THE ARCHITECTS EAT MAGAZINE ~ No. 1 a rough guide to architects eat's residetial portfolio, focusing on people, lifestyle, and inspiration.
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R E T T LE In 2010 EAT celebrated itâ€™s 10 year old birthday. This magazine celebrates selected residential projects we have completed in the last decade, and at the same time allows us to share with you many precious materials - some unpublished, we have collected in the process of creating a special place called home for our clients. We also give special credits to many involved in our projects our entire project team including the builders, and of course our clients. These are important ingredients (of which we call the human context) that directly influence our design, and ultimately the quality and aura of our products. We hope you enjoy getting acquainted with those individuals featured here. Other highlights include E589 on Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Due to be completed in 2013, this is one of several apartment buildings on our drawing board. You will also find on page 28, a teaser to our new website and corporate identity, to be rolled out gradually by early 2012.
This is a publication of inspirations, style, good design and even a little bit of lightheartedness. So sit back, put your feet up and enjoy what we have put together. And of course if you, after reading this, ever feel so compelled to give us feedback, or even get us to design your next house, please feel free to give us a call. Cheers! Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
our people 2000-2011
Left to right from top row: Nicole Yim, Kasia Maksel, Andre Vilhena, Fiona Kirkwood, Gerhana Waty, CJ Foo, William Anderson, William Golding, Janon Ternura, Hayley Greenwood, Luke Wright, Evelyn Chin, Cheer Lin, James Coombe, Julie Sloane, Maggie Chu, Melany Masel, Mireille Leong, Peter Fox, Louise Molloy, Vincent Chin, Shereen Tay, James Taylor, Robert Gray, Sasha Hadjimouratis, Phillip Teakle, Peter Knights, Lindy Hayter, Brandon Eu and (not pictured) Hally Ongkosanjojo, Thomas Pai, & Harvey Tancuan
KELSO HOUSE The project that we have taken our architecure to the next level. PHOTOGRAPHER: SHANNON MCGRATH
Left: In the foreground is a Herman Miller Moulded Plywood Lounge Chair LCW by Charles and Ray Eames from Living Edge; In the background is a pair of handmade porcelain Broste Copenhagen candle holders and a bronze sculpture from Rome, Italy.
Knoll Studio Bertoia bar stools by Harry Bertoia from dedece; Fritz Hansen Series 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen from Corporate Culture; Vola KV1 kitchen mixer by Arne Jacobsen from dedece; Kreon Diapason spotlight by Jan Van Lierde from dedece.
UNEDITED Natalia Thomas of BOX Magazine interviews our director Albert Mo, on design, life and process. This is an unedited version of the interview and is different from the version published on the Winter 2011 issue of the magazine.
NT: Tell me about your journey in becoming a designer / architect. AM: The real journey started after 6 years of uni, when we established our practice. It was all about trial and error, and starting from scratch. The thing is when you started to work on real projects, you realised that you really know so little, and that forced us to learn from people around us: builders, tradesmen, engineers etc, and we did learn and absorb things very quickly. In the early years, we were also blessed by the support of many architect mentors, like Mark Healy, Richard Swansson, Rob McBride, Rob Stent, and Jose Alfano.
NT: How do you initially approach a project? - Ie, do you start with the clients' products, the end users, the budget etc... AM: After meeting the client and visiting the site and before drawing the first line, I start by imagining, imagine what I want people to see, touch and smell. That's why I love physical models, we still build them for every residential houses that we do in the office. With the model, I can kneel down, squint with one eye, and visualise and feel the space. And then we design the spaces...quite often it will take me at least a couple of weeks before we have drawings of some sort. My staffs always ask if I'm ready to let them start, I always hold back
and make sure I get the feel right, before I commit... NT: Is your creative process different for each project and client? AM: The process is the same, and the creative part does not stop until the building is built. Creativity to us is a process, a refinement route. We also refer to other architectsâ€™ works, both past and present. We are not afraid to make the references, as we believe it is impossible to copy an authentic work, what with every architect's detailing language being different. Client is also another important and dynamic factor, we refer them to as part of the human context, which directly influences the
spaces and functions that we create, and the feel that we construct. Thatâ€™s why I like the movie Inception, as part of it is about constructing a world out of subconsciousness...
in general, we believe our knowledge and skills are slowly maturing.
