Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Architectural Review publishes Form to Formless...

Architectural Review Australia's latest issue publishes From Form to Formless pg 22, curated by Patrick Keane for Customs House.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Enter Architecture's Bondi Beach Retail and Multi-Unit Apartment Development

Enter Architecture's Bondi Beach Retail and Multi-Unit Apartment Development revealed...

Enter Architecture has recently been commissioned for Bondi Beach’s newest multi storey retail and residential apartment development. Located on the thriving Glenayr and Warners Avenue intersection and moments from the waterfront, the building has a striking presence that will redefine and enliven the Bondi beach streetscape and beckon a new era and landmark in Bondi character. It is this character that informs the building- the wealth of sensory experiences that culminate in creating what Bondi is, and what it means to the Australian culture. Vibrant interaction is created not only in the playful lightness and tactility of this new landmark, but in its contribution to the public landscape. Inspiration has been adopted from beach communities worldwide.

A series of ribbon geometries sweep their way through the scheme, permeating the building with rhythm and a sense of flow and branching out to encompass the prominent intersection in the landscape. The building commands its own presence. It is unafraid to speak for itself and is seductive from all angles- luring its users and passers-by and with its innate ambiguities inspiring desire for exploration. Its endless, corner free facades must be discovered- every perspective and hinted edge provides more information and shedding light on the of its curves when walked around, and explored from all angles. The form of the exterior is transcribed continually upon the interior with a courtyard space evoking a sense of fluidity and blurring the interior and exterior.

As such, the apartments redefine Bondi living and provide new alternatives to the modern beach lifestyle. The apartments are freestanding structures, all individual in character and sharing no common boundaries. The connectivity and unity of these structures is manifested by the concrete ribbon geometry that translates into all programmatic elements within the interior.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Form to Formless Opening Night...

A few images from the opening night of Form to Formless at Customs House. Many thanks to all the participants, contributors and attendees for a great night and a successful exhibition.

Form to Formless gets published....

Wallpaper magazine has picked up the Form to Formless exhibition and given it a massive wrap... Follow the link to the online Wallpaper article written by Clare Dowdy and watch this space for more.


Form to Formless- Patrick curates Customs House exhibition...

FORM TO FORMLESS exploring non linear spaces over five decades



From to Formless - exhibits, reviews and celebrates an unlocked undercurrent in Australian architecture. Curated by Patrick Keane for Customs House Sydney, the exhibition focuses specifically on buildings demonstrating innovative spatial configurations, new udnerstanding of human interactions with architecture and new thought on what it is to design. It features in particular, previously un-photographed and unpublished works of Stan Symonds photographed by Brett Boardman.

The works exhibited are not snapshots of fleeting theories, but essentially, reflections and postulations of a new perception of the body in space. Of sense. Of capture. Of territory. They all relentlessly subvert the static linearity of rigid orthogonal geometry and begin to shift the static to the experimental. Indeed, they are provocations to traditional architectural thought and promote new interactive spatial occupations.

New forms of hybridity are manifest in all these works- and engender questions on form and function simultaneously. The lines between dualities are blurred - theory and practice, intuition and knowledge, release and withholding, unfolding themselves and breathing new intensity. Much of the exterior formlessness is inscribed on the interior- a skin separating the within from the external, yet the line is indeterminate.

The works themselvesm produced over five decades, including buildings and designs by Hugh Buhrich, Durbach Block Jaggers Architecture in association with Peter Colquhoun, Enter Architecture, LAVA, Harry Seidler and Associates and Stan Symonds are rich in diversity. They are all prodcued by Australian architects and all have been completed. They all investigate new methods of design and are, just as significantly, groundbreaking in terms of discovering appropriate constructional methods to realise conceptual ambitions. Thus, the disjuncture between paper or screen and the constructed work becomes bridged by new approaches to fabrication techniques and material properties.

In parallel to the presentation of stationary architecture, from Form to Formless investigates the mapping of architectural process through aviation technology. Both via the tools and mediums through which architectural process can be realised, and a new shared philosophy of space and sense, the exhibition explores the blending of aeronautical and architectural industry philosophies through the case study of the Qantas A380 Airbus. The non-static, streamlined A380, with subtle continuty in form and composition becomes more than a machine for flying. It is imbued with a sense of lightness that utilises smooth, flowing form and bridges the divide between the within, the encased and the external to warp the sense of flight to float.

The works speak for themselves; they speak loudly of what it is to be contemporary, timeless and have implications beyond the form. They create themselves and are imbued with a sense of inevitability.

The exhibition is running currently at Customs House Sydney September 16 - October 17.

- Lisa Fathalla (Enter Architecture)

Aldrich continues further... the dream begins to realise

New developments on site at the Aldrich House, Salter Point WA.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Paddington Addition...

This addition to an existing Paddington terrace takes advantage of level differences across the site to develop a new underground room. The design utilises a 7 metre feature wall based on a ribbon geometry flowing directly into the courtyard and creating an aesthetic as well as functional link between the historic existing terrace house and the overtly modern new addition.

Little Young...

The Little Young project, currently in plannig phase, i ane xtension to an existing worker's cottage. The project manipulates the existing form and subverts the traditional dormer window by extruding its form back into the space using curved fluid planes. In essence, this project deals with the creation of a three dimensional dormer window that filters through the entire site and interacts in all dimensions of the building. The design's lightweight panel construction will work to address difficulties in access to the site.

Terrace Extension on Baptist Street...

Enter Architecture is currently in the planning phase of an extension to an existing terrace house located in Redfern, Sydney. The design plays with three dimensional dynamic and evocative geometries that respond closely to existing site parameters. Arced and curved geometries create an organic flow through the site while facilitating a new relationship between interior and exterior. A series of smooth roof planes varying and changing in curvature subvert the existing terrace structure to create a dynamic and dramatic renewal of the existing building.