Dark HorseThe play of tones establishes a subtle field of spaces that expand and contract, creating moments of generosity and intimacy.
Dark Horse, a handsome creature.
Together ApartWhere once they shared a womb, now they share a room; twin girls needing their own space, yet wanting to stay close too.
Together Apart, a room for twins.
The KiteInside and out, the roof rests like a canopy. Sky and foliage are ever-present. Light filters in from all sides marking the passage of a day, while overhead, triangles beget triangles, folding and multiplying against the sky like barely tethered kites.
The Kite, barely tethered.
The Skin JobAn assemblage of generous openings, bench seats and a fireplace re-animate an otherwise ordinary red-brick façade.
The Skin Job, like tears in rain.
Among BuildingsThe culmination of 3 years of wandering around significant Melbourne buildings and reflects on the immaterial experiences of the built environment.
256pp unbound book
Among Buildings, an unbound book.
Park LifeCurious neighbours slow their cars. From between the trees across a vast nature strip, a fence-like shed with a cyclops eye peers back at them. ‘Whose world is this?’ they ask.
Park Life, from between the trees.
Hip & GableA reclining hip casually slouches over the bedroom wing, while an attentive gable stands to attention over the more formal living spaces. Side by side, they are like the ears of a dog, one alert and the other playful, ready for whatever comes next.
Hip & Gable, jaunty gables, casual hips.
Fifty FiftyPartly inspired by the original 1950s home, partly by the modernist Case Study houses of the same decade. 1950s meets 1950s. About half of each. We’re talking fifty-fifty vision. That’s sharp.
Fifty Fifty, that's sharp.
A Rose by AnotherIn the grounds of Melbourne’s famed Cairo apartments, a crop of wild roses are taking seed. The first was an unlikely shade of purple. The latest is a rose by another hue, and just as sweet.
Cairo apartments, Fitzroy
A Rose by Another, breathe it in.
The SummitA curved wall of glass emulates the roof form, bending inwards to create a side courtyard. With glass and garden on all sides, the house is awash with natural light.
The Summit, grounded and lofty.
The PicadorFinding no bull and no audience he begins to dance, lunging and dodging imaginary foes, gripping a lance in each hand.
The Picador, grace and gravity.
The Taranaki RiftThe Taranaki Rift is an inner-suburban rupture off the east bank of Brunswick, initiated in the early-Turnbullian, due to the expansion of the Goodman van Dyke cluster.
The Taranaki Rift, an inner-suburban rupture.
White rabbit, white rabbitA white, empty display cabinet contains a virtual reproduction of the same white, empty display cabinet just out of reach. An alternate reality so close to our own, beyond the looking glass.
White rabbit, white rabbit
PeriwinkleThe common periwinkle (or winkle) is a robust intra-warehouse species within the renovation family, characterised by a mostly neutral shell with rosy flourishes about the inner-ablution.
Periwinkle, unique among its genus.
The Purple Rose of CairoCompact robes and clever storage solutions are integrated with a fold-out bed and a handsome full-height curtain, creating the flexibility to quickly convert the single-room space from a study to a bedroom to a dining room or party space.
The Purple Rose of Cairo, a little life.
Miller HouseFrom the moment of entry, views shift and redirect between the courtyards, light-wells, decks and gardens. Natural light washes the internal space from all directions, encouraging exploration of the various living areas and retreats.
Miller House, a casual arrangement.
CampfireMore like a sheltered campsite than a home. A holiday from city life and a chance to get to know the family.
Campfire, gather ’round.
Extension HouseThis project extends, and thereby distorts, the Californian bungalow. While it may speak the same language, it does so with unfamiliar inflections.
Extension House, unfamiliar inflections.
Lawnbowl VillageTwo of the three towers contain high quality, affordable apartments, while the third tower houses a childcare centre, a theatre, art gallery, bookshop, cafes, makerspaces and co-working spaces.
Lawnbowl Village, community life.
RMIT City CampusWithin this environment of high spatial drama, terraced seating and planting establish inviting human-scaled amphitheatres.