NT: What is the one project you are most proud to have worked on?
NT: What and or who inspires you creatively?
NT: Has your design approach or aesthetic changed over time? If so, how and why?
AM: Peter Zumthor, Carlo Scarpa, Henri Carter-Bresson, Leica cameras and my wife Evelyn.
AM: The ones that have not been realised. I can only imagine how great that it can be and the more I think and contemplate, the better it becomes, kind of like an eternal design development!
AM: The approach and process has always been the same, only now that I know exactly how it goes, whereas say 7 years ago, I did it intuitively. Some people say our aesthetic has changed, however we would rather think it has evolved. And what has evolved is our detailing methods and understanding of building components
NT: Does your increasing reputation bring with it additional pressures to be innovative and unique each time? AM: No, reputation has nothing to do with pressure. To me, pressure comes from myself and my last project, a desire to constantly improve and evolve.
NT: What is the one piece of advice you can give a 20 year old starting out? AM: I have seen too many people started out with greed, and failed. Be true to yourself and what you love doing, and keep learning. If money is all you care about, then forget about architecture.
WINDSOR LOFT Surrounding context, envirconemntal context, and human context, all packed into a little warehouse. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN GOLLINGS, SHANIA SHEGEDON
Edra Jeanette chairs in red by Fernando & Humberto Campana; Cassina Cab chairs by Mario Bellini from Space; Artemide Tian Xia Metamorfosi pendant; and custom dining table by Anton Gerner.
The area is changing and i must adapt. Increasing urbanisation, more cars - I’m sick of hassling with traffic, crowded streets... I want to stay put, secluded in my cocoon. But i enjoy fine food, good coffee, company... what do I do? Simple - I open a cafe in my own home! The plan is, no more travelling. I stay in bed, order room service, and when my friends come over for a coffee, I can now charge them.. it’s a genius of an idea! Well, actually, it turns out that I’m working harder than ever - and loving it!’ Above Eugenius Cafe is a 300m2 apartment, it is an infill project to an existing neon sign manufacturer and printing workshop. The project won the Belle Apartment of the Year Award in 2007. Check out http://www.eugenius.com.au/
“There is no such thing as weak coffee, only weak people...”
Who lives here? Home & cafe owner Eugene Shafir Occupation Writer & food critic Where Windsor
The pink 1.5m x 1.5m painting was by Pascal Mira and Michael Husman Tschäni , titled “... and they left”, and Magis Stool One by Konstantin Grcic from ECC at the bottom right.
ELM & WILLOW HOUSE Our most publicised residential project, and it all started with an intention to retain the two mature trees on the site. PHOTOGRAPHER: EARL CARTER, JAMES COOMBE
The sculpture at the corner by the window is by Inge King, “Inquisitive Angel”, bronze, #1/3
Molteni & C Diamond table by Patricia Urquiola from Hub; Bedont Drive armchairs by Lorenz Kaz from Hub; Flos 45 outdoor lighting by Tim Derhaag from Euroloce.
JURY CITATIONS Victoria Architecture Awards 2010 Behind this well-preserved Edwardian home a sequence of beautifully crafted, airy living spaces unfold around two mature existing elm and willow trees. Well-defined, elevated concrete floor and roof planes work in contrast with extensively glazed and louvered walls to emphasis the horizontal connections between the indoor and garden spaces. The addition is seen to hover in its landscape, with the courtyards between the pavilions becoming more reflective spaces to look on to rather than inhabit which provides an alternative to the typical â€˜Great Australian Backyardâ€™. In working with the materiality of concrete, timber and glass, the Architects have set themselves a difficult array of juncture details, which are deftly handled. Tactility of materials feature strongly and detailing throughout is understated but omnipresent, it is not so subliminal to go unnoticed but rather there is quiet acknowledgment in the joy of making space and embedding in it masterful detail.
