ISSUE 11 APRIL – JUNE 2011
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NZ fashion icon at home Primary colour explodes Small spaces, big ideas
Inside The Selby Greening Jakarta Sydney conversions + additions apartment living in Melbourne Landscape design classic Luke Nguyen’s Marrakech Mountain life Looking at Bangkok Manila’s cultural hot spots
Room to move
Suita Sofa. Developed by Vitra in Switzerland. Design: Antonio Citterio Suita Sofa photographed at VitraHaus, Vitra Campus 2010
contents 1. HABITUS PRODUCTS take the lastest INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS, stir in some inventive
2. HABITUS PEOPLE & PLACES
3. HABITUS HOMES peer through the kaleidescope of
our habitus personalities take
inspirational homes from around
new coat hangers and add a splash
you into their interwoven worldS
the region. we bring you poetry in
of colour. we cook up a cocktail of
of art, fashion, photography and
buildings and landscapes.
ideas for living in design.
We’ve searched the world over to bring you the best ideas in design for home, work and play.
Mixing high fashion with art, architecture and design – Stephen Crafti visits the home of renowned NZ fashion designer Marilyn Sainty.
77 On location
Aya Maceda meets with Filipino fashion designer Rajo Laurel, at home and work, and discovers his favourite places in his home town of Makati City.
Hang up your wardrobe woes and rethink your sartorial storage with these quirky new coat hangers.
98 Scenario: Mending Wall house
Residential architecture Paul McGillck visits a house on a knoll and discovers how a Robert Frost poem about a wall and ‘good neighbours’ inspired the monastic qualities in this dwelling in the hills above Sydney.
In his New York studio, maverick photographer Todd Selby talks to Elise Coroneos about his project, The Selby, and his views of Sydney.
An architect who paints and an artist who teaches architectural design – Andrea Stevens meets with Pete Bossley and Miriam van Wezel and discovers their synergistic partnership.
38 in camera
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110 Scenario: Sithowati House
Artist Lisa Cooper is inspired by the work of groundbreaking Austrian architect Adolf Loos. Megan Morton investigates.
Residential architecture Part house, part amphitheatre – Kerstin Rose travels to Indonesia, visiting a home that sets the stage for an extended music-loving family, that also integrates nature in a city of depleting foliage.
contents 4. HABITUS SIGN-OFF
taste the unique flavours of marrakech and discover the roots of modern vernacular in south-east asian architecture.
Scenario: Jervois hill house
Residential architecture Chu Lik Ren explores the materially rich, sensory experience in this new house in Singapore designed by Ko Shiou Hee of K2LD.
Cross Fade: Bondi House
Renovations and additions Jane Burton-Taylor visits a home in Bondi, Sydney, and investigates how Drew Heath’s renovation of this beachside semi is customised to suit the particular needs of a family of five.
scenario: Strelein warehouse
Residential architecture Ian Moore’s black and white conversion of an inner suburban Sydney warehouse is a stroke of structural genius that epitomises elegance. Paul McGillick reports.
198 snapshot: Marrakech
Luke Nguyen and Suzanna Boyd wander the streets of Marrakech, in Morocco, and report on the rich exotic flavours of this Middle Eastern city, as they serve up an assiette of places to eat, stay and explore.
154 Scenario Arrowtown House
Residential architecture Nestled among the snowy peaks and alpines of New Zealand’s South Island, sits a Cedar house. Andrea Stevens investigates how architect Noel Lane brings the scenic landscape inside.
Scenario: Domain Apartment
Slow Dissolve: Ted Smyth
Residential architecture Stephen Crafti visits the home of a couple of empty nesters in their inner-city apartment, in Melbourne, and uncovers an interior transformation by Stephen Jolson, worthy of the breathtaking views that surround it.
Landscapes and garden design For almost five decades, Ted Smyth has been creating landscapes that are steadfastly uninfluenced by other landscape architects’ work. Andrea Stevens talks to him about his unique approach and his diverse body of work.
167 Director’s Cut: atypical House
Architects and designers designing for themselves A typical shophouse provided architects Thingsmatter with the perfect container for their atypical refurbishment. Tonkao Panin discovers how it was converted into a home/studio.
Over the past 20 years, architecture in South-East Asia has experienced a quasi-Renaissance out of the shadows of colonial rule. Paul McGillick explores the implications of the post-colonial condition on architecture in the region.
Correction In Habitus 10, in the story on the Ang House by Chenchow Little, we failed to credit Katherine Lu for her photography. We apologise for this oversight. Visit habitusliving.com/katherinelu to see more of Katherine’s work.
