Developed Design

This isnt an urban renewal plan, it is a reaction against the very type of market satisfying architecture that is shaping our social environment, stifling innovation and our freedom of choice.
The strict organisation of Newcastle's harbour development and commercially driven architecture has decayed any notion of a complex social order. A monoculture of greed and power has swollen within the urban condition of the city and unconsciously generated a mode of violence, drunkenness and unsolicited behavior. Only through civil disobedience and Dionysian activities is the individual able to be liberated of the oppression sustained by a society of control.
As the demand for inner city residential developments intensifies and prices increase the after hours activities and unsolicited behavior are no longer welcomed in the city and are being forced to occupy new territories.
On the industrial harbour edge of Carrington, opposite the Honeysuckle precinct a new type of development emerges. Under the shadows of the monumental silo's, factories and coal terminals, symbols of our greed and environmental destruction, Carrington's rich historical past is reopened and the vitality of human existence explored.Compassion, equality and moral virtue are examined through the collective unity and otherworldliness of drinking, violence, prostitution, transience and gambling.


Preliminary render of wharf bars where the consumption of alcohol, gambling, violence and prostitution are welcomed explored.  The materials and machinery of the industry are taken, twisted and put together in ways that seek to restore the historical notion of Carrington's past.

Not a big fan of computer renders, if time permits I am going to do the presentation by hand.

coal loader


I remember my primary school had a copy of this painting in the principles office and I also remembering the teacher bringing it in to class one day for us to sketch, I would have been about 10. I have strangely been attracted to it ever since, maybe its because the artist was local, or maybe its the controversy surrounding the painting, but now many years on I like to think it is the honesty and strength of the piece. His style had the amazing ability to adapt and change to the personality of his subject and I believe this character is apparent in all the best architecture.
"I just wanted to show a man in a warm night light setting, and I wanted to work in the sculptural setting - a light figure in a dark setting - so I built it up as a sculptor builds up any form; I glazed my colors on to it." William Dobell


The Lost Thing

Earlier I looked at some of the art of Shaun Tan, an Australian artist who creates beautiful illustrated novels for children. One of his stories, The Lost Thing has been made into a short film and is an interesting critique of contemporary society and the notion that unless we are looking for something, it can go unnoticed.
There is a sameness and dreariness of the city workers in their grey suits, blind to a world full of beautiful things the film suggests they have perhaps lost their childhood spirit.

Slippery Slide

Slippery Slide House by Level Architects
遊具としてのすべり台を、建物の動線として取り込むことを考えた。階段で最上階にまで登り、すべり台で最下階におりる。日常の動線の中にすべり台を入れる事で、『すべり台のある住宅』ではなく、 建物全体が遊具になった、「すべり台の住宅」となった。

Floating Project

A couple of interesting floating projects...

 Family and PlayLab, Plus Poolin New York

+31 Architects Watervilla, house boat on the river Amstel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

 Studio Noach, and Anne Holtrop's, Floating Gardens, the Netherlands.