spaces,” said March Studio in a statement. “Spidery, pixelated shadows are cast on the floor and bare walls.” The lengths are supported by steel rods that run from the ceiling to the ground floor, while sparser clusters of timber-covered steel rods line the front of the entrance.

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Each tread of the staircase is made up of three different types of glue-laminated timber profiles. Longer lengths of timber profiles protrude from the middle of the staircase to create an illuminated central balustrade. The staircase leads up to the hotel lobby and bar, which occupies two floors of the building. Here, chunky lengths of concrete and timber create bulky pieces of furniture, while decorative lighting fixtures hang from the ceiling and circular skylights bring in daylight from overhead.
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29 December 2014
David Ben-Gurion’s former home renovated by Pitsou Kedem Architects
A Tel Aviv flat that was once the home of Israel’s first prime minster has been renovated and extended by local firm Pitsou Kedem Architects to create a new basement level with industrial-style fittings. A framework of chunky black I-beams supports the ceiling of a new basement floor, added to the flat formerly owned by the late David Ben-Gurion, who was instrumental in the founding of the Israeli state and was prime minister between 1955 and 1963. The project, called Past Turned Into Space, involved reorganising the interior of the ground floor apartment, which is located within a two-storey block designed by Ukrainian architect Yosef Berlin in 1925.

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“Since the construction elements we created were totally new, we took care not to hide them but left them exposed in order to tell the story of the renovation.”

The protected building features renaissance-style arches with segmental keystones, balconies and pale pink plasterwork, and is located within a UNESCO heritage site in Tel Aviv. This meant the architects had to contend with severe building restrictions to add the subterranean level that would enable them to expand the residence into a 220-square-metre duplex apartment. A palette of exposed concrete, glass and steel were continued throughout the interior, lending an industrial appearance to the interior spaces that contrasts with the building’s ornamental facade. “We chose to use concrete and steel because we treat them as timeless materials,” said the architects. “This combination with a preservation building felt right.”
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Les Haras de Strasbourg – via Jouin Manku
Hotel Hotel, Canberra – Peter Bennetts unless otherwise stated by Dezeen
Tel Aviv apartment – Amit Goren, with styling by Eti Buskila

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2Modern Blog | Modern Decor + Architecture + Interiors

2Modern (San Francisco) is a curator and brand ambassador for upscale modern furniture and modern lighting design. The website features new names on the design scene, trends, and weekly design editorials. 2Modern is an authorised dealer for leading brands including Knoll, Kartell, Artek, and Emeco; and contemporary lighting brands like FLOS, Louis Poulsen, FontanaArte, and Artemide. 2Modern also represents emerging design talent, like Blu Dot, James De Wulf, Gus*, LZF, and Skram.

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Is it wrong that out of all the great work showcased at Tokyo Design Week (2008), the product I’m most excited about is largely because it reminds me of my favourite childhood Christmas decorations? Designed by Canadian born, Tokyo based industrial designer Chris Kirby, the Spiral Lamp is an exploration of the interaction between light and matter, the impassable and the transmissive, flat and voluminous, and growing the complex from the simple. cont/

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blog.2modern.com 12 Nov 2014
A decade in the making, at a cost of 1.4 billion dollars, the former Fulton Street station, irretrievably battered during the September 11, 2001 attacks, has risen from the ashes as Fulton Center, a sparkling convergence of 9 subway lines, designed and realized by a consortium of firms—headed by the architectural practice, Grimshaw, and the engineering and planning company, Arup.

blog.2modern.com 10 Loft Three Marias, Lisbon. AVA Architects. Photo Jose Campos-yatzerA Lisbon Home With A Bookish Twist
blog.2modern.com 24 Nov 2014
This meticulously refurbished Lisbon loft has plenty to recommend it—its decadent size and sumptuously ornamental (circa 1893) ceiling, for starters—but it’s the space-dividing open bookshelf that caught our eye. This spare-no-details renovation is by AVA Architects.

blog.2modern.com cTokyo Designers Week: Joint Installation by Vitra and Artek
blog.2modern.com 13 Nov 2014
Tokyo Designers Week (2014) was an occasion for Artek and Vitra to present their first joint installation since Vitra’s acquisition of the Finnish brand in 2013. Taking over the Light Box Studio exhibition space in Tokyo’s Aoyama neighbourhood, the installations merged the most iconic modern furniture, lighting, and decorative pieces.

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blog.2modern.com 2 Dec 2014
The city’s recently opened Miss Clara Hotel is a refurbishment courtesy of Gert Wingårdh Architects. The 1910 former all-girls school has been transformed into a 92-room hotel. The architects have a pitch-perfect instinct for exquisite balance: venerable with contemporary, original with new, dark with white, visual lightness with textural richness.