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editor’s letter paul mcgillick
“It is impossible to explain architecture in words – architecture cannot be totally explained, but must be experienced.” – Geoffrey Bawa
...Our experience of the world is actually multi-sensory – a fact increasingly denied by a world obsessed with visual images.
I suppose those words of Bawa could act as a warning to the entire architecture and design press, whose ambition is to replicate the experience of buildings and landscapes. Bawa could have added photography to the equation. This most democratic of art forms lays claim to evidentiary authority. In other words, it claims to record what is out there, tacitly asserting that, in so doing, it is entirely objective and factual. More than that, it is delivering the experience of a place. Implicit in this is the notion of the primacy of the visual. Since human beings are 70% visually dominant, this ocularcentric world view may not be surprising. But our experience of the world is actually multi-sensory – a fact increasingly denied by a world obsessed with visual images. The Finnish architect and writer, Juhani Pallasmaa (who will be presenting a paper at the National Architecture Conference in Melbourne, 14 –16 April, 2011) has been a trenchant critic of a visually dominant architecture and has called for an architecture of “resistance to current cultural erosion”. He has also argued for haptic architecture – one which responds to the multi-sensory reality of our everyday lives. (A review of Pallasmaa’s The Thinking Hand appeared in Habitus #7). For us working in the architecture and design press, the limits of photography are all-too-obvious when we compare the actual physical experience of a building (and we at Habitus require all our writers to actually visit the buildings they discuss) to the photographs. No matter how good the photography, it inevitably distorts the space. Some photographers, acknowledging the problem, decide to hang their interpretive colours from the masthead and brazenly manipulate the images. Others cling to a belief in the evidentiary capacity of photography. The former approach at least has the advantage of being more animated. That said, Habitus does not have the answers, either – except to be as inclusive as possible and provide as much material as possible to enable the readers to reach their own conclusions, including the judicious use of people in shot to establish scale and a sense of habitation. We have also, from time to time, enlisted the pin-hole camera of Anthony Browell to convey a feeling of what it is like to be in the space – as we do in this issue with our story on the Mending Wall House in the hills above Sydney. So, it is always advisable to take what you see in an architecture magazine with a pinch of salt and lashings of imagination. And before I go – we greatly value your feedback, so please have a look at page 132 for details of our reader survey. Paul McGillick, Editor
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Photography Nicky Ryan
Stylist Paul Joseph Hopper
Stylistâ€™s Assistants Natalie Dummigan Peter Dickin
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at home marilyn sainty — AUCKLAND, new zealand
Fashioning a home For New Zealand’s iconic fashion designer and retailer Marilyn Sainty, home is a modern sanctuary where architecture, design, art and fashion mingle beautifully. Stephen Crafti talks home and shop. Marilyn Sainty needs no introduction to New Zealanders or to many people in the design community in Australia. One of the country’s most revered fashion designers, her designs have been the subject of exhibitions as well as books. From humble beginnings running her own boutique Starkers, in Sydney in 1968, Sainty now operates the renowned Scotties boutiques in New Zealand, with her business partner Sonja Batt. While officially retiring as a designer in 2005, Sainty and Batt continue to remain at the forefront of fashion, stocking the likes of Comme des Garçons, Lanvin, Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Grant and Dries Van Noten. Scotties also sells Beth Ellery and Camille Howie, two protégées from New Zealand, whom Sainty has nurtured. Sainty has also surrounded herself with many New Zealand creatives at home. One of the works of art on her wall is by artist Martin
Poppelwell. His white ceramic letters spelling the word ‘Reputation’, appear to come apart. “It’s a loaded word, particularly if you grew up in my generation,” says Sainty. “But the late 1960s certainly changed things like no one could imagine,” she adds. A minimalist aesthetic runs through both the Scotties boutique in Lorne Street, Auckland and Sainty’s home in the inner city, allowing individual pieces to shine. “I’ve never been a fan of fast fashion and I rarely created ‘collections’ in the usual sense. I always preferred to focus on a few key pieces each season, rather than designing a series of pieces that can be interchanged,” says Sainty. Sainty’s home, which she shares with partner Peter Black, was originally a warehouse. Home for the past 15 years, the split-level space has been re-designed by architect Nicholas Stevens, co-director of Stevens Lawson
Architects. The space is as unexpected as the photos by Deborah Smith, with whom Sainty has collaborated over many years. “We never thought we’d stay for so long. Initially, it was a transitory move,” says Sainty. “The re-design started with a series of discussions. The largest problem was getting northern light into the place,” says Stevens, who inserted frosted glass walls across the living areas. “I describe the place as a minimalist theatre,” adds Stevens, referring to the platforms which frame the kitchen area. Sainty is drawn to form, whether in a piece of clothing or furniture. There’s a white table in her living area, designed by Ann Demeulemeester, which is layered with white objects. Like the way Sainty designs clothes, less is more. A Philippe Starck high-back velvet chaise from the early 1980s (initially designed for the Royalton Hotel in New York),
Text Stephen Crafti
Photography Simon Devitt
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conversation todd selby â€“ New York, usa
theselby.com has become a cult, colourful and quirky archive of global creatives at home. Elise Coroneos talks with founder Todd Selby about his studio, celebrities and Sydney.
