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11 December, 2012

The Green Wall Phenomenon – a vine frame for a commercial building

The notion of greening buildings and the urban landscape can be difficult to achieve. Personally, I have found people’s attitudes toward greening a city very positive. When asked about greening the city the general response is “yes it’s a great idea, we should be doing more of it” however, when delivering projects, the attitude of [...]

11 December, 2012

The Age of Technology – apps for architects

In this age of technology help is just the press of a button away.  Architecture is one such profession benefiting from this as iPhone apps revolutionise the way we work. Drawing, calculating, organising, preparing and experimenting on a daily basis has never been easier. Our smart phones have become a handy and comprehensive little tool, which if [...]

11 December, 2012

A House For One – the small house movement

With single person dwellings now the fastest growing household type, what will the house of the future look like?  Does living alone have to mean apartment living? A demographic shift is under way and more Australians than ever before are living alone — and doing it in suburbs once considered the preserve of the nuclear [...]

29 June, 2012

Changes to the Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme – could it impact the uptake of solar panels post July 9?

The Queensland Government Office of Clean Energy has officially announced that from 10 July 2012 the Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme feed-in tariff for surplus electricity generated from domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) panel systems with a less than 5kW capacity will be reduced from 44 c/kWh to 8 c/kWh.   The Government notes that the 44 cent [...]

6 June, 2012

Lightwave discusses learning environments at the 12th Annual CEFPI Conference

Lightwave Director, Chris Collier, was a guest presenter at the 12th Annual CEFPI Conference held at the Marriott Hotel on the Gold Coast in June. Chris was asked to discuss the Lightwave designed Enterprise Centre at Southport State School as part of the conference’s theme on shaping learning environments to meet the needs of the [...]

6 March, 2012

Architectural Innovation in Aged Care

Aged care and architectural innovation are not usually identified as partners.   Over many years aged care developments have typically become homogenous institutions that rely more on affordable repetition then innovation. This is generally reflected in both the architectural solutions and the service model.  Indeed they are institutionalised and basic functions are dumbed down for [...]

1 March, 2012

A demographic view of the future

Alan Kohler, ABC Financial Reporter and Editor of the Business Spectator, is known for his somewhat quirky graphs that he uses to capture our attention and illustrate his point. One such graph recently captured our attention and is similar other view points we have considered about our future.  Now, as you know, Lightwave are not [...]

28 February, 2012

Design Thinking in Mining Accommodation

The massive investment currently underway in the mining sector requires services from all sorts of businesses.  Consequently the demand for temporary mining worker accommodation is significant.  The shortage of accommodation to house ancillary workers and families is also acute.  Small towns close to mines find themselves with all sorts of workers, whether it is employees [...]

15 February, 2012

Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous

If money were no object, what kind of house would you design? At Lightwave we had lots of fun with this question and it got us talking about people for whom money is no object – like Hollywood celebrities and their choice of house design and architect. How does an architect get a gig like [...]

21 December, 2011

The Palisades, Kingscliff – a luxury duplex

“The Palisades” is a recently completed luxury duplex at Moss Street, Kingscliff. Made up of two 400m2 apartments, the dual level boutique apartments will provide a resort lifestyle for their future owners.  From the street the apartments are noticeable for the aubergine egg shaped form; a curved roof that extends from a lower level dining [...]

13 December, 2011

How do we design for organic growth in an urban environment?

A recent trip to the Americas took me to the Western coast of the USA and Colombia.  As an architect there is of course the obligatory visit to anything Gehry1 in the states and anything religious in Colombia.  As interesting as the architecture is it seems that the transient experience of these places highlights the [...]

11 December, 2011

Efficiency & a soft edge for Classic Group’s new office

Whilst things in the commercial world are pretty tough these days, not everyone has been forced to downsize. Classic Group, a long term client of Lightwave, have outgrown their Miami tenancy which Lightwave did the fit out for back in mid 2007. Since then, their business has not only survived but thrived through the GFC [...]


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