October 6

Queensland homes have won big in the national architecture awards

first_imgBurleigh Street House. Architect: ME. Picture:Christopher Frederick Jones.Rathern than demolish the existing bungalow it was retained with two new pavilions added to the north and south.A living spaces connects both pavilions and can be fully opened. Burleigh Street House. Architect: ME. Picture:Christopher Frederick Jones.The judges said the design celebrated the humble 1970s beach bungalow.In the same category James Russell Architect received a National Commendation for its Dornoch Terrace House.The home sits on a ridge in Highgate Hill. The house was close to a squat when the owners bought it, with graffiti from well known local artists including Sofles and Lister.Sofles was engaged to come back to paint a new work in the house.The judges said the design had breathed new life into the home which had had a colourful history. Tent House by Sparks Architects won the People’s Choice Award. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesQUEENSLAND projects have won big, taking out six gongs in the Australian Institute of Architects Awards.The wins mean Queensland now officially has some of Australia’s best homes.A home in Cape Tribulation and another in Little Cove at Noosa were awarded National Awards in the competitive Residential Architecture new houses category. Mitti Street House. Architect: James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby Scott.It was designed as a place for multiple families to come together, cooking and bathing on the ground under the open sky. It is made up of a series of modest pavilions or “fibro shacks’’. The judges said the property had a “spirit reminiscent of camping’’, with an insect-free central campfire and a pool emulating a tropical forest swimming hole.A home at Burleigh Heads won a National Award in the Residential Architecture — Houses (Alterations and Additions) category.Burleigh Street House was designed by ME architecture group. The artwork in Dornoch Terrace. Architect: James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby Scott.A Queensland house also proved most popular with the public with Tent House by Sparks Architects being voted winner of the People’s Choice Award.The home, designed by Sparks Architects in the Noosa Hinterland was flanked on the northern side by a lush tropical wall of 40 metre tall trees. Mitti Street House. Architect: James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby Scott.It was designed to sit above natural ground to deal with flash flooding during monsoonal rains. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The external face of the pavilions and courtyard were covered by shade cloth providing protection from sun and insects creating a screened garden. Cape Tribulation House. Architect: m3architecture. Picture: Peter BennettsThe house pavilions are in natural clearings which avoided the need to remove any mature trees from the site.The exterior is camouflaged with black plastic cladding and mirrored glass, so it does not stand out within the rainforest. The jury said the “climate-responsive holiday house’’ was barely visible and arriving was a “sigh-inducing revelation’’.The other winner, Mitti Street House by James Russell Architect, was in the rainforest bordering Noosa National Park. Cape Tribulation House. Architect: m3architecture. Picture: Peter Bennetts.Cape Tribulation house by m3architecture described as an “off-the-grid’’ house close to the beach in the Daintree Rainforest Tent House by Sparks Architects. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesDescribed as an “dynamic building’’ the architecture is a dual concept; “Esky and tent’’ using an operable, insulated, box for cooler months that opens to a tentlike amenity in warmer months. Sunshine Coast University Hospital by Architectus Brisbane and HDR Rice Daubney as Sunshine Coast Architects was recognised with a National Award in the Public Architecture category for demonstrating what the jury said was “the value of patient-centred hospitals, responding here in both form and content to its place in subtropical Queensland’’.last_img read more

September 29

Legg Mason acquires UK equity manager Martin Currie

first_imgJoe Sullivan, president and chief executive at Legg Mason, said the addition was the “perfect strategic fit” for the company.“Martin Currie’s active international equity capabilities fill our largest product gap and are a perfect complement to our existing investment capabilities,” he said.His counterpart at Martin Currie, Willie Watt, said the pairing was “ideal” and would allow the firm to grow its business further.A joint statement by the companies indicated that there would be no management changes as part of the transaction, noting that the management team had signed new long-term contracts in conjunction with the deal.The deal is not the first, or largest, asset management acquisition in the market this year.The end of March saw the acquisition of F&C Asset Management by Bank of Montreal finalise, as well as Standard Life Investments buy Ignis Asset Management.According to KPMG, the number of deals will only increase in the coming years, with the consultancy predicting the number of asset managers will halve by 2030.For more on the state of the global asset management industry, see IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers. Legg Mason has acquired $9.8bn (€7.3bn) UK asset manager Martin Currie in a deal that will see the equity manager retain its identity.The deal, for which the acquisition price was not disclosed by either party, is set to finalise by the fourth quarter of the year.It will see Martin Currie’s six offices remain, while the $2.5bn Legg Mason Australian Equities will be rebranded to reflect the company’s new brand.Legg Mason highlighted that the acquisition would expand its equity capabilities across a number of asset classes, including Japan, China and emerging markets.last_img read more

September 17

PCP: (Hesiman) Election ’08

first_imgMason:Bear with me while I throw some numbers at you.3,147. 28. 8-0.Can’t figure out what they mean? Those are Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell’s passing yards, touchdowns, and the Red Raiders’ record (in that order, of course).Absolutely ridiculous.Harrell has proven himself as, statistically, the best quarterback in college football. He’s thrown for almost 400 yards more than the next highest challenger — Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, who has played the same number of games as Harrell (though Bradford has him bested in the touchdown department by one, but both trail David Johnson of Tulsa’s 32).His interceptions have also dropped dramatically from a year ago — just five so far this season compared to 14 a year ago. He’s also been sacked a mere three times, which doesn’t necessarily reflect on him, but it shows he’s getting the ball to his receivers quickly.But that aforementioned unbeaten record has Texas Tech at No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Red Raiders are one of four top 10 teams without a blemish on their record and are eyeing up a BCS bowl bid.But wait, you say. What tough teams have Harrell and the Raiders beaten? True, their only win against a ranked opponent came this past weekend against then-No. 23 Kansas. You can’t fault Harrell, however, for the schedule. All the man does is throw for five scores against both the Jayhawks (to go along with 386 yards through the air) and Texas A&M (oh, and he posted 450 yards passing in that game). I know a certain Badger team that wouldn’t mind having those numbers.Tebow? Te-boo. McCoy? More like McBoy. Moreno? Know-way! Harrell for Heisman!Zetlin:OK Count Dracula, you want to play numbers games? Fine, feast on these:360.242.It’s funny you pick Harrell for Heisman because the real trophy winner will be standing across the field from him on Saturday. Oh, and he’s 8-0, too, just so you know.As for those numbers? The first would be Harrell’s total attempts this season; the second is Colt McCoy’s total. Get it?Of course you’re going to have higher totals when you throw the ball 78 more times! Want some more?71.1.81.8.Harrell’s completion percentage versus McCoy’s. 81.8 percent, Mason! Against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Missouri (I know they have no defense, but the other two are legit).Not only is McCoy the best player on the best team in college football (the Texas Longhorns, for those of you who don’t know), but he’s the best player, period: a sure-thing recipe to bring home the Heisman.But I’ll be fair with you, Mase, because I like Harrell too. If the Red Raiders win on Saturday, I’ll concede this PCP immediately. Too bad they don’t stand a chance. Get ready for Tech to get trounced!The crazy part is, Texas head coach Mack Brown said earlier this season the Horns were going to be better next year. Plus, McCoy already said he’ll be staying for his senior campaign. Scary.Colt McBoy? More like Colt McJoy, when he’ll have one leg up and one arm out come December.last_img read more