Hello world! I thought I had better write a post to introduce myself, and welcome you to my blog and website.
I’m really thrilled to finally get this going – properly. Architecture and Interiors are my two greatest passions, and luckily for me, they are also my job! I am a Masters of Architecture graduate from Newcastle, on the NSW coast of Australia. It’s a beautiful place to live, an even better place to study, and somewhere that is interestingly on the cusp of opportunity. The city is changing, and yet its industrial past heavily informs its character within the Australian context. For this reason, I think it’s a fabulous place to be a designer; people are aware of the values of this side of culture, excited to welcome intelligent thought and creation into the city, and happy that they [finally] have access to some of the best design talent, which might have previously been kept for Newcastle’s more dominant and powerful brother (sister?) of the South.
I thought that a nice way to tell you about who I am as a designer would be to post some of my favourite images from works I have done at University over the past few years. I heavily value architectural and interior theory (I did my thesis on the Architecture of Le Corbusier, and it’s inherent focus on Interior Design as an essential architectural element) and place emphasis on conceptual underpinnings when working on any project. I aim to create moments in space and time, and emphasise the power of experience in shaping our perception and essentially, our positive experience of space. Yet I am also fundamentally practical, rational, and analytical. I think it is the meeting of these two extremes which make my design work what it is – I’d like to say thorough, considered, responsive, and intruiging.
Thank you so much for reading/looking/listening. If you feel compelled to start a conversation here [there or anywhere on the blog], please do!
A few of my favourite and most desciptive images …
For the full set of images and more details about each project, head over to the Portfolio page of the website.
My final year project developed into being one of the most complex and rewarding experiences of my history. It is difficult to explain in short, so I will keep it simple … Denkraum is a space of huge intentions, uplifting underpinnings, and immense experiential quality. It is based on philosophy – particularly that of Nietzsche – and asks one to become what one is. That is, to make the concerted effort to simply begin upon the path of becoming that which one wishes to be.
This project envisaged the instigation of the Very Fast Train between Melbourne and Brisbane along the East coast of Australia, including a key stop in the center of Newcastle. The brief entailed the redevelopment of a large parcel of land bordered on the North by Newcastle Harbour, and on the South by Newcastle CBD. My approach was in many ways based on juxtapostion; that of vast, open, disquieting spaces for moving quickly through, and those of human-scaled, enveloped spaces for stopping, thinking, talking and living.
Two years ago, I was provided with a brief to design a high rise building with a maximum building height of 50 stories, in order to accommodate 300 apartments on Newcastle Beach. My response was to design a 10 story building (technically, this was the minimum height to be considered high rise). The building is incredibly dense and deliberate, and draws from ancient European low-rise cities. It intends to promote community within the building, and yet protect the nature of the existing community outside of the building. Below are a few snippets of the apartments which sit within this enormous and yet miniature city.