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The house was infested with termites. Water cascaded through the broken roof and the carpet was rotting. But none of it bothered Matt Chan.
He saw the potential of this "hidden masterpiece in the suburbs". "I only saw the good when I walked in," he said.
Chan had access to a wealth of resources when restoring the house: a model at the Powerhouse Museum, the original plans stored at the State Library, and the advice of the man who designed it – Australia's greatest living architect, Glenn Murcutt.
Murcutt and Chan graduated from the University of NSW 34 years apart. The Ockens House project features in a new exhibition celebrating 60 years of graduate excellence at UNSW, where Murcutt is the Seidler chair in the practice of architecture.
Architecture by Hand and Mind showcases rarely seen sketches and models by some of Australia's foremost architects. It officially opens on Wednesday.
Read more on SMH online.
Justin Cawley studied architecture at the University of Sydney, where he graduated with first class honours in 2010 and a Masters of Architecture in 2013. He comes to SCALE after working with Bates Smart since 2010. Recently, Justin was one of three designers in residence at the Australian Design Centre, where he formulated new gallery designs that respond to the challenges facing natural history museums today.
Image from Future Nature Exhibition at Australian Design Centre, September 2015.
Our Julian St house in on site. With the framing now up, the spaces are beginning to take shape.
With a courtyard at its heart, the house is a tilted volume that captures sunlight and frames view to the garden.
The project can be viewed here. Remember to check back here regularly to watch its progress.
Our Hastings Parade house is on site. With views to the Pacific to the east, and to Bondi Beach to the west, this home occupies a spectacular site in North Bondi.
Scale's Plowman St House has been approved. The house maintains a long, slender footprint, and is oriented to capture northern light throughout the day.
Our Paper Houses project is progressing along nicely. The design, which will be available online via Paper houses, is a low-cost, modular home based around a central courtyard. Find out more about the Paper Houses program here.
The project can be found here.
Scale Architecture's Long Courtyard house has been featured in the publication 'Materiality: Brick and Block.' This new book, edited by Ron Ringer, forms a comprehensive guide to some of the best brick buildings around Australia. The featured project can be viewed here.