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house for an artist

tutor: andrew macklin


Designed for philosopher, abstract artist, and musician Adrian McDonald, this house is located on the south-west region of Centennial Parklands. The house was designed behind the underlying principles of organic architecture and phenomenology with the major concept being symbiosis: an interdependent and mutually beneficial relationship between two elements.


The design consists of two spiral elements, the client`s house and his studio, which are connected by a ramp. The two elements represent an equal and opposite towards the other: the studio being heavy and grounded while the house is lightweight and elevated, thus creating balance and intensifies the human senses through its circulation. Another focus of the design is to create a sustainable solution through passive solar design principles.


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