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The BE Collective Catch-Up – May 2017

Missed our May Newsletter? 

Don’t stress, we saved you a copy here.

This month’s issue covers our new BEC Brisbane Office, a few of our recent projects, and some feature articles on cool stuff we’ve spotted. 

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Sustainable Alternatives to Concrete

Environmentally Sustainable Design is one of our passions at BE Collective; we are constantly scanning the horizon for new ways to be more eco-friendly.

Inhabitat is a weblog that tracks innovations in ESD technology and looks toward the future of an eco-friendly design industry. One of their recent videos highlights a few concrete substitutes available to the environmentally-conscious builder –  straw bales, rammed earth, ferrock and bamboo.

We’re particularly excited about Bamboo. BEC have worked alongside the Queensland University of Technology and the crew at Cave Urban to create some stunning artistic and sculptural installations

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Aussie Bricklaying Robot Set to Revolutionise Construction

Check out the Hadrian X, a world first digital construction solution, brain child of Australian tech company Fastbrick Robotics.

The Hadrian X aims to lead and ‘industry revolution’ by streamlining the end-to-end bricklaying system; including the loading, cutting, routing, and placement of bricks. The automated process is very similar to 3D printing, and should improve the speed, accuracy, cost, and safety of the global brick construction industry.

Fastbrick Robotics estimate that the Hadrian X will be commercially available towards the end of 2017. In the mean-time, take a peek at their promotional video here for an idea of what the machine will look like in action.

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BEC’s New Brisbane Base!

The new digs come with twice as much floor space, and will (eventually) include a ping pong table, chin up bar, break out area, shower, and mini-bar. Our Brisbane office team were highly involved in the design of the office layout and included features.

We’ve taken some inspiration from architectural offices locally in Brisbane and in Sydney, aiming for a very raw industrial look. Polished concrete floors and a beautiful distressed white brick feature-wall are complemented by the high ceiling and ‘floating’ LED lighting by Caribou. Circulation is achieved through the use of cheap-ass fans (sadly not Big-Ass fans) , and the furniture and partitions heavily feature OSB (Oriented Strand Board – a sustainable, European, high strength timber product). BE Collective designed furniture sits aside select pieces from our inspirational friends at LuxxBox. 

Expect an improved front façade and a rear balcony in the not-too-distant future.

Swing by for a coffee and check out the progress!

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