UNSW Built Environment Architectural Studies: Queenie Tran

3 09 2009

Glenn Murcutt is one of Australia’s leading architects, internationally recognised for his environmentally conscious designs and a great educator of architecture, he teaches the 3rd year, Graduation Design Studio.

Students elected to partake in Glenn Murcutt’s landscape focused studio – an unmissable experience.
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On a cold Thursday morning, two-coaches packed with UNSW’s architecture students headed down south towards Cootralantra, after a brief stop at Cooma for lunch and last minute shopping to rug up, as well as all the junk food we could carry. Before long, we were driving past our site and into the Southern Cross Motel in Berridale.
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As it was late afternoon by the time we arrived, we spent the rest of the day settling in and getting sorted. After a quick dinner, most of us were in the lodge with music, drinks, and company with the odd table-tennis match or a board game. It was at the lodge that most of us spend our evenings together either discussing our site and ideas, or working on our group assignments.
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It was the first day on site that we really got to feel just how frosty it would be. We spend two days on site exploring its typography, the views and generally getting a sense of the site. We were able to experience the site first-hand, hair and paper blowing amongst the giant granite boulders and sheep’s corpse.
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We had a great weekend away on site observing, but more than that, having fun whilst learning. For me, highlights of the trip had to be leaping on huge granite boulders 8m high, but I mostly had small little jumps across the rocks, but the view, amazing. Looking out into the horizon, where the land meets the sky. And, at night, all the stars that you never get to see in the city. But I am sure that the few of us who woke up for our 6am meeting on site to see the sunrise really showed just how beautiful life on a farm could be. The glow of the sun rising behind the hills, illuminating the red soils of the ground and all the beautiful yellows, oranges, reds, blues and purples of the sky.
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But mostly – it was about being with friends, studying amongst friends and having fun with friends, whether it be over a game of poker, watching the game on the huge lodge screen next to the fireplace, or our insane “table”-tennis games, where a table isn’t required, instead, all we needed was a large indoor barbecue.

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