Honolulu’s Design Inspiration

A new 38-level residential tower in Hawaii packs a list of ‘must have’ features worth recounting. They include a protruding glass bottomed pool which, cantilevers 80 feet above a 60-acre mixed use development. The 311-units sits its atop a seven-storey podium containing parking, town houses and retail. The building is located along the city’s urban rapid transit rail line, currently under construction. Construction features high efficiency glass in the facade to minimize solar gain. While its rippling massing, reflects the sea, with irregular floor plates that alternate every four floors, most apartments have ocean view. Interiors feature warm, natural finishes, with white sliding doors inspired by Hawaii’s plantation architecture and sleek glazed Juliet balconies. Building amenities include a rooftop playground, gym and sand volleyball court, however the obvious feature remains the protruding pool.

Coffee by Drone

It’s easy to the impression that drones are set to take over our cities. Here’s just one further example courtesy of IBM. The company is developing drones with cameras and biometric sensors that could dispatch a coffee to flagging employees and regular café customers even before they feel like a coffee. The technology, which could be used by coffee shops to increase sales, with the drone attracted perhaps only by waving or through an app. But there’s more, the sensors, which could sense pupil dilation and facial expressions, would be supported by data on a potential customer’s sleep quality and meetings schedules to determine their coffee needs. Could this new idea see the possible demise of the hundreds of foyer coffee shops we have grown so fond of in our city office buildings.

More Drone Drivers

As drones look set to become as familiar as cars on the street in Japan a driving school has staked its future on the rise of this new technology by teaching people how to drive drones. Drone pilots is a skill where demand exceeds supply. While Japan’s Pilot Association says 10,000 people have taken a drone pilots course there will be a need for 140,000 trained ‘drivers’ by 2020. There are predictions that the industrial use of drones will transform the character of many industries and cities and as the skies become more crowded an entire raft of new laws and regulations will be required. Not only for the delivery of coffee!

Back on the Ground

While drones might be taking over the skies we humans still need to get around our city streets and mainly on foot. However, could we soon see e-scooters have a presence on city streets? Maybe, if like some other cities we use e-scooters as a way to help ease our ongoing transport woes, late and overrun rail system, slow-as-snails buses, are all reasons to think about e-scooters. The idea has support as a safe, affordable and emission-free form of personal transport. In some areas they could be used in bike lanes, to connect different rail and light rail stations. At least worth considering as pilot program?

The Colours of 2019

If you ever get the feeling that Christmas decorations appear earlier and earlier every year, then much the same can be said for colour predictions. What’s in fashion, how will the trends translate into home and interiors trends, how will developers incorporate the colour trends? These are some of the questions that might also impact development marketing trends, and so it’s interesting that some of the trends for 2019 are already being suggested. One trend is all about the mystical, from the mysterious blues of the deep oceans to the endless galaxy and everything in between. It’s a unique blend between technology and spirituality with strong geometrics and clean lines. Another prediction for 2019, takes its inspiration from subtle earthy tones. Clays, caramels and browns, worn leather and woven wool textiles to produce a luxurious result, that takes the popular Scandinavian minimalist style combined with a modern vibe that is calming, sunny and warm.

Some New Property Related Legislation

The NSW Government is considering some possible reforms that will impact the property sector, these include:

  • Giving tenants the option of purchasing rental bond surety products instead of paying a rental bond, or the option to transfer a bond between rental properties
  • Introducing a choice of 1, 3 or 5-year licences for real estate agents and other licence holders
  • Allowing owners in strata schemes the ability to choose their own utilities provider
  • Removing the requirement to hold an endorsed licence to be an auctioneer, if a licensed real estate agent has engaged the auctioneer and is present at the auction
  • Repealing redundant statutes such as the Landlord and Tenant Act 1899 and Landlord and Tenant (Amendment) Act 1948 with appropriate savings measures put in place
  • Creating a central data portal on traders and licensees.