1 PROJECT 14 PUBLICATIONS OVER 100 BLOGS SO FAR 1.
1. Architectural Review Australia 2. Australian House & Garden 3. Vogue Living Australia 4. The Age Domain 5. Houses 6. Cubes (Singapore) 7. Box Magazine 8. Modern Decoration (China) 9. Monument 10. Steel Profile 11. Australian Financial Review 12. Grand Design (UK) 13. Viridian Vision 14. Inside Outside (China )
we would like to thank the supď€ port of the media and their writď€ ers, who continuously promote good design to the general public together with the design communiuty.
MAPPING THE ‘BURBS’
Mapping the â€˜Burbsâ€™ is an initiative by the Australian Instittute of Architects, it is an opportunity to explore architectural sites of interest by bicycle. This mapping activity celebrates and reveals Victoria through a carefully considered itinerary. The tours aim to engage the community with local architecture in a fun, active way. Architects EAT was invited to design a cycling tour of significant architectural sites within South Yarra and Prahran, and our student intern Julie Sloan, pictured right, has passionately detailed each selection. (She will be finishing her Master of Architecture degree at Monash University in 2012.) For more detail and other tour maps, please visit http://www.mappingtheburbs.com/
LINEAR HOUSE Our first complete new house, a resort-style holiday beach dwelling down at the peninsular PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMES COOMBE, ALBERT MO
Family, Beach and Parties Linear House is a large 580m2 holiday house sited on 2500m2 of coastal land in Portsea. Designed for large parties and family gettogether, the house is equipped with an infinity pool, tennis court, boat storage shed and a entertainment deck.
â€œTo accentuate the linearity, the exterior of the house is encased in horizontal spotted gum cladding, expressed steel beams, as well as sliding timber slats screens. Consequently the house is conceived as a linear timber pavilion with a double-storey concrete masonry spine wall running in parallel to the depth of the site.â€?
Welcome to our new website Still the same address @ www.eatas.com.au, see you there!
Level 3, Building B, Pulse on Inkerman Apartments, Inkerman Street, St. Kilda. 09.54am, 18 October 2011.
HAWTHORN HOUSE We have added this glass and steel elegance behind a heritage Victorian facade. PHOTOGRAPHER: CRAIG SHELL
2006 The lights and shadows directly affect the interior living environment: it offers ever changing patterns through reflection and refraction, and by adjusting the louver windows, lights and shadows become a responsive element in every dayâ€™s life.
Glass & Steel / Light & Shadow
Nickyâ€™s Buddha, Basment, Building A, Pulse on Inkerman Apartments, Inkerman Street, St. Kilda. 10.05am, 03 May 2011.
