A VIEW FROM THE CLOUDS
Commissioned by Piccolo and Cornwall - A view from the clouds is an interpretative art piece by photographer Peter Bennetts. From the heady heights of the clouds we asked Peter to explore the macro view afforded by simply being elevated. Melbourne didn't disappoint. This stunning point of view exposes some of the rich tecture of Melbourne - from architecture in development up to icons complete. There is nothing but an upside down outtake when looking down on this beautiful international city.
The Australian Synchrotron is a high technology research facility that uses light as a medium for exploration and discovery. Bates Smart's design took its cues from the Synchrotron's scientific purpose, but this rational endeavour is expressed through an evocative, near-magical manipulation of light for architectural and atmospheric ends. Acrylic panels infuse the internal space with ethereal colour. Skylights meanwhile are placed around the perimeter of the building, steeping natural light through the walls and lending the building a constantly shifting, radiant translucency.
Built within one of only two 19th century timber boat sheds remaining in this part of Sydney Harbour, this apartment offers a playful but considered take on its privileged setting. The bones of the existing shed, warped and twisted with time, are left exposed to tell their story, while skylights frame spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge. Interiors, meanwhile, do their best to compete with the rarefied location. Warm timber floors, a spray of coloured tiles in the bathroom and, in a glamourously eccentric flourish, gold floors in the lower levels ensure the project has plenty of personality to offer though beyond its eye-popping views.
At first glance, the key ingredient in Andrew Maynard Architects' Hill House seems like pure delight. A bright green astroturf bulge with chunky black box balanced precariously on top makes up the main extension, and could easily be read as a work of sculpture. This design though is the result of some very pragmatic considerations.
In commissioning Andrew Maynard Architects, a family of five wanted to create a long-term home from what was proving to be a dark and pokey residence. Rather than extending from the rear of the building though, which would likely block even more precious light from entering the house, the practice built a new structure on the rear boundary. This new 'addition' faces north, its cantilevered box preventing sun from entering the building during summer, while letting it flood in during winter. Its curvy form, meanwhile, has proved to be a delightful place for lounging in the sun, year-round.
In all the fuss over the art and architecture of MONA, it's often forgotten that much of what makes this private museum so special is the experience of its landscape. Landscape architecture practice Oculus has crowned the ochre, fortress-like walls of Fender Katsalidis' indisputably iconic design in fractured planes of vegetation and concrete. Carefully orchestrated to guide foot traffic through a staggered series of platforms to the museum's entrance, the spare, manmade topography of the site also provides key moments of outlook to the spectacular riparian landscape of Tasmania's Derwent River, virtually ensuring the museum leaves an indelible impression on the visitor, quite apart from the art.
With its raw finishes and robust material palette, this cafe fit-out by the young but prodigious practice Herbert & Mason would look perfectly at home tucked down a Melbourne laneway. But while Melbourne is home for Herbert & Mason, the lucky city that plays home to The Association is London. Together with the recent, award-winning Reuben Hills cafe in Sydney, and its earlier work with Gingerboy Upstairs in Melbourne, the practice is developing a strong reputation for taut, elegantly understated hospitality design.
99 Yarranabbe Road was originally designed by the architect John Athelstan Victor Nisbet. Completed in 1937, the design was directly inspired by the 1935 Sunspan Exhibition House by English modernist, Wells Coates. Coates' house was deemed quite controversial at the time, and Yarranabbe Road is an unusual example of Inter War, Functionalist Sydney architecture.
In keeping with the building's significance, Andrew Burges' alterations and additions to this house have been handled with the utmost sensitivity. To increase amenity, while preserving the footprint and masonry of the building, a distinct rooftop pavilion has been added. Internally, functions have been grouped around a rebuilt, highly sculptural stair. Despite the tight floorplates, an expansive sense of light and space has been achieved.
Following the stairs upwards, the visitor's journey eventually culminates in sweeping views of Sydney harbour from the rooftop pavilion and deck - made all the more spectacular for the preservation of the building's flowing, mid-century parapet.
Russell & George
First Melbourne, then the world.
Prolific and prodigiously talented duo Russell & George have built a huge name for themselves in Australia, thanks to their witty and inventive approach to retail and hospitality design. This fit-out for a lighting store in Rome, Italy, marks the opening of their European office and displays all of their signature verve and refinement.
Watch this space, as they say...
While Gucci is certainly not the most ostentatious of luxury brands, it's not afraid to flaunt its glamour either. The new Gucci flagship store in Sydney boasts a burnished gold facade totally in keeping with the brand's reputation for refined bling. Elegant, but hardly retiring, on the damp night of this shoot the store literally seemed to be leaking luxury into the street.
