It seems everything's getting smarter these days - phones, watches, homes, TVs - so why not building materials? Here's a list of the revolutionary building materials being developed right now around the world to make our structures last longer and cost less.Read More
Skyscrapers are traditionally symbols of technological prowess and a show of corporate power. But the creation of grid-like cities with concrete boxes are increasingly being seen as lacking spirit and reducing the quality of urban life. To counteract this, MAD Architects looked at the thriving ecosystem of a forest to create Absolute Towers, a residential complex in Mississauga, Ontario, lovingly dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe" towers.Read More
Launched last week, The Place Economy, a new book by Hoyne Design principal, Andrew Hoyne is a momentous, provoking and beautiful resource book.Read More
What sparked your interest in property?
I started my career in Mudgee where I grew up, working for a local real estate agency. I really enjoyed engaging with people. I then moved to Sydney after a few years to pursue project sales, starting my own business in 1991. I’ve always found it to be a dynamic industry with a wide cross section of industry professionals, full of creative people; architects and interior designers, it’s very design driven and is constantly evolvingwith new trends and innovations. I’ve exciting working in this type of environment.
What sets CBRE Residential Projects apart within the industry?
We have a great culture within our business, our group of Directors work as a team on delivering best outcomes for our clients. We have a very experienced and large senior team, with a high skill set not usually seen in other project marketing agencies. Developed over 20 years across both sales and marketing we have a high retention rate.
As a result we’ve built a strong customer database to cater to selling off the plan apartments, along with our level of experience and focus, delivering the best outcomes for our clients.
Our Directors actively coach and mentor our sales staff to increase their knowledge and expertise within the industry, ultimately resulting in continuing to achieve better sales results.
What do you enjoy most about your job? What drives you?
The industry is dynamic, it’s challenging and very rewarding and I work with some great people. I’ve always found it to be an industry where the effort you put in directly influences your success; the more work you put in the greater the results.
What has been your favourite project to work on to date and why?
There have been many, many projects that I’ve worked on over the years, from small boutique developments to large scale, multi stage, mixed use developments. There is no one favourite that I can point to, as they are all so different.
The projects I enjoy the most are the ones where developers are very hands on and wanting to always develop better outcomes, and buildings that will add value to their long term owners and occupants. These types of developers are usually very passionate, always seeking improvements in design. I enjoy building long term business relationships with these types of clients.
How has social media and the growth of digital influenced the way you do things?
The growth of digital channels has been one of the largest changes I’ve seen in how we market property. Buyers are very digital savvy, they use these platforms to research extensively online, resulting in them becoming very property savvy. We have the opportunity to reach out to a much wider audience, at the same time this has brought with it its own challenges, with the speed and increase in enquiry volumes we receive online.
The changes in property marketing is exciting right now. We will continue to develop and evolve our online channels in line with market trends and consumer behaviour.
What are some neighbourhoods and precincts to keep an eye on?
The Sydney market is still undersupplied. The CBD is undergoing a transformation as is St Leonards, undergoing some major rezoning changes.
Green square, the Inner West and other areas on the new light rail like the eastern suburbs are also proving to be in high demand. Sydneysiders are really looking at how they can utilise public transport to reduce their commute time.
What are the trends currently influencing buyers?
The biggest influencers for buyers when looking for property are affordability, transport and local amenities.
Apartments have become more affordable, convenient and lower maintenance than houses. As apartments have become smaller and more affordable, buyers are more concerned about usable space… good design, ample storage and even how apartments furnish are all bigger concerns than they have been previously.
Improvements in Sydney’s transport now and in the future means cutting work commute times to aid in finding that work life balance we all want.
Local amenities within the development itself like green areas, communal courtyards/BBQs and eateries all add to the convenience and sense of community. Other amenities within close proximity like schools, universities, parks, retail outlets and other community facilities are all still highly sought after.
What are your interests outside of work?
Living at Manly I love being by the beach and the lifestyle that affords me. I like spending time with family and friends on the water and also the odd game of tennis.
Mark Foster Gage, principal and founder of Mark Foster Gage Architects, recently released his proposal for a huge 102-story building at 41 W. 57th St. with sweeping views of Central Park and the New York City skyline.
Inspired by HBO's 'Game of Thrones,' the tower, code-named 'Khaleesi,' places gargoyles firmly back into the contemporary architectural imagination.
"I think that many of the supertall buildings being built in New York City are virtually free of architectural design," Gage explained in a project statement.
"Design is thinking of a great many things like how a building appears from different distances, or in this case, how to make each floor unique to the owner," he added.
The firm's website describes the tower as featuring residential units with their "own unique figurally carved façade and balconies" that will "frame particular features of the surrounding urban and natural landscapes."
Gage also proposes to drape the tower in a limestone-tinted Taktl© concrete panel façade with hydroformed sheet-bronze details and brass-tinted alloy structural extrusion enclosures.
A sky-lobby on floor 64 might contain exclusive retail stores, a 2-story high ballroom and arestaurant, all with public access to four massive cantilevered balconies with awe-inspiring views of NYC
While there are no immediate plans to construct The Khaleesi as yet, if it were approved, it would tower over the New York's current skyscrapers and dominate the midtown skyline.
Image credits: Mark Foster Gage Architects
Transport infrastructure design has just kicked up a gear with three new station designs in New York, London and Budapest ensuring commuters start their workdays right.Read More
Gathering the most influential trends from across the world, Brickfields Consulting’s annual global property trends report provides a glimpse into how we will live, work, eat, shop, stay and play in the future.Read More
Light, versatile and strong with extraordinary aesthetic appeal, new, Italian-made porcelain sheets are promising to make a splash in Australian interiors.Read More
We ask property marketing and branding guru, Andrew Hoyne, what makes places remarkable.Read More
Take a virtual walk around a future development with ARTiRead More
Today’s kitchens must complement our lifestyle as much as how we cook.Read More
Renowned artist, David Bromley, has been commissioned to create artworks for The Burcham, Rosebery.Read More
Follow the colour stories of our homes through eight decades with HaymesPaints.Read More
Ever dreamed of living in a treehouse? In Turin you can.Read More