The Asia Pacific Architecture Symposium

The AP Architecture Symposium was held at the Queensland State Library and was attended by Bec.  Here are some of her favourite architects and projects!

T E R R A I N   A R C H I T E C T S

Fumi Kashimura & Ikko Kobayashi

Fumi Kashimura & Ikko Kobayashi

This young japanese practice was really inspirational for their work across the Asia Pacific and Uganda.  Their work is humble but cohesive and it had an incredible beauty through its appropriateness for the site and culture in which it sits.  They summed up their works as being about “reading the site carefully, observing the people and working with the local material and workers”.  Their work showed that there can be joy in limitation.

The AU Dormitory in Uganda used locally made brick to build a series of walls and pavilion spaces to house the students.  The planning was set up on a grid to create shade throughout the dormitory and a series of courtyard spaces linked by garden.  I was stunned by how beautiful the red ground and red brick walls were together.

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F A C E T   S T U D I O

Facet Studio are again some really talented Japanese Architects with Australian training and an office in Sydney as well as Japan.  They presented a competition they won and saw built, providing a new chapel and exhibition space for the Doshisya University.

They had a striking way of looking at the problem and spoke about challenging assumptions in briefs, in order to find the real gem of the project.  The outcome was a beautiful scheme that cleverly integrated a major pedestrian arterial within their building footprint.  A few images below (sigh… beautiful)!

P A T T E R S O N S  &   A S S O C I A T E S

Andrew Patterson, of Pattersons in New Zealand, spoke eloquently of the duality of New Zealand culture.  His practice is inspired by the Maori culture of ‘form follows whanua’ – a Maori word for ‘family’ or ‘community’.  Evident in his work was a number of ways in which the family/community identity forms the template for his architecture.

One such project was the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, NZ.  To house the works of Len Lye – a famous sculptural artist – and to celebrate the communities stainless steel industry, the building is a sculptural object sitting beside the existing community hall.  The stainless steel is an interlocking motif of a Maori pattern letting shafts of light into a concrete clad hallway that surrounds the new gallery.  The dramatic interior space is simply stunning with a grand 'curtain' like form.  The architect stated that there had been a significant upturn in tourist spending in the town since the building opened.  The architect's boyish pleasure at delivering such a successful project was a really refreshing thing to see in such a formal setting!  More photos below :)

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