Synergies between architecture and industrial design

Australian Design Review published this article today about synergies between architecture and industrial design.

Architecture is an industry that, like many others, is at a crossroads with rapid technological advancements. Consumers now expect buildings to do more than ever including providing climate control, and increased access to natural light and ventilation.

These heightened expectations and advancements in technology have pushed us into the realm of increased architectural experimentation. This experimentation is resulting in integrating everything from heliostats to bespoke large-scale skylights and operable facades into our built environment.

However, new technologies are often difficult to access and require extensive training. Australian industrial design firm, TILT, is helping architects deliver on this new way of working. TILT has access to the latest technologies, materials and manufacturing techniques, which aren’t part of an architect’s tool bag.

TILT responded to Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s concept of drawing light into One Central Park by incorporating revolutionary heliostat technology to the project. Similarly, Robert Simeoni Architects wanted the St Kilda Stokehouse to open up to beautiful ocean views.

TILT delivered on the architects’ vision by designing, manufacturing and installing a large-scale operable facade which transformed the building’s use.

The firm is also collaborating with Olson Kundig on a custom skylight design project.

We caught up with TILT director Tim Phillips to learn how architects can benefit from working with industrial designers to fully explore and realise their creativity.

Read the interview with Tim Phillips here where he talks about synergies between architecture and industrial design.

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