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A year-old New York company has stolen a page familiar to cheap motel owners by renting rooms by the hour. Breather, the brainchild of Canadian and best-selling author Julien Smith, taps into the smart phone revolution—by turning unused spaces within a city into stylishly appointed modernist dens that offer welcoming respite to anyone with a smart phone, in search of a personal or professional rendezvous spot, or just in need of a long nap.

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EXCITE 2014 student showcase #OtagoPolytechnic

EXCITE 2014 student showcase [Otago Polytechnic]

Excite 2014 – a series of innovative and creative student showcases. From Art, Fashion and Design to IT, Business, Engineering and Culinary Arts – there’s an event to satisfy everyone! Take the opportunity to view and even purchase a range of exceptional student work.

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FUTURE ENGINEERS SHOWCASE
Enjoy an evening listening and chatting to Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering students as they showcase their end-of-year projects, and address real-world engineering challenges.
This is also a wonderful opportunity for those in the industry to meet prospective employees!

Presentations
Mechanical Engineering: Motor cycle carrier, paint tin lid remover, trash compactor
Civil Engineering: Tower base of a wind farm generator and designing a haulage road for a wind farm

Tuesday 11 November, 5pm-7:30pm
L Block, Otago Polytechnic
Anzac Avenue, Dunedin
Open to the public
Light refreshments provided.

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TRADEable Skills
AUTOMOTIVE AND ENGINEERING TRADES SHOWCASE

Enjoy an evening chatting and listening to Automotive and Mechanical Engineering students as they showcase their end-of-year projects. Tutors will host interactive demonstrations in welding, automotive, fabrication and machining, and built-from-scratch grass karts will be on display!
For those already in the industry, preview state-of-the-art automotive and mechanical equipment, and see how this leading-edge technology is used to train students.
For those who enjoy getting their hands dirty – this is an event not to be missed!

Wednesday 12 November, 4pm-7:30pm
A Block, Otago Polytechnic
St David Street, Dunedin
Open to the public
Light refreshments provided.

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College of Enterprise and Development
IT AND BUSINESS SHOWCASE

The students solve real business problems for real clients in innovative and creative ways, harnessing the latest technological advancements. The College of Enterprise and Development Showcase celebrates these remarkable achievements!
In their third year of study, Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Applied Management students work on industry projects, combining their skills to demonstrate competence, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship. This interactive event is not to be missed!

College of Enterprise and Development: IT and Business Showcase
Thursday 13 November, 5.30pm
Gallery 1877, Otago Museum

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FEATURE
FOOD DESIGN INSTITUTE

Thursday 20 November, time TBC
Tickets on Sale 3 November
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DEBRIEF

COMMUNICATION DESIGN
Communication designers tell stories in creative and compelling ways. They ask questions, devise concepts and test design strategies through experimentation and prototype development.
On show in the DEBRIEF exhibition is an impressive range of promotional material, animation, illustration and graphic design work, communicating both personal convictions and client needs. Interesting, innovative and visually dynamic, 2014 graduates ensure that each project is graphically enticing.
Presenting third year students’ final works as they prepare to embark on their creative careers.

INTERIORS
Interiors designers create innovative and efficient solutions that respond to contemporary spatial and environmental needs. These solutions require a multidisciplinary approach in uniting fields such as architecture, product design and fashion to meet the spatial needs of clients.
This exciting exhibition showcases the diverse nature of interior design by celebrating and highlighting the hard work, passion and invention of 2014 graduates.

PRODUCT DESIGN
Enhancing and improving people’s experiences and environments is the ultimate aim of product designers. The students are strong independent thinkers who have a positive influence on the world through design. This exhibition features innovative approaches to designing everyday objects — a showcase of the only Product Design bachelor degree in the South Island.
For a taste of the possibilities presented by this dynamic industry, come along and experience their work in the DEBRIEF exhibition.

YEAR 1 AND 2 DESIGN
This varied and vibrant showcase offers a treat for the senses. Surprising, clever and insightful objects feature in this overview of design disciplines at Otago Polytechnic. These thoughtful creations are the result of first and second year School of Design students’ work. The four disciplines presented are Communication, Fashion, Interiors and Product Design.

