Microfactory   is a project centered around designing domestic manufacturing machinery. The project allows people to make their own products at home easily as well as share their own designs. By focusing on concepts of open-source design and the principles of reusing materials around the home, Micro Factory looks to use design to develop new manufacturing methods, which benefit society as a whole.


We use lots of product over our whole lifetime. Sometimes a product lasts long and sometimes it doesn’t. In other words, products around us always change. They are disposed for different reasons such as the product damage, dying, or just becoming useless. It is a problem that they easily die or break and then become waste. However in recent times, it is even more of a problem when the owner becomes easily bored with the product, rendering it useless and turning it to waste.

Obviously however not all objects are functionally essential, we can easily get bored with a product or buy the same product repeatedly. Why can’t the objects we use have the same value as our treasured items? Old pictures in a frame, my grandfather’s broken watch on my wardrobe. If I make a product by myself, can it be better? Maybe. By engaging in its manufacture I can understand the issues the product faces when it is broken and my wife would also like it, because I made it.

Dae Kyung Ahn

Sounds Of Sea is a set of sculptures streching along the waterfront of Jellicoe harbour in Auckland city. The typology of the pieces is a reminder to the history of the site, and its on-going role, as an active harbour. The airventilation funnels and speaking tubes used on ships are re-interpretated into sculptures that deliver the sounds of the sea underneath. The largest of the sculptures serve as places to sit in.

Sounds of Sea 2011
Design: COMPANY (Aamu Song & Johan Olin)
Assistant: Minna Koskinen (CAD work)
Client: City of Auckland, New Zealand
Manufacturer: HSM Steel, New Zealand
Project manager: Terry Urbahn / Public Art Team, Auckland.
Location: Jellicoe Harbour, Auckland
Material: stainless steel, fuel paint
Design: 2009–2011


Hyundai Heavy Industries, shipbuilder and an offshore facilities manufacturer, loaded the world’s largest offshore platform onto a barge on December 4. Hyundai Heavy jacked up the 23,600 ton topside of the North Rankin 2 Project ordered by Woodside Energy 26.5 m and installed it on the provisional transport frame.

The platform, measuring 100 m in length, 50 m in width and 80 m in height, will be used to increase pressure for the existing platform already producing natural gas from 2012.The NR2 platform is scheduled to sail out in mid-December after finishing touches, and will be installed on an offshore jacket in North Rankin & Perseus fields of Australia.

The North Rankin 2 Project will recover remaining low pressure gas from the North Rankin and Perseus gas fields. The project will include the installation of a second platform, North Rankin B. The North Rankin B platform will be connected by a 100 metre bridge to the existing North Rankin A platform.

The North Rankin 2 project will include:

- A new platform weighing 58,000 tonnes
- Production facilities including gas-condensate coolers and separators, three 27 MW compression trains and power generation
- Heli-deck
- Living quarters

Client - Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., LTD
End-User - Woodside
Year Completed - 2011

The North Rankin 2

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