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'Homes Gardens Lifestyle' book

 I was thrilled to see another book collaboration of mine published today. Invited by Bayside builders, Atkinson Pontfiex to create a coffee table book of their work, I set about creating some great content to complement their high end projects. The team have amassed quite a collection of award-winning residential projects, and have worked with the who's who of the design world, including Peter Maddison, the host of Grand Designs Australia, as well as celebrated landscape designer, Paul Bangay


The book will be launched at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, where the Atkinson Pontifex guys have built two show gardens. This is on top of their contribution to the RHS Flower Show in London, where last year, they were part of the Australian team that won the highest accolade in the world- the Best in Show - awarded by the Queen.


With about 200 pages of beautiful photography by the talented guys at DPI, the book is a fantastic testament to their work, craftmanship and quality of service. It's a pleasure working with them!


Wintergarden - a new face for Brisbane

Wintergarden is the latest façade system to be installed in Brisbane. As part of the Wintergardens shopping centre, it will showcase an innovative and painstakingly delicate series of metal panels that together create the effect of a live forest.

While the shopping centre has been refurbished many times - costing millions - experts believe this time around, it's here to stay. The facade system will cost about $30 million, with the rest of the development set to cost a further $70 million.

As part of the design, architect Matt Bird became part of the team at Studio505. The project has been in the pipeline for months, and Matt worked on complex modelling and drafting the façade system. It will eventually measure about 40m tall and 39.7m wide.

The intricate panel system first involved creating metal screens, complete with the patterns, shapes and motifs that would eventually multiply to form the final design. At Studio505's office, Matt showed me some of the metal work he had been putting together. Very pretty!

 The project was launched in May, 2012. You can see a little more information about it here.