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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Axolotl

 

We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Thank you to all of those who worked with us this year, we look forward to working with you again in 2016!

Axolotl will be closed from Thursday 24th December and will reopen Monday 11th January.

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Year in Review

2015 marks Axolotl’s 20th year in operation. True to our founding philosophy of ‘redefining boundaries’ this year we have developed and launched new product ranges, a new AAP website and worked on some very exciting commercial, residential and art projects.

The year started off with the award winning dining precinct ‘The District’ designed by The Uncarved Block for the Chatswood Interchange. The 3000sqm space was redesigned into a futuristic Asian cityscape with architectural forms to create hideaways and laneways. Axolotl Bronze and Concrete Shale coated oak boards line the interior walls, and pod structures of the space. And over 170m2 of custom brick patterned glass windows were installed to conceal the busy concourse below.

A big congratulations to Philip Chia, of the Uncarved Block for their recent award of Best Retail Design 2015, at the Eat Drink awards for ‘The District’. It was a huge effort and a truly deserving winner!

In April, Axolotl Art Projects produced the temporary art installation TOP5FEET by artist Dale Jones-Evans for Art & About Sydney. The opening of TOP5FEET was also the launch of the roaming Art and About Sydney festival and was opened by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Installed inside Paddington Reservoir, the light filled glass artwork took its cue from the Paddington Reservoirs shortcomings during its commission.

We launched our new glass range HALO in August. There has been lots of interest in the product already, especially by those who see it in the flesh! Samples of the range in stunning new designs can be viewed in our showroom. It is available in many different sizes, glass types and combinations, to suit all projects.

Axolotl Terracotta was awarded the ADEX Gold Award for Design Excellence 2015. Axolotl Concrete won the ADEX Platinum Award for Design Excellence 2015. And Axolotl Terracotta was shortlisted in the WAN Awards - Product Innovation Facades 2015.

Electrolight’s piece Squelette Light installation also won The Luminaire Design Award of Excellence: Light Sculptures and Installation award 2015. Squelette was designed and built in partnership with Axolotl and Koda lighting. Congratulations to Donn Salisbury and the team on the achievement.

Over the past few months we have been busy designing and manufacturing the beautiful artworks ‘Understory’ and ‘Looking up’, with artist Jade Oakley for Parramatta Westfield. The pieces will be located over 4 levels of Parramatta Westfield on the lift surround and escalators. Featuring intricate Maiden hair fern and tree canopy designs in white on white tones using Axolotl concrete, custom miro glass and specialty paints the works will look amazing when they are fully installed early next year!

In another step toward minimising our environmental impact, this month we have completed installing a 50kW Solar panel system, equating to approximately 1000sqm of solar panels on the roof of our factory in Matraville. The power this system provides meets, and occasionally surpasses, our monthly electricity requirements.

And in other news, this year we also gained a new office dog, little August, a Kelpie x Border Collie. Our two office pups Jinx and August welcome everyone into the office, and keep us all entertained!

(No animals were harmed in the making of this e-card)

As always, please get in touch if you have a new project or artwork opportunity that you would like to discuss with the team. We look forward to working with you in the New Year!

The Axolotl Team.