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November 3, 2014

Final Cut

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Jake hard at work editing the film.

We wanted to create something that documents the process of creating an architectural proposal – lifting the veil on a very overlooked part of architecture. The countless hours spent creating drawings, models, design iterations and everything else that leads to the final proposal.

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All of the filming was done with GoPro’s, a super handy device for filming on the run. Given that we were making the video as we worked through our models and final exhibition, we often had to have the GoPro at the ready.

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October 28, 2014

Making a (Tiny) Cinema

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The seats were a nice detail to add to the cinema model. at 1:50 scale, it really comes down to furniture to fill the spaces. Four lasercut profiles fit together to make a semi-realistic looking cinema chair.

This is one of 190…

October 15, 2014

Searching for Inspiration

On my search for inspiration I looked to local architects Richard Kirk. Kirk Architects wrote the original brief for the Creative Industries Academy as they are currently constructing the Creative Precinct 2.0 at QUT’s Kelvin Grove Hub in collaboration with Hassel Studios. The brief immediately stood out to me as an interesting and challenging concept which could lead to some highly creative and innovative design. During the semester we visited the Creative Industries Precinct construction site and were given a tour by the head architects from both firms. This was a fascinating experience and also reassuring to see similar design ideas being built in this facility as I had in mind for my design.

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As a student it was fascinating to be given an insight into the construction process. Even at work we are rarely given such an opportunity to see different spaces and how they are constructed. The difference between good and great architecture is in the detail and those details are successfully considered in terms of construction as well as design.

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Another building of Kirk’s that I was inspired by was the Advanced Engineering Building at the University of Queensland. Whilst it’s not a creative facility it is an academic facility which pushes the boundaries of modern education.

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Here is a review of the building I did: Advanced Engineering Building

I was also inspired by a study from Hassel on designing for Higher Education. With the rapid improvement of technology information is more available than ever before and students are able to educate themselves in range of different ways. The study looks at the need to cater for modern education, moving away from traditional methodology and focusing on knowledge sharing.

The article can be found here:  http://www.hassellstudio.com/docs/140221_academicworkplacelitreview-(2).pdf

These two firms have been largely influential in my growth as an architect.

 

October 13, 2014

Design by Climate

As I have transitioned from idealistic student to gainfully employed in an architecture firm, one thing that stands out to me is the lack of focus on climate in design. The climate of Brisbane is such a unique climate, one that allows a great deal of freedom in architecture. The sub-tropical climate allows the designer to strip back the architecture to a primitive shell which blurs the lines between inside and out. Climate has such a major influence on a building and its inhabitants and yet it is overlooked or blatantly ignored. Designing with the climate rather than against it produces a better performing building and a better environment for inhabitants.

For one of our masters subjects I wrote an article about the standards being set by local firms designing in a unique Brisbane style and the benchmark this sets for industry standards. I am passionate about the future of Brisbane, its architecture and the lifestyle our city has to offer

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Full Story Here: Climate + Architecture

September 29, 2014

The Table

For the Exhibition, we wanted to include a masterplan of some sort to give viewers an idea of how the four projects fit together. During a late night chat, Mo and I hatched the idea of etching the plan into a small coffee table, which we can use to display the magazine. And back to the workshop we went…

September 1, 2014

Anchorage

There’s a transparent sense of achievement when model making turns structural. The minimal concrete structure of The Community Living Room has really been pushed by retaining a working model of integrity. A significant portion of the models weight is transferred through a series of columns on the out-of-ground section of the building. Put simply, if it doesn’t work in the model, it’s not going to work in a practical build too. It’s been really interesting to see how the little bits and pieces are working together to make something that has been development conceptually into a real, tangible form.

August 1, 2014

The Fuel That Sustains Us

Working on an architecture assignment can be incredibly draining, long hours and little sleep – We needed to make sure we had adequate fuel to sustain these efforts.

Mr’s Luu’s is a local favourite of ours, just around the corner this bustling Vietnamese canteen has been a much need food oasis, taking time to step away from our work and replenish ourselves. To perform at an optimal level you need the best, and for $11 you can get the best Bahn Mi in Brisbane.

 

Coffee – Obviously coffee was involved!

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Bunker is one of our go to spots, all their coffees are top notch but we grew particularly fond of the double shot cold presses to get us going on the hot steamy days. The design is a simple garage conversion but the use of vines and greenery and the top notch brew earned this secret spot a die-hard fan base. As young designers we’re always looking for creative ways to design and this one brilliant example of outside of the box thinking.

 

 

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