From the inside out

Thursday 31 Mar 2011

works partnership architecture demonstrate their explorations of enclosure

works partnership architecture (WPA) explores the elemental relationship of a building’s enclosure to both its programmatic requirements and its context. With work primarily based in speculative development, where economic constraints are strict, this exploration has often been refined to a pragmatic evaluation of iconography and a more complex sensibility towards enclosure.

In many instances the programme is inverted, split, or allowed to slide to create an elemental architecture of direct means. These explorations have been made manifest in a series of viable projects: a 7-storey commercial structure that pulls its overlapping skins apart to both site itself within its historic context and create an ephemeral sense of exterior and interior space; a duplex townhouse that is split to create a central daylit core that ventilates and connects shuffled living spaces, and then split again to address its corner site; a mixed-use residential building that distills itself into basic building blocks and then loosely re-stacks itself to create a dense urban construct infused with sustainable light and air; and a highly cost effective work loft building that, whilst adhering to all the conventions of the industry, deforms its otherwise static skin to engage an oblique traffic corridor.

All of these projects have been developed under the economic demands of speculative development, where clarity and efficacy hold the greatest currency. works partnership architecture utilises a requisite pragmatism to guide an approach exploring a spatial and iconographic richness that occurs along the very edges of a structure, the membrane that speaks to both what is out and what is in.

Projects included here are bSIDE6 (built 2009), Morrison Street Housing (concept 2010), (planning 2011) and tandemDUO (built 2010).

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