Staggered down the lush, rolling topography of Kingston, just south of Hobart in Tasmania, this high school has been designed to reflect the very latest in pedagogical thinking. Traditional classroom plans have been avoided in favour of flexible, open-plan learning environments, while the buildings have been organised with maximum connectivity in mind. Their low slung forms sit snugly in the folds of the site, to minimise impact on the surrounding environment - and to help shield their occupants from Tasmania's moody weather.
In the rural township of Mildura, architects Minifie van Schaik have turned what was a bog-standard, brick veneer bungalow into a playful celebration of fashion, food and family.
Designed for Australian celebrity chef Stefano de Pieri and family, while the previous house was unremarkable for its standard-issue, suburban architecture, the new design is anything but, boasting a plethora of bespoke, non-standard features. In the new internal courtyard, multi-hued bricks have been used to create an abstract pattern that references both nearby Lake Mungo and the eccentric colours and immaculate detail of a Paul Smith shirt. Meanwhile, visitors to the house are confronted at the entrance with a geometric pattern that gives a strong hint something more than your average suburban idyll lies behind the front door.
Wattle Avenue House was awarded an Australian Institute of Architects award for Residential Alterations and Extensions in June 2012.
Located in a side street off one of London's major retail arteries, this office building by Amanda Levete employs a unique aluminium facade system. Crafted with shipbuilding technology, it lends the building a ghostly but captivating presence, side street or no...
As you'd expect from its moniker, Tree House is a celebration of all things arboreal. Richly textured timber surfaces line much of the house's internal spaces, this organic material contrasting beautifully with the precise lines of the contemporary furniture collection contained within. A particular highlight though comes by way of a non-architectural element - the wizened but elegant peppercorn tree at the property's edge. Framed by an expansive sliding glass door, the tree is arrestingly present both outside and inside the building - the architecture quite knowingly allowing itself to be upstaged by this regal inhabitant of the site.
Dandenong, south west of Melbourne, is home to a diverse mix of cultures and communities. Unfortunately, for many years it has also had a reputation for being a down-at-heel, dormitory suburb. New government iniatives, however, are revitalising the area, the Dandenong Government Services Centre by HASSELL being just such a project.
Coda Studio Fremantle
The interior of Coda Studio's new Fremantle office is a perfect expression of this practice's sensibility and ethos. Made from ply and recycled materials, the fit-out boasts a warm and textured materiality, while vintage furniture adds an eclectic, human touch. Everything in the 300sqm-odd project is designed to be demountable, so that the materials can be readily used elsewhere if need be, reducing the potential for future waste. Remarkably, the whole fit-out was completed for AU$350k.
Emerging practice Folk Architects' Medhurst Winery cuts a plane through the Yarra Valley.
Medhurst Winery in Victoria's Yarra Valley is the first project completed by emerging practice Folk Architects.
Whilst it was their first commission, they were initially reluctant to build on the north facing slope as the programatic requirements of the brief seemed inappropriate to the scale of the site and its surroundings. The response was to sensitively insert the winery into the hill and reduce its perceived scale - A series of blade walls follow the contours of the site, and frame views to the Warramate forest, vineyard and ranges beyond.
The material palette is retrained yet surprisingly playful - the double height polycarbonate blade wall appears solid on approach, however it allows natural light into the workspace and illuminates the landscape at night.
A second concrete blade encloses an underground barrel store, disguised by a green roof and frames an elevated platform that encourages patrons to view the vineyard and the wine making process.
The muscular, slightly brutish concrete carapace of Paul Morgan Architects' NMIT Student Centre conceals a sensitive side - a 2200sqm library boasting warm and inviting, light dappled interiors. A building of both brains and brawn, it also contains a fitness centre. Unsurprisingly, it has become a huge hit with students.
Rising from the verdant forest of Hong Kong's the Peak and consisting of just 12 luxury units, Frank Gehry's first asian apartment building is an ascending spiral of floors and glass clad columns.
Minifie van Schaik's Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre, for Melbourne Water, is perched overlooking the Edithvale wetlands, a remnant of the once extensive and ecologically rich Carum Carrum swamp - now recognised by a RAMSAR listing for being of international significance. Children are the photographer's own!
In beautiful forest of extant Stringybark trees in Victoria’s Central Highlands rests a small cabin.
Paul Morgan Architects' initial interest was in the bleached bones of sheep and kangaroo skeletons found in forests and farms, and in the thickening of these joints, needed to carry additional loads. This interest transitioned into harnessing the natural load-bearing capacity of timber found in the region by utilizing bifurcations found in tree forks.
The advantage of these bifurcated joints - usually discarded in commercial tree logging - is their great inherent strength. The bifurcations were sourced from forest floors and farmland, and due to their age, were pre-seasoned. They were joined to straight columns with internal metal plates by a sculptor. So this ground fuel became building material. An internal column with radiating beams completed the structure, the complete triangulated system attaining great inherent strength.
