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16.05.13
beach house nearing completion

the maroubra beach house is getting closer and closer to completion. we hope to get finished photos of the exterior, interior and landscaping very soon!

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20.04.13
redfern community mural
we were recently invited by nicole monks from black and white creative to collaborate on a new wall mural for the redfern community centre. working alongside artist and elder chica madden, we translated his message into a cnc routed timber wall which subtly diffused the imagery as you moved past it.

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27.03.13
usyd foyer
the project called for the redesign of the foyer and a number of office spaces for administration staff in the architecture department at sydney university. the client’s brief was to make a number of subtle changes to the run down entry area by developing a new façade transitioning from the studio areas to the dean’s office. we saw this as an opportunity to develop a threshold which maintained the serous nature of the architecture with a twist of folded geometry.

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19.01.13
future bubble
in order to continue our inflating gold emergency blanket experiments we were invited by peats ridge festival to create an inflatable structure that would literally pop up in different locations over the 3 day event leading up to new year’s eve.

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14.12.12
code to production – canopy construction
the structure of the minimal tension terrace canopy has now been completed for the apartment in the sydney CBD. the assembly of the framing was carried out by students at the university of sydney (USYD) that had been studying the code to production elective in which students researched design, fabrication and construction methods using algorithms within the grasshopper 3d environment. part of the elective required a week of site construction of one of urban future’s architectural projects. the canopy was prototyped with USYD cnc / laser cutters, was fabricated at 1:1 by central coast marine installations (CCMI) and brought to site on a one ton ute. with the site 3d scanned, the parts were assembled on site to an accuracy within 1mm. the structure will now be clad with a clear impact resistant glazing that will be cnc milled at usyd and 3m taped onto the structure. below are a few shots of the construction process.

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04.07.12
pelicano. restaurant / bar
pelicano – one of our recent hospitality projects has opened in double bay, sydney. the design project called for the re-activation of a sub-ground basement volume located directly on one of the most under-rated & emerging new gastronomical avenues on sydney’s eastern suburbs. through an expanding of the entry opening, we were able to maximise natural lighting to the three levels below, creating a layered coherence with it’s locality, celebrating sydney’s relationship with nature. This referencing is continued within materiality and patterning of the furniture along with the bar staff’s attire, playing on harbourside identity of double bay. original basquait’s, lichtenstein’s and warhol’s line the walls of the three bar and dining levels, complimenting the nautical furnishings, reflecting the luxury and new theme of the superyacht’s speckling the foreshore of sydney harbour.

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01.10.12
beach house progress
the maroubra beach house is at lock-up stage after 4 months of construction with the interior, finishes and landscaping as the next phase of the project. the curved glazed element to the front facade is to be installed within the next few weeks followed by the anodised vertical louvre system.

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19.06.12
venice biennale
ufo has been included in the formations catalogue, australia’s representatives for this year’s venice architecture biennale. the entry includes an elaborate diagram which demonstrates the complexity of our network organization, the projects we work on and our vast range of collaborators. ufo will also be represented in the italian pavilion.

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20.04.12
from code to production (workshop)

we will be running a short course over the next few months at the university of sydney (australia) which will explore parametric and scripting techniques used in a real life design to construction project. the studio will run over 5 weeks of lecture and tutorial sessions and there will also be a one week construction phase to assemble the minimal tension terrace canopy designed by urban future and fabricated by ccmi installations.

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20.09.11
veil completion

the veil house in surry hills has now been completed. click through for more photos of the interior and exterior. photos by felix forest.
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10.08.11
layer tower

urban future has just been commissioned to develop a 30 floor residential in nanning china that will incorporate operable laser cut screens for each residential apartment, aimed to provide both solar and privacy mediation to the internal quarters. prototyping on the screen components will start within the next 4 weeks whilst the construction of the structure of the tower will commence in november 2011.
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10.08.11
maroubra house

the development application for the maroubra house is moving forward with the construction nearing commencement. the design proposes a new level on an existing interwar cottage & includes gradient louvred facades for the east and west that have referenced the coloured hues reflected over the ocean during the sunrise and sunset. more visualised images will be uploaded within the next week.

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30.06.11
veil house: screen installation

very excited that the laser-cut screen arrived on site today.  the veil house will be completed in one day (when the screen is installed).  fingers crossed that the 1870's building envelope is aligned enough that the builders can install without too much packing out of the bowed walls.
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06.06.11
urban future: nextGen (wish magazine - the australian)

wish magazine (the australian) have recently featured dirk anderson from urban future in their nextGen leadership series which presents the 'household names of the future'.

the fourth series highlights young and globally focused innovators and entrepreneurs with this months magazine covering four successful australians who are redesigning the way we live.
read the rest of the blog post here or click the image.
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04.06.11
veiled house screen production

the laser cut screen for the veiled house is nearing completion with the mounting of the screen to the framing currently being completed. we've been working with CCMI who have been building boats for the last 35 years, of which experience has led to some interesting conversations on material, process, detail and tolerance.

les webster from CCMI led us through the construction stream of his factory yesterday – very interesting to see our 9m x 3m aluminium sheet materialise into the set of screen components. we have also included a frame recessed electronic keyless entry to the unit so the screen will appear to be hardware-less. CCMI expect completion and installation of the screen to formalise within the next two weeks.

