The design of this extension and refurbishment of our Brisbane studio focused on the insertion of a series of plywood and aluminium elements into the existing abundantly lit piano nobile space. These can be conceptually understood as “seams” of new material that are either suspended or anchored within a pure naturally lit white volume, and which support a range of different ritual functions, from projector armature to display aedicule to pendant lights to meeting area enclave.
The scheme was built by a joiner who worked for a single day per month over a seven month period. In-between each of his visits we developed the design drawings of each of the inserted elements and arranged for the fabrication of their component parts by different local sub-contractors. This prolonged dialogue between designer, fabricator and builder was both rewarding and enjoyable and had a beneficial effect on the project outcome.