Grand Designs Live 2012
Designed by Cycas Landscape Design, constructed by Atkinson Pontifex, Ramvek and Cycas Landscape Design for Grand Designs Live Melbourne, September 2012
“laconic” feels like honey when pronounced……………….its smooth, harmonic and intoxicatingly fluid. It means terse, curt, crisp, concise, expressing much in few words. This exhibit did its own talking, no explanations were required.
“laconic” featured a pavilion based on the modernist movement of the mid twentieth century. The emphasis was on flat planes, heavy shadow lines and rigid geometry – signature styling of modernism in its purest form. “laconic” demonstrated that although fashions change, style never goes out of fashion and style never requires explanation. Look at the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs by Richard Neutra, or the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, in particular the Barcelona pavilion and the Farnsworth House, certainly laconic statements still standing the test of time.
Key features of the “laconic” pavilion included a "Circle Work" 3D feature panel by Lump Sculpture Studio finished in Dulux “Bright Delight” to the rear. Mimicking oversized masonry block construction, two pillars supported the floating roof and ceiling. Imbedded within the ceiling a Lump Sculpture Studio “Bubbles” screen skylight finished in Dulux “Monument” flooded light and pattern into the outdoor room beneath. The floor and steps were Granite Works “Nero Notte” granite cantilevering over the surrounding landscape. Accessories included an Oblica “Bathyscafocus” hanging fireplace, complete with Ecosmart ethanol burner, Cycas designed firewood box, and Cosh Living “Mirthe” modular sofa. Surrounding the pavilion were typical Cycas plantings driven by architectural appeal, contemporary styling and practicality in modern living.
Without the support of our suppliers and contractors, Laconic would still be a dream. At Cycas, we thank each and everyone involved.
Prefabrication and Assembly: Ramvek are leaders in retail and commercial shop fitting and joinery. With the most up to date technologies and complete in-house service at their disposal, Ramvek consistently deliver quality and value in a timely manner. www.ramvek.com.au
Construction and Project Management: Atkinson Pontifex is an award winning boutique construction company that builds homes of distinction in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs. Atkinson Pontifex was recently awarded with the HIA - CSR Australian Home of the Year (2010) as well as winning Custom Built Home of the Year (2010) and Victorian Home of the Year (2009) for their Beaumaris project. www.atkinsonpontifex.com.au
Circle Work 3D Panels and Skylight Feature Screen: Lump Sculpture Studio have established themselves as one of Australia’s premier design and sculpture studios and are renown for delivering innovative ideas and the highest quality artwork to the contemporary lifestyle market. www.lump.com.au
Granite Flooring and Steps: Granite Works supply natural stone paving and walling products including granites, bluestone, sandstone, travertine and limestone. Granite Works are leaders in their field due to their ability to customise products and service the landscape and construction industry with unique and precise stone. www.graniteworks.com.au
Bathyscafocus Fireplace: Oblica distribute the most beautiful fire places in the world and are the exclusive home of Focus, the most beautiful of all. Oblica also supply a range of unique fireplace accessories. www.oblica.com.au
Mirthe Sofa: Cosh Living are suppliers of leading European designer brands of indoor and outdoor furniture. With showrooms in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Cosh Living carry contemporary and modern furniture utilizing quality materials and workmanship together with design and comfort suitable for the Australian market. www.coshliving.com.au
Warner’s Nurseries is a family owned production nursery growing an extensive range of trees and shrubs for the horticultural industry. Established in 1914, Warner’s Nurseries have grown and prospered through four generations and seen and adapted to many changes in garden design and fashion over those decades. Strong company values of growing quality plants, giving reliable advice and prompt service has been a constant throughout.www.warners.com.au
Flemings Nurseries are expert growers of shrubs and trees and offer fruit, ornamental, deciduous, evergreen and native Australian varieties. Flemings Nurseries initiation and passion for Australian landscape design and horticulture has been the driving force behind placing Australia amongst the world’s best in landscape design. Since 2004, Fleming’s Nurseries have presented eight Australian Show Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, including the Silver Gilt Medal winning entry in 2007 designed by Cycas. www.flemings.com.au
Biogro are producers of landscape soil blends, mulches and soil conditioners using the most sustainable and environmentally responsible practices and technologies. Established over forty years ago, Biogro have established themselves as leaders in the horticultural and landscape industries.www.biogro.com.au