This project is a response to the narrow sloping site and aims to reconnect the building with the yard. The proposal is a series of living spaces that are pulled apart and stepped down the site to allow the building to transition from the street at the front of the property to the park at the rear.
archer family residence
The project is about new beginnings for a young family. It's response to the harsh beauty and extremes of the surrounding landscape. The outcome is a series of pavilions oriented around a communal living space, allowing for efficiency and adaptability to the environment and the family’s changing needs.
The building is a response to the recent history of the landscape whilst also drawing on its heritage. The site is a part of a parcel of land that was re-released following the 2003 Canberra bush fires. As such, we approached this project with the theme of new beginnings, not just for the Archer’s but also for their community. We investigated the idea of “starting out” through the planning, looking at post-colonial settlements, where utility takes priority, and pre-colonial gathering places which often incorporate ceremonial communal area. I took the Australian rural vernacular as inspiration, and as such the detailing of the pavilions is deliberately un-complicated. The outcome was a community of spaces centred around a communal pavilion from which the functional program emanates. For the client, the building allows a fluid interaction with the surrounding landscape whilst also offering a series of spaces that can be adapted as their family grows.
This project is an Internal re-fit and reorder of an existing 1920's Queenslander. The design re-appropriates the internal spaces for a new generation of inhabitants.
Located on the out-skits of the town, the mullumbimby house is a response to a steep south facing block. The proposal works in with an existing landscaping idea that aims to terrace the site from top to bottom. The floor-plate is split into two levels and is stepped down subsequently strengthening the connection to the ground surface.
This proposal deals with a young expanding family looking to settle back into the Canberra suburbs. The design is a series of multi-use spaces that change with the seasons and as the family grows.
The form of the building is a response to the existing housing stock in Watson and combines local housing elements and motifs with non conventional arrangements.
The environmental efficiency of the house was a major priority for the clients and the outcome is one that is in line with their lifestyle and ethics. Despite the extreme temperature fluctuations of the area the design aims to maintain a constant temperature and has the capability of screening off sections to further reduce heating and cooling.
felix for goodness stage 1
Felix for goodness is a cafe in Brisbane's CBD co-owned by Gretta Bottomley and chef Sam Pethely this innitial stage established Felix's reputation as a lunch time staple. The fit-out is a response to the textures of the city and the colours of the produce on offer.
felix for goodness - stage 2
Following the success of the first year of operation - Owners Gretta Bottomley and Sam Pethely expanded. The design proposal was one of subtraction, stripping back the layers added over the years to reveal the spaces' unique and raw substrate.
Organic energy is a shop in Griffith ACT that has been providing organic produce to Canberra for more than 20 years. The proposed design keys the shop into the streetscape with a new operable facade that doubles as seating.
Designs in collaboration with Farzin Lotfijam and Sam Rice