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Shadow-free skycrapers

London based Architecture firm NBBJ have released a concept for "shadowless" skyscrapers: a proposal that redirects sunlight to public spaces that would otherwise be in their shadow. Read more.

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Shadow-free skycrapers

At THERE, our work in experiential design is based around understanding public spaces and how the community utilise and interact with their environments.

Within a CBD context, urban spaces can often be dwarfed by the high-density architecture that surrounds them. Whilst many developments try to activate their ground-plane through sculptural or civic interventions, a British architectural firm - NBBJ - have tried to reimagine the skyscraper to be more more mindful of the local surroundings.  "The No Shadow Tower" places public space at the heart of the project, by redirecting sunlight to areas that would otherwise be cast in shadow.

The firm developed the theory for two twisting towers located in North Greenwhich, London.

"We like to push the boundaries of what is achievable with design computation by developing new applications like the No Shadow Tower. The algorithm design for the tower is based on the law of reflection. Our facade has varying angles of panels that distribute light over a certain area at multiple times during the day."

According to the design team, the reflective panels could reduce the amount of shadow cast by the building by up to 50 per cent.

The angle of sunlight on the site of the towers was recorded every day for a year, allowing the design team to predict the behaviour of light at different times of day and how it would reflect off the two buildings. These results were inputted into a parametric computer model to generate the envelope for the buildings. 

The façade would be constructed from a series of individual panels that would allow sunlight to be reflected by each pane. As a result, rather than creating heat or glare in a concentrated area, the light would be reflected in pools.

The construction of the towers would not be particularly complicated – the most challenging aspect is the research that determines the location and angles of the sun to create optimum structures responsive to their location.

"The research that we have undertaken could be applied in many locations in the world, each time creating a different form that would relate to its specific context and solar conditions. We see this concept developing and eventually incorporated into towers around the world. It will add to the possibilities that tall buildings can provide for improved urban environments globally.”

THERE loves the idea that designers are starting to influence and activate spaces for the people who live, work and play within urban environments from the initial planning stages of architectural developments.

Posted by Christina Maricic in Architecture, Design, Insights and People.
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Walking the Walk at Sydney's Barangaroo

THERE defines workable design principles for legible and accessible, precinct-wide wayfinding Strategy for Sydney's Barangaroo. Read more.

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Walking the Walk at Sydney's Barangaroo

Through a collaborative process with Lend Lease, THERE has defined overarching design principles, distilled into a legible, safe and accessible, precinct-wide wayfinding strategy for Barangaroo, Sydney.

The Challenge – Delivering an overarching Wayfinding Strategy and Design Principles for the Barangaroo Precinct presented several challenges that would needed to be overcome by both the THERE studio and the Lend Lease project team;

Defining a framwork
The strategy had to be finalised before the car parks wayfinding design could commence

Short leadtime
An aggressive programme had to be delivered

Signage synergy
More than 6 distinct wayfinding systems had to be audited

Stakeholder management
50 + Stakeholders would be involved throughout the process

The Solution – The solution was an intense programme of multiple collaborative 'deep dive' workshops which were accomplished over a 3 week period with key stakeholder groups from Lend Lease and other associated design agencies working on the project. 

Representatives included the operations team (front and back of house), design manager’s representing the various precincts: public precinct, commercial, retail, residential projects, brand and marketing, digital, architectural and the construction delivery teams. 

Our process began by defining a series of project and design drivers based on safety, accessibility and the many varied user groups accessing the site daily to establish the performance benchmarks. It also included a consultation with all external design agencies and review of schemes from the BDA (Barangaroo Delivery Authority), TNSW (Transport NSW), RMS (Roads and Maritime) and COS (City of Sydney).

 

The resulting distillation included a number of presenattions along with a 300+ page wayfinding strategy and design principles to become a guiding framework upon which to aid future design success.

Once complete the 78,000sqm car park is set to house 736 car spaces, over 40 loading dock and multiple Back of House (BOH) services .

The car park will also contain a separate End of Trip Facilities (EOTF) with over 1100 bike spaces and change room facilities to accommodate the healthy and active work life balance that Barangaroo will offer its tenants. Once complete this will encompass the largest EOTF in the Southern Hemisphere, in the most sustainable precinct ever developed. 

It will be a place designed for play and work alongside living and learning.

Posted by Gordon Eckel in Environmental, , , Architecture, News and Insights.
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THERE published in Pencilcase Magazine

As part of continued involvement in the Asia-Pacific region, two of our projects have been featured in the South Korean publication, Pencilcase. Pencilcase is an environmental graphics magazine that showcases innovative work with a focus on originality. Read more.

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THERE published in Pencilcase Magazine

As part of continued involvement in the Asia-Pacific region, two of our projects have been featured in the prestigious publication, Pencilcase. Pencilcase is an environmental graphics magazine that showcases the very best of innovative work with a focus on originality.

Posted by Scott McNamara in Environmental, News, , , Press and .
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Drawings in Space

Amazing sculptures made from little more than some wooden dowels and a bit of glue! Read more.

