Mokurokku wooden lego

We’re totally coveting these awesome wooden lego bricks crafted by Japanese firm mokurokku. They’re made of timber and each piece is beautifully carved so they dit together like normal lego pieces. the mokurukku set has a disclaimer that the pieces can warp or fit together imprecisely due to the nature of the material in different temperatures and scale of humidity…

Each box of mokulock bricks is priced at ¥2,835/USD31 and includes 50 pieces.

Sustainable and stylish. We like.

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chelsea flower show – congratulations

We are very pleased to announce that Jason Hodges of Green Art Gardens has won a silver gilt medal at the internationally renowned Chelsea Flower Show. Showcasing a garden that pays homage to his Sydney hometown the garden was a standout feature at this years show. Eco Outdoor are proud to have supplied both the Killcare random ashlar walling and Bluestone paving and we think the design is looking great! Congratulations again to Jason and the team, you guys rock! For more information on the Chelsea Flower Show check it out here.

liav workshop night success

As some of you may already know Eco Outdoor Nunawading hosted an LIAV workshop night last week and it was a huge success! We had an opening introduction by Bruce Winstanley from the LIAV followed by mini workshop groups presented by Aqua Vision, Mapei, Smith & Gordon Nurseries and Light on Landscapes. With a turnout of  over 80 landscapers it was a great, informative night and we’d like to say a big thank you to all who came. If you missed the night, or would just like a little more info download the attached document here (LIAV workshop information), it includes a few photographs of the event as well as a quick re-cap of the key points from each workshop.

LIAV Eco Outdoor Workshop night

aia and qut awards

The AIA (Australian Institue of Architects) recently presented the students of  Real Studio QUT an award at Queensland’s Darling Downs Regional Architecture Awards for what can only be described as an awesome project.  Students of Queensland’s University of Technology designed and built a rural agricultural shed at Murphy’s Creek, just west of Brisbane. The structure features one bedroom, one bathroom and two storage rooms plus adjoining shed area providing animal shelter, hitching rail and feed room. It provides a rest point for trail riders who follow the historic coach, pioneer and stock routes that run the length of Australia’s east coast.. The previous facilities, used by the Bicentennial National Trail were destroyed in 2011’s flash flooding.

For further details check out AIA’s website or follow Real Studio’s QUT facebook page.

something for the kids

So, the kids have been back at school for a few weeks (did I just hear your sigh of relief?!) but as a parent I haven’t yet forgotten the entertaining pressure that comes with the long summer holidays. Finnish parents Anna and Eugeni Bach, faced with a similar dilemma put their architecture skills to use and have built, what can only be described as the ultimate cubby house. This would keep the little ones entertained for weeks – maybe even years! Anna and Eugeni commandeered some free space on a parents farm and let their imaginations run wild. The result, a truly elegant house for little people, a clever sectional space in 2 halves that also allows space for a 2nd floor mezzanine area. Designed and built by them, all I can say is well done, and I wonder where could I possibly find some free space…

Image by Tiia EttalaImage by Tiia Ettala

Images from Arch Daily.

how much Mr Foster?

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? is the brilliantly titled documentary about leading British architect, Norman Foster.

For those of you who don’t know the name Norman Foster , there’s no doubt that you will instantly recognise many of his creations: the Swiss Re building in London (better known as the ‘Gherkin’), the Reichstag in Berlin and the cloud-flirting Millau Viaduct in the Tarn Valley, France. This architect has been described as “the Mozart of modernism” by architecture critic Paul Goldberger.

eat your greens

I stumbled across this little piece of creative thinking recently and I have to say, I think it’s genius. Bringing the outdoors in has never been quite so literal! Based around the idea of making the rural picnic accessible to city dwellers this great structure, called the picNYC table was launched by the Dutch firm Haiko Cornelissen Architecten. Its light aluminum frame has been designed to include a stone draining bed that can then be topped with soil and grass. Or, if you’d rather not use it as your dining table, plant it up with flowers or vegetables for your very own indoor garden.