We are hiring

08/12/2017

We are a boutique Prahran-based firm specialising in contemporary, sustainable architecture. We work in any typology or scale.

We are seeking an architect with great talent and 5+ years of experience for a part time / casual position. We are seeking candidates with the following attributes:

– a passion for architecture
– an understanding of build quality
– personable & highly skilled in communication
– proactive self-starters
– motivated & self-disciplined
– practical, hands-on thinking

Experience with BIM, Photoshop and Apple will help. Please send CV and folio (A4, maximum 10 pages) via email to work@steverosearc.com We look forward to hearing from you.

Artday – Archibald Prize 2017

04/12/2017

The boys of Sydney Grammar Edgecliff Prep
Goodbye, Sir!
acrylic on wood
124 x 112 cm
© the artists
Photo: Mim Stirling, AGNSW

The Archibald Prize is in Melbourne at the moment but for a very short time, you should do yourself a favour and get along to the Geelong Gallery as this is the last week. The newish Geelong library by ARM Architecture is also an interesting thing to see (right next door). Better still check out the Geelong Government Building across the road, a whopper. The entrant above is made by the entire Boys of Sydney Grammar Edgecliff Prep School. Click below to see the write up.

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Solo House / OFFICE Kersten Geers & David Van Severen

27/11/2017

This is the Solo House in Spain and I am a little obsessed with it. Brilliance designed by a firm, I think, are called either OFFICE or Goldsmith (I am really not sure).  I have studied these photos, plans and renderings over the past few months and I think I now want to marry both Kersten & David… I really just  want to understand more about the house.  Mostly because it is a concept made real which is always very exciting. You need a excellent client to allow such a pure idea to become a reality. I imagine the house would an fabulous experience. Built in 2017 and photographed by Bas Princen. Follow the link to see a plan. Via Archdaily, see more here in their super thorough blog post. If you want to read more about OFFICE, check out El Croquis issue 185.

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Bladerunner 2049

20/11/2017

Bladerunner 2049

13/11/2017

Artday – The Glue Society

06/11/2017

It Wasn’t Meant to End Like This. James Dive, The Glue Society. Link to another Glue Society piece here.

Wally Cento

30/10/2017

Photo: Giles Martin-Reget

This is the new Wally 100 footer called Tango. Lucca Bassani of Wally says the ‘racer cruiser’ is a important category for them, he notes they are built for racing but the cruiser component makes them a lot more enjoyable and in the long term, much more valuable. A pure bred hollowed out racer will very quickly lose much of their value, you can pick up an old VO70 for around $150K, a fraction of the new build cost. A Wally with an exquisite interior on the second hand market is still a valuable item.

Wally Tango is the fourth in this line of Wally Centos (100’s). Check out my previous post showing Wally 140 Esense here or the Wally motor Why here or Wally Barong D here. I think these boats are brilliant as the designers are way out at the edge of their discipline. Tango has an all star cast with Wally as the lead designer and Mills Design as Naval Architect while Pininifarina did the interiors, yep these are the same coach builders that have designed dozens of the worlds best cars for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, FIAT, GM, Lancia, and Maserati. Tango is 30.48m long with a lifting keel, weighs close to 50t and has a sail area of 640m2 and can take 6 guests with 2-4 crew, I suspect the cost is in the order of $20M again.  Check out the huge sliding skylight to the master cabin, strange they have no side windows and also strange that loads of these boats seem to go for separate beds in the main cabin, kinda old school.  All exterior photos by Giles Martin-Reget and interior photos by Toni Meneguzzo. Via yachtemoceans.com. (that does read Yacht-e-m-oceans… meh).  Follow the link below to see every image that I could find as Wally are a little slower with their website and they also no longer post up plans but here is their site anyway.

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Solar System Sculpture

23/10/2017

The piece is a series of bronze & stainless steel planets placed around the bay in St Kilda in a replica scale model of our solar system, all the distances are perfectly to scale making it pretty big at 1:1,000,000,000 (this is the modern billion and not the million million as the British once used.  The previous term made perfect sense however I suspect America’s wealthiest were impatient and wanted to identify as billionaires sooner after amassing a mere 1,000 million.  This in-turn changed all the figures including a trillion, quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion and decillion making none of them as clear as they once were.  Apologies, I always seem to go off on these tangents).

So the scale basically means that every metre is equivalent to 1 million kilometres, the full model is 5.9km and includes our friend Pluto.  You start the walk or cycle at the St Kilda Foreshore Skatepark, here you’ll easily spot the sun, you then journey along the promenade northwards and off to the side of the walkway you’ll find the series of large Bluestone plinths with an a explanatory plaque on the side and planet atop, some of the planets are pretty small and hard to find so download this little guide booklet, link to it here or scroll down below for a low res map.  Saturn’s rings have been vandalised a little  by some nuff nuff which is unfortunate but easily repaired.  Thankfully the thickness of the rings is not accurate as they are up to 80,000kms in diameter and a little as 10m thick so to scale that approximates to 0.01 microns.   A single micron is used to measure bacteria and not visible to the naked eye and a strand of human hair is 50 microns.