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Drawings in Space

German artist Janusz Grünspek has created scale replicas of everyday objects with little more than thin wooden dowels and a bit of glue. A MacBook, a candle chandelier and even whole sets of furniture are formed from delicately cut and bent wooden pieces. The series is called Zeichnungen im Raum (Drawings in Space) and that's actually describing them pretty well.

Source: http://www.ignant.de/2015/04/07/drawings-in-space-by-janusz-grunspek/

Posted by Simon Hancock in Art, Environmental and .
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Are you out THERE?

THERE is on the look-out for young designers to enrol in the THERE Academy Internship programme Read more.

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Are you out THERE?

Suitable for a recent design graduate or final year student, this 8-12 week internship position will work across Brand and Environmental Graphics projects, and provide a great insight into our dynamic studio with an exciting portfolio of high-profile clients. 

THERE are looking for designers who have a passion for graphic design, branding within the built environment - someone who loves a challenge and is enthusiastically creative.

The roll will be hands-on, and you’ll get access to a diverse range of live projects and experiences. 

The position reports to the Head of Environments and senior designers and involves:
• supporting designers with creative
• research, concept mock-ups, set up of presentations
• assisting with design development and art-working
 
Experience in Adobe Creative Suite - Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign - is essential.
 
If this sounds like you, please send a brief paragraph on why you would be a good fit, your resume, and concise portfolio PDF (maximum file size 5MB) with the subject 'THERE Intern' to academy@there.com.au
Posted by Charlie Bromley in People and News.
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Dancer bends light

Dancer bends light in stunning projection-mapped performance Read more.

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Dancer bends light

Inside a cube fashioned from translucent veils, a dancer takes a visual journey into a 3D space between dreams and reality. 

Hakanaï is a digital solo performance from Adrien M / Claire B that made its debut at BAM’s Fishman Theatre on March 17, 2015. The choreographed performance installation combines video projection mapping, CGI, and sensors to dynamically respond to the movements and proximity of its performer. Its visuals and sounds are generated and animated live, offering a uniquely different performance for each and every iteration. 

 

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http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/dancer-bends-light-in-stunning-projection-mapped-performance

Posted by Simon Hancock in Art, Environmental, Insights, and Play.
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THERE wins Rabobank Internal Branding

We are excited to announce a project win partnering Knight Frank, Geyer on an exciting environmental graphics and wayfinding project in Sydney Read more.

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THERE wins Rabobank Internal Branding

There is proud to announce it is partnering with geyer and Knight Frank to deliver on an experiential branding and wayfinding strategy design solution for Rabobank’s new 11,000 sqm Australian Headquarters.

Rabobank is a Dutch multinational banking and financial services company. It is the global leader in food and agricultural financing and sustainability-orientated banking, with over 50,000 employees in 45 countries. Several landmark placemaking concepts are being developed, its an exciting time. Watch this space for further development.

Posted by Paul Taboure in Design, News, , , Environmental and Interiors.
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The Sydney Opera House as a living mural

Universal Everything creates a living mural out of the Sydney Opera House. Read more.

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The Sydney Opera House as a living mural

Universal Everything creates a living mural out of the Sydney Opera House.

I've been intrigued by the work of Matt Pyke since his early days at The Designers Republic through to his current work at Universal Everything.

His work for Universal Everything extends outside of standard design application with a multi-disciplinary style applied through various technologies. It’s been interesting to see how his curious and playful style adapts to a range of forms and spaces.

This year he has been commissioned to create animations which will be projected onto the Opera House as part of the Vivid Festival. The animations will include collaborations from 22 different animation artists from around the world.

It’ll be great to see Universal Everything’s unique approach and what visuals he’s dreamt up, turning the iconic landmark into a living mural.

Posted by Dave in Art, Branding, Digital, Environmental, Motion, People and Play.
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The Unexpected When It Rains

When it rains, we all get a little dreary - grey, wet, cold and just makes things just that tad little harder. However, Peregrine Church's street art makes these gloomy days that tad brighter. Read more.

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The Unexpected When It Rains

When it rains, we all get a little dreary - it’s grey, wet, cold and just makes things just that tad little harder. However, Peregrine Church’s street art makes these gloomy days that tad brighter.

 

With messages and images hidden when dry Church’s street art, ‘Rainworks’ brightens one’s day unexpectedly on the sidewalks of Seattle. His 20 or so 'Rainwork's ranges from messages on/from the weather, to quirky little antidotes and pieces of art such as lilypads with jumping frogs and hopscotch squares.

 

Rainworks, uses a superhydrophobic coating that’s biodegradable, environmentally friendly and non toxic that is sprayed onto a concrete surface using a stencil. Invisible when applied, these comes out of the woodworks when droplets of rain start to fall due to the contrast between the applied and non-applied concrete.

I guess it’s going to rain no matter what, so why not make something out of it! (Wouldn’t mind some of these popping around in Sydney on a wet day like today!)

Posted by Justine Lesmana in Art, Environmental, Design and .
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