Stringybark trees were removed from the site to make way for the new house. A mobile milling machine was delivered to site, and Stringybark lining boards were milled, cured on site, and then fixed internally. This resulted in a minimal carbon footprint for the sourcing and installing of the lining boards.
The design sought to achieve an almost transparent relationship with the surrounding forest, achieved through an eco-morphological transformation of ground fuel into structure.
Baker D. Chirico
Bread is a simple product, of few ingredients, traditionally displayed and sold simply. The art of a baker such as D. Chirico is to perfect a simple process and do it like few others. The results are evident in their reputation.
At the Carlton edition of Baker D. Chirico, this concept has inspired the interior, the simple purpose of which is to cool the bread fresh out of the oven, to display it naked of packaging and ready to be portioned and sold.
An undulation of CNC routed plywood forms wall and ceiling. Subtractions from the wall provide display areas for bread; the varying depths of the shelves and heights of the subtractions meticulously arranged to accommodate long baguettes, large round pagnotta, ficelle loaves and other creations. The variety and expanse of the wall allows the display to be re-arranged and altered according to mood or season.
Standing in firm counterpoint to the wave of the bread wall, the centre counter is conceived as a giant chopping board, intended to wear and patina gracefully with age and use. Scales, crumb trays, knife holders and POS terminals each have a place on this working bench, all subsumed into the simple sales concept: chop loaf, wrap and sell.
Cloud 9's office building for the new 22@ district has won the top prize at this year's World Architecture Festival. Providing a mix of large office space, space for start-ups and public space, the architect Enric Ruiz-Geli hopes for the building to it act 'as a seed for an environmental revoloution'.
Imagined as a mini city, Carrum Downs Police Station comprises of a cluster of programmatic elements each figured as an individual volume, treated materially as a building and distinguished through a particular choice of brick. Internally the variation of the colour, texture, pattern and sheen of the brick expresses each of these zones as a discrete volume and provides a means of orientation and identity, as well as offering durability. Externally the brick face presents as domestic and local, referencing the adjacent suburban condition and re-using bricks from original building that once occupied the site. The 'hit and miss' glazed brick entry tower shifts the scale of the facility from domestic to civic, and as an illuminated beacon at night, heralds the presence of the Victoria Police on the highway. Kerstin Thompson Architects
Designer Louise Campbell installs artwork for the Overlap exhibition, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen. Going on the wall is Campbell's artwork Displacement Activity No.1 made from Pantone swatches and masking tape. The entangled Pieces: it's complicated 1-5 are from bias binding.
Concrete buttresses extrude from sloping ground. These rhythmic elements form a continuous datum upon which the first floor rests; concrete blades in an east-west orientation, which cantilever and stagger beyond the precipice of the bronze wall below. This craning assemblage hovers over an organic knoll of delicately curling asparagus fern, and shelters the entry below.
The house is a sculptural object. The brutal exterior surfaces of the forms jostling concrete blades penetrate the interior, diffusing the interior/exterior threshold and creating a series of individual rooms. The interior unfolds as it is engaged with, rooms fold into each other and are defined by layers not walls.
The interior is dissected by a 3 story void; an empty vertical room within a room. The upper and lower floors are veiled by a knitted stainless steel mesh which allows textured shadow to dance within the interior.
The basement experience embraces dark tones, rich textures, and celebrates ambient natural light. There is a strong dialogue between surfaces and object; polished monolithic black stone, raw mild steel, black leather, knitted mesh, and ‘slick’ body of black water that embodies the indoor pool.
The first floor is the clients retreat with Master bedroom, dressing room and ensuite. The Study hovers above the landscape knoll and engages with the streets’ plane trees. The contrasting light and dark furniture pallet articulate ‘her’ study from ‘his’ amongst the blade walls.
The building faces north and draws in sunlight across its breadth. The void acts as a thermal chimney, drawing fresh air through and expelling above. At its base the pond has a cooling effect. The steel mesh veil reduces direct sunlight entry.
The design affronts the general fascination with mock architectural styles, or adorned boxes with inward looking spaces and a total lack of relationship with site and environment. It engages with the notion of grandness without drawing on imitation, decoration, porticos or columns. Anti-decorative, anti-column.
Sorrento house celebrates the idea of the traditional Australian Beach holiday. A series of flexible and interconnected spaces, the house is a sensitive and deft response to environment and site.
'A HUMBLE beach house, the Sorrento House by NMBW Architecture Studio, has taken out Victoria's top residential architectural prize - the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award.
The ''sensitive development of a sensitive coastal site'' emerged as the winner from a strong field at the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian awards.