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St Andrews Beach House by Sean Godsell

16/10/2017

Photo Hisau Suzuki

I was lucky enough to be a guest in this house and I could barely contain my excitement but then the house ‘happened to me’ and it instantly calmed my nerves. The house is unbelievable in it’s purity of concept, form & design. Built as a bridge structure it makes reference to one of Glenn Murcutt’s mantras in ‘touching the earth lightly’. It may appear heavy but only the four supporting columns touch the ground with the earth underneath undulating and rolling naturally as if the building has been placed rather then built. I heard Sean speak about the house at a lecture once and he said his client wanted to feel the weather after a long and uncomfortable stint in Singapore air-conditioning so his solution was to make the bedrooms and bathrooms accessed via the elevated external walkway. The house is fully open and connected to the outside yet simultaneously very well secured and private. If you study the house plans and images you will see the extraordinary details and continuation of concept though-out. The house won the AIA Robin Boyd Award in 2006 and it is, in my opinion, probably one of Australia’s greatest houses. Check it out in the dedicated issue of El Croquis 165 along with other works by Sean Godsell Architects. I also invited Sean to speak for the AAA some years ago and he gave an excellent lecture and tour of the RMIT Design Hub, link to that tour here.

Holograms

09/10/2017

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

Sorry for nerding out here but I can’t wait for the technology of holograms to catch up to the movies on this one.  These images are from the Star Wars franchise. As a side issue, when did we start calling a movie series a franchise? I am fully aware they are now cash machines but do we really have to call them a franchise rather than a piece of entertainment… I digress. The original hologram scene with R2-D2 was captivating for 1977 whereas the later version pictures above with BB-8 is quite spectacular. These scenes are easily created as a digital effect for the big screen and some of the technology already exists with augmented reality however a fully fledged hologram is yet to ‘appear in reality’, I apologise for the terrible pun here but I could’t think of any other way to put it. The Star Wars ‘franchise’ has holograms throughout the film with small droid projections, in car / spaceship dash projections, big central meeting tables pictures below and even little hand-held devices, they’re treated like the norm.

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Artday – Callum Morton

02/10/2017

callum morton Eastlink journal

Hotel by Callum Morton located on the Eastlink Tollway, also knows as Artlink. This piece is a whopper at 12 x 5 x 20m high. I don’t know of many other places in the world where the public can enjoy such major artists on their daily commute. Callum is represented by Anna Schwartz in Melbourne and Roslyn Oxley9 in Sydney. Click here for a previous post.

Sketch Design

25/09/2017

0109 sk diagrams

Some conceptual studies that help us convey our ideas to the client. This is a little project for an extension to a small weatherboard beach shack on the Mornington Peninsular in Victoria. Only minor alterations are proposed to the existing building with a new sloped wing that hugs the existing structure to add just that little bit more. This new form follows the slope of the land and orients itself to the north for the sun. It also provides the new wing with privacy and a connection to the rear yard. Currently in planning so check back again to watch its progress, look in our projects as it will be updated once completed, follow the link below to see a few more of these images.
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The Bomb

18/09/2017

In the genre of Koyaanisqatsi, the Qatsi trilogy, Baraka & Home; a recently released movie ‘The Bomb’ is both scary and excellent.  Very topical viewing in the current climate of Little Kim and Donny Small Hands and all of their posturing.  You can catch the movie on Netflix, iTunes and a bunch of other outlets. Music by The Acid who are also touring music festivals with live performances. Thanks to Hendo for pointing me to this film.

Sirius Uprising

11/09/2017

Congratulations to the Save our Sirius campaigners for their courtroom victory in July of this year. They appealed former Heritage Minister Mark Speakman’s decision not to list the Sirius building on the State Heritage Register, refer to my previous article here. The judgement of the NSW Land and Environment Court (Sydney’s VCAT) stated the minister erred in overstating the financial hardship to the state and also in failing to consider the heritage significance and advice from the state and council’s own heritage advisors.

Unfortunately the State have appealed the decision and have reconfirmed their commitment to sell the site so there is still plenty of work to be done. We hope the new heritage minister will do the right thing and approve the suggested listing, we hope that Property NSW (the social housing dept) will reconsider and look to restore the building, we also hope they return the existing tenants to their homes and that the building is maintained as a working piece of history. I’m proud to have supported this campaign and kudos to architect and AIA NSW chapter president Shaun Carter for initiating this movement, you should be very proud of your achievements so far.

