1 December 2010 Photos and story; MiSociety Tweet
Hewlett-Packard Australia Cliffhanger
HP House, wedged on the side of the cliff face at Coogee, rose up almost medieval style above us as an angry sea competed with lashing rain for watery dominance. (Hmm this is sounding like page one of a “on a dark and stormy night novel”). Anyway, there it loomed in all it’s four levels of concrete and glass glory having been originally designed by international renowned architect Renato D’Ettorre in 2002.
The first day of summer 2010 in Sydney certainly wasn’t one of the weather gods best efforts and was a real disappointment for us as we had relished the idea of languishing by the infinity pool at HP House that night. Our invitation had arrived as an LP record, the sleeve of which gave details of the launch party for the four days of ‘Summer Beats’ this monolith of a house had been garnered for. MiSociety pondered on how many ‘needles’ would still be out there capable of playing the large round vinyl dinosaur (yes it did play – kind of).
HP House was chock full of Hewlett-Packard Australia technology including their first notebook built for music featuring ‘Beats’ Audio Technology developed by Dr. Dre (Andre Romelle Young). Each room, including the kitchen, games room, bedroom, bar, lounge and study showcased everything from touch-enabled and gaming PCs to the latest mobile devices. A techno addict’s dream come true but sadly there were no devices to re-program the weather sweeping in from the almost touching distance ocean.
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