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#3Novices: Those Architects extends former dairy farm with black-stained sales office

It may look like a high-end contemporary villa, but this rectilinear building is actually a sales office for a dairy farm near Sydney.

Designed by local studio Those Architects, the single-storey building was designed to help real-estate firm Stockland attract a buyer to the former agricultural site, which it believes could be transformed into a new residential community.

The Dairy by THOSE architects

The aim was to create a structure that reflected the character of the area, through the use of multi-tonal but modest materials.

The design team describes it as “a tactile piece of architecture in its own right”.

The Dairy by THOSE architects

“We see this as a discrete work of architecture, designed to inform the potential purchaser about the place where they may live, and how it might feel to live there,” said Ben Mitchell, director of Those Architects.

The Dairy by THOSE architects

The building features wooden walls with a black stain finish. The surfaces that frame the entrance are highlighted by the addition of brushed copper panels, which allows these surfaces to catch the light.

The Dairy by THOSE architects

Oiled hardwood floors run through the building’s interior and also form a deck outside, creating spaces for occupants to enjoy the rural scenery of the former dairy pasture. They connect up with a concrete path that connects the entrance with the road.

Other details include a recessed glass wall that is hidden away at the building’s rear and sheltered beneath the overhanging roof.

The Dairy by THOSE architects

“It’s all about the architecture,” added Mitchell. “So, for example, unlike most sales offices, it has no signage, and is carefully calibrated to convey an experience of its place.”

The Dairy by THOSE architects

Mitchell founded Those Architects in 2012, in partnership with architect Simon Addinall. The studio’s other completed projects include a suburban Sydney house featuring secret storage and a pivoting garden window, and a Chicago office with pegboard walls and a baseball batting cage.

The Dairy was designed and built in just nine months and boasts an area of 200 square metres.

The Dairy by THOSE architects

Once the property has been sold, the intention is for the building to become a cafe and meeting place for the new residents.

Photography is by Luc Remond.


Project credits:

Architect: Those Architects
Project team: Ben Mitchell, Simon Addinall, Emiliano Miranda, Luke Hallaways
Client: Stockland
Lighting: Tovo

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#3Novices: Atang Tshikare and Eve Collett’s Leifo chair combines scorched timber and woven grass

Cape Town-based artist Atang Tshikare and designer Eve Collett used feather-like woven grass and charred wood to create this antique-looking chair

Launched in August, as part of an exhibition named We are Cape Town at Decorex Cape Town, Leifo is designed to “decolonise the antique chair”, through the use of unexpected techniques and materials.

Leifo chair was jointly created by designer Atang Tshikare and Eve Collett of Casamento as part of 100% Design South Africa’s recent ‘We are Cape Town’ show at Decorex Cape Town.

Tshikare and Collett gave the chair a broad circular back and a pin-cushioned seat. Their aim was for the piece to be reminiscent of winter evenings spent in front of a roaring fire.

This is referenced in both the charred woodwork and the name Leifo, which translates as “fireplace” in Sesotho – the language spoken by the Basotho people in Lesotho and South Africa.

Leifo chair was jointly created by designer Atang Tshikare and Eve Collett of Casamento as part of 100% Design South Africa’s recent ‘We are Cape Town’ show at Decorex Cape Town.

“The inspiration behind the design evolved from long winter evenings spent telling stories around a flickering, warming fire – hence the burnt black finish on the carved wooden arms and legs,” Tshikare told Dezeen.

The upholstery is also based on this idyllic scene, with midnight-blue fabric combined with brass beading to represent the sparks sent up by a fire as it burns.

Leifo chair was jointly created by designer Atang Tshikare and Eve Collett of Casamento as part of 100% Design South Africa’s recent ‘We are Cape Town’ show at Decorex Cape Town.

For the woodwork, the designers looked to the work of Dutch designer Maarten Baas, whose successful Smoke chair – developed for his graduation show at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2002 – was made by singeing a second-hand piece of furniture with a blow torch.

“We were inspired by the Dutch designer Maarten Baas and the way he chargrills his antique furniture,” explained Collette. “I like using the charred technique as it creates a new form out of a classical shape – slightly distorted and imperfect.”

Leifo chair was jointly created by designer Atang Tshikare and Eve Collett of Casamento as part of 100% Design South Africa’s recent ‘We are Cape Town’ show at Decorex Cape Town.

As well as using this more unconventional method, the designers applied traditional South African techniques of grass weaving to the chair’s backrest.

“I am beginning to use native materials and techniques in my work from South Africa along with the surrounding countries like Lesotho and Mozambique,” said Tshikare, who learned the technique from his grandmother.

