Landcorp’s Gen Y Competition Awards

The GA team L-R: Lisa McGann, Greg James, Johannes Lupolo Chan, Miriam Jeffreys, Jenni Star

The winner of Landcorp’s Gen Y housing Competition was announced last Monday night, at a very polished awards soirée held at the Old Swan Brewery, and compared by the incomparable Fenella Kernebone. Congratulations go to David Barr and his team for taking home the Prize. We can’t wait to see his design built!

The Gresley Abas team did not go home empty-handed however, earning the sole Commendation awarded in the competition. Word is the judging was very close, and we’re happy to hear that we provided the judges with a compelling alternative and a difficult decision to make. The Gap House was commended for it’s rationality, affordability, replicability, and it’s highly legible plan. We agree (of course!) so perhaps the Gap House will find another incarnation someday.

Enormous thanks go to Landcorp – particularly Anna Evangelisti who championed and ran the competition.

Check out some images from our submission below. More info from Landcorp here.

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Carly Barrett – WA Emerging Architect Prize, Friday 7th of March

communication + design

WA Emerging Architect prize winner Carly Barrett dicusses the topic of design and communication – “how do we make design both meaningful and desirable for the general public.”   (and will also review the WA Emerging Architect prize submission – “how to communicate the value of what you do”)

RSVP merge@architecture.com.au

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Green Bottle – JLC Study Tour: USA Contemporary Classics

Gresley Abas invites you to a green bottle talk with our own Johannes Lupolo-Chan following his recent tour of USA architecture.

Location              Gresley Abas Studio | 1/816 Hay Street | Perth CBD

Date                      Friday 7th February | 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start

RSVP                     contact@gresleyabas.com.au

For further information on Johannes’ winning competition entry and prize tour click here


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GA + GenY

Landcorp Generation Y Housing Competition

Great news – Gresley Abas’ entry has been shortlisted in Landcorp’s Generation Y Demonstration House Competition!

Stage 1 of the competition called for ideas from young Architects – something GA’s spring chickens are never short on. The problem to solve: access into the housing market for WA’s Generation Y.

Stage 2 requires a concept design for the demonstration house, which will be built at Landcorp’s new Fusion development in White Gum Valley.

Stage 3 will be to document and construct the winning design, so stay tuned!

Kudos to Landcorp for providing this catalyst for innovative, sustainable and adaptable living options for Gen Y, and congratulations to GA’s residential wunderkind Lisa McGann and her rag-tag team of loveable Youngsters!

Best of luck to the 5 other shortlisted teams :)

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Green Bottle – VR Jam, Friday 8th Nov

Gresley Abas invites you to a green bottle talk with Nick Lowe from  Let’s Make Games Inc.

Nick and his team have been working out of the Gresley Abas workshop studio space. They have been part of a global virtual reality game environment initiative. It’s cutting edge stuff, and we’ve been delighted to share our space with Nick and his team to be a part of this global ‘jam session’…read on below for more of what they have been up to, and what they will be sharing at the next Green Bottle!


In August 2013, Perth hosted one of only a handful of official international playtest hubs for the first VR (Virtual Reality) Jam – a long-format, worldwide game jam presented by Oculus and IndieCade. Following a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Oculus Rift VR headset (currently only available as a Developer Kit) has led a new wave of innovative VR technologies. The VR Jam was a huge opportunity for local game developers to create VR content for the Oculus Rift, and for the public to experience the latest VR technology.


Let’s Make Games Inc. was able to organise the event on short notice by putting a call out for support on the spacemarket’s MEET MARKET facebook group, which led to contact with Gresley Abas who provided space for a dozen developers and artists to create VR games during the working week, and for over a hundred members of the public to visit on weekends. After three weeks of development, local teams created a half-dozen VR games and prototypes including: a retro-style sled game, a dungeon escape game, and a horror-themed experience.

In this casual presentation and chat, Nick will introduce the Oculus Rift VR headset, discuss how to develop for the latest VR technologies, and demonstrate some locally created VR games and architectural visualisations. There will be a number of Oculus Rift VR headsets available for demonstration purposes, so everyone should have a chance to experience it for themselves!

For further information on click here for a VR Jam blog post on a previous event and follow vrjamperth on tumblr.

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Palette Project

…a sneak peak of works in progress at Gresley Abas for Open House this Saturday!!

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Open House Perth 2013: Nov 2 Saturday 10am – 5pm

This weekend is Open House Perth and we’re opening our studio arms as one of seventeen design studios across the city taking part.

Destination 14 – Gresley Abas

Gresley Abas’ Ahmad Abas and Ben Price are also involved in the Augmented Reality program in collaboration with Open House Perth, Felix and Flying Saucer and other artists.

Desitnation 23 – Augmented Reality – Wesley Quater

Destination 41 – Augmented Reality – Perth Cultural Centre

See the Open House Perth website for more x

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Best in Show – Ahmad’s GO FREO Football Pie

Showing our support for the Dockers through baking:) Ahmad made his first pie and John helped his lovely Meryl make us scrumptious coconut berry slice. Go Freo!

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Third time’s a charm!

Our very own Johannes Lupolo-Chan, a graduate architect here at Gresley Abas has enjoyed success in three national architecture and design competitions over the past few months. He was recently announced as the national winner of the 2013 CSR Cemintel 9 Dots Award, winning a 17-day architectural study tour around the USA with esteemed architect and jury member Malcolm Carver in October.

In July, Johannes’ individual entry in the international design competition for a new Australian prime minister’s residence Lodge on the Lake, was shortlisted in the Top 20 in the world (out of 242 entries) and exhibited at the National Gallery of Design in Canberra from August – October.

In early August, it was announced that Johannes was a finalist in the prestigious 2013 Reece Bathroom Innovation Award, for his innovative design for myReece – a bathroom management system designed to integrate all Reece bathroom products through technology and as an integrated piece of bathroom furniture.

CSR Cemintel 9 Dots

The CSR Cemintel 9 Dots Award’s brief for 2013 was for a single dwelling or multi residential space designed to address urban and suburban density issues in Australia’s cities. Johannes’ winning entry proposes the 10×10 House – a typology for lane way houses in Perth’s inner suburbs. Designed for small 10×10 minimum subdivisions at the rear of properties adjoining laneways, it can be used as a granny flat for multi-generational families, rented out to young professionals or sold off as an investment property.

Congratulations Johannes!

10x10 Laneway House - Winning Entry in CSR Cemintel 9 Dots Award 2013


Shortlisted Entry – Lodge on the Lake International Design Competition 2013

Finalist - Reece Bathroom Innovation Award 2013 - 'myReece'

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Green Bottle – Michael Phillips, Friday 20th September

Gresley Abas invites you to a green bottle talk with Michael Phillips, Graduate

Architect from Curtin University.


Fascinated by the design and build process and the potentials for creating meaningful
experiences and architecture, Michael won the Peter Hunt travel prize in 2011 for a
proposal to travel to the United States to examine design build programs.

Michael will be talking about his design and build experiences in Australia and abroad.


Location               Gresley Abas Studio | 1/816 Hay Street | Perth CBD

Date                      Friday 20th September | 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start

RSVP                    contact@gresleyabas.com.au


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