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Keep it Real: Timber

In so many of the projects we have worked on over the last three years there has been a recognition by the client or the designer that ‘new for old’ isn’t necessarily the best thing for their project. Whether that’s because of the client’s brand message, or the design aesthetic or the environmental benefits of recycling, the trend is on the rise. 

As a builder and a quasi craftsman, I have to confess to a personal love for the way we get to reuse timber. And what’s more is that the older the original building we are working in, the more of the stuff there is to get our hands on.

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Modular Homes: More than just a cool way to re-use containers

You’ve probably seen a few of these cool (-ish) rustic looking shipping container homes pop up in your Facebook feed or on Pinterest if you’re like me – always on the hunt for the next project challenge. What you might not know, is that they’re not just for people who are choosing to go ‘off the grid’ in terms of power or other urban services.

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Its All About Copper

Copper is one of my favourite materials used in building today. Striking and industrial, it possesses a luster and shine like no other with an attractiveness that arises out of its propensity to patina. Copper brings a modern minimalism to the design of any project. Throughout both the interior and exterior application of copper, few materials rival it’s allure in the world of design and building. Such a precious metal and a hot commodity, the scarcity of its use throughout building is often a result of its high cost.

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Activity Based Working – Fad or future of the workplace

Now firstly let me say – I’m a humble builder, not an interior designer or workplace strategist. That being said, I’ve seen my fair share of workplace design come to life in a host of forms – successful and otherwise.

The one common thread in my experience with workplace design and it’s current form activity-based working seems to be this – workplace culture and workplace design have to align. See, sadly for the firms who don’t get it right, they have been sold a wonderfully designed workplace but haven’t been told that a journey of change and leadership has to be executed before the big changeover day.

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Ex-Tyre Factory Come Hot New Restaurant

The latest venture from the Keystone Group is Rushcutters at Nield Avenue, which offers a diverse experience, from the bar, to casual dining through to private dining areas, as well as a deli café, which prides itself on being a purveyor of preserved goods. The restaurant is based on a distinct Northern European Influence, with renowned Executive Chef Martin Boetz at the helm.

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Rooftop Bar Refurbishment

The Rook is nestled high above the buildings, as the bar’s namesake bird does and can only be reached by elevator access from The QVB end of York Street. Transforming the top floor of 56-58 York Street, The Rook is a casual approach to discerning drinking, set in a gritty glam vibe created by the masters in transforming spaces – The Keystone Group.

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