UNSW Built Environment Master of Architecture: A manner of making things (Final year studio)

15 01 2010

The aim of this course was to elevate design excellence and disciplinary knowledge in architecture; abstract concepts until ‘materialized’ in a series of architectural propositions.  We allowed ourselves (for a short time anyway) the opportunity to unlearn a little and to see and think a bit more freely about architecture, as if for the first time, with instinct and intuition and commitment.

The aim was to explore a modesty of means for a maximum of effect.  The themes were architectural agility, architectural dexterity and the exploration and defence of pure form.  This was pursued via short exercises investigating the following:

  • Eight Points in Space
  • Lightness and Darkness
  • Transparency and Opacity
  • Horizontality and Verticality
  • Kinds of Spaces / Volumes
  • A Room and a Garden

These ideas were explored via perspex and unpainted balsa models only.

North Bondi Surf Live Saving Club - Natalie Bevan

North Bondi Surf Live Saving Club - Natalie Bevan

Each exercise dealt with a theme and was viewed through an article, the work of an architect or a specific building.

The studio continued to develop these architectural priorities in the second semester via the design of a new facility for the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club.

North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club - Olivia George

North Bondi Surf Live Saving Club - Olivia George

North Bondi Surf Live Saving Club - Olivia George

Students: Louise Belmer, Natalie Bevan, Na Chen, Erin Jane Field, Olivia George, Jasmine Harumi Harjono, Nikolas Kallitsis, Caroline Kite, Kawei Lei, Carla Middleton, Nishi Patel, Cinantya Prabasari, Danijel Siric, Vicky Soo

Studio Leaders: Neil Durbach & Camilla Block

Neil Durbach and Camilla Block are partners in a small office established in Sydney in 1989.  Neil is currently a visiting professor at UNSW.  The practice has been the recipient of many prestigious industry awards and they both have extensive experience in architectural education.  Neil was one of he curators of the Australian exhibition at the 2008 Venice Biennale.

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