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CONCRETE IN FOCUS // Through their built work and research, Edition Office is creating an ongoing series of figures, relics, stories and relationships that continue a greater investigation into material and spatial practice.
Directors @editionoffice Kim Bridgland and Aaron Roberts, spend a considerable time at each site, documenting the landscape and climatic conditions whilst highlighting the site’s significant features and cultural heritage. Their buildings speak deeply of context whilst often appearing in opposition to it.
"[Our projects] have a tight skin around them and they speak a very particular language... Rather than having something with loose edges that spills into the landscape we set up a hard edge and create a collision between the place and our intervention in that place." Notes Bridgland.
Hawthorn House (pictured) is a striking dual-pavilion house, sheathed with a tactile arched concrete carapace that creates a tangible sense of refuge. “We like the idea of the architecture becoming a relic over time, embedding itself in the landscape… This response can be mistaken for being too brutal or oppressive, where in reality the building has been finely tuned in a very sensitive way.”
Poured in situ using rough-hewn Oregon formwork boards – which were subsequently cleaned and reused as fencing – the resultant organically textured archways provide both a ruggedness and robustness to the build, and a lightness to the interior. – Excerpt from the catalogue.
CONCRETE: art design architecture // showing until 28 April.
Images 1-2: Edition Office, Hawthorn House, 2018. Image: Raw render.
Images 3-4: Hawthorn House in construction. Photo: Ben Hosking #concreteartdesignarchitecture #jamfactoryau @australianconcrete