DEBRIEF exhibition opening times
Friday 21 November, 10am-6pm
Saturday 22 November, 10am-6pm
Sunday 23 November, 10am-2pm
96 Anzac Avenue (former Unipol building), Dunedin

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Collections 14 Fashion Show
FASHION DESIGN

In Collections 14, fledgling fashion designers showcase their latest collections in an exciting and inspirational display of talent and creativity. The emphasis of this annual event is third-year graduate collections, which demonstrate the designers’ individual directions. These are accompanied by stand-out looks created by students in their first two years of study and our Graduate Diploma of Design students.
Shanghai University of Engineering Science / IFA Paris will also show a selection of collections from eight of their designers, as part of the Shanghai Dunedin Sister City Fashion Communication Project.
The public will have the opportunity to view fashion students’ work up close as part of our School of Design exhibition, DEBRIEF.

Friday 21 November, doors open at 7.00pm, seated by 8:15pm
96 Anzac Avenue (former Unipol building), Dunedin
Tickets: $45 per head – purchase from Dash Tickets

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SITE 2014
DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART

With much delight, Dunedin School of Art opens its doors to the public for the annual SITE exhibition. Spanning the entire area of the School, SITE transforms the working environment of a contemporary art school into a gallery for five days. Art lovers will be engaged and inspired by a varied range of unique artworks in this celebrated end-of-year exhibition, and works will be available for purchase.
Whether you have a penchant for painting, print, photography, jewellery, electronic art, sculpture, ceramics, textiles or printmaking – all disciplines are represented. Prepare to be impressed by the talents of this next generation of artists.

Saturday 22 November, 10am-4pm
Monday 24 November – Thursday 27 November, 12noon-4pm
Dunedin School of Art, Riego Street

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Charity House Auction
CARPENTRY

If you’re looking for a brand-new home for your section – look no further!
It’s the eighth year Otago Polytechnic carpentry students have built a house to be auctioned for charity. It’s fully fitted and furnished with products and labour donated by over 20 generous local companies.
The four-bedroom home, complete with en suite and walk-in wardrobe for the master bedroom, is light, spacious and tastefully appointed. Funds raised at the auction will go to the nationally coordinated fundraising effort, United Way, which distributes the proceeds to charities throughout Otago.

Auction
Saturday 22 November, 12 noon
School of Architecture, Building and Engineering (L Block) at ‘The Barn’, Anzac Avenue

Open Homes
Thursdays from 23 October -20 November, 5-5:30pm
Sundays from 26 October – 16 November, 1pm-2pm
School of Architecture, Building and Engineering (L Block), Anzac Avenue

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Plant Sale
NATURAL RESOURCES

In celebration of spring and with summer just around the corner, it’s time to exercise those green fingers! Visit the permaculture garden and do some plant shopping along the way. There’s a special market for purchase of plants proudly grown by horticulture students.

Saturday 22 November, 10am
Permaculture Garden
L Block, 100 Anzac Avenue

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Surface
CREATIVE STUDIES

Experience a wide and exciting range of works in various media across the fields of design and visual art. Students have enjoyed a year of experimentation in different subject areas. Studio papers provide a range of choices including animation, web design, illustration, interior design, painting, illustration and original sound works.
This year’s exhibited works include a variety of digital, drawing, and design projects.
Surface stands testament to the students’ extensive learning during this one year Certificate in Creative Studies programme. Students enrol with varied abilities and experience in design and art, contributing to a rich diversity of work.

Tuesday 25 – Thursday 27 November, 10am-4pm
Friday 28 November, 10am-12noon
3rd Floor, H Block, Otago Polytechnic
Corner Forth Street and Union Street East

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Otago Polytechnic: DEBRIEF and Collections 13 [student showcase]

DEBRIEF [EJ Kerr] IMG_20131121_172342

DEBRIEF will preview on November 20 and include work by 75 graduating communication, fashion, interior and product design students.

DEBRIEF will be combined with a fashion show titled Collections 13 of work by graduating fashion design students.

DEBRIEF – 96 Anzac Avenue (former Unipol building)
Public open hours:
Thursday 21 November: 11:00am-5:00pm
Friday 22 November: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday 23 November: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Sunday 24 November: 10:00am-2:00pm

Collections 13 – 96 Anzac Avenue (former Unipol building)
Friday 22 November, 5.30pm-10:30pm
Tickets now on sale and can be purchased from Dash Tickets

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Otago Polytechnic – Press Release
Otago Polytechnic Design students prepare to ‘DEBRIEF’
Friday, 8 November 2013, 12:42 pm
Pop-up cinemas, projection displays and Shanghai-inspired fashion designs are just some of the exciting pieces on display, as third-year Otago Polytechnic Design students prepare for DEBRIEF; their end of year exhibition kicking off on Wednesday, November 20.
Spanning four design disciplines, DEBRIEF is an opportunity for Communication, Fashion, Interiors and Product students to make their debuts as designers. It is an exhibition of creativity and flair: a visual reference to the next chapter in life, turning over a new leaf and bookmarking important moments over three years of design degree study.
Read more at Scoop

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Dunedin Heritage Re-use Awards

The winners of Dunedin’s annual Heritage Re-use Awards were announced last night at a ceremony at Wall Street.