Work out or go for a walk? The advantage of being a girl is that I do not need to spend hours in the gym to build up bigger arms, chest, shoulders, back muscles and 6 packs to make myself look incredible. However saying that I still try to hit the gym at least once a week to train up my body against bacteria, flu viruses and among other things. I don’t like going out for a walk unless it’s necessary. Not a very sporty person you can say but if I do go to the gym I usually go to Fitness First near my home. Buy a last-minute gift? Deciding what to get for a friend is one of the things I dislike but couldn’t avoid. I usually TRY to plan ahead but for many occasions I’ve just chip in with others to avoid the thinking process. However if that time comes and I need a last minute gift, I will hand draw a card and polish it with some DIY packaging. Buy a bottle of wine for a dinner party? If I have a spare bottle of wine from any vineyard I’ve visited, I’ll bring it along with me. Otherwise Dan Murphy is always my first choice. I always go for a red and say no to white and dessert wine. I don’t really have a favorite brand/ bottle, but Shiraz or Cabinet Sauvignon and anything from the Coonawarra will make me very happy. Buy a bunch of flowers? I hardly buy flowers. Couldn’t really think of any occasion right now. But my grandma has a garden and I know she has some really nice flowers there so I think if I need some I will just hand pick them at her place. Get your hair cut or have a facial? I have recently discovered a piece of gadget from Japan. It is a rotating level for fringe trimming. Through several experimentation I find it quite easy to handle and very handy. So I have been saving my haircut money for something else. Take an international visitor? Something I like most about our country is the relaxing lifestyle. I would bring them out to visit a few different wineries in the Yarra Valley, pamper them in the Mornington Peninsula hotspring or an adventurous horse-riding journey along the seaside. Go for your morning coffee? I don’t really drink coffee unless I really need it. How I wish coffee can taste like coffee but without the caffeine. Impossible, I know. I do however; can always use a cup of coffee during my brunch on a Sunday. I’d suggest Dukes Café in Prahran. Go for some peace and quiet? I’m a Buddhist and a member of Yun Yang Temple in Narre Warren. I always spend at least a couple of hours a week in the temple to recharge myself. I can always find inner peace there and also practice my spiritual thinking.
WHERE DO YOU : with Mireille Leong, Interior Designeer at EAT
OPEN HOUSE In this project, we have explored and exploited the power of a single material, and contrasted it with something totally opposite. PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMES COOMBE
& Tradition Flower Pot pendant by Vernon Panton from Great Dane Furniture
Iittala Savoy Vase by Alvar Aalto from Anibou
Royal Oak Floors Smoke & Limed from Harper & Sandilands
Sky 3.5 Seater & Small Ottoman with Mokum Ficus Seasalt from Jardan
This project is an alteration and addition to an existing early-80s inner city dwelling in Richmond, Victoria. An early discussion with the client led to the decision to resist the temptation of demolishing the entire building and restarting. In optimising the already existing northern aspect of the living area, and harnessing the embodied energy of the existing house, our design proves that it is not necessary, nor economically or sustainably viable, to demolish a perfectly good structure. The design is sustainability in its first principle â€“ reuse, revive, compact and close to public transport and local amenities.
The internal planning strategies are devoted to the layering of spaces, and orchestrating the sequences in a mise-en-scene like methodology.
We opened up the interior and got rid of the original rabbit warren internal walls. Starting from the dramatic suspended black raw steel staircase as the focal point upon entry, the interior then unfolds from the living room, to the kitchen then to the courtyard and dining, then finally to the master bedroom and its private courtyard at the end. The kitchen and dining open towards a north courtyard, with double sliding doors that span over 5 meters, reminiscent of a Japanese courtyard house, where indoor and outdoor are seamlessly connected. Fully decked with spotted gum, the courtyard is decisively minimal with only a single Japanese maple tree as its decoration. Materials were selected with texture and humanising in mind. They are a careful balance of scale, yet playful in juxtaposition and detailing. This is apparent especially in the change of materials at the staircase from the recycled timber sleepers to the reconstituted stone benchtop at the landing, and transit to the black raw steel suspension. They are also at the same time, a dialectic dialogue between weight and material, with the heavy timber sleepers bolted to the floor and the â€˜abnormalâ€™ razor thin folded steel vividly suspended in the air.
Who do these belong to ? Items that inpire and delight an architect
1. Century, edited by Bruce Bernard, Phaidon Press (1999). This book is a photo-retrospective of the last 100 years, that is equal parts photography and history. It is inspiring to look at human interaction influencing the course of our history in the twentieth century. 2. John Rabone & Sons No. 435’ 66ft. steel tape in steel case, Brimingham, England (c. 1900s). One of architect’s best friends, and this one is still in good nick.
