I had two legs to my trip as I flew back to San Francisco from Melbourne, Australia. And much as a nice little layover in Hawaii would have been, I actually changed planes in Sydney. As I was holed up in the Qantas hub for several hours, I stopped into the Marc Newson-designed Qantas First Lounge. Newson has dedicated the last several years of his career to getting the 2006 Lounge up and running, and his hands--mellowed since his neon-blob heyday of the 1990s--are all over this wonderfully sophisticated space.
Easily the best stumbled-upon finds of my trip to Melbourne, Australia, was the Black Teahouse, a small structure installed at the RMIT Gallery by Terunobu Fujimori and Jun Sakaguchi. I first came across Fujimori when we did a story on him for the magazine several months back, and since then I have wanted very much to visit one of his buildings. Just my luck that Fujimori had recently been in town and the students at RMIT constructed this exemplar of his work in conjunction with the exhibit Shelter: On Kindness. Check out the slideshow to see more. Photos by Jason Gec and me.
My last full day in Melbourne, Australia, was one to which I’d been looking forward—not because I was happy to leave the Vegemite and ceaseless “How are you goings?” behind, but because I was to get the grand tour of town from a pair of opinionated, knowledgeable, sap-filled young architects: Andrew Maynard and Kevin Hui of 4site Architecture and moderator of the online forum Push Pull Bar.
After zipping around the countryside on my third day in Melbourne, Australia, Day Four was to be a decidedly urban affair--a self-guided tour of some of the city's architectural marvels with stops ranging from the ultra-modern to some of Victoria's foundational buildings.