- Thursday, 08 June 2017 12:44
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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- Tuesday, 06 June 2017 14:08
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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- Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:34
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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- Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:16
As New Zealand discusses whether their largest stadium, Eden Park, should be replaced or expanded, some wild ideas are being floated…and perhaps successfully sunk.
Appropriately named The Crater, this out of the box stadium proposal was put forward by local design and marketing figure Phil O’Reilly. His pitch suggests a stadium sunken into the waterfront, which would even allow cruise liners to berth on either side! Viewing would be great from the nearby high-rises, and according to O’Reilly the stadium could even be cheaper than the traditional above-ground variety. We’re not too sure about that, but what a cool idea!