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  • Where to start to make your venue the next ‘hot-spot’

    The journey to making your venue the next ‘hot-spot’ can be long and arduous. We’re often asked… “where do we start?” Our response is usually to recommend hitting the road and doing a venue tour to see what others are doing well to create a frame of reference. Venue or research tours can range in…

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  • Multi-Residential Buildings – Net Zero by Design

    Australia’s population is growing. 66% Australians live in capital cities now. Sydney’s population has been forecast to grow by 45% between 2011 and 2030. With strategies aimed at the increase of population density, by then approximately 80% of residents will be living in apartments making high-rise apartments the fastest growing building segment in Australia. We…

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  • Net Zero vs Green Building

    With the ‘Passive House’ concept focusing on Energy Conservation, Net Zero brings the addition of on-site energy production from renewable sources equaling the amount of energy that is used by the operation of the building. At times additional energy may be used from the grid, at other times energy may be provided back to the…

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  • Better Concrete – A Reality or Dream?

    Is there a prospect of a better, more efficient, eco-friendly and durable concrete? Can we make concrete that lasts longer, is stronger and less bulky while simultaneously reducing embodied carbon emissions and those from its kiln manufacture? The dramatic increase in greenhouse gas emissions and consequential environmental damage has focused the attention of governments and…

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  • Nicholas Architects has Moved and Rebranded!

    Our new studio, which we’ve launched along with our co-working endeavour Industrium, is up and running. We’re now located at Level 6, 111-117 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills. Right in the thick of Sydney’s design and cultural epicentre, our move is an expansion which takes account of our recent growth, as well as allowing us to embrace…

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  • Rethinking Retirement – Designing for the Third Age

    By Marc Nicholas Our ability to live longer than in any other time in history is fuelling a re-think in the design and construction of architecture for aging. Those aged over 55, a period now known as the Third Age, have higher expectations than previous generations in terms of innovative design and features in senior…

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  • Connectivity and Flexibility in Retirement – the Rise of the Vertical Village

    Connectivity and flexibility have historically had little to do with retirement living, but vertical villages are slowly changing this model. The emerging niche – medium or high rise apartment buildings specifically designed for urban retirees – is fast rising within the $28 million aged care sector, and we’re starting to see developments appear by major…

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  • Return on Design Investment (RoDI) – Understanding the Returns

    Measuring return on investment (RoDI) in architecture is like choosing between science and the arts. The scientific approach relies upon data gathered, usually, at the point of handover. The other takes into account emotional responses including anecdotal evidence about well-being. Reliable evaluation of RoDI is hard to find. It’s only possible through dedicated commitment to research and analysis. So how do you define…

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  • Family Friendly Dining – Restaurant Design for the Cool Kids

    Nothing brings more joy to any family than shared fun filled and exciting experiences. No matter whether it’s primarily for the benefit of the children or the family as a unit, it’s the shared lifestyle experience and joint participation that counts, that brings growth and happiness. Contemporary families have expectations of restaurants and hospitality providers…

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  • Wagga Wagga Ambulance Station Coming to Life

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  • Hospitality & the Booming Baby Boomers

    “What you are is where you were….when you were being value programmed” was a video that accompanied Dr. Morris Massey’s book ‘The People Puzzle’ published in 1979.  It identified generations according to age and ‘Baby Boomers’ became the phrase to identify children now middle aged. The life values of this post-war group are quite specific:…

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  • Positive Impact of Trees on Urban Environments

    Green infrastructure is everywhere we look: in leafy parks, on rooftops, within floral displays and even right in our backyard, creating not only fresh aesthetics, but also environmental, cultural and economic benefits for us all. But many of our city trees are under siege. And those high at risk are the trees being removed in…

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  • How Multi-generational Housing is Changing the Ideal of the Great Australian Dream

    How can designers of the next generation of housing meet competing and changing needs? Australians have long been emphatic about each generation acquiring a ‘home of our own’. Parents remained in the family home as long as they are able and children leave to study, travel, work, and finally to have a family and get…

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  • Adaptable Learning Spaces

    Adaptable spaces are surely necessary for the variety of forms that these encounters manifest in. Contemporary humans change careers with consummate ease, which brings to the fore the challenge of designing spaces which promote lateral thinking and instil in children a conviction of unhindered potential. A child whose surroundings engender an association of learning with…

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  • The Architecture of Catholic Sacred Space: Telos

    Reflecting on the manner in which we procure architectural projects and the associated finished product reveals a dichotomy between the abstract and the practical. That is, the conceptual thought that through development becomes the built reality. In many respects this process, and more particularly the basis of first principle design theory, reminds me of a…

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  • Design for Holistic Learning

    Over the past few decades, the experience of childhood in Australia and elsewhere has been drastically reshaped by technology. The information age has reset the terms by which children learn, play, relate and communicate, whether it be institutionally or otherwise: more than anything else, the internet remains the greatest influence on modern education. Very soon,…

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  • The Homes of Retiring Baby Boomers

    There are more opportunities than ever to embrace the growing market that is Seniors Housing, and even more opportunities as Architects to respond to the new generation of Baby Boomers who are moving into retirement living. The current thinking about Seniors Living is to provide the opportunity to “Age in Place”. Although there will always…

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