This is the AIM building, designed in 1987 by Howlett and Bailey. Another great example of mid 80s white worship. Here, a simple cubic form with the barrel vault charging across the building, and punching through the main entry facade creating a strong entry canopy statement. Continues themes developed in the Ceramics tile showroom the year before. Central barrel vault, white compressed sheeting panelled exterior and bold volumetric compostition. Interesting to note that Forbes and Fitz were doing similar work at the same time, just before the two merged and turned into COX. Cox have just completed an extension to this, which is nice to see. Love the sunhoods!
Continuing the UWA Architectural Projects series is a new exhibition documenting the work of Fremantle based architect Brian Klopper from 1971-. Opening March 20th at the Cullity Gallery UWA, it runs until April 13th. An accompanying catalogue will be available, with an essay by Jennie Officer. Essential.
This is the St Lawrence and Mary Immaculate Church in Balcatta, designed by, I believe, James Aris in the late 60s. But can’t say for sure. Very strong suburban church, square plan with a great hyperbolic parabolid roof form. The deep fascia hovers above the ribbed brickwork and glazed walls, and the giant miesian negative corner details are a treat!
This is the Control Centre for the East Perth Power Station, designed by Forbes + Fitzhardinge around 1984. Central barrel vaulted, top lit corridor running North-South anchors the plan, with rooms opening up off it. Nice mix of Richard Meier white square worship, and quasi-Metabolism in parts – the odd shaped windows and curved edges.
Great stuff. More to come!
Tonight at the Bakery is the next installment of 3over4under,featuring these great speakers:
Simon Anderson, Morq, Gresley Abas, GHD, Taylor Robinson, Paradigm, Architecture Collective
Come and see some fantastic work! Also architecture week is on this week, there are some great events on, just look at this link for more.
The 40th anniversary of the Curtin Architecture Building exhibition is on now at building 201, it is a cracker, go and check it out.
This Tuesday, the 19th of July is the next edition of Perth Samplings at the Bakery. Great line up of young architects, including yours truly! The topic is advocating architecture, Clare Wohlnick and I will be speaking about The Weather Ring and a few other bits. Jennie Officer, Carly Barett and Beth George are also speaking.
Following on from the previous series of exhibitions held at the UWA Cullity Gallery in the 90s, including works by Howlett, Summerhayes and Krantz & Sheldon, is a new exhibition focusing on the architectural projects of Raymond Jones. The exhibition runs from Tuesday March 22 – April 8, and includes a selection of work from 1952-today. A catalogue will be available from the front counter.
Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts