The Montreuil Conservatory, by Claude Le Goas, 1976. Each of the metal pods on the façade is an acoustically separated practice room. It is an exceptionally advanced building, featuring an irrigated steel structure which has beams filled with water to slow their disintegration in the case of a fire.
The magically oversized indoor and outdoor play space of The Royal London Hospital’s dedicated Children’s Hospital, called The Ann Riches Healing Space, designed by architects Cottrell & Vermeulen and graphic designer Morag Myerscough.
Niagara Galleries by Edmond & Corrigan in Richmond, Victoria, from 2001.
The client wished to add a store room and private display space to his existing art gallery. All to be done cheaply. The private display space was linked to the existing gallery space at the upper level. A large open deck adjacent to the private display space is inserted behind the existing tiled roof. This resulted from planning code requirements. Building code requirements necessitated a disabled toilet facility and this was positioned beside the rear entrance. The rear entrance has now become the identity enriched front entry. Signage provisions on Punt Road are restrictive and a new billboard is positioned at the new front (rear) entry.
RMIT building 8 by Edmond & Corrigan, 1993, a building that thinks it’s a city.
Building 8 is a multi level education exchange. It is a fragment of the University that nonetheless stands for the whole. It contains the University Library, an enlarged Student Union, the Faculty of the Constructed Environment (the Schools of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape, Building, Planning & Policy, and a Centre for Design) and the Departments of Fashion and Mathematics.
The aim was to break down the dominant and seamless wall that RMIT presented on Swanston Street. The building’s front, side and rear elevations create a whole from fragments and a collage of design ‘ideas’. It presents itself to the city on its own terms.
The building engages the idea of uniting opposites. It demurs to Melbourne’s built past: memories of Walter Burley Griffin, the Manchester Unity, the Block Arcade, the Shrine et alia are fleetingly seen in its aesthetic.
It was described by a national architectural commentator as a building that `thinks it’s a city’. The building is widely recognised nationally as being distinctively Melbourne in character and idea. This strong sense of regional identity and pride is no small achievement in this ‘international’ era.
120918 - Edilizia residenziale libera a torre, in Nuovo Portello, Milan by Cino Zucchi Architects, 2002. The forms at the top of the towers remind me a lot of the frame-like work that is happening at the moment, but here they are incorporated into another architectural language with mass. Very beautiful.