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
20 Mar 2013

Dunedin Heritage Re-use Award Winners Announced

The overall winner this year was the NMA building in Water Street, Dunedin, which also won the interiors section for the Psychology Associates Offices.

This is the third year of the awards, which celebrate excellence, innovation and sensitivity in the re-use of heritage buildings in Dunedin and include categories for earthquake strengthening, interiors and overall re-use. A student design competition is also held during the year, which challenges students to develop innovative solutions to the re-use of Dunedin’s older buildings. The awards and competition are an initiative of the Dunedin Heritage Buildings Re-use Steering Group.

The awards are judged by a panel including Dunedin City Councillors, representatives from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the local branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects and the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand, and building owners.

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull sees the awards “as acknowledging the efforts of those who strive to maintain and enhance the unique heritage character of Dunedin”.

Cr Lee Vandervis, who headed the building judging panel, says both of the two main winners – the NMA Building and Knox College – “showed remarkably imaginative and cost-effective solutions to earthquake strengthening while retaining all practicable heritage features.

“The NMA building has been turned from a unused liability into a delightfully revealed cornerstone of Dunedin history with superb creation of character spaces ideal for its new tenants. Knox College has been a large extraordinary earthquake strengthening project shoe-horned into the tightest of time frames without compromising heritage features and still managing to maintain a very sensitive level of attention to detail.”

Cr Jinty MacTavish says the two winning entries in the student design competition “demonstrated a clear commitment to retaining and showcasing key heritage features, while at the same time addressing the practical needs of well-defined anchor tenants.”

Judges in this category were for a second year running impressed with the work of Peter Rozecki-Lewis, who also took out the top honours in this category in 2012.

Nominations for next year’s awards can be made any time before 20 December. Further details are available at www.dunedin.govt.nz/heritage

WINNERS

Oakwood Properties Earthquake Strengthening Award
Sean O’Neill – Hanlon and Partners for Knox College

Barlow Justice/New Zealand Historic Places Trust Heritage Interiors Award
Psychology Associates Offices, NMA Building

Dunedin Heritage Re-use Award
NMA Building, Water Street

Dunedin Heritage Re-use Design Competition
Individual winner: Peter Rozecki-Lewis
Team winner: Laura Hughes and Campbell McNeill

Highly Commended:
Dunedin Heritage Re-use Award
Otago Settlers Museum

Contact Policy Planner (Heritage) on 477 4000.

DCC Link

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Barlow Justice Valuers / New Zealand Historic Places Trust—Heritage Interiors Award 2011-2012

Background and purpose
Dunedin’s unique look and feel is, in part, defined by its large number of historic and heritage buildings. Heritage interiors are a very important, but sometimes overlooked, part of Dunedin heritage. Ensuring restorations and adaptations of heritage building interiors respect and re-use existing heritage features and fabric is an important part of ensuring their future survival.

Barlow Justice Valuers and the NZ Historic Places Trust wish to recognise and highlight the achievements of building owners who have undertaken sympathetic restoration and refurbishment to interiors of Dunedin’s older buildings. The Dunedin Heritage Interiors Award recognises successful, and appropriately sympathetic interior restoration or upgrade projects.

The Award is administered by the DCC and may be given annually to building owners or developers who have, in the opinion of the judging panel, undertaken the most innovative and sympathetic heritage building interior upgrade and/or refurbishment project in the city.

General Information
Individuals or organisations may nominate their own or others’ buildings for consideration. Projects should reflect a commitment to the retention and re-use of interior features and building fabric. Eligible projects will have had work completed in the 12-month period to 1 December 2011.

The Award consists of a certificate and a cash prize of $1500,
which is awarded to the property owner. A certificate will also
be awarded to the interior designer/s.

Download Award information here:
Barlow Justice – NZHPT Heritage Interiors Award 2011-2012 (PDF, 493 KB)

Barlow Justice Valuers
New Zealand Historic Places Trust

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International architectural form and design

Since Dunedin has problems articulating an appropriate new entry structure for the Town Hall (the proposed glass cube is middling to ok in the face of previous styling efforts, but still lacks some grace and essential detailing and scaling devices), here are some images of built and conceptual architecture to prod the public imagination. Some is OTT.

### designerscouch.org 21 Jan, 2010
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Amazing Constructs & Beautiful Interiors
By §Damian M.
Several amazing architecture designs and interior spaces collected from Yatzer.com, a great blog for design inspiration.
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