3. Pintoys Eco-friendly wooden toy car, from Fairground Child. One doesn’t realise one misses toys until one has a kid. These wooden toys are well crafted, and it is more of an adult novelty than for the children! 4. Prada black frame glasses. You hope that by wearing one of these, you might look as stylish as Colin Firth in A Single Man.
5. Wooden puzzle, from Mind Games. This is more than a mere puzzle, it is a spatial exploration and form making tool, the key to architecture. 6. Menace metal puzzle, from Mind Games. It is described as the greatest metal puzzle ever invented. If you have no patience, don’t try it. 7. Le Modulor and Modulor 2, by Le Corbusier, Birkhäuser (2000). Reprints of the seminal
work of Le Corb published in 1948 & 1955. This box set is printed in a square format using the Modulor with the series twenty seven to one hundred and forty reduced in size to one tenth. 8. Lamy 185 Scribble Sketch pencil 3.15mm, by Hannes Wettstein. A fantastic pencil for sketching early ideas down on your hotel’s notepad, and without getting your fingers dirty. 9. Vitra Modulor measuring tape, by Le Corbusier. During the great architect’s lifetime only a few samples of this measuring tape were created - for his personal use, and this edition is perfect to measure your own creations or your partner! 10. Four fold architects rules, in Stanley boxwood/brass and Rabone ivory/silver (c. 1900s). 11. Futsal trophy. This sport is called football not soccer please. 12. Twinings Earl Grey tea 13. Tag Heuer Professional watch. A key attribute to being an architect is on time. 14. Fujifilm FinePix X100. An unexpected release at the Photokina 2010, this almighty camera reminds one of the old time rangefinder, and not being able to get every shot in focus.
VILLAGEPARK HOUSE A remodelling of the former Commonwealth game village house, for a family of six who wanted a splash of colour. PHOTOGRAPHER: DEREK SWALWELL
Tolomeo Decentrata from Artemide; High-rise dining table & Round coffee table from Mortice & Tenon; Strata sofa from King Furniture; Kartell Charles Ghost stools by Philippe Starck & Tangerine dining chairs by Patricia Urquiola from Space; Coral Shag floor rug from Designer Rugs; Ado String curtain from Saker Design; Laminex Espresso Ligna 273 natural finish on joinery by Eastwood Cabinets.
SLAB HOUSE Our most ambitious proposal yet for a dwelling is a 660sqm 5-bedroom home with some serious engineering
Raw Expression Heavily inspired by the Brazilian Pavilion for Expo â€˜70 in Osaka by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the Tasmanian Design Centre in Launceston by Richard Leplastrier, and the works of American architect Louis Kahn, this unbuilt house is designed with raw concrete, exposed waffle slab, herringbone ironbark cladding and steel frame windows.
RESPECT This page is dedicated to our colleagues on sites working on our projects - without you our dream of building would not have become a reality; without your expertise our design would just exist on papers; and without your craftsmanship we couldn't call our buildings sexy and beautiful. Hats off to all of you and thank you so very much!
Level 2, Building B, Pulse on Inkerman Apartments, Inkerman Street, St. Kilda. 10.01am, 09 August 2011.
PARURE HOUSE A jewellerâ€™s workshop, a timber screen and an almost subterranean but lofty living space, plus an intimate central courtyard; all compacted into this 165 sqm home. PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMES COOMBE, ALBERT MO
Sabas armchair by John Duffecy from Modern History. John was a boutique furniture maker based in Sydney in the 60s. He did his own range of furniture but also designed for Sabas, which was an Australian mid-century furniture maker. The nice blanket that is drapped on the chair is the Henny wool blanket from Ikea.
Wow pendants by Volker Haug, Custom french oak dining table by Anthony Storen from Can I Play, 60â€™s Danish dining chairs from Modern History.
