The Courtyard House / Auhaus Architecture

first_img 2017 Year:  Projects Interior Stylist:Heather NetteArchitects In Charge:Benjamin Stibbard, Kate FitzpatrickCity:Barwon HeadsCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Mike BakerText description provided by the architects. Located in Barwon Heads, Victoria (Australia), the Courtyard House is part of the ‘Auhaus Release’ built by the LifeSpaces Group. Save this picture!© Mike BakerHidden behind the soaring private entrance, is a modern four bedroom home designed for relaxed living and outdoor entertaining.  The Courtyard House brings a sophisticated combination of modern living intertwined with texture, warmth, raw simplicity, and earthy luxuriance.Save this picture!© Mike BakerCrafted out of the finest quality bluestone and natural hardwood, these honest, earth-drawn materials and textures create an impression of harmony between the house and nature itself. Horizontal bluestone slabs and vertical hardwood is combined with perfection; a reflection of design poise coupled with breath-taking craftsmanship. Aesthetic appeal is complimented by the durability of the materials, which are designed to withstand the adverse conditions the Australian coast has to offer.Save this picture!© Mike BakerThe arrangement of the living spaces around a large, open courtyard helps bring the natural world into the heart of the domestic realm. Drawing natural light and breezes into the house, the courtyard accentuates the lofty ceilings and the endless space that is central to its design. The semi enclosed courtyard functions as an outdoor room onto which all internal areas flow; perfect for summer entertaining, or simply relaxing beneath the open sky.Save this picture!© Mike BakerSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Mike BakerThe modern matte black kitchen, accented with brass fittings and oak timber flooring make a stylish statement to the heart of the home.Save this picture!© Mike BakerThe Courtyard House caters for both work and relaxation; featuring a study space, and designated reading nook with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The two living rooms foster interaction and family time, and can be used to entertain the kids or bring the family together at the end of a busy day.Save this picture!© Mike BakerThe challenge of finding enough storage space within a burgeoning family home is also addressed with extensive storage and joinery throughout, coupled beautifully with American Oak shelving and accents. Save this picture!© Mike BakerProject gallerySee allShow lessWuyuan Skywells Hotel / anySCALESelected ProjectsBamboo Amphitheater Space Structure / Bambutec DesignSelected Projects Share Builder: ArchDaily Save this picture!© Mike Baker+ 44Curated by María Francisca González Share The Courtyard House / Auhaus Architecture Area:  303 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses CopyAbout this officeAuhaus ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBarwon HeadsAustraliaPublished on February 22, 2018Cite: “The Courtyard House / Auhaus Architecture” 21 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StoneShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectDoorsRaynorGarage Door – Advantage SeriesConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows in Villa LakesideSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Roofs & CanopiesSound BoothsFrameryMeeting Pod – Framery Q – Flip n’ FoldWall / Ceiling LightsAsaf WeinbroomLighting – Linestra 110 BrassMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Auhaus Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Photographs CopyHouses•Barwon Heads, Australia “COPY” Manufacturers: Cosentino, Laminex, Sussex Taps, Mezai Furniture The Courtyard House / Auhaus ArchitectureSave this projectSaveThe Courtyard House / Auhaus Architecture Lifespaces Group Photographs:  Mike Baker Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more

Black man sues bank alleging racial discrimination for not cashing checks

first_imgdomnicky/iStock(DETROIT) — A Michigan man has filed a lawsuit against a Midwest banking chain this week, accusing it of racial profiling, after a teller called the police on him and wrongfully accused him of fraud. Ironically, Sauntore Thomas was attempting to deposit two large checks that he’d received as part of a workplace racial discrimination settlement with his previous employer when a TCF Bank branch in Livonia, Michigan, refused to accept the checks, saying they weren’t legit. Thomas, a 44-year-old Air Force veteran, said he felt “humiliated” and embarrassed when police arrived about 10 minutes later to investigate the fraud claims. He said he was treated as if he’d done something wrong and he’s convinced that the bank assumed the checks were bad because he is black. “It was embarrassing,” Thomas told Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV on Thursday. “If I was white, this wouldn’t be happening.”Thomas’ attorney, Deborah Gordon, said he was able to deposit the checks at another bank without a problem and they cleared less than 24 hours later. She said bank employees could have easily verified the check before calling law enforcement. “My client had very legitimate checks and he had a bank account at this bank,” Gordon told ABC News Thursday. “Right away they told him there was an issue with verifying the checks, which makes zero sense because these checks were from a large corporate entity.” “They kept telling him there was an issue of fraud and that’s what caused them to call the police. So then I have to ask, ‘What is the reason you think there’s fraud?’” she added.Gordon said her client called her as he was being interrogated by two police officers, while others stood guard outside of the bank. She said she called the bank, but the employees were extremely dismissive and denied her request to speak with a manager. “There’s no explanation for that other than the fact that my client is African American and that is my firm belief. They