Take a quick (and educational) tea break with us! Customers are invited to book in a 10-minute Zoom chat to learn about new products. Presentations are guaranteed no longer than 10-minutes plus Q&A. Choose from: New Linea additions (recommended). Wood Without Worry. Or request a custom presentation. Each participant will receive a T2 gift box (optional). Book by contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the button below. Win a Georg Stool by Skagerak Tea Time bookings for Australian customers from 2 November 2021 will go into a draw for a chance to win an iconic Georg Stool by Scandinavian designer Skagerak, valued at $615. The prize will be drawn on 1 April 2022 and the winner notified by email. Ts and Cs: Presentations must be done by 1 April 2022. For customers based in …
Your top 10 most-read StreetChat stories in 2021
With the ongoing uncertainty and upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was another tough year for us all. Outdoor public spaces continue to be vitally important, offering communities a reprieve from living and working indoors.
Street Furniture Australia is proud to have contributed to many inspiring and caring places in 2021. Here are 10 of our subscribers’ most-read StreetChat e-newsletter stories for the year.
Street Furniture Australia employee Ari Zaharopoulos celebrated 25 years working with the company. Throughout his career, he has processed an impressive estimated 1.5 million battens. Read more
A pop-up project by North Sydney Council, designed by Turf Design Studio and Studio Garbett, has transformed newly pedestrianised Kirribilli streets. Part of the ‘Streets as Shared Spaces’ and Kirribilli Masterplan Pilot Projects, the project has reinvigorated the street with eye-catching colour and greenery, supported by customised round Frame Planters powder coated in Bondi Blue. Read more
Moreton Bay Regional Council has upgraded the Albany Creek Community Centre in South East Queensland, with a new entrance and landscape designed by Mode Design. The welcoming space encourages the community to gather and rest. Mode specified Linea Seats for their durability and ability to plinth-fix to concrete. Read more
ChillOUT Hubs, a collaboration between Georges River Council, the University of NSW, the University of Sydney and Street Furniture Australia, won a 2021 PIA National Award for Best Planning Ideas – Small Project. The prototype Hubs provide open-air smart community spaces at three Georges River sites and are in development for launch in early 2022. Read more
A $25 million project from Glenview, HESTA, Social Ventures Australia and the Australian Government, Korongee in Derwent Park, Tasmania, offers a home-based model for residents that mimics ordinary life. Lead designers ThomsonAdsett architects worked with landscape architects Papworth Davies, Cykel Architecture, SMG, Gandy & Roberts, Equality Building and Pitt & Sherry. An easy-to-navigate landscape inspired by the local neighbourhood offers a sense of community and familiarity, featuring Park DDA Seats. Read more
A world-class outdoor museum, Houston Botanic Garden in Texas, designed in collaboration with West 8, offers an inspiring reprieve with plants from across the world. Indoor and outdoor cafe areas feature highly-durable Cafe Tables, customised with a solid table top. StreetChat interviewed President and General Counsel Claudia Gee Vassar about opening during the pandemic, and future ambitions for the garden – see the case study and In Profile piece.
Photo: Michael Tims.
A revitalisation project by Cullen Bay Marina Management Corporation, designed by Clark & Granger, connects and enhances the public space between the ocean and marina in Darwin, Northern Territory. Aria Seats and Benches were specified in the ultimate low-maintenance materials and finishes, Wood Without Worry aluminium woodgrain battens and Textura frames, offering longevity in a marine environment. Read more
Jensen PLUS has designed a waterfront park for the community to enjoy the Murray River in Renmark, South Australia. Renmark Paringa Council have praised the precinct for encouraging families to spend time outside. It features a river deck with sheltered area including an extra-long 5.2 metre Classic Plaza Back-to-Back Seat. Read more
The design by NBRS Architecture for this Sydney women’s prison expansion re-envisions the traditional institutional layout, with green spaces that foster a feeling of safety and promote therapy and positivity. Therapeutic gardens and landscaping are furnished with curved and straight Mall Slim Benches. Read more
At Lake Tyrrell in rural Victoria lies the Sky Lounge, designed by Thomson Hay Landscape Architects for Buloke Shire Council. The designers reviewed our report on how heat interacts with various batten materials, selecting anodised aluminium to make the seating as cool and comfortable as possible. Visiting tourists are invited to lie back in Mall Sun Lounges to soak up surreal sunsets and gaze at the stars. Read more
Photo: Thomson Hay Landscape Architects.
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A leading voice in placemaking, Kylie Legge is an architecture graduate, planner, place maker, author, facilitator, curator and entrepreneur. She is founding Director of Place Partners, a multidisciplinary placemaking consultancy based in Sydney, Australia and Place Score – the world’s first place experience measurement company. How did you get started and find your unique career pathway? My career has tended to veer off the beaten track. I’ve never been too worried about what other people think and am risk-hungry. I’m also interested in disruption – looking for better ways of doing things. At 23 as an architecture grad I talked my way into an internship at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. I lived a double life, working in a dive bar by night and at the most …
Bill Morrison and Darrel Conybeare, co-founders and directors of Street Furniture Australia, are celebrating 40 years of design practice with their architecture and urban design studio, CM+. The two young architects, shaped by formative experiences in the US and UK working with major players such as Eames, William Holford & Partners and the Farrell/Grimshaw Partnership – started their own venture in 1980 to shape cities through the still-fledgling practice of urban design. Their work includes the redesign of Macquarie Street and Circular Quay in Sydney for the 1988 Bicentennial, designing prominent Canberra spaces such as City Walk, universities in China and Kuching Waterfront in Malaysia. Bill and Darrel’s philosophy considers how a design might discover a the urban pulse and heritage of a city, reveal its urban character, and recognise …