Tag Archives: Australia

Future Housing: Living ‘Off-Grid Modular’ In Southwest Australia

“I think it strikes a chord with people, living off the grid and being minimalist. I could build a McMansion…but it wouldn’t be interesting.” 

Each project is designed specifically for your spatial requirements, budget and site. Design and finish options are limitless, but every design is the result of genuine collaboration with you. We operate from our modular construction hub in Brooklyn, Victoria which includes an impressive factory used for manufacturing the modules. The rapid off-site modular construction forces a high level of documentation – which in turn means a higher degree of design resolution and greater control of the cost for you. The factory environment ensures the risk of weather and site delays are eliminated, allowing for a fixed timeline for design, construction and delivery. It also ensures a consistent level of quality.

We’re one of Australia’s leading off-site construction companies and with Modscape, you will get:

  • Innovative architecture that uses quality materials at a fixed price
  • A tightly controlled construction process that still allows for high levels of customisation
  • A modern, sustainable modular building that minimises environmental impact, but doesn’t compromise on design or quality
  • A project that is brought to life by the one team
  • An enjoyable and stress-free building process.

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Tintaldra is a town in northeast Victoria, Australia in the Shire of Towong local government area and on the upper reaches of the Murray River, 440 kilometres northeast of the state capital, Melbourne and 131 kilometres east of the regional centre of Wodonga.

Top New Travel Videos: ‘The Cocos (Keeling) Islands’ Of Australia

Filmed and Directed by: Jaxon Roberts (Beautiful Destinations)

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are a remote territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. Its 2 coral atolls comprise 27 tiny islands with white­-sand beaches, palm trees and lagoons. West Island has an airport and a visitor centre. Across the lagoon, the Home Island Museum explores the culture of the resident Cocos Malay people. To the north, the isolated Pulu Keeling National Park has bird colonies and a shipwreck.

Innovative Architecture: ‘Stealth Pavillion’ – An Australian Private Gym Blended Into A Garden

Stealth Pavilion is an architecturally designed private gym which sits suitably disguised in its landscape, concealing its presence through select materiality. Plus Minus Design carefully integrates a multifunction volume into an established heritage-listed garden setting, combining a refined and contemporary approach.

Stealth Pavilion and its location amongst significant listed trees came with its associated challenges, and through a clever approach to concealment, the result combines ingenuity and precision to the architecturally designed private gym which blends into the surrounding landscape.

The brief for the pavilion was for a structure that would house an architecturally designed private home gym and also have the capacity to be adapted to separate guest accommodation as required. After the consideration of a number of locations, the chosen siting was within the drop zone of four of the five listed trees and its surrounding landscape.

Externally, cladding of bronze mirror allows the structure of the architecturally designed private gym to reflect the surrounding foliage and landscape, and seem non-existent to the passer-by while internally the finishes reflect a robust warmth, suitable to its function.

Built by Robert Plumb Build, key to Stealth Pavilion’s integration into the existing was the carefully curated landscape by Dangar Barin Smith.

Architecture by Plus Minus Design.
Build by Robert Plumb Build.
Landscape by Dangar Barin Smith.
Production by The Local Project.
Video by Cheer Squad.

New Podcast Interviews: Whale Shark Scientist Brad Norman – “Ecocean”

The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, recognisable by its celestial markings. Australian scientist Brad Norman has been tracking this elusive and endangered creature by using technology designed to study stars, as well as images collected through ecotourism.

ECOCEAN (Australia) is a globally recognised, non-government, not-for-profit organization based in Western Australia working towards scientific researcheducation and conservation of the marine environment.  It’s flagship species, the whale shark, is an iconic animal for marine conservation being the world’s largest fish.

ECOCEAN (Australia) was founded in 1995 by marine conservation biologist Brad Norman and was incorporated in 2006. Brad also helped in the establishment of the partner organisation WildMe (USA) who manage the global whale shark photo-identification library –  Wildbook.

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Top Camper Trailers: “Mobi Nomad – Slide Out” (2020)

The Mobi Nomad is a go anywhere hybrid with unrivalled inside space in its class and excel with features like full permanent bathroom, island bed, great kitchen  and 2 minute setup time. With the slide room extended the Mobi has 12.4 sq meter internal space. 

The body is constructed from 1 piece mono hull fibre glass construction with steel super structure for superior strength and stainless steel fittings. The chassis is manufactured from 4mm hot dipped galvanized steel and fitted with a 2.5ton Burquip suspension and 2.7ton Knott German brake coupler. The aerodynamic design ensures extremely light and stable towing. Mobi comes fully kitted with gear!

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Infographics: “Shingles – Signs & Symptoms” (2020)

A reactivation of the chickenpox virus in the body, causing a painful rash. Anyone who’s had chickenpox may develop shingles. It isn’t known what reactivates the virus.Shingles causes a painful rash that may appear as a stripe of blisters on the trunk of the body. Pain can persist even after the rash is gone (this is called postherpetic neuralgia).Treatments include pain relief and antiviral medications such as acyclovir or valacyclovir. A chickenpox vaccine in childhood or a shingles vaccine as an adult can minimize the risk of developing shingles.

Top Small Home Design: “LEWISHAM POD” – 430 SF Of “Pure Tasmania” (Video)

Perched on the side of a hill in the seaside town of Lewisham, 40 minutes’ drive from Hobart, is a new little house that’s getting a lot of attention. A wealth of high-end design and curated materials deliver warmth, and an outside-in philosophy brings the rugged beauty of Tasmania’s seascape into the palette. It’s no wonder it features in this year’s TV Series Grand Designs.  

Owner Alice Hansen wanted to create a home that was small and beautiful – a celebration of what Tassie is.

“I wanted the house to let Tassie do the talking. I wanted simple lines with not too much going on so that nature could be drawn in. I wanted the house to be a shelter more than anything else. To cocoon me from the outside, but not detract from the external environment,” says Alice. “I also wanted an outdoor bath, and to be able to see the stars from my bed at night.” 

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Podcast Interviews: Australian Writer DBC Pierre – “Dopamine City”

Georgina Godwin talks to DBC Pierre, who won the Booker prize with his debut novel ‘Vernon God Little’. He has gone on to write five more books, including his latest: dystopian satire ‘Meanwhile in Dopamine City’. It is a darkly funny, brilliantly clever and utterly terrifying vision of technology in our near future

DBC Pierre is an Australian writer who wrote the novel Vernon God Little. Pierre was born in South Australia in 1961, before moving to Mexico, where he was largely raised.

Travel & Wildlife: “The Future of Koalas” in Australia (NatGeo Video)

The destructive wildfires that swept through Australia destroyed the habitats for many of the island’s animals. Zoologist Jack Randall explores the efforts being made to rescue and care for the Koalas that were impacted by the wildfires.

Top New Aerial Travel Videos: “Australia” (2020)

As the sunny capital of New South Wales, Sydney is surrounded by an abundance of natural life and historic sites. Its sprawling outskirts unfold into the enchanting wilderness of national parks, and you need only follow its golden shoreline a short way up the coast to discover lesser-known towns that were once home to exiled convicts or Aboriginal people.