never offered an explanation as to why the police were called and they never offered an explanation that made any sense as to why they thought the checks were fraudulent,” Gordon said. “They did not believe him, they did not believe me, and they made an assumption that a black guy that’s in here with these checks — it’s got to be fraud, so let’s just call the cops,” she added.She said Thomas was terrified as the officers barked orders at him and he couldn’t stop thinking about how dangerous the situation could become if things escalated. Gordon said a confidentially clause in his settlement with his former employer, Enterprise Leasing Co. of Detroit, prevented her from disclosing the amount of the checks. But TCF Bank told the Detroit Free Press that Thomas presented three checks written from Enterprise that day: one for $59,000, one for $27,000 and one for $13,000. TCF Bank apologized to Thomas in a statement released Wednesday and admitted that the police should have never been called.“We apologize for the experience Mr. Thomas had at our banking center. Local police should not have been involved. We strongly condemn racism and discrimination of any kind,” the bank said. “We take extra precautions involving large deposits and requests for cash and in this case we were unable to validate the checks presented by Mr. Thomas and regret we could not meet his needs.” Gordon said the bank’s apology isn’t enough. She filed a discrimination lawsuit on Thomas’ behalf on Wednesday, referring to the situation as a case of “banking while black,” and seeking an undisclosed amount for compensatory and punitive damages. “It’s uncontested that the checks are legitimate. They’re a bank. It’s their job to verify checks and the fact that they continue to not explain this is unacceptable,” she said. “I don’t think they were honest with my client and they were just making stuff up. … I just think they saw this guy, a black guy in jeans, and it’s like, ‘What was he doing with his money?’ That’s the only conclusion I think that one can reasonably come to.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cavtat nominated for the best European destination in 2019. How relevant is the whole story around European Best Destination?

first_imgMostly if it comes to winning the title, again it’s just the first step. What is the strategy? Budget? There is no free lunch in this game, either you play the game or you don’t. And for the game we need strategy, budget and proactivity. Of course, the first logical focus should be on our market, because we are counting on local patriotism, which will bring us the initial buzz and a good part of the votes in a short time. Although the story about EBD is already quite a media-worn story, the local population, as well as the media, will convey the story and give their vote for the domestic destination. But you should certainly communicate in English in order to “catch” the voices of foreign tourists. One of the segments, in my opinion, should target tourists from areas that are not nominated, but the most important thing is to communicate with tourists who have already visited our destination and who keep coming back, in this case Cavtat. “Sama nominacija već puno znači i otvara dodatne prilike za razvoj i promidžbu Cavtata, destinacije koja iz godine u godinu bilježi rast turista – što je jasan pokazatelj kako ima sve veći značaj na listi putovanja brojnih turista iz cijelog svijeta. Drago nam je da je udruga European Best Destination prepoznala Cavtat, a bit će nam izuzetno drago da se što veći broj ljudi priključi i da svoj glas za Cavtat. ” said Frano Herendija, director of the Konavle Tourist Board. As before, to win the title, our vote is needed. Voting is extremely simple, just click on the page and just a few seconds of your time to choose Cavtat among the offered destinations. The title of the best European destination is as relevant as we make it relevant In addition to Zadar, last year’s nomination of the island of Hvar speaks in favor of this. Unfortunately, there was no real strategy or enough promotion to collect enough votes, so the island of Hvar failed to get the title of the best European destination. The motive for coming is not a hotel or accommodation, but a tourist destination, so without synergy there is no long-term success. Also in this story, everyone benefits, if there are positive changes in the promotion and winning of some of the titles, which results in an increase in arrivals and overnight stays. The award for the best destination in Europe has been held since 2009 and is organized by the European Best Destinations (EBD), a European organization based in Brussels, created with the aim of promoting culture and tourism in Europe and in cooperation with tourism offices and EDEN. European and world level, promotes a greater understanding of the richness, diversity and quality of European destinations. The Belgian portal “European Best Destinations” writes that it is followed by about 2,5 million people, which is certainly a large number, but when we look at the number of voters then we see that it is still a much smaller number of active voters. Also, it is normal for “each” of the nominated cities, especially the smaller ones, to see their promotional opportunity through the competition and try to animate the voters in their homeland as much as possible, because it is the easiest way to play on national emotions. Namely, Cavtat is on the list of 20 destinations nominated for the best European destination in 2019, including Genoa, Malaga, Budapest, Paris and Rome. In addition to this nomination, European Best Destination ranked Cavtat among the best in the categories: “Best destination for nature lovers” and “Best romantic destination”. But, just like with the nominations themselves, so with winning the title, the real work is just beginning. On the other hand, on the other hand Zadar who missed the opportunity and did not succeed. After receiving the title, there was no