ArcadiaNotions of home are as much a projection of our dreams and memories as they are the bricks and linen cupboards that anchor them. Tangled in the sheets of inner-urban Melbourne, Arcadia is a fever dream of pastoral histories.
Arcadia, perpetual blush.
VivariumIn time this house will be consumed by its gardens. Already the buzz of pollination fills the air: bees, blowies and butterflies. Nestled between three native crops, nature has the jump start.
Vivarium, turning in, turning out.
SundaySunday is a home for physical and psychological well-being, providing a diversity of spaces where occupants can always find a place of comfort: social spaces and private spaces; generous spaces and intimate spaces; spaces to gather and spaces to retreat.
Sunday, to gather and retreat.
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.
Silver LiningIf every storm cell has a silver lining, it’s that the girls have tired of sodden socks and finally agreed to join us up here in our fancy new living room. The fridge is here too, which can’t have hurt. From where I’m sitting, I can see the weather overhead through the high window. I can also see across the park to where a young family are stranded on the play equipment. If they could get themselves afloat on one of those bright plastic tubes, I reckon I could chuck a rope over and pull them in.
Silver Lining, everybody needs an ark.
A PeriscopeA periscope, washed-up on the beach. The oceans must be full of them and yet this is quite unexpected: half buried with its ends poking out like a happy seaworm, chatting to its tail. The tides have washed it crystalline; mirrors bend the light to fill its buried chambers. A single sunlit passage, coursing through the sand.
A Periscope, washed-up on the beach.
SkygardenSkygarden has its genesis in tessellated ornament, in the colour fields of abstract art, in the hanging gardens of Babylon, and in James Turrell’s immersive installations where sensory deprivations eventually give rise to figments (and pigments) of imagination.
Skygarden, blossoms in the sky.
NorwoodUpholstered banquettes, window seating and kitchen benches line the living space, freeing-up the centre for a generous island bench and built-in table. Everything feels integrated, fitting together like a three-dimensional jigsaw.
Norwood, edges and interfaces.
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 ArbourOn a hot summer’s day, nothing beats the shade of a leafy arbour. With dappled cover and a little breeze, the body finds its comfort. This simple extension provides just that.
The Arbour, sunlight at play.
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.
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.
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.
Nightingale Village, Urban CoupBeyond the scope of a typical housing development, Urban Coup includes communal kitchen and dining facilities, workshop spaces, a yoga room, music room and productive rooftop gardens. It is the first vertical community of its kind in Australia.
Nightingale Village, Urban Coup
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.
ParasolEverywhere you look a grove of trees and a shady deck. A deck out the front, a deck out the back and a deck in the middle. Decks for eating, decks for dancing, decks for love stories and daydreaming.
Parasol, a heartwarming scene.
Park StreetThe two-storey brick podium references the heritage of the local streetscape in material, detail and composition, while the upper levels are setback from the street and consist of a more recessive material palette.
Park Street, life in the treetops.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Yarra Ranges SDSCelebrating ability! Our team has developed a tailored consultation process with the school and its community in order to ensure the specialist pedagogical needs of students and staff are met and exceeded.
Yarra Ranges SDS, middle school.
South Oakleigh CollegeA new Science building will be the first of three buildings in the school’s masterplan that will form the new STEAM precinct, while the expansion of the school’s gymnasium into a contemporary competition-grade facility allows for greater use by the school and broader local community.
South Oakleigh College, science and sport.
Brandon Park Primary SchoolA community hub. The green canopy is perched upon an array of pink columns, reminiscent of the flowering pink gum. It stretches between the gym and oval, providing shaded refuge for onlooking students.
Brandon Park Primary School, gymnasium.
School PlaygroundsRolling. Jumping. Climbing. Swinging. Digging. Playgrounds are empires of imagination and exploration, realms far from the strictures of the classroom.
School Playgrounds, inclusive play.
Yarra Ranges SDSThe Senior School Wing fosters a sense of independence for the senior students and signals their transition into life beyond school.
Yarra Ranges SDS, senior school.
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
RMIT City CampusWithin this environment of high spatial drama, terraced seating and planting establish inviting human-scaled amphitheatres.
RMIT City Campus, laneway culture.
Monash Study SpacesThrough a series of modifications and upgrades, concerns of safety, comfort, amenity, well-being and identity have been addressed, making services more readily accessible and functional for the student body.
Monash Study Spaces, lively and robust.
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.
Hawthorn Sports PavilionThe Hawthorn Sports Pavilion required an upgrade to allow more user groups to comfortably and safely use the facility. Much needed changes included the incorporation of female friendly facilities, disability access and improved wayfinding.
Hawthorn Sports Pavilion, community health.
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.
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
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.
Bookshop by UroThe scent of a new book is the scent of ideas unfolding. Bookshops are laden with it, new bookshops all the more so; binding glues and inks washed through with notes of fresh cut timber and a lick of paint.
Bookshop by Uro, a scent of its own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.