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Garden House / Austin Maynard Architects

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Melbourne, Australia

North Melbourne Terrace / Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

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North Melbourne, Australia

From Stone Walls to Skyscrapers: Understanding Structural Masonry

The Monadnock Building in Chicago began construction in 1891 and is still in use today. The building features a somber facade without ornamentation and a colossal height - at the time - of 16 floors. It is considered the first skyscraper built in structural masonry, with ceramic bricks and a granite base. To support the entire load of the building, the structural walls on the ground floor are 1.8 meters thick, and at the top, 46 centimeters. One hundred and thirty years later, this construction system remains common and allows for the erection of taller buildings with much thinner walls, accomplishing even new architectural works economically and rationally. But what is structural masonry about, and how can designers use it in architectural projects? And for what kinds of buildings is this system most suitable?

Rosanna House / InForm

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Rosanna, Australia
  • Architects: InForm
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  391
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Cavalier Bremworth, Fórmica, Laminate, Polished concrete floor, +2

Housing Choices Australia Dandenon / Kennedy Nolan

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  • Architects: Kennedy Nolan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2820
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Caroline House / Kennedy Nolan

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  • Architects: Kennedy Nolan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  315
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Sandy Point house / Kennedy Nolan

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Sandy Point, Australia
  • Architects: Kennedy Nolan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  215
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Union House / Austin Maynard Architects

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Brunswick, Australia

Bluff House / Rob Kennon Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  380
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Focus, HAY, Ligne Roset, V-Zug, Archicad, +7

Fitzroy North House 02 / Rob Kennon Architects

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Fitzroy North, Australia
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  197
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Agape, Brodware, CDK stone, Flos, HAY, +10

Cliff House / Auhaus Architecture

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Ocean Grove, Australia
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  437
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: ROGER SELLER, Astra Walker, Auhaus Architecture products

Pool House / Zen Architects

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Melbourne, Australia
  • Architects: Zen Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  270
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Big River Group, Cheminees Philippe, Thermeco, Academy Tiles, +6

Malvern Garden House / Taylor Knights

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  • Architects: Taylor Knights
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  550
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Vitrocsa, Hanson, Hydrotherm, Panasonic, Allplay, +3

Mirrors in Architecture: Possibilities of Reflected Space

Mirror Garden / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Ning Wang
Mirror Garden / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Ning Wang

KAP-House / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd. Image © Derek SwalwellSi estas paredes hablasen / Serrano + Baquero Arquitectos. Image © Fernando AldaPH José Mármol / Estudio Yama. Image © Javier Agustin RojasThe Mirror Window / Kosaku Matsumoto. Image © Nobutada Omote+ 39

Humans have used mirrors since as early as 600 BCE, employing highly polished obsidian as a basic reflective surface. Over time, people began to use small pieces of gold, silver, and aluminum in a similar manner, both for their reflective properties and for decoration. By the 1st century CE, people had started using glass to make mirrors, but it was only during the European Renaissance that Venetian manufacturers began making mirrors by applying metallic backings to glass sheets, remaining the most common general method of mirror manufacturing today. Since then, mirrors have continued to play both a decorative and functional role in architecture, serving a clean, modern aesthetic despite its ancient origins. Below, we investigate how mirrors are made, provide a brief history of mirrors in architecture, and offer several tips for architects looking to use mirrors in their designs.

The Über Shed 2 / Jost Architects

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Red Hill, Australia

North Melbourne Terrace / Eldridge Anderson Architects

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North Melbourne, Australia
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  199
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Vental, Artedomus, Astra Walker, McNeel