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Foolscap Studio  The adventure starts here—

Another inspiring highlight from Geoffrey Bawa's No. 11 residence (1960-70). It was here that Bawa (often referred to as the Godfather of Tropical Modernism), first explored his interest in architectural 'bricolage' – artfully incorporating elements salvaged from old buildings throughout Sri Lanka.

Currently touring Geoffrey Bawa's magnificent No. 11 residence in Colombo (1960-70). Once a row of four bungalows; now a layered labyrinth of interconnected garden courts and open-air interiors.

'The Adventure Starts Here': A sneak preview of our spacious new studio kitchen featuring this exquisite honed marble from @signorinotilegallery, warmly complemented by the spotted gum joinery from @big_river_timber.

Designed by BIG’s @bjarkeingels and @jakob_lange, 'The ORB' at the notoriously dusty @burningman festival (which wrapped up last week) wasn't quite as reflective by day nine as the architects intended it to be. Even so, it perfectly encapsulates this year's sci-fi theme 'I, Robot' – casting an impressive, celestial volume on the Nevada skyline.

Perusing the vast warehouse at @signorinotilegallery – thanks for the back-of-house tour. So hard to choose a favourite amongst all of those colossal slabs of beautiful natural stone.

Thanks @interiordesignmag (USA) for featuring @chandonaus in your latest issue. We're amongst two other hospitality stunners – rounding out a photo-essay on '3 International Eateries With Exquisite Materials on the Menu'.

Digital artist Massimo Colonna’s (@m.a.s.s.i.m.o.c.o.l.o.n.n.a) series 'Gravity' echoes the minimal, stark simplicity of modernist artists from the 40s and 50s. Utilising familiar architectural motifs like the arch, and referencing the classical Italian landscape with Tuscan pencil pines, Colonna creates warm, staged scenes in brilliant sunlight and sharp shadow.

Referencing alchemy (the transformation of ordinary metals into gold), we engaged in an intensive and collaborative process of testing various metalworking techniques to innovate custom metal patinations. The investigative results are reflected in the curved and perforated joinery we designed for Chandon's (@chandonaus) new centrally-positioned retail space.
We're delighted that the project has just been shortlisted for two upcoming design awards – the Eat Drink Design Awards (Best Bar + Best Retail) and the IDEA Awards (Best Hospitality + Best Retail).

Federation Square has scored interim protection! At the end of 2018 Heritage Victoria will decide whether to permanently protect the iconic public space and its buildings. Under the current proposal, the Yarra Building (pictured) will be demolished to make way for tech giant Apple’s latest store, threatening the integrity and architectural cohesion of the multi award-winning precinct.
The question of heritage value raises its head; how can a site of only 16 years old be classed as such? The answer: Fed Square has become a place of social, cultural and civic importance DESPITE its youth. After all, the NGV was granted protection after just 14 years, while Arts Centre Melbourne was still under construction when it was listed in '82.

See you later Hardware Lane – thanks for seeing us through seven whole years (and 127 projects!). Today Foolscap and @relativeprojects are spreading our wings and jetting across to our new Collingwood cloud, where there are many exciting things to look forward to (involving you!). Stay tuned for more.

Saddened to hear of the passing of great Australian architect Kerry Hill; what a wonderful architectural legacy across Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Second image: A floating canopy of golden aluminium tubes suspend from the ceiling of Perth's State Theatre Centre of WA (@statetheatrecentre).

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