January 2008

Melbourne Recital Hall bubbles away


Amid the recent flurry of often unremarkable architecture at various stages of construction in Melbourne, it is unusual that a project shows signs of becoming a unique design statement.

According to Ashton Raggatt Mcdougall‘s (ARM) website, since 1986 the firm has produced design and analytical projects in architecture, urbanism, landscape and interior design. Designed in 2005, the 1001 seat Melbourne Recital Centre and 500 seat MTC Theatre is a project to be co-located within Melbourne‘s Southbank Arts Precinct. The two buildings have been designed to have separate yet complimentary identities, together creating a distinctive new civic space (whatever that statement is supposed to mean).

ARM is a firm that polarises the community — some love their work while others don‘t.
What attracts one to ARM‘s enterprizes is that it makes an individual design statement. Their buildings just don‘t anonymously grow behind a street construction hoarding. Underneath the cover of scaffold and protective coatings, strange shapes, objects, finishes and even girders protrude, bubble and bulge. One observing an ARM site feels like they are observing a new type of cake rising in a metaphorical oven.

Over the months one has keenly watched this site. One has no idea what this structure will mean to the precinct until it is real, until it is completed. All one can say is that it will either thrill or it will disappoint. The studio has been keen to capture this project during it‘s construction, as once it is completed the memory of the construction phase will be long forgotten. These images were captured on way to the NGV International with a mobile telephone camera — apologies for the image quality never-the-less they document the site.










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Under Moorabbin skys

Somewhere in the suburbs, a big grass field, air socks, light planes, helicopters, chain fences, the occasional person, weather worn signs, and plane spotters sitting quietly in oddly parked cars.






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Richard Billingham at ACCA, Melbourne


Richard Billingham
Untitled (Father and Dog) 1995
Courtesy the artist and Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

20 December 2007 to 24 February 2008


Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 11am to 6pm
Monday by appointment
Open all public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday

111 Sturt Street
Southbank, Victoria 3006, Australia

Review to come.

English artist Richard Billingham takes no prisoners with his approach to portraiture. Borne from the age or reality television Billingham gives the audience a view of the world far from luxury brands and everyday celebrity. His subjects are crude, grounded and honest. Highly recommended and it is free.


A post from Sydney


Big city.
Big blokes.

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From an email sent by Simeon King from Sydney titled: In case of emergency…+image!!

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The dots are back…



The Australian free-to-air television station — Channel Nine has witnessed many changes in recent times and the brand has reflected this activity. Nowality believes that the logo was originally designed by Australian graphic designer Brian Sadgrove. Like many projects from Sadgrove‘s studio the development of the outcome was in close consultation with the client — in this case media baron — Mr Kerry Packer.

Folk law has it that Mr Packer vowed that the dots and the number nine were always to be presented as one unit. This can be seen in the original brand and the 3d render developed in 1999 by Dean Hastie of now defunct Nova Design Associates. Not long after Mr Packer‘s death in late December of 2005, the Nine logo appeared reconfigured sans the dots, launched in late January 2006. The dots made an appearance in a 3d render in May 2007 (as depicted in the ‘Survivor‘ promotion spot). Then two years later the dots are back along side the number nine and the appointment of new station boss David Gyngell.

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