Architect of Dreams

Ian Athfield is New Zealand’s most well known and beloved architects. This documentary (link below) called ‘ Architect of Dreams’ is a wonderful and inspiring look into the life and work of a man that clearly thinks differently to most. In March of this year I attended an architectural conference on the Hawkesbury River, NSW. Ath […]

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Balmoral Duplex – Brisbane

The Brisbane suburb of Balmoral is the location for a new duplex commission. The design explores ideas of how architecture gradually reveals itself. The entry ramp is curved downward descending into the heart of the home. This narrow corridor is simplistic in its materiality, raw concrete (fire wall), vertically laid timber cladding (private bedroom walls), and […]

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Big Practice, Big Business

Architecture and design can operate at extraordinary scales. In Brisbane, our biggest firms work on the global stage. Companies like BVN Donovan Hill, Cox Rayner and Conrad Gargett Riddel have all made their mark. In last week’s post we talked about another world renowned architect firm coming to Brisbane for a 2015 build, Zaha Hadid Architects. […]

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Zaha comes to Brisbane

The world shares a love/hate relationship with Zaha Hadid and her offsider, Patrik Schumacher. Their architecture is futuristic, it is fluid. There is no room for historic sensitivity. They embrace new design ideologies founded in parametricism and now they are coming to Brisbane thanks to the Sunland Group! Due to start construction in 2015 are […]

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Why Architects Dream Big—and Crazy

Can you really build farms on top of offices, in skyscrapers that look like they’ve been chopped into? Maybe not, but such outlandish designs profoundly influence how our cities will be built. The high-density future of cities around the world, rendered crisply in photo-realistic drawings and computer models, will be one of massive skyscrapers performing […]

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Trusting in Ordinary Practice

We love the work of OVP. Theirs is a humble authentic architecture, it stands out in a world where ‘the spectacular’ is too often the dominant pursuit.  Thanks to Design On-line for this insightful post. Words by Paul Owen, Director or Owen Vokes Peters “Beautiful ideas can be derived from simple, honest work—and innovation can be discovered […]

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C-House: New Directions in Sub-tropical Architecture

In the 90’s this master piece was realized. A young, and somewhat unknown Donovan Hill, received the commission that would put them on the map. The result of almost 9 years of attention produced the C-House. It has won almost every award an Australian house can receive but more importantly, it changed the way residential […]

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Silver City Museum – An Un-built work by Glenn Murcutt

Glenn Murcutt’s work has captivated me over the years. His attention to detail is phenomenal, he leaves nothing unchecked. I have spent countless hours with magnifying glass in hand looking at his working drawings, this exercise never gets old. It seems the more you look at them the more you learn. As a designer, there […]

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Quote of the day 18/07

The problem with 21 century architecture is that it strives to be desperately interesting. Desperately interesting architecture will not last, it will not become timeless. – Glenn MurcuttComments comments

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What is Architecture?

What is architecture? What can architecture do? What is your architectural position? What is your design method? These questions were put to a handful of the world’s most influential architects from around the world at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. After listening to the answers it is easy to see why these professionals are revered […]

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