The Mountain Refuge: a Getaway for the Mind and Body

2020-07-22T08:08:31+00:00 July 22nd, 2020|Architecture, Design|

The Mountain Refuge – a tiny, prefab timber home – is just as it suggests, a welcoming built getaway for the mind and body among the mountainous country landscape. Designed by Italian architects Gnocchi+Danesi, the cabin is a concept based on modularity and thus is intrinsically adaptable and flexible. The original concept is comprised of two modules, which is designed to be brought in via helicopter, however different layout configurations give way to the possibility for larger spaces, utilising more modules. [...]

“A tribute to the landscape”: Aka Patagonia Hotel

2020-06-09T08:49:45+00:00 June 9th, 2020|Architecture, Design|

At the top of a windswept valley in Patagonia, Chile, sits the Aka Patagonia, a boutique hotel at one with the landscape. The area is one of Chile's most celebrated, famous with tourists for its incredible glaciers, mountains and wildlife. The importance of nature to the region is palpable, and in the design of Aka Patagonia, architect Pablo Larroulet has captured that perfectly.     "Aka Patagonia is a tribute to the landscape," says Larroulet, "The project is born from [...]

Things We Love: Korea’s Largest Anamorphic Illusion

2020-06-09T08:48:48+00:00 June 9th, 2020|Design, Things We Love|

A mesmerising and – in all senses of the word – awe-inspiring billboard has taken over Seoul's K-Pop Square. 'Wave' by innovative digital media company d'strict occupies the largest outdoor advertising screen in the country, which is almost the size of four basketball courts, at a massive 80 x 20m.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzxuftgFuoE   d'strict has taken advantage of the billboard's curved screen in order to create a 3D visual featuring waves crashing and churning against the "walls" of the space. Impressive detail is [...]

PREFAB-ULOUS: A Melbourne extension born in New York

2020-06-04T14:09:59+00:00 June 4th, 2020|All|

Tasked with healing a closed-off, compartmentalised Victorian-era house and a lean-to that was tacked on and tacky, Modscape has nailed the brief and proven the power of prefabricated architecture with this Albert Park stunner. The word “extension” can strike fear in the bravest of homeowners looking to expand their living quarters. Messy, noisy and time-consuming, most extensions are laborious and hurt the hip pocket. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Prefabricated constructions have come a long way and [...]

A Mid-Century Inspired Prefab Extension

2020-06-04T12:35:31+00:00 June 4th, 2020|Architecture, Design|

Prefabricated homes are often ultra contemporary in their appearance, but with the right materials and approach, they can be designed to complement any architectural style. Case in point – the interiors of this prefab extension in Elsternwick are perfectly suited to the style of the original mid-century house. By integrating a timber ceiling, brick floors, and terracotta tiles in keeping with the existing material palette, Modscape has created a cohesive home, while supporting the client’s desire for a more contemporary way of living. [...]

An Ode to Norwegian Roots: the Skigard Hytt

2020-05-22T16:46:46+00:00 May 22nd, 2020|Architecture, Design|

On a mountain peak in Norway's Kvitfjell – the same place that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics – sits an incredible back-to-nature build by Mork Ulnes Architects. The Skigard Hytte hides amongst the snow and trees, an understated rectangular form at one with the landscape. Its facade is clad in the home's eponym, skiguard (often referred to as roundpole fence in English), an unbarked, quarter-cut tree log that is traditionally laid diagonally and used as fencing by Norwegian farmers to [...]

Building a Carbon-Neutral Home in 4 Steps

2020-06-04T14:12:49+00:00 May 20th, 2020|Architecture, Design, Modscape|

A carbon neutral (also known as ‘carbon zero or ‘zero emission’) home is self-sustaining house that creates the same amount of renewable energy that it expends, therefore creating zero carbon emissions. These carefully considered homes are not only good for the environment but are fantastic for your hip pocket, as they eliminate bills for electricity, gas and other household services. For some, the cost of building a carbon-neutral home may seem jarring as it does add to the project cost, [...]

How modular building is changing the future for healthcare

2020-04-23T12:32:32+00:00 April 23rd, 2020|Architecture, Design, Modscape|

Around the world, modular and prefab construction is on the rise, in particular within the healthcare industry. According to a study by McGraw Hill Construction, 49% of all healthcare projects utilise prefabrication1, up from 37% in 2011. So why are such incredible numbers of hospitals, aged care facilities and medical buildings embracing this way of building? Prefabrication – notably modular prefabrication – comes with many advantages for all sectors, including cost savings, significantly shortened construction schedules and minimised on-site disruption, [...]

Modular Construction Helps Bushfire-Affected Communities Rebuild

2020-05-29T15:03:26+00:00 April 16th, 2020|Architecture, Design, Modscape|

Above: Wye River project by Modscape: the home that survived a bushfire.   During Australia’s recent ‘black summer’, fires burnt an estimated 18.6 million hectares and destroyed close to 6,000 buildings. The toll on human and animal life was devastating, and communities, businesses and individuals were left wondering how to rebuild in the wake of such devastation. Following the necessary land and debris clearing, many are ready to begin the long process of building their lives back up again. However, [...]

This ex-display suite could be yours

2020-04-16T12:27:46+00:00 April 16th, 2020|Architecture, Design, Modscape, Sustainability|

Looking for a display suite? Our friends at Cbus Property no longer need theirs and don’t want it to go to waste, so it could be yours! To find out more about the building, contact Nick from Cbus Property on +61 409 514 752.   We built this project in 2018, complete with high-end fixtures and materials, including a solar panel system on the roof and many other extras. This modular building was used by Cbus Property as an on-site [...]