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IN CONVERSATION WITH—MODSCAPE

Off-site design and construction specialists Modscape consider each project as a whole, where the built form and the landscaped form are integrated seamlessly. “When designing a space we recognise that the interior and exterior are interconnected and should be treated as such. A thoughtful integration of interior and exterior spaces enhances the functionality and liveability of a project, it allows for seamless flow between indoor and outdoor areas, creating a sense of continuity and expanding the sense of space.” Read on as we sit down to discuss this philosophy and learn how it was applied to our most recent collaborative project, Bronte Breeze.

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Q—Thanks for joining us. Could you tell us more about Modscape? How did it begin, and how has it evolved over time?

A—Modscape began its journey over 16-years-ago with a vision to revolutionise the construction industry by offering a superior alternative to traditional building methods. The inspiration came from the personal experience of the founders, who witnessed a gap in the Australian market for high-quality prefab homes.

The founders were influenced by a relative’s experience with a pre-fabricated home in Denmark. They recognised the potential of off-site construction to deliver efficient, sustainable, and architecturally distinctive buildings.

Since its inception, Modscape has evolved and grown significantly. The company has become a leader in the off-site construction industry, known for its commitment to quality, innovation, and design excellence.

Q—What is your underlying design philosophy?

A—Modscape’s approach to design is underwritten by a textured minimalism—a harmonious blend of simplicity and depth with a timeless appeal that improves with the passage of time. We aim to distill a design down to its essential elements, while ensuring it seamlessly integrates with the surrounding landscape and environment. By carefully considering the entire envelope of a building, we look to achieve a cohesive and balanced relationship between from and function, resulting in visually captivating and contextually sensitive architectural solutions.

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Modscape’s approach combines advanced building technologies, sustainable practices, and meticulous craftsmanship to deliver exceptional projects.

Q—Which other Australian designers, artists or creative people are inspiring you at the moment?

A—Our creative influences are deeply rooted in the principles of innovation and the “form follows function” philosophy. We draw inspiration from the groundbreaking ideas and pioneering advancements that have shaped the world of architecture. By exploring how innovation can shape and transform the built environment, we explore traditional design conventions and create spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functionally efficient. Our team is encourages to embrace innovation and constantly seek new possibilities and explore unconventional solutions, resulting in enduring and forward-thinking designs.

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Q—Rather than trends, we prefer to focus on materials, craftsmanship and technique—how do you see that notion expressed in your work?

A—Modscape believes the essence of design lies in the thoughtful selection of materials, meticulous craftsmanship, and refined techniques employed throughout the creative process.

Throughout the design process, we consider how products and materials respond and evolve over time. For instance, in our Bronte Breeze project, we choose materials with a patina that emerges as the structure interacts with its surroundings. By choosing materials that are responsive to the coastal environment, we ensured that the building develops a unique character that harmonises with its context.

By carefully selecting durable materials and employing sustainable practices, we aim to create structures that stand the test of time and have a minimal impact on the environment. The detailed approach extends to the meticulous attention to detail, where every joint, connection, and finish is carefully considered to achieve a high level of craftsmanship that transcends time.

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