I've always appreciated the architecture of James Russell for their attention to detail and infinitely fine craftsmanship, as well as for their oft ingenious approach to the contemporary way of living. With an underlying focus on genuinely considering what one does and doesn't really need from a Queenslander, the firm produce some wonderful examples of the contemporary verandah houses - those which Glenn Murcutt opened the world to back in the early days of world-class Australian Architecture. "A shelter can be as simple as a roof to shield the summer sun or a wall to protect from winter winds. The experiences derived from a building which allows you to interact with the environment, outweigh the occasional discomforts that may occur by not having “complete control” of the environment." Of course, in designing houses which are at once inside and out, threshold spaces begin to take on a crucial role, and this is where James Russell Architect consistently prove themselves to be considerate, aware, and highly diligent designers.
This Thursday I will be doing a brief talk at The Architecture Foundation's Annual Sponsor Event. The Architecture Foundation run the Parker Fellowship (previously the Eric Parker Travelling Scholarship, as it was known when I received the prize) and year after year go to the huge and wonderful effort of funding a travelling scholarship for one Newcastle University architecture student who shows great potential, interest and dedication. This award is about seeing, thinking and drawing, and literally changes lives. It is the most beautiful initiative, created in memory of Eric Parker, once a great influence in the Architecture Faculty of Newcastle University.
This month's room of the week is the upper landing and hall of John B Murray's Hudson Residence. This hall has an inherently subtle nature, relying on natural materials and views to the garden to enliven and decorate the space. The dappled light cast in shadows upon the floor describes the passing of the day, and in a more historical sense, the passage of time is conveyed by the aged timber furnishings within.
This April 1st at the Hotel Delany in Cooks Hill, Newcastle I will be doing a design talk to the public, [re]presenting my Final Year project. I will be followed by a bound to be revealing talk by EJE of Newcastle, who collaborated with Lyons Architects to design the winning entry for the proposed Newcastle City University campus. It should be a great night, so feel free to come along!
This month I have the pleasure of exploring the many and varied effects of Le Corbusier's Ombre Naturelle. It is an immense, deep grey with warm undertones.
Ombre Naturelle embodies several characters, and is therefore an amazingly flexible colour choice. By it's nature, it exudes opulence, and in formal living areas will provide a fabulous sense of old world sophistication. Along side crisp whites, neat geometric forms and modernist fittings it shifts to exuding confident masculinity. Yet up against rustic elements it begins to look more natural, evoking memories of Scandinavian woodlands, at once wild, cosy and crisp.
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.