With clients committed to restoring native ecologies, this project was always first and foremost of the landscape. The project began with a masterplan to address the key project objective: revive an old horse paddock into a productive home garden and native landscape. The conceptual framework for approaching built work on the site then developed around three core ideas:
1. Built form is of the landscape 2. Built form protects but remains open 3. Built form celebrates the view
Through a workshopping process that allowed the client to direct the design development, it was decided that two pavilions were required: one a flexible shed space and the other a home for two to grow old in. These were sited on the least attractive and valuable portions of land above floodwaters. The two pavilions were to work together to emulate the rolling hills and feel embedded in the landscape.
The first pavilion required was the flexible shed space. The clients required a volume that could be used alternately as accommodation, art gallery, art studio, storage, car park, sculpture workshop, for extended family gatherings and other unknown activities. The building does this by dividing into three portions that expand and contract as required. A deck extends the largest space into the landscape. The Camp Mountain Shed was built by Featherstone Constructions and completed in October 2016.
With most of their time spent in the garden, the clients needed their home to be a refuge from light, heat and glare. A hybrid typology of the courtyard and pavilion is employed to give privacy for different activities and accommodate guests. The project was completed by EMAC homes in time for Christmas last year, stay tuned for photographs!
Bholu 15 Preschool
Bholu 15 is a preschool located in the Ramapir No Tekro informal settlement in Ahmedabad, India.It provides a peaceful and safe sanctuary in the often stressful lives of children living in slum communities.
Two volunteer architects, myself and Niini Mendonca, worked for five months in close consultation with the community to deliver the preschool, make friends over cups of chai and play some great games of street cricket. We conducted a holistic process from initial research, site analysis and community consultation to generate a brief and understand the goals and objectives for the project; design presentations to gather feedback; tendering to local contractors; construction and finance management through to an inauguration celebration and post-occupancy review. We even helped out with manual labour on site!
The preschool is administrated by a local NGO, Manav Sadhna, whose mantra is to "reduce, reuse and recycle". We achieved this objective through reusing existing material on site; collecting waste stone to reuse in floor and wall mosaics; recycling plastic waste into a rainbow mural and reducing energy use with abundant natural light and ventilation.
A workshop style process allowed the client to control the development of conceptual ideas for the complete renovation of a newly purchased apartment. This process established a strong design direction to achieve the owner's goals of a flexible plan with open and clean living spaces and plenty of storage.
The renovation balances clean lines with refined warmth through timber feature joinery and feature dark colour contrast. The neutral base palette is punctuated with bold and personal details. North facing living spaces soak up natural light and quietly celebrate the city view.
The Hawthorne Deluxe Cinema is a boutique addition to the 3-screen Cineplex theatre across the road. Encompassing two restaurant tenancies (one in a re-purposed pre-1900s house), the precinct celebrates the characteristic features, place specific materials and strong community atmosphere of the site and its surrounds. The proposal privileges street life and pedestrian experience to create a lively hub that will become the heart of Hawthorne.
Using the existing theatre and pre-1900s house as anchor points, the project explores the idea of occupying spaces underneath in contrast to those on top. The project is imagined first as a ruin from which lightweight walls are built up, fold back and open out.
A speculative proposal for a night market that forms the nucleus for a pedestrian invasion of Brisbane City. Pedestrian links connect a network of urban spaces to provide a framework for a new pedestrian landscape. The Valley Market proposal takes advantage of large volumes of pedestrian traffic at peak hour to provide desirable pedestrian space and connections alongside a fresh produce market. The market facilitates pedestrian activity and provides an alternative model to supermarket shopping based on convenience and social interaction.
Each layer of organisation in the Market operates on its own logic. When overlaid, each layer is pushed and pulled to accommodate the other. The ground layer is a permeable pedestrian landscape supported by a fresh produce market that accommodates incidental activities and temporary appropriation. Double height market stalls provide spaces in the tree canopy from which to view the action below. A roof terrace relates to the sky above the tree canopy with views to the surrounding context filtered by a shroud of angled battens.
Student Union Redevelopment
A speculative proposal to address accumulated planning issues at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia Campus. Over time, campus buildings in the Student Union complex have become difficult to navigate and are taking a far larger volume of pedestrians than anticipated. A new public territory is imagined to accommodate changing patterns of use and circulation at the University to engage students, staff, community and visitors with minimal changes to the existing built environment. The proposal is not defined by the buildings, but rather the pedestrian and casual spaces in between the buildings.
Four prototypes are developed to negotiate the spaces between. These prototypes, when applied across campus, provide a range of experiences that recondition edge spaces and clarify wayfinding. Subtle infills reinforce campus identity and transform leftover spaces into destinations.
1. The Galley: to connect and restore a sense of clarity to pedestrian movement 2. The Box Pavilion: a place of refuge and slowness to watch/study/meet 3. The Platform: a place of activity and liveliness for prospect and vista 4. The Undercroft: open and wide, a place to accommodate many or quietly accommodate some
A studio collaboration in Helsinki, Finland to design and build a sauna in two and a half weeks. The design brief asked for a sauna to be constructed of timber with a primary structure of a 2.1m cube of laminated veneer lumber.
The resulting design elevates the sauna box on timber columns to offer unexpected views to the surroundings. In doing so, a new entry ritual into the sauna itself is created. Interior benches are suspended within the box to capture the hot air rising from the stones below. Exterior cladding protects the sauna from the elements and maintains a rhythm to amplify the floating box.
Bhulbhule Kindergarten Refurbishment
A village kindergarten perched on a mountain-side overlooking the Lamjung District valleys in northern-central Nepal was in need of some love and attention. To prepare for the new kindergarten class, Aussie Action Abroad and Architects Without Frontiers 2011-2012 team cleaned and painted the space, getting to know the local children along the way.