The Parure House (that is, a set of jewellery to be adorned together at once) is an exercise in abject
darkness versus stark light; the compact crossed with the open, and closeted privacy against unabashed experiences of the exterior environment. Amidst the need to maximise space and storage - requiring full expansion to the boundaries of the land, windows (and also facade) were almost left to the wayside. Internal volume was the constant throughout the design. Punctuations in the external building fabric articulate the interior with strong exterior connections, even in such localised context.
Where little external space affords a view, and a sunken, subterranean feel is present (due to excavation of the land), portals in the building fabric became the counterpoints to an expansive yet introspective blending of areas - able to straddle the need of breadth or intimacy depending on occupancy and times of day. Where a tight, darkened corridor leads the way through the varying delineating levels of floor, light, neutral and textured rooms react willingly with the passing of daylight by ulterior means - an extension of ideas that we have been exploring in our practice; of light, space and tactile environments to mnemonically generate and trigger memories.
The courtyard is an expression of exterior perhaps more obvious than elsewhere; a lowlight window giving a glimpse of tufted garden beyond, a rooflight offering blue sky while streaming sun into the dining area, a second storey window, filtered for privacy along with exterior cladding pointing to the sky. Not only are these portals that force consideration of the external condition, but thresholds that constantly raise the idea that inside, is indeed separate to outside. Inner-city Melbourne is more so becoming an urban environment of increased density. Tighter land parcels, less private space and greater public amenity all increase the effort required to seek solitude and an earthen attachment. The home responds to this bigger context by converging abstractions of the larger surround-
ing environment, a possible model of achieving connection to elemental trends within a man-made setting. By distancing, abstracting and limiting oneself from the external world, you grow to appreciate its subtlety and nuance, and are forced on reflection to appreciate the constant flux outside even if you canâ€™t directly see it. These junction elements become the focus of the home, a counterpoint to the inside spaces almost bereft of ornamentation - precious jewels in the broader sense of the whole, reflecting and glinting more and more as you inspect and coalesce further into them.
Who lives here? Home owner Kim Victoria Wearne Occupation Jeweller Where Kensington
“I want it to feel warm. My aesthetic is quite minimal (but) I didn’t want it to feel unappealing”
Kim Victoria Wearne, a Melbourne-based designer and jewellery maker who cannot face life without tiny saws and needle files. She loves many things: skipping across window sills in the dead of night; dipping pointed toes into puddles of rainwater and, above all else, the idea that the jewellery they make shall accompany those that wear it through thousands of moments in their lives. Every piece is made tenderly, using a combination of one-off casts and hand-cutting, to ensure that each work of finery is unique and worthy of being treasured.
The 165m2 house is sunken into the ground to achieve a lofty living space which faces an i central courtyard. Sequentially, a 2 storey addition is built right up to the rear boundary, which is perceived as a single storey from the laneway.
Check out Kimâ€™s works @: http://kimvictoriajewels.com/ http://www.bonfirefolk.com/ http://kimvictoriajournals.blogspot.com/
Aero the black labrador greatly appreciates all the sunlight in the new house and during the course of the day moves with the ray of sun in the library, to the courtyard and then up to the bedroom.