RMIT City Campus, laneway culture.
Aa HQThe interior palette was light and simple, with modest flourishes of detail where bookshelves terminate and cupboard doors open.
Aa HQ, a sea of sketches.
Little Adelaide HillsLittle Adelaide Hills is a proposal for the redevelopment of the Royal Adelaide Hospital site. Situated on the north-east corner of the Adelaide CBD, Little Hills is a collection of housing, community, university, cultural heritage, open-air market, arts and performance spaces.
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Little Adelaide Hills, exposing geology.
The PortalFrom within the shadowy confines of a charming Californian Bungalow, we sent a probe, dark and slender, out into the wilds; a portal into new territories. What we discovered, is new life.
The Portal, at the fringes of domesticity.
Chinese Medicine ClinicThis Chinese Medicine Clinic provides place of welcome and comfort for patients requiring respite from their busy lives with a design that is simple, open and unpretentious.
Chinese Medicine Clinic, a tranquil refuge.
Stage LeftStage Left is a place of anticipation and reflection; a place to gather and collect with friends and ideas, before and after a show. The prologue and the epilogue. A natural extension of the Arts Centre Melbourne experience.
Stage Left, the prologue and the epilogue.
Sandy PointNestled into the dunes, four pavilions provide shade and shelter, while an array of sprawling decks encourage time spent outdoors among friends and family.
Sandy Point, into the dunes.
New Student PrecinctThe university experience is about so much more than just attending classes. Learning can happen anywhere, anytime – in the classroom, on campus, in the city, around the globe. The New Student Precinct fosters a seamless transition between these spheres, ensuring students are both locally grounded and globally connected.
UoM, Parkville Campus
New Student Precinct, locally global.
Stanhill ApartmentAt key moments in the design, the otherwise mute black and white aesthetic breaks in a flourish of barely perceptible colour, imbuing the apartment with a sense of quiet mystery.
Stanhill Apartment, quiet mystery.
Turnaround HouseAgainst the odds, this modest extension has turned a dark, cramped residence with little backyard to spare, into a light-filled house with fantastic indoor and outdoor entertaining areas.
Turnaround House, against the odds.
The ScoopIn the heart of the student campus is a crypt of unrealised grandeur. Once an underground carpark, its sweeping field of parabolic vaults promises so much more. Raw concrete arcs out of the ground in defiance of gravity, an expression of aspiration and daring.
University of Melbourne
The Scoop, unrealised grandeur.
A Garden CuriosityLike everything in a garden, its impermanence reveals the passage of time.
A Garden Curiosity, slow seasons.
The DriftThe Drift proposes that there is no audience, only participants. There is no object, and there is no center. Instead a field of scattered Seeds, wired for networked discussion, where ideas may blow-in from any corner of the garden.
Competition entry for the NGV
The Drift, no audience, only participants.
RMIT Business Behavioural LabRMIT engaged Architecture architecture to design and deliver the fitout of new facilities for the Business Behavioural Lab. The brief required a thorough understanding of the stakeholders’ needs in order to deliver a laboratory where academics undertake controlled behavioural experiments with verifiable results.
RMIT Business Behavioural Lab
Friend or PhoRecycled materials were adopted to reflect the Vietnamese culture of re-use, where nothing is wasted. The overall effect is reminiscent of the lantern-lit eateries of Hanoi An.
Friend or Pho, hawker-style.
Urban CoupBeyond the scope of a typical housing development, the Urban Coup development will include communal kitchen and dining facilities, workshop spaces, a yoga room, music room and productive rooftop gardens.
Urban Coup, building community.
Nightingale HousingNightingale revolutionizes multi-residential development by establishing a freely available, cost-transparent, open-source model in which designers work directly with purchasers, for the purposes of creating environmentally, socially and financially sustainable homes.
Nightingale Housing, sustainable homes.
Unliveable BerlinWith its chequered history of cultural exclusion and ideological seclusion, as well as an impressive record of refugee accommodation, Berlin presents a unique case study in the urban consequences of social disunity and cohesion.