Sorrento House, elegantly designed from an economy of materials, impressed the jury with its inventive system of dividing partitions that fold, retract, swing and slide to define social and personal spaces.
Jury chairman John Wardle of John Wardle Architects said the house's ambitions had crossed the boundaries of the site to the benefit of neighbours. Outlook, wind patterns, the structure of the landscape and the composition of building mass had been negotiated with great care, he said.'
Beach house coasts to top design prize - Philip Hopkins and Ray Edgar, The Age Saturday 25 June 2011
'Sited on the edge of a 70-metre high cliff, the plan of House Holman refers to Picasso’s painting The Bather. It contains a complex series of fluid living spaces set within a meandering perimeter that arcs, folds and stretches in response to sun, landscape and views. Living and dining areas cantilever out over the ocean, allowing dramatic views up and down the coast. The lower floor forms a base that is built from rough stone walls like an extension of the cliff below. These walls continue along the cliff edge to form a series of eccentric terraced gardens and a vase-shaped rock pool.'
This architecture and interiors series is part of an adverting campaign for Stable Properties' 'Triptych', an inspired and sustainable luxury apartment building in Melbourne's Arts Precinct. Photographed through construction and completion at one stage we scaled the then 22 story building with full kit, no operating lift, and photographed from the very top of the lift cores at dawn and dusk. The subsequent panoramic images are made up from a number of photographs stitched together to make the final panoramas. Using an ALPA cameras and the latest Leaf Aptus II 10, 56 megapixel digital back, the final image files were 3GB each allowing for the ultimate in reproduction - one usage called for 4m x 1m photographic prints!
TRIPTYCH: The Penthouse Collection features my photographs of Triptych Apartments. Commissioned by Stable Properties' Beatrice Imbert and designed by the Büro North team of Soren Luckins, Jason Mildren and David Williamson this tome is truly beautiful. Printed on silver foil with post production/colour work by Visual Thing, the book highlights the collaboration of architects Nettleton Tribe, artist Robert Owen, interior designers Carr Design, Büro North and the building's developer Stable Properties.
Working together with Fabio Ongarato Design and their team of Fabio, Maurice Lai, Katherine McQuarrie & Meg Phillips and my team of John Hamilton (as maestro retoucher), Max Schafer (intern) & Andrew Butler (digital operator) along with Chris Sherwood (pilot) we've produced an advertising and art series of images for The Capitol. The Capitol designed by architects Bates Smart is a new apartment development on Toorak and Chapel Street, South Yarra. Photographing with ALPA cameras, a Leaf Aptus II-10 (56mp) digital back, Tyler Gyro, and Bell Jetranger III one image from the series has been reproduced as 12.5m x 3m Durotrans print for The Capitol's display suite. This image is one of the largest and highest resoloution prints ever made and from a helicopter while hovering over South Yarra in the late afternoon. You can visit The Capitol display suite and see the print for yourself at 367 Chapel street from 2011 - see if you can find the A380 on final approach!
The project involved the redesign of an existing 38 sq m (400 sq feet)one bedroom apartment in a Harry Seidler Building in Potts Point. The aim was to create a space that would suit a couple with a young child. The existing joinery (not original) was demolished leaving only the masonry walls to the bathroom which remains untouched. A new joinery element was inserted to re-configure the space, addressing the issues of privacy, storage and a lack of living space inherent in an apartment of this size.
McConnell House Adelaide
One of Adelaide's finest modern homes, McConnell residence was designed and built in 1967 by Jack McConnell. McConnell was one of the founders of McConnell & Hassell Architects now HASSELL. Ably and amusedly assisted by Cameron Bruhn, the house was photographed for the revisit feature Houses® #98. In shooting for revisit we strive for for images that speak of the relationship between architecture and inhabitation.
Headquarters Sussan Sportsgirl are offices, a private art gallery, corporate dining room, boardrooms and studio. Originally three industrial buildings Headquarters Sussan Sportsgirl have been reconceived as one, reinvigorated and newly clothed in industrial glass panels, transcendent details and breathing with birch forrest heart.
Located above the William Street Train station One40 William is the first 5 Star Green Star building in Perth. The multilevel design places the highest tier on the north side to provide a natural shading system for the lower office levels. This, paired with the use of a single glazed façade, prevents excessive heat gain in summer while radiating warmth to its surrounds at night. The stepped and angled floor plan places more than 80 percent of its area within eight metres of full height external windows. This allows for minimal artificial light. In addition the landscape is irrigated using rainwater harvested on site. Featuring rooftop and surrounding gardens as well as a high proportion of fresh air circulation in the office spaces, the design has a focus on worker comfort.
