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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.

Denkraum

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.

The architecture of procession // The project is a landscape intervention and invites an entirety of experience which is heightened by its scale and isolated nature.

The architecture of procession // The project is a landscape intervention located on Nobbys Headland and invites an entirety of experience which is heightened by the island’s scale and isolation.

 

 

At the farthest tip of the top of the island lies the moment of revelation - a contemplative and reflective space, intending to incite honest and deep personal consideration.

At the farthest tip of the top of the island lies the moment of revelation – a contemplative and reflective space, intending to incite honest and deep personal consideration.

 

Within the extended remnants of the old lighthouse one stands within the earth, our perception funneled to the point of pure elixir.

Within the extended remnants of the old lighthouse one stands within the earth, our perception funneled to the point of pure elixir.

 


Newcastle Urban Design

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.

The station entry sits within a large, open square, surrounded by buildings which face into their inner courtyards. It is an exposed space, and asks one to question their notions of comfort in the public realm. A glimpse of the station below, though obscured and in shadow, invited us into its enveloping space.

The station entry sits within a large, open square, surrounded by buildings which face into their inner courtyards. It is an exposed space, and asks one to question their notions of comfort in the public realm. A glimpse of the station below, though obscured and in semi-darkness, invites us into its enveloping space.

 

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The contradiction to the open square of the station entry, the courtyard spaces which are formed by the arrangement of habitable buildings throughout the site convey the almost instant sense of ease that enveloped public spaces provide for cities throughout the world.

 

On the platform level, one is brought into within the earth, through a deep cut which sinks the train line beneath the level of the city. This space instigates contemplation of significance, power and the place of the individual in the community.

On the platform level, one is brought into within the earth, through a deep cut which sinks the train line beneath the level of the city.
This space instigates contemplation of significance, power and the place of the individual in the community.

 

Newcastle Beach [not so] Highrise

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.

Access to the apartments was from within a shared, semi-public internal street. These streets look down to the public spaces in the centre of the building, and provide entry thresholds to the apartments, which are essentially contemporary terrace houses within the high rise construct.

Access to the apartments is from within a shared, semi-public internal street. These streets look down to the public spaces in the centre of the building, which are open to the sky above, and form entry thresholds to the apartments, which are essentially contemporary terrace houses within the high rise construct.

 

Apartment Section // Ocean views to the left, the internal street to the right.

Apartment Section // Ocean views to the left, the internal street to the right.

 

Interior view of one of the apartments. There is a careful consideration of space and materiality, which both act to accentuate the privaqte nature of the apartments compared to the very public nature of the shared spaces within the building.

Interior view of one of the apartments // A careful consideration of space and materiality act to accentuate the private and contemplative nature of the apartments compared to the very public nature of the shared spaces within the building.

 

Poppy

About the Author:

Our principle designer Poppy is a Masters of Architecture graduate from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours, received the Dean's Medal and was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter Masters of Architecture Graduate of the Year prize. In 2010, Poppy received the Eric Parker Travelling Scholarship encouraging the research and drawing of architecture.

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