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The media is constantly bombarding us with reference to the
resource sector's trade and capital investment opportunities
in China, however significant opportunities also exist for a
range of WA-based industries provided they can get a firm
grip on the intricacies of doing business in the region.
Recognising this, the Depar tment of State
Development, together with the Australian Institute of
Architects WA Chapter, organised a reconnaissance
mission through five cities in China with the aim of assessing
just how WA-based businesses in the construction and
architecture sectors can get involved.
Leading the delegation was WA Chapter president Rod
Mollett, who was joined by: Leo Yu from the Department
of State Development; Craig Cooksley from Midland Brick;
Chuan Ong, a Chinese-born WA-based timber supplier;
Wayne Dufty from DNA Architects; Murray Slaven from
Slaven Architects; Bob Hart from Hart Architects; and
Patrick Hubble from architecture.collective.
Following the trip, the architects are looking to taking
advantage of the trade opportunities in China by pooling
their resources. Plus, they've secured a Shanghai-based
serviced o ce free of charge for a year thanks to a group of
local developers. A follow-up trip is planned for May when
the work of the winners of the 2010 WA
Architecture Awards will be on display at
the 2010 World Expo in
The Match Group's cutting-edge South Beach
development, The Summer, has it all -- an aspirational
location just 100m from South Beach and just minutes
from Fremantle, sweeping ocean views and luxuriously
appointed one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
But The Summer is impressive for more than its
good looks and idyllic location. Last year, the Green
Building Council Australia honoured it with Australia's
first best-practice rating for a multi-unit residential project
and is now par ticipating in a pilot program that will set
environmental benchmarks for similar developments across
the country. Designed by multi award-winning architect
Professor Geo rey Warn, of Donaldson Warn Architects,
with environmental design assistance from Lincolne Scot t
Engineers, The Summer e ec tively reuses about 80
percent of the site waste, provides more than 90 percent
of apartments with a dual aspect allowing natural cross-
ventilation, stores rainwater and provides solar shading
through colourful feature sliding screens on the balconies.
"The Summer has been carefully designed to save
the equivalent of six swimming pools of water in annual
use... plus the apartments will require less than half
the energy to heat compared to the typical apartment
elsewhere, which in view of the energy price rises will result
in maximum savings in running costs to owners," says
Lloyd Clarke, managing director of Match.
Only a handful of apartments are still available
for sale, with prices starting from $495,000 for a
one-bedroom, $785,000 for a two-bedroom and $1.19
million for a three-bedroom apartment. For more
information, visit itsamatch.com.au.
Businesses in the Osborne Park precinct will showcase
the latest and greatest in interior design, ranging from
premier furniture to state-of-the-art fixtures and finishes
to Perth's building, architecture and design industries
during the second annual Design in the Park on March 26.
This year's event promises to be even bigger and better
than the previous year: expect new product launches,
guest speakers, industry experts and more businesses;
and hours have been extended (1pm-8pm) to give guests
a greater opportunity to see what's on o er while enjoying
drinks and canapés courtesy of the showrooms. Free shuttle
buses will run on a pre-arranged route throughout the evening,
providing hassle-free transport where you can jump on or
o at your leisure. Check out the schedule online. To regi s t e r
or for more information, visit designinthepark.com.au.
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