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21.04.11
urban future + acne jeans

the urban future laser-cut installation is currently up in the melbourne and sydney stores.  the piece is produced from thin timber ply that is tensioned in place with a laced tension cord, tighenting and folding the tiling into a double curved shape.

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07.04.11
minimal tension terrace canopy

we have completed the development application for a canopy sited on a constrained apartment terrace in sydney’s cbd. using a particle system written for a parametric program, we were able to use the site constraints (such as boundary conditions) to inform a compressional structure based on hooke's law. the resulting form could then be constructed of a number of laser cut and folded triangulations that act as steel angles, forcing the loads towards the boundaries.  additionally, due to the restrictive access on site, the canopy structural organisation acts as series of smaller interlocking components allow for effective site logistics and installation.

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30.03.11
sydney beach house

here are the latest images for a new development application that the sydney office is currently producing.

the brief was to renovate a 3 bedroom 1950's brown brick property, transforming it as a 5 bedroom + office contemporary beach house. the entire top level bedroom block seemingly elevates above the existing volume, producing a sliver of operable glazing above the entry and living areas, providing cross ventilation with the summer north-easterlies. a living green roof on the original building is to be populated with beach grasses to give a more organic textural feel to the upper level. the street facade will have thin timber slats which will pattern the solid facade whilst enclosing the outdoor gym space to the south side of the house. the main feature of the house will be a curved stairwell which bends the upper circulation to produce a high connectivity to the first floor.

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30.03.11
sustainable pavilion + parametric versioning

we're currently working on a sustainable hub pavilion that will be touring the major cities of australia to educate city dwellers on how to live their urban existence more sustainably. the brief is to develop a 12 metre wide deployable structure that must be: durable; self-supporting; waterproof; (dis)assembled within three hours; 70% recyclable material; lightweight; adaptive and inexpensive…

a lot of boxes to tick.

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08.03.11
shift house - construction update

the shifted space house in the eastern suburbs of sydney has almost completed the external clad phase and starts the final weeks of internal finishes & fittings. the exterior alucobond panelling has been 3M tape fixed to the structure, reducing the break-up of the surface and providing a clean matte white finish to the shell. the internal timber floors are being installed next week and cabinetry will follow. we're really looking forward to the 2m x 15m roof slot to start sprouting the native grasses and shrubs which will texturise the western elevation.

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13.01.11
sculpture by the sea: lightscapes

flyingfox.films have put together a short video documenting our lightscapes installation that we designed in collaboration with elmar trefz, ardrian hardjono, philip peltz and ned gain for sculpture by the sea, bondi 2010.

click the image to watch the video and read more on the project...
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13.11.10
shifted space: rose bay
work is well underway on the shifted space residential project in rose bay, nsw.  The contractor has almost finished installing all steel work for the roof and will next week - begin framing out the walls and roof structure.  the project is to be constructed in two stages – firstly the new upper floor is being built and once this is complete the existing ground floor will be refurbished.

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08.11.10
side street sydney on: urban future
urban future - side street sydney
side street sydney has just published a short interview with dirk and eduardo, discussing our 5 fav projects with some details on our influences, context and background on why we design.
you can read the synopsis of the conversation here!
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20.10.10
veil house - screen fabrication stage
urban future - veil house
the veil house project in surry hills is halfway through construction with the structure and external linings now on. we have been working through the laser cut screen design with the fabricator and the project is expected to complete in under three months. click the image to see more on the project.
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13.10.10
we ♥ nearmap.com
urban future - rose bay
thanks to www.nearmap.com, we can track the progression of our projects from the upper reaches of earths atmosphere. nearmap provides almost monthly updates of aerial imagery for free - meaning you can keep up to date with your neighbourhoods urban shifts.

above features the august + september maps of our shift house in rose bay. for further info on the project click through via the image or the projects page.
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05.10.10
zip terraces
urban future - GQ
additional the current construction of the shift and veil houses, the sydney office has been working on a number of larger scale developments such as the zip terraces - which seek to reverse the internal to external condition. by providing a 2 level green light well though the centre of the terraces, the central core also services the vertical circulation and provides a first level deck between living and bedroom spaces.
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01.10.10
ufo(au) – GQ magazine oct issueurban future - GQ
last month mitchell oakley smith asked urban future to interview and shoot for the latest issue of GQ magazine. the article focused on 'a new wave of architects' & designers seeking to transform the built environment. read the rest of this entry »
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29.06.10
slide project > completion soonurban future - slide
after only 5 months of construction, the slide residential project is a few weeks away from completion with the cabinetry, painting and landscaping the last few packages to be completed. we will be photographing the house in two weeks and will upload the final images within the next month and a half.

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16.06.10
voronoiCity project
urban future - voronoi city
our large scale housing project in suwon city, south korea is underway with the first display apartments now under construction.

voronoCity is a 30 tower (30-40 floor) development located on the outskirts of seoul, korea. in order to make the development economically viable an extreme density was required with towers around forty stories. the high density created by the tall towers restricted the accessible daylighting and view corridors of the site. due to the competition of neighbouring housing developments we were asked to create a project that would stand out and rethink both the typical residential korean tower design as well as an implementation of an innovative planning strategy. rather than opting for an orthoginal grid as the typical organization device of the site, we investigated a voronoi algorithm that related to specific design restrictions and demands. the result is a large scale housing development with some mixed use and recreation area with both scalar, height and orientational variation.

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