Artday – Marcel Cousins

04/09/2017

The Wave

The original woodblock print is pretty well known, called ‘The Great Wave off Kanazawa’ (1834) it was created by the famous Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849 edo period), the NGV currently has a show with over 300 of his works. The great wave is a print therefore apparently very common with approximately 5000 in circulation of varying quality and prices fetching around $150,000. To celebrate that piece I thought I’d post one of my favourite works by Marcel Cousins ‘The Wave’ 2002. This work eluded me when Helen Gory Gallery showed his work some years back, his other works in the series are just as beautiful and very collectable.

Marcel is now represented by This is no Fantasy Gallery in Melbourne, link to them here.

Villa Savoye

28/08/2017

Xavier Delory

I’ve posted a couple of projects by Corb and I’ll probably do a few more in the future because he was such a force. Consider the fact that 17 of his projects have been added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Some other fun facts about Corb, upon his death he left behind:

35 sculptures, 52 books, 550 paintings, 6,500 drawings, 32,000 architectural plans and sketches, countless articles and… 64 finished buildings.

The villa, completed in 1931, is located outside Paris in Poissy and is probably the best International Style Modernist building in existence. The building is characterised by it’s minimalism and lack of ornamentation that was common for that time. Most houses built to this day do not even come close to matching many elements of this structure and none are as inventive considering the time. The villa fell into disrepair after the second world war and the French state restored it to become a museum piece and opened it to the public.

It’s interesting how many artists have chosen these projects as the basis for their work, they come up time and time again including Callum Morton and Casa Malaparte and also his work on Farnsworth House. Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Fujiko Kakaya Veil posted here or more recently Yayoi Kusama and her red dots. These buildings are pervasive and it seems that artists are not immune. The image above is from a series of photoshoped artworks by artist Xavier Delory where he superimposed graffiti and degredation which is not that far off the reality of an older image showing the neglected villa.  If you are after some more information on Corb, one of my favourite books on him is ‘Le Corbusier: Moments in the Life of a Great Architect’ by Magnum photographer Rene Burri. If you get a hold of a copy you’ll see the last page shows the headstone of both Corb and his wife, a little morbid but it really is stunning.

Cassini’s Grand Finale

21/08/2017

Erik Wernquist & NASA

A while back I posted a short film called Wanderers created by Erik Wernquist, you can check it out here.  In that film Erik used recreations of actual NASA imagery depicting the exploratory nature of humans.  Set to Carl Sagan’s words from the past:

“Herman Melville in Moby Dick spoke for wanderers in all epochs and meridians “I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote, I love to sail forbidden seas.”

At the time the film did the rounds on the interwebs it seems that it was’t just the public that showed an interest… wholly crap, NASA also noticed.  They commissioned Erik to take on another short film to celebrate and promote their work on the Cassini satellite and it’s planned spectacular ending by sending it in to Saturn. The image above is a screen grab from that film, you can check out the full 3min here on Vimeo.  Saturn is 1.2 Billion km from earth however Cassini is not the most distant man made object, this title goes to Voyager 1 which is now approximately 18 Billion km from Earth at the edge of our solar system but also about 300 years short of the Oort Cloud.  Voyager was launched in 1977 and is expected to stop transmitting in 2025.  Cassini was launched in 1997 and will burn up in Sept of this year. I love the work of NASA and all the other international space programs and I hope one day that Australia gets more involved.

Pratone

14/08/2017

Gufram

Not your typical armchair, designed in 1971 and still sold to this day as a limited edition of 200 pieces in Grass Green or 50 pieces in Nordic Grey. At 1.4m x 1.4m x 950mm high the Pratone by Gufram is a radical piece of art, design and furniture that needs a big home. These are the same designers that brought us the Cactus coat rack and the Capitello, an iconic, ironic and ionic column head arm chair. Available through Living Edge, link to them here.

Artday – Reversed Readymade

07/08/2017

Shaun Gladwell Reversed Readymade 2014

You might recall my earlier post with Marcel Duchamp’s readymade ‘Fountain’ (1917), link to it here. There he spoke of the alternate to the readymade “A Rembrandt used as an ironing board”. Here we have just that but a meta version with Gladwell’s performance piece ‘Reversed Readymade’ (2014) pictured that features a rider performing BMX type stunts on a mockup of Marcel Duchamp’s readymade ‘Bicycle Wheel’ (1913). The Gladwell work premiered at the inaugural Per4m program at Artissima 21, Turin, Italy. Follow the jump to see some more images of the performance or you can search youtube for the whole piece.

Shaun is currently the highest priced living video artist and also was my very first post on this Journal where Gladwell had a commissioned show at ACMI in Melbourne a number of years ago. Shaun has been a force on the world stage for many years and represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2009. The Bicycle Wheel (1951) edition number three after lost originals from 1913 was part of Marcel Duchamp’s series including the Fountain & Ladder. He called them “Assisted Readymades.” Duchamp later recalled that the original “Bicycle Wheel was created as a distraction, I enjoyed looking at it, just as I enjoy looking at the flames dancing in a fireplace.”

Shaun is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery in Melbourne.
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