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ECO-STYLE VEG OUT
It’s bright, it’s sassy and it’s environmentally aware. This is the first of the Otarian
‘fast-casual’ chain of vegetarian restaurants by Perthite (and much-publicised lover of
non-meat edibles Radhika Oswal). Opening in New York and London, the stores are
said to be the first global chain to carbon footprint every menu item to internationally
recognised standards. We love that the design of the restaurants follows suit, with Zulu
chairs made from woven recycled plastic on to recycled stainless steel chairs, pendants
made from recycled glass, banquettes decked out in fabrics made from 100 per cent
post-consumer recycled yarns and terrazzo glass tiles made from post-consumer and
post-industrial recycled glass. Click on to otarian.com to discover more about this locally
conceived but globally executed revolution of the casual restaurant scene. You can click
on to different elements of the interior to discover what they are. Clever.
DIARY NOTE |
Architecture Week is in October –
at the time of print, limited events were
confirmed in Perth, but here’s a tease:
• Monday, October 18 Cocktail party
launch and the presentation of the
Emerging Architects Prize.
• Tuesday & Wednesday Lectures at
Curtin University. The Wednesday is on
Andrew Boyne’s experiences working in
Australia and the United States, while
discussing organic architecture.
• Thursday Perth’s emerging architects.
Aust ralian Institute of Architecture
(08) 9287 9900, architecture.com.au.
BUILT FOR ‘WOW’
Get the insider on some of the world’s impressive
design feat s w ith Grand Visi ons by Xavier Wate rkeyn
($55). Discover which unfinished tower had been
designed to rise to the equivalent of a modern 726-
storey building; which ocean liner sinking killed more
than six times the number of people than in the Titan ic
disaster; and learn that the Palace of Versailles had
no toilets. Is the last one true? Buy it to find out.
Prefabricated homes have almost risen to cult
status, so much so that Taschen has dedicated a
book to the topic – Prefab Houses. So, what’s
happening locally? Nordic Homes is standing out
from the crowd with a growing architect following.
We hear the attraction is the ability to create a
bespoke finish of eco-friendly elements and
aesthetics. The company has developed various
options, from dollar-savvy designs for farmers
(from $108,500) to higher end homes for holiday or
everyday abodes (up to $327,000). According to Nordic’s Julie-Ann Ford, people are
buying blocks of land down south and choosing to put on one of Nordic’s homes as an
interim to building the dream home. Due to this, the company will provide ‘real estate’
space on its website to help onsell these transportable houses. Nordic Homes (08) 9437
9309, nordichomes.com.au. Also check out Bachkit (08) 9384 7589, bachkit.com.au.
BAKE UP A STORM
People travelling north, take note! Your
favourite rural bakehouse – Bindoon
Bakehaus – has just sexed up its image.
Northbridge-based architectural team
Fratelle Group is behind the image
update. Check it out. Fratelle Group
(08) 9328 6655, fratelledesigns.com.au.
A studio from the Nordic Homes
line-up – perfect as a pool house.
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