A flickering flame above the Barcelona neighbourhood of Barceloneta. The new headquarters of the Gas Natural Spanish gas company by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) breathtakingly defies gravity.
HASSELL's new Alibaba Headquarters is a benchmark for the modern workplace in China. It's 150,000 square metres of flexible open plan office space within a campus style layout.
The design is based on the concepts of connectivity, clarity and community. The workplace has been designed to be a positive and healthy environment to encourage informal and creative meetings throughout the complex. Hubs, internal and external streets, bridges, roof terraces and strategically placed destination points contribute to the collaborative intent. The built form and the designed spaces are integrated so that each defines the other.
The Hangzhou context has been embraced with garden networks and the sunshading screens that represent Chinese ice-pattern window screens prominent throughout the region.
Hard work and fun times with HASSELL's Jackie, Amy and Mr Yang!
Winner of the inaugural AARON BOLOT AWARD for RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE – MULTIPLE HOUSING at 2010 NSW Architecture Awards.
Jury Citation:"...timeless plan that is considered at all levels. The simple and disciplined floor plan accommodates a flexible and differentiated apartment layout at each level. A rational and economic structure ensures the basement plan and foundations are simple and profound. They include a plan that does not require complex structural transfer beams. The corners of the building and every one of its junctions are well conceived, well detailed, and well executed with robustness and durability. In the rationality of this building, BVN has created a laconic and timely statement. We hope this assists in the prioritisation of orders of importance in future exclusive buildings; the plan and air and natural light are, as found here, more important than an emphasis on material inclusions, which we are thankfully spared in this clear and rigorous building."
Conceived as a formal emulation of the hip roof of the existing heritage listed residence this substantial addition to a large home seeks to provide an alternative reading of its suburban context. Distinctive but complimentary materials: copper, recycled jarrah and calacatta marble, have been employed so that the addition both references and develops the life of the architecture. Concealed from the street, the new insertion transforms the nature of the historic domestic language into a dynamic and generous articulation of form and space, suitable for the life of its new family. All in it's a great set of alterations and additions to a Hawthorn mansion. The architects are iredale pedersen hook and the interior design is by Beatrix Rowe. Photographed for Vogue Living.
PLA soldiers having their photographs taken in front of the Australian Pavilion in the days before the Shanghai World Expo 2010 opens.
From 1 May to 31 October 2010 Australia's national pavilion will showcase Australian innovation, creativity and achievement to some 7 million visitors mostly from mainland China - an average of 38,000 people on each of the 184 days of the expo.
Durbach Block Jaggers' four storey commercial building in Sydney's Kings Cross is a response to the particular character of this 'colourful' precinct. Known affectionally by locals as the 'Barcelona Building' its tiled 'Catalan' form could be seen as a benevolent angel. As a building it's an extraordinary gesture, an artwork that gives of itself whilst accommodating a commercial program of restaurant, bar and offices. In this pleasurable endeavour I was received warmly and amused by amiable locals and ably assisted by Katherin Lu.
Cubby House Fitzroy
Edwards Moore's extension and renovation of an apartment overlooks Fitzroy's iconic public swimming pool. It's an absolute cracker! The French Bulldog's name is Jimmy.
ANZ Centre Melbourne
HASSELL's new headquarters for the ANZ Bank is a 'ground-scaper' housing 6500 staff in 10 light filled stories that surround a central atrium. Bovis Lend Lease were the developer and builder of the project. It was my pleasure be joined by Ken Maher, Rob Backhouse and Harley Vincent from Hassell and Nicole Ekert from Bovis Lend Lease for a personal introduction to, and tour of, the building. Indeed it was all pleasure photographing the project until my ALPA and Leaf Digital back went for a quick swim off a floating marina as a motorboat passed by!
BKK's Corinella House sits on a peninsula in Victoria's Westernport Bay, with a view over mangroves, sand flats, sea and black swans to French Island. It's a particularly fine project, realised through that most fortuitous combination of rigorous architects, good builder and great client (also a particularly fine host!).
Melbourne Future Wheel
Collaborating with Büro North and Squint Opera we've visualised our own proposition for Melbourne's heat damaged and conceptually flawed Southern Star Big Wheel. We suggest a greek windmill inspired sci-fi future with a Wind Driven Solar Sail Powered Wheel as a hub for a new fleet of Flying Steam Powered Punk Trams which alleviate congestion in a newly greened Melbourne!
Casa da Musica Porto
Perhaps my favorite building, the Casa da Musica by Rem Koolhaas/OMA photographed for the 'Music Houses' book - the world's most remarkable buildings for musical performance. Intellectual rigor meets sensual beauty in an original form. Whilst photographing the Casa was pure pleasure I wish I'd seen more of Porto than it, the airport and my hotel.