Leifo chair was jointly created by designer Atang Tshikare and Eve Collett of Casamento as part of 100% Design South Africa’s recent ‘We are Cape Town’ show at Decorex Cape Town.

“I have just had a group show in Amsterdam where I showed more works using woven grass, and I will be exploring working with native artisans and designers to create my works more often.”

Tshikare is the founder of Zabalazaa Designs, an independent studio specializing in surface design and illustration, while Collett heads up furniture design studio Casamento.

Photographs by Toby Murphy.

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3Novices : Mersal Movie Review

Cast: Vijay, SJ Suryah, Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen, Vadivelu, Sathyaraj, Sathyan, Kovai Sarala & others

Music: AR Rahman

Cinematography: GK Vishnu

Editing: Ruben

Stunts: Anal Arasu

Art Direction: Muthuraj

Story: Atlee & Vijayendra Prasad

Screenplay: Atlee, Vijayendra Prasad & Ramana Girivasan

Direction: Atlee

Produced by: Murali Ramasamy & Hema Rukmani

Banner: Thenendal Studios Limited (TSL 100)

Release Date: 18-10-2017

Run Time: 02:50:00

Mersal, undoubtedly, is a majorly satisfying mass masala outing featuring a leading star in a long time. Although it’s evident that the storyline has been inspired from the popular Kamal Haasan-starrer Apoorva Sagotharargal, Atlee has genuinely succeeded with his presentation and commercial packaging to adapt the theme to contemporary taste and audiences.

Atlee has perfectly encased the film with appealing class and mass elements that put a smile on the face of audiences. The lovely mishmash of characters including the likes of SJ Suryah (who’s not so impressive but adequate), Sathyaraj, Vadivelu (who brings the roof down at regular intervals in the first half with his inimitable dialogue delivery and body language), Kovai Sarala and Yogi Babu (who briefly provides comic relief), is another highlight of the film.

Vijay has seamlessly performed each part with my favourite being the ‘Thalapathy’ role from the Madurai-set flashback portion, where Nithya Menen equally steals the show. While Vijay’s cute antics as Thalapathy are enjoyable, he impresses with the eye-popping histrionics through his magician character. And, he serenely delivers inspiring lines in a subtly etched doctor role. Vijay has also smartly used the platform to convey relevant, much-needed messages to his fans in a casual, friendly tone.

The introduction scene in ‘Mersal’ is, perhaps, one of the best-staged shots for Vijay. And the fact that it’s presented without any dialogue or a lead-up situation to an opening song or a hurried fight sequence makes it merrier. Atlee’s decision to bring writer Vijayendra Prasad on board has paid off. One can see the writer’s imprint on a quite a few occasions, especially in the emotional scenes involving Kaali Venkat and Nithya Menen in the flashback. The writing in these scenes makes us invest in the characters and empathize with their feelings. Atlee and Vijayendra Prasad have also managed to tease audiences with their narrative pattern until things become straightforward during the interval sequence.

The grandeur is visible in each frame of debutant DOP Vishnu, especially in the songs. Be it the ‘Macho’ shot in exotic locations in Europe or the ‘Mersal Arasan’ filmed in Chennai or the CG-laden ‘Neethane,’ the richness of tone is crystal clear. At the same breath, ‘Neethane’ and ‘Macho’ impair the momentum of the film and blatantly come across as commercial must-haves to appease the two top-billed lead heroines. The needless addition of these two songs could have been easily used to reduce the lengthy duration, which is a worry in the second half.

AR Rahman’s background score in Mersal should be an important learning for other composers who overwhelm audiences with ear-splattering sounds in a commercial film. He has churned out a great scoring effort with the right use of silence at crucial emotional scenes and pleasing tunes for the stunt sequences.

Toting up, ‘Mersal’ is surely a winner and a proper festival outing for family audiences, apart from ardent Thalapathy fans. Atlee has got the emotional connection and the social message right with an accessible story-telling.

Mersal Movie Review Rating: 3.25/5

Written by Surendhar MK

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3Novices : Meyaadha Maan Movie Review

Cast: Vaibhav, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Vivek Prasanna, Indhuja & others

Cinematography: Vidhu Ayanna

Music: Santhosh Narayanan & Pradeep Kumar

Editing: Shafiq Muhammed Ali

Written & Directed by Rathna Kumar

Produced by: Stone Bench Creations

Release Date: 18-10-2017

The tongue-in-cheek humour, genuinely relatable characters, and the unconventional treatment of romance within the confines of a mainstream film make Meyaadha Maan an entertaining drama. Debutant filmmaker Rathina Kumar, who has stretched his short film from Karthik Subbaraj’s Aviyal into a feature movie, has quietly succeeded in his gutsy attempt. It, undoubtedly, has paid off.

