Architecture practice in Sydney, Australia. ➖
A beautiful detail from our recent visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne for a special little project. This clamshell drinking fountain is part of the historic rockeries commissioned by William Guilfoyle ( Director if the Botanic Gardens) sometime in the late 19th century.
Work in progress: Study for a gallery room - 1:20 scale
Periscope House | Unbuilt Our winning proposal for the Missing Middle Design Competition run by The Government Architect NSW (GANSW) and Department of Planning (2017) Visualisation by Darcstudio @darcstudio troy
This week we are launching into detailed design of all joinery and assemblies for our Chau Chak Wing Museum project. The above image is part of the archive room that Belqis designed for the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018). The structure is a modular assembly of parts that works with plywood sheet economy and standard stud sizes. It has no visible fixings with the intent to be re-assembled or re-configured elsewhere with minimum waste. We are hoping to carry some of these ideas into our design approach for CCWM. Curated by Mami Katoaka Photographed by Jenny Carter
An idea for a garden. Model from paper, pins and Australian native spring blooms.
On Monday, August 12th, Belqis presented at the annual Engaging Women in the Built Environment event. An advocate for equality in architecture, Belqis stressed the importance of diversity and representation in all its forms. She questioned the profession of architecture in propagating a single story of privilege and class, where architectural history is clipped to Western ideals from the first half of the 20th century, and where celebrated figures are predominantly men. In practice and in teaching, she is advocating to change this narrative as a means to empower those who have been left out of this story - women, minorities, migrants and people of colour. In honouring and celebrating the stories and contributions of all who are passionate about this profession we can truly experience the richness that cultural diversity promises. The image above is the first slide she choose to introduce herself and to communicate the beginnings of the philosophy that has guided her
Y+H HQ We have moved into our new offices in Zetland and enjoying the quirky architectural details of the space courtesy of its former life as nurses’ accomodation and recent additions by Peter Stutchbury Architects. Come say hi when you are in the area and experience our favourite details up close - including the test tube vases.
Courtyard House - detail A robust skin of brick, copper and steel sets up the house to age with grace over time. Photograph by Ben Hosking
Monday musings: Last year in August we finally made the pilgrimage to Peter Markli’s sublimely austere and delightfully proportioned La Congiunta Museum (1992). Generated around the works of Swiss artist Hans Josephsohn, the museum is a lesson in generating well proportioned rooms & the poetic possibilities of weathered materials as a foil for art. Sound on for the last slide. 🔊
The Backhouse We are excited to finally lodge this project with the Council. Occupying the back of an inner Sydney terrace, the Backhouse is an independent unit accessible through the back lane. This project encapsulates our ongoing interest in building for density in a manner that is precise, affordable, environmentally sensitive and with delightful spaces contained within.
Courtyard House - interior palette The interior colours and materials of the Courtyard House are an ode to its context - lush tree canopies, eucalyptus leaves and a terrain of lichen covered rocks. Photography by Ben Hosking @benhosking1984 Ceramic Licht pendants (Minak) made locally in Sydney by ceramicist Malcolm Greenwood. Supplied by Koskela @koskela
Chau Chak Wing Museum We have been diving into the historic photo archives of the University of Sydney to draw architectural and material references as we begin designing spaces for the Macleay & Nicholson collection within the new CCWM. Photographs featured are of Macleay Museum of Natural History Sydney University, c. 1893. Courtesy of the University of Sydney.
Courtyard House - living We envisaged the interior living spaces to act as a garden pavilion with large pocketing doors that slide completely out of view. Interiors open to the intimate courtyard on one side and to the bush beyond on the other. On a sunny Sydney day, the spaces breathe with air and light. • Photography by Ben Hosking • No. 18 dining chairs by Thonet Custom dining table by Oliver Throsby
Courtyard House - study In all our projects we endeavour to provide quiet moments within the house, to read a book or work on a laptop. In our Courtyard House, we have aspired to create many such spaces including this little study nook, claiming a quiet, light-filled spot above the stairs. • Photography by Ben Hosking • No. B9 Le Corbusier chair by Thonet Custom solid timber shutters in NSW spotted gum with leather pulls by Oliver Throsby
Courtyard House (finished) We are delighted to share the first image of our Courtyard House, finished in early 2019. A labour of love between our clients, consultants, makers, labourers and us, the project is an ode to its context - one of suburban brick houses and a lush forest of gum trees. • Photographed by Ben Hosking • A huge thank you to our clients, Amber and Tom, for their vision, patience and hard work.
The Backhouse - Concept model (iteration 1) The Backhouse is a small footprint development in Sydney’s inner-west. The open-plan ground level connects the garden and back lane bringing ample light and openness to an otherwise small lot. A private loft space, enclosed within a crafted box, floats above the living area. Strategically placed windows and skylights filter light and frame key views.
We are excited to be working with the University of Sydney to deliver three exhibitions in the new Chau Chak Wing Museum, set to open in 2020. The museum will showcase the University’s rich and diverse collections from the Macleay Museum, Nicholson Museum and University Art Gallery. Design of gallery spaces offer an exciting opportunity to participate in storytelling. We look forward to engaging with the ideas and histories behind these significant artefacts from one of Australia’s oldest university collections. All images © University of Sydney Image credit: • Acheulean stone axe. Nicholson Museum, NMR.1178 • Pearl shell ornament Kimberley region, Western Australia. Macleay Museum, ETA.2015 • Leeching basket, Herbert River, Queensland, c.1885. Macleay Museum, ETB.1069 • Night Parrot, Geopsittacus occidentalis Gawler Ranges and Lake Eyre, South Australia, 1876. Macleay Museum, NHB.1618 • Fired clay rattle, Iraq, Uruk period, 4000–3100 BC. Nicholson Museum, NM35.90
Our progress posts will be intercepted from time to time by places and buildings we have visited on our European archi-tour, as they find their way into our thoughts when we sit at the drawing board. Here, Zumthor’s St Benedict’s Chapel, visited almost a month ago in the Alpine village of Sumvtig, has begun seeping into our thoughts as we sit to design a small suburban retreat among eucalypts.