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium is under construction on Olympic Boulevard in the 'Sports and Entertainment' precinct of inner Melbourne. Commissioned by Wallpaper* to photograph the construction for their awards edition, able intern Nils Koenning and I scaled 5 tiers of scaffold and shot the pitch with one of the stadium's geodesic panels being craned into place. The Stadium with its distinctive bio-frame structure and geodesic dome roofs was designed by Cox Architects. Rectangular stadium was awarded Wallpaper* magazine's 'Worlds best building site' in their 2010 Design Awards, you can see my finished photograph over a double page spread in Wallpaper*s February Design Awards special.
Lyons Architecture's new studio by NMBW is in an old department store in Melbourne's CBD. This masterful intervention leaves well enough alone while introducing fine detail and material concerns making for a dynamic and sustainable working environment for the whole Lyons crew.
Zaha Hadid Architects
Italy's new Modern Art Museum, the 'MAXXI' - National Museum of the XXI Century Arts by Zaha Hadid Architects. Exploring the interface between architecture, landscape and art the MAXXI is a complex, dynamic and fluid set of spaces devoted to contemporary creativity, arts and architecture. Flow form, the MAXXI is not object, it's more a field of buildings making an immersive urban environment. The intertwined galleries and stairs read as rivers and streams.
The German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition, this is the building that spawned THAT column and THOSE chairs. It was demolished in 1930 but a replica was built in the 1980's. Normally I wouldn't endorse a replica but... I photographed it again this year with the category winners and jurors of this years World Architecture Festival enjoying cocktails and canapes poolside. As you would!
Perforated House, Melbourne
This is not a terrace. This is more than a facade. Kavallaris's sustainable critique of a terrace house is a contemporary dwelling for a family - his family! As well as being the cover story of AR Residential 09/City Living you can see Kavallaris's house in Mark magazine No 23/December 09-January 10.
I'm currently working on a book celebrating rush/wright associates' 10 years of innovative landscape architecture. Much of the shooting is from helicopters with a technique I've developed using gyroscopes to photograph in the low light of the late evening. Photographing from a vibrating, moving helicopter presents a challenge, particularly when sitting harnessed out of the aircraft door in the rotorwash, hand-holding a 10kg+ rig!
For 3 years I've been photographing the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre and adjoining Hilton South Wharf, documenting its construction through to the building's opening. As well as the book you can see the Melbourne Convention Centre and my images in AR 109 and AA Vol 98 No 3.
Wood Marsh Architecture
The latest St Kilda Road development by developer Sunland. Balancea is a seductive multi-residential project by Wood Marsh Architecture. Buro North designed the building's graphics and signage, you can see the logo sign and beautiful screens. I was commissioned for the art series that features on 11 floors of the boutique 23 story building. At the 2009 Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Awards Balencea was awarded an Architecture Award in the Residential, Multiple Housing Category.
Naomi Stead considers the Sydney exhibition by Peter Bennetts, Recent Architecture Photography in Architecture Australia Vol.98 No.2.
These images are in the collection of the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York! Publications include Monument and Artichoke magazines.
Tuvalu is a nation of eight tiny atolls in the Pacific Ocean. Look for the intersection of the equator and the date line and you'll find it. But not for long. Tuvalu's low lying atolls make it particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and the effects of climate change. I have been visiting and documenting the islands and their people since 1998.
Elenberg Fraser's second snowfield development (after Huski) is also situated in the ski resort village of Falls Creek. Saint Falls creates a new portal to the resort and has a form derived from the open wings of a Bogong Moth.
The Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC (Melbourne Theatre Company) are conjoined venues in Melbourne's Southbank Arts precinct. The Recital Centre has a form that is part packaging/part object and the MTC is all about the box...or is it?
This project scooped the awards pool for ARM at the 2009 A.I.A. Victorian Chapter Awards.
Cardigan Street House
In this wonderful renovation of a labyrinthine Victorian terrace Architect Fiona Dunin has used mirrors and planes to transform the Victorian stair into a periscope where glimpses to rooms beyond reveal beautiful details and light-filled spaces. And while mirrors create prismatic intrigue - you try and photograph them! You can learn more about Fiona and FMD Architects here.
Leeton Pointon Architects + Susi Leeton Architects won an Architecture Award for Interior Architecture at the 2009 Victorian Chapter Awards with this beautifully crafted house in Melbourne.
Herbet and Mason's travelling pavilion/shop/gallery/object for Scanlan & Theodore. After a few deft moves it will join the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Victoria. And that's a model of the pavilion on the cover of Artichoke #26 'Round Round the Table' - when it was no more than a sparkle in Matthew's eye and a well loved cardboard and foam-core representation.