communication, strategy, branding… and the whole story did not yield any realistic results, except for the short-term PR effect. After winning the title, the whole story stopped. All tourist employees of Cavtat, from hoteliers to hosts in family accommodation who have strong newsletter bases and their own promotion channels, must be included to encourage their guests and their base to activate and vote. The goal is synergy and multiplication of the promotion effect, and best of all it is a free promotion. It is important to note that you can vote once a week from one IP address. The competition lasts for three weeks, from January 15 to February 5, How relevant is the whole story around the European Best Destination portal? Conclusion After the initial application, the real work is just beginning, and it is necessary to make a good marketing campaign with special visuals, story, strategy, communication in target markets, etc.… to activate as large a base as possible and ultimately win enough votes. It should also be taken into account that big cities such as London or Paris are not actively involved in this story at all. Let’s say just one Paris according to 2016 data has over 2.2 million inhabitants. To activate only 5% of the population voting for Paris victory is there, not counting the global popularity of Paris as a Top tourist destination. The budget and the reach of the publications of the mentioned cities are certainly much higher if the stories about the EBD are really accepted. Then the whole story is much harder, but again not impossible. When you play with the big ones, then you have to build your opportunity on reaction speed, creativity and innovation. Either you play the game or not? The most important thing to point out is that the nomination alone is not enough to achieve success, it is only the first step. As in the case of the nomination itself, so in the case of obtaining the eventual title of the best European destination, it is not enough just to get recognition. For the concrete benefit of the whole story, after obtaining the title, it is necessary to additionally make a plan and strategy on how to “cash in” that title, and it is necessary to invest again. Svakako kako je jedna od osvojenih titula odlična platforma i PR priča za promociju, pogotovo za manje poznate turističke destinacije. No opet, samo ako je napravimo relevantnom te moramo biti svjesni da kod ove “avanture” kao i kod same prijave tako i kod eventualne pobjede, pravi posao tek počinje. So, the nomination alone is not enough, the real work is just beginning. Even if one of the titles is not won, it is certain that investing in promotion and PR did not go to waste. It’s all about investing, and the money spent on promotion and branding is certainly not an expense, but an investment. Of course if we invest it wisely. Without investment there is nothing of this story, as usual in everything. So, we can conclude that this is a relatively small number of votes needed for a possible victory. On the other hand, of course, every year the ranking for victory rises, because the portal has more and more voters, and what is most credited to the nominated cities because they do free promotion of the entire portal by agitating for themselves through their social networks. In accordance with the relatively small number of votes, if we look at the entire European market, the question arises of the relevance of the whole story, both with the example of Advent in Zagreb and now. However, it was Zagreb that showed the fact that the title of the best European destination is relevant as much as we make it relevant ourselves. If we look at the statistics in the case of the third victory of Zagreb Advent for the best Christmas destination in 2018 on the European Best Destinations portal participated 200.596 people from 131 countries, and 38.830 voters gave their vote among the candidate cities Zagreb, while second-placed Colmar received a total of 24.625 votes. The title of the best European destination is as relevant as we make it relevant. TZGZ succeeded in that and excellently branded the whole story about Advent in Zagreb, and in the end it “charged” through the increased arrival of tourists and branding of the city. The whole year should be in that spirit, various programs, facilities, visuals in the city, activating hotels and family accommodation to use the brand, special targeted campaigns for various markets, justify why the title is deserved and continue to tell the story and further refine it through various facilities throughout the year. This is especially important for regular guests, in this case Cavtat, and those who have visited Cavtat at least once. Of course, if Cavtat delighted us, then we are emotionally attached to it because we have experienced it and are therefore more inclined to give our voice. After the famous European Best Destination portal declared the city of Zagreb the best European Christmas destination in Europe for three years in a row, Nin as a romantic destination in Europe, and the City of Zadar as the best European destination in 2016, Cavtat will try its hand in 2019. If I was down to my last dollar, I’d spend it on public relations – Bill Gates Let’s make nice wishes. One is desire, and something quite another is goal. Behind the goal is action and proactivity. If our goal is to win the title of the best European destination, then we must also have a strategy on how to achieve the set goal. So, the real question is whether Cavtat wants to win the title of the best tourist destination or is that their goal. In the case of Zadar, more people never voted, ie a total of 288,992, while Zadar as the winner of the election received 57,616 votes, of which 53,4 percent of the votes came from outside Croatia. Glasanje je krenulo, a prvi korak je da mi, vi podržimo našeg kandidata za najbolju europsku destinaciju. Ja sam svoju “građansku” dužnost obavio, radi se o par sekundi našeg vremena. You can vote for Cavtat HERElast_img read more