Real and Ideal

Art + Architecture 11: Real and Ideal Exhibition: Boutwell Draper Gallery, 10-26 Feb 2011

Part of a group exhibition of 9 invited architects and 9 artists to present two works; one being a real home (one that is to be constructed or under construction or one that has been recently finished) and one being their ideal home.

Our proposal continues the idea of building within and inspired by the natural landscape established by the Burridge Read Residence.

It sits within remanent bushland where the lines between landscape and architecture are directly referenced.

The natural rock is extended into a platform which meanders casually through the landscape. Steel rails and support structures are twisted like the branches.

The building is low scale and lightweight to cater for low impact and sustainable design principals and veiled in a patterned facades constructed from natural materials which will develop a patina over time to blend into the landscape setting. The sculptural form echo the forms of the cantilevered rock outcrops

A concrete bench is cast and sits on the platform. The relief depicts a brush turkey (a native bird endemic to the site), which are notoriously territorial, guarding the entry to the house.