Roy Grounds' Victorian Arts Centre literally pierces Melbourne's arts precinct and gives seagulls a focus to wheel around!
Dalyellup College is a new school just outside the coastal south-west city of Bunbury in Western Australia. Hassell's design is a ribbon of contemporary architectural spaces around a protected central courtyard. Dalyellup College also received an Architecture Award in the Public Architecture category of the WA Chapter AIA awards. You can see it in Monument 92 August/September 2009.
John Wardle Architects in association with Wilson Architects and GHD's new building and bridge at the University of Sydney won an Architecture Award at the 2009 NSW Architecture Awards. I'd organised the street to be cleared of traffic...and then the green VW drives by. This project was published in AR #109, BOB (Korea) and ANC (Korea).
Green Void Sydney
Green Void by LAVA is a spectacular and fun architectural installation at Customs House, Sydney.
Andrew Maynard Architects' Vader House sits behind a Victorian terrace in Melbourne's Fitzroy, a dense inner-city suburb. Everything opens/closes and turns off/on! Decking moves to reveal/conceal lawn or pool. Folding doors make the inside outside or is the outside inside? Electric glass becomes clear or opaque depending on your use of the bathroom. And the floor opens to reveal a cellar. Vader House was the homepage story on the Wallpaper* website, you can see it here.
In a sleepy Perth riverside suburb, iph's Swan Street residence serves as a shrine to everyday pleasure while giving a nod to the materials and forms of the early 20 century Arts and Crafts movement. Swan Street residence won the WA chapter of the Australian Institute of Architecture 2009 Architecture Award for Residential Architecture Alteration + Additions. Did I mention it was about 42 degrees when I shot it - phew! Swan Street was published in AR #110 'adaption'.
The world's tallest building, the Burj Dubai, under construction in 2008.
Jean Nouvel's Torre Agbar in Barcelona, Spain. It houses the city's water company and fittingly has a geyser inspired form.
Fjäll (pronounced "fe-yall") is Swedish for mountain. Designed by Salter Architects and interiors by Hecker Phelan & Guthrie, Fjäll is ski lodge that blends rustic traditions with a contemporary designer finish. I was mostly ably assisted by Lars who's quick with a coffee but cooked us overnight turning up the thermostat because he was cold - you'd think a Dane would know...
Q1, Gold Coast
Q1 on Queensland's Gold Coast was designed and developed by Sunland Group and is Australia's highest apartment tower. I was commissioned by Sunland to mark the company's 25th anniversary with a series of new images of their milestone projects.
Peter Bennetts Photographer - Recent Work, my exhibition for the Victorian 2008 State of Design Festival was held in the empty and now demolished Abaris Print-works building, A'beckett Street, Melbourne and curated by Fleur Watson. A big thank-you to Panurban, Sunstudios, Tarrawarra and Format furniture for generously supporting the exhibition.
Critical photo essay on the sobering ugliness of the outer-suburban reality.
RMIT's New Architecture School, housed in a recycled building, expertly fitted out by NMBW.
This portrait was taken for AR while Jean Nouvel was in Melbourne. It was taken after a long lunch, involving a fair amount of red wine. While most of us might want a post-prandial sleep Jean can design a pretty fine building after a bottle of red wine.
Carpet Couch 2
It's a couch! It's carpet!! It's PHOOEY!!! (it's also the cover of Monument issue 87).
Southern Ocean Lodge
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, South Australia for Wallpaper*.
This pre-fabricated cottage won the John George Knight Award for Heritage at the 2009 Victorian Architecture Awards for RBA Architects & Conservation Consultants + JAM Architects. Originally imported from Singapore in 1852-3, the restoration and conservation of this modest South Melbourne building is described by the awards' jury as an inspirational example of heritage architecture: "a revelatory intersection between history and the present".
An addition to an addition to an addition. Originally a California bungalow, this house was first given a second storey, then a new wing and now NMBW's addition which is that rare project that gives more than it takes...adding quality to the public thoroughfare, the built and natural environments, the life of the family that it houses...a timber extension that demonstrates an enormous generosity of spirit. Evocative of camping by a billabong in the outback Flinders Ranges, the landscape is by Rush/Wright Associates.
Brought to you by ARM and the letter 'K'. The house's form is the k-mart 'K' in plan and elevation.
A small project that has made big waves. PHOOEY's recycled containers house a children's activity centre in a community playground in South Melbourne, and have won awards locally, nationally and internationally.
Melbourne Winter Campaign
Client - Tourism Victoria
Campaign - Melbourne Winter, Lose Yourself
Agency - publicis mojo
Producer - Vince Tillyer
Art Director and Copy - Selina + Toby
Sculptors - Tin & Ed
Part of the new development at Digital Harbour in Melbourne's Docklands. The facade of this building by ARM produces a visual effect called the Münsterburg or Café Wall Illusion. Despite its appearance the facade panels are parallel. ARM note that the "presence of the coloured horizontal line at each floor level is essential to the illusory effect".