The first half of the film is filled with entertaining wisecracks that flow organically with the screenplay instead of any force-fitted comedy sequences. The trials and tribulations of a one-sided love story are portrayed beautifully in the film by Rathina Kumar, who has penned realistic lines and situations that we come across in day-to-day life. The second half gradually treads the coming-of-age path with ease, and except for a mildly meandering portion towards the fag end of the film, everything works really well.

The star composer-duo Santhosh Narayanan and Pradeep Kumar is another backbone of the film. Their foot-tapping gaanas, mellifluous romance numbers and the funky background score have elevated the movie to a different level. Vidhu Ayanna’s cinematography has captured the rustic nook and corners of Royapuram with great richness.

Vaibhav Reddy as a lovelorn, devil-may-care troupe singer has shouldered the movie with his lovely performance and enjoyable antics. Television sensation Priya Bhavani has delivered what’s required for the role adequately, without going over-the-top. However, it is Vivek Prasanna and Induja, who play Vaibhav’s friend and sister respectively, who steal the show with their incredible performances. While Vivek proves his mettle as a reliable supporting actor, Induja is entirely a revelation. As the loud, caring and bold Sudarvizhi, she’s impressive and is surely an actor to watch out for soon.

Overall, Meyaadha Maan is a lovely debut by Rathina Kumar. The film is an entertaining romance-drama, which also attempts to break the shackles of run-of-the-mill romance sagas in Kollywood with its pragmatic story-telling.

Meyaadha Maan Movie Review Rating: 3.25/5

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3Novices : Gautham Menon to officially reveal the ENPT composer today

Gautham Menon has confirmed that he will be officially revealing the composer name of Enai Nokki Paayum Thota, which is believed to be Darbuka Siva.

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The shooting of ENPT is nearing completion, said Gautham who is currently busy with Vikram’s international spy thriller Dhruva Natchathiram. Dhanush is expected to shoot some remaining portions of ENPT soon.

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3Novices : Samantha’s awe-inspiring wedding vow for Naga Chaitanya

This year’s most popular celebrity wedding has been Samantha and Naga Chaitanya’s marriage which was held in Goa a few days back. A video from the couple’s Christian rituals has been going viral on Twitter and Facebook for the awe-inspiring wedding vow of Samantha.

Like how all arguments will be resolved without a change of tone and how I’m never allowed to get away with anything but crying. But because of you, I can feel myself slowly but surely becoming the me I have always dreamt of being. You are the greatest man I have ever known, and I know that one day you will be a perfect father to our beautiful child. I’ll choose you in a hundred lives and hundred worlds and in any reality. I choose you,” said Samantha in her vow.

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#3Novices: KPF reveals plans for Brooklyn’s second tallest building

Architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox has released renderings of a 68-storey skyscraper proposed for Downtown Brooklyn, as the New York borough’s skyline continues to grow.

Measuring 720 feet (219 metres) tall, KPF’s Brooklyn Point tower will become Brooklyn’s second tallest building, behind SHoP Architect’s 1,000-foot (305-metre) skyscraper, which has already been approved for the area.

Together, they will dramatically impact New York City’s skyline across the East River from Manhattan, which has gradually been rising for several years.

Two renderings of Brooklyn Point were released earlier this week, showing a light-coloured structure that offsets the many brick towers in the neighbourhood and featuring stacked frames of glazed walls.

Brooklyn Point by KPF

“The custom curtain wall’s double-height frames accentuate the verticality of the building and the facetted planes add depth and texture to the exterior,” said KPF in a statement.

The project will be led by New York City real-estate developer Extell, which is also behind Manhattan’s Central Park Tower, set to become the tallest residential skyscraper in the world.

Brooklyn Point will be located at 138 Willoughby Street in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, two blocks from one of the area’s only green spaces, Fort Greene Park. The location will be renamed 1 City Point, as the tower will join Extell’s neighbouring City Point Tower One, which broke ground spring 2017.

The building will house 458 residences, ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments. Residents will have access to a variety of indoor and outdoor entertainment and recreation spaces. There will also be provision for retail at the tower’s base.

Although relatively new to Brooklyn, KPF has designed many skyscrapers in Manhattan. The studio completed 10 Hudson Yards in June 2016, while construction of its taller sister tower at 30 Hudson Yards recently surpassed it in height.

The firm’s One Vanderbilt tower beside Grand Central Station is currently underway, and is set to become New York’s second tallest skyscraper once finished. KPF has also completed a skinny residential building in the Flatiron District, and is working on another condo development close to the World Trade Center site.

Renderings are by Williams NY.

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