EVANDALE HOUSE Yes, it is a small plot of land, but all you need is one good single idea: in this case a factory sawtooth roof. PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMES COOMBE
Photo: Derek Swalwell
HOUSE WITH SAWTOOTH LIGHTS The clients wanted a second storey addition to their house located in a heritage overlay neighbourhood. When we projected the sight lines from across the street and ResCode setbacks from the side boundaries, an upper storey became unviable. The existing house is a single fronted Victorian terrace that sits on a narrow site just under 6 metres wide. A small lean-to added in the 1950s Home owner Andrea with her sons, contained a dark and almost 3 years old Christian and 5 years old foreboding kitchen and dining Alex. area, looking out to a miserable garden. Among the obvious requirement for spatial expansion, the brief also called for a change for the better in living conditions. We presented a hand drawn sketch of our proposal on an A4 piece of paper at the first design meeting. The drawing showed a silhouette section of the house with a ‘factory’ sawtooth roof at the rear. The sawtooth profile was envisaged like a void that is carved out from the universe, bringing daylight and ventilation deep into the house on a long and narrow plot of land, and creating spatial play. The three original bedrooms were retained, the 1950s lean-to was demolished, and a new addition was constructed in its place. One lengthwise boundary wall became an expansive joinery system to the entire extension, wrapping around with open shelving to a hidden laundry and bathroom area with a naturally lit shower alcove and bath. White is used throughout the house to amplify light and space. The sole use of another colour can be found where the addition connects to the original section - a simple olive-green full height curtain enclosing a compact home office and courtyard. Texture is added to the space by the clients’ own collected paraphernalia, scattered about the various shelving configurations, giving them the ownership and authorship to the house. Combined with the compact, tidy rear garden, the project is a sustainable model in its first principal – a compact, healthy, affordable and low energy house under 150sqm for a family of four.
E589 APARTMENTS A compact 10-level high rise apartment building in the City of Melbourne, comprising of 56 six-star energy rated apartments. ARTIST IMPRESSION: FOUR-D STUDIO
The facade design features a fully motorď€ ised louvre system that responds to the sun and rain, as well as allowing the occupants to control their desired level of privacy.
E589 is also an architecture of patterning and abstract art. Orchestrated by the very occupants of the building, the louvres become a breathing and organic skin. Its myriad positions a direct manifestation of the users' interaction with their environment.
E589 is fully executed in Buidling Information Modelling (BIM). An effort made possible by both Architects EAT and Meinhardt Engineering, the building is virtually built, integratď€ ing architecture, interior design, structure, building services and facade. It is the technology which allows us to make the design process far more interactive and exploratory and at the same time reduces the margin of errors commonly found in the old system. Technological advances such as this can be translated directly to lower project costs.
EAT Associate, and photographer James Coombe shares his all time personal top faves and things , in no particular order... 3.
1. Camera - A device I wish I could carry everywhere, innocuously pointing at anything and everything. Not so much a record of what I do but rather a different way of looking at something I wouldn’t otherwise notice. 2. Motorbike - An immensely enjoyable adrenaline rush that is like nothing else I have ever tried. A good way to clear the mind, or just to get down and dirty with the mechanics of tinkering. 3. Coffee - The act of having a coffee with friends at a local cafe rather than the pure taste or caffeine hit. It’s a ceremony of sorts to me; the same thing, drunk the same way, every time. 4. Race days at Flemington - any excuse to don a sharp suit and tie, enjoy a few drinks and of course lose some money on the horses. 5. The Internet - the internet to me is the endless supply of information and entertainment. I can recede into just absorbing any sorts of random knowledge I desire, let alone the networking aspects. Libraries are old-hat! 6. Holidaying abroad - the world is a small place these days and I’m always thinking of the next new place I want to visit. I never fail to still get that amazing rush every time the airplane glides from the tarmac. Bring on Space! 7. Melbourne - Having grown up in undoubtedly one of the best cities in the world, I don’t think I could ever leave for long. Everything is here... everything! 8. iPhone - As much as I hate to admit it, this little thing keeps me connected absolutely everywhere, with whatever I may desire. More than entertainment, it is an essential tool for my day to day life and business. 9. Bagels - These would be my staple diet if my body could manage it. Bagels make absolutely anything better, especially with poppy seeds! 10. My Crumpler - it’s been around the world numerous times, seen any weather you could throw at it, been bashed, overstuffed, thrown about and lasted over a decade without a hitch while never being washed. It still works as intended perfectly for bike riding, and is a Melbourne icon, recognised worldwide.
Level 1, Building B, Pulse on Inkerman Apartments, Inkerman Street, St. Kilda. 10.18am, 26 October 2011.
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