New Gold Mountain is a bar designed by the ever-intriguing Cassandra Complex that joyfully riffs on the opium den aesthetic of gold rush Melbourne.
This is the last project of the firm Robinson Chen and dates from 1990. In 2007 I photographed the Hildebrand House in Somers, on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, for Monument magazine as a part of their series on Classic Houses. I was awe struck by the project and its presence nearly 20 years after its construction. It is more than a classic house, and was the precursor to a new style of Australian 'beach house' architecture.
Set in a stand of native tea-tree on the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula is Paul Morgan Architects' Cape Schanck House. The house won the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture at the 2007 National RAIA Awards. I love the project's response to its slightly eerie coastal setting. That and the fact that its location is referred to by some as 'Cape Shag'.
Greg Lynn FORM
This image of 'Sheep House' was acquired by Kodak for their permanent collection of photography as an 'exemplar of architectural photography'. The beautiful and pragmatic house was designed by iredale pedersen hook and does indeed have a small flock of sheep (and Diego the donkey) that graze around the house perimeter.
Bangkok's new urban resort perched on the Thon Buri bank of the Chao Phraya River. One of Bangkok's half built ghosts of the 90's has been transformed by BARstudio into a luxurious new retreat. Photographed for Hilton.
Curves define Yve, designed by Wood Marsh and developed by Sunland Group. The continuous ribbons of the glass balconies snake around the perimeter of the building, creating effects of compression and expansion. This was one of the first projects I photographed with the full digital set up and it had some fantastically abstract moments.
Huski art series
Rather than participate in the wholesale slaughter of wildlife for taxidermy, I photographed taxidermy (and interiors) in North American ski resorts. The resulting 100cm x 100cm canvases hang throughout Huski's apartments, lobby, produce store and day spa.
Apartment hotel Huski sits amongst the snow gums in my favorite Australian mountain resort of Falls Creek. Elenberg Fraser's faceted facade was inspired by the crystalline forms of snow flakes. Best of all the Huski Produce Store serves the best coffee on the hill (and you can ski to the front door).
In the Adelaide suburb of Marion, ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Phillips Pilkington Architects in Association) have created a Cultural Centre and its surrounds formed from the word "Marion". My photographs of this project were published in AR and Domus, and one was selected as the cover of Australia Architecture and Design published by Daab. The car park image was the poster for Australia's exhibition at the 2006 Venice Architecture Bienale...which makes perching in a swaying cherry picker on a freezing night to take the shot finally worthwhile!
Jesse Judd's house is set in a eucalyptus plantation and has a stained plywood interior that seems to glow amongst the monochromatic trees.
Matej Andraž Vogrincic created the installation "When on a Winter's Night a Traveller" at the Melbourne GPO for the 2005 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. The installation was composed of one thousand umbrellas suspended over the atrium of the GPO. At various times a cloud of mist would form over the umbrellas, obscuring the far side of the building.
Construction at QV. Where else can you see new buildings by NH, Kerstin Thompson, McBride Charles Ryan, DCM, John Wardle and Lyons on the same block?! This photograph was one of a series commissioned by AR and art directed by the legendary Peter Citroni.
The clients for this house by Wood Marsh were in the concrete business and the quality of the off-form concrete throughout is amazing. There are also wonderful traces of the construction process forever captured in some of the concrete ceiling panels. Notably the house also features a life size replica column from the Barcelona Pavilion.
Wood Marsh Architecture
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) by Wood Marsh Architecture is like a Cor-ten steel Uluru and has the most interesting contemporary art exhibitions and installations in Australia. It's an uncompromising building in an uncompromising landscape and I love it.
It was a quite a privilege being commissioned to photograph one of my favourite artists, photographer Bill Henson for Monument. Photographing in Melbourne's Botanical Gardens, I used a large format 4x5" camera and colour negative film.
This house by Allan Powell Architects gives nothing away from the street but stepping inside was like immersing yourself in a brandy alexander.
TarraWarra Museum of Art is a privately funded public art gallery set in the picturesque Yarra Valley. The gallery focusses on Australian art from the mid-twentieth century to the present day and has an ever-changing roster of exhibitions. The gallery by Allan Powell Architects is not so much a building as a set of constructed interventions in the landscape, playing with concealment and revelation.
Minifie Nixon completed this building in 2001 and it is both seductive and confounding. The form is generated from an investigation of Voronoi tessellations realised in brilliant stainless steel. The architect had a little sleep on the floor while I was photographing it.