The Selby Text Elise Coroneos
Photography Tim Knox and Todd Selby
inspired lisa cooper â€” NSW, australia
From Vienna to Sydney
Artist Lisa Cooper cites Austrian architect Adolf Loos as a kindred spirit. Itâ€™s an improbable match in some regards, but time is of the essence...
Text and Production Megan Morton
Photography John Laurie and Eliza Gorka
scenario mending wall house â€” NSW, australia
Text Paul McGillick
Photography Anthony Browell
Solitude A poem, a spectacular landscape and a love of good company were the elements of the brief which Barbara Schmidt and Peter Cudlipp gave to architect, James Grose, for this house in the mountains above Sydney. 99
scenario sithowati house — JAKARTA, indonesia
the city Adi Purnomo is regarded as one of Indonesia’s most innovative architects. So, it seemed logical to throw him the challenge of designing a house which is simultaneously theatrical and intimate. Kerstin Rose reveals how it does this, as well as integrating with its landscape. Adi Purnomo is a pioneer. He wants to contribute to the world in which he lives by doing good and creating meaningful things. His aim is to improve the quality of people’s lives via architecture. He believes in the power of individual action and counters deficits in the field of architecture with his own designs. For several years now, Purnomo has been interested in botany, although – as he readily admits – he doesn’t know a great deal about it. “The amount of green space in Jakarta has shrunk from 30% to 9% in 20 years,” he laments, a trace of anger audible in his voice as he slowly and deliberately recites these figures. The thing he misses most in this megacity are the foliage plants. But he now employs these as his most effective weapon, using them to create
symbols whenever the opportunity arises – in gateways, on free-standing walls, on the walls of houses (both inside and outside) and on roofs. Over the years, his work has attracted a wide circle of admirers, and many wealthy Indonesians now commission him to design their houses for them – not only on account of his ‘green’ ideas, but because he is simply regarded as the best architect in the country. When banker, Sandra Sithowati and her husband Hari Yuwono, an engineer, were planning their town house, Adi Purnomo was the only architect they considered for the design of their new home. But the architect had serious doubts as to whether he would be able to complete the task presented to him by the amicable couple, who wanted him to create
Text / Production Kerstin Rose
01 View from the street onto the jungle house with bamboo and other foliage. 02 The entrance to the roof garden is an oasis in the megacity of Jakarta.
Photography Christian Schaulin
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directorâ€™s cut THINGSMATTER
atypical shophouse â€” BANGKOK, thailand
Urban Potentials Buildings sometimes allow themselves to be seen independently as images, and other times recede from prominence in deference to daily life. Tonkao Panin visits the home/studio of the couple behind architecture practice Thingsmatter, which manages to do both. Text Tonkao Panin
Photography Pirak Anurakyawachon
director’s cut atypical shophouse — BANGKOK, thailand
01 The welcoming ‘front’ of the house. 02 From the street level. 03 Working space on the ground floor. 04 View from Ekamai Road.
Savinee Buranasilapin and Tom Dannecker of Thingsmatter have been working in Bangkok, offering design solutions for a broad range of projects that never draw the line between architecture and other design fields. The challenge of designing their own home started with the conscious choice they made from the very beginning. Instead of either searching for a condominium unit, a typical dwelling solution for young urbanites, or creating their new architecture on an empty piece of land, they looked for something familiar that has always been there. Bangkok’s urban condition has been dramatically transformed during the past fifty years by a large number of projects and urban development, yet the livelihood of daily activities on the street still gives the city its tangible sense of place and location. Shophouses have been the type of architecture that enveloped Bangkok streets for decades. But as large shopping malls gradually sprang up over the city, the role of local commerce – once the staple of Bangkok’s urban life – began to fade, resulting in a large number of shophouses that have been left abandoned or waiting to be sold. In search of their ideal playground, Buranasilapin and Dannecker quickly saw the potential of creating new dimensions of dwelling possibilities while remaining firmly connected to the urban milieu that Bangkok streets provide. A dilapidated end shophouse in Ekamai thus provided them with the basic platform. What followed were the results of spatial visions they introduced to a familiar structure. While the street level provides workspaces for the owners and their co-workers, the owners never felt the need to privatise the spaces or shield themselves from the streetscape. Large folding doors are installed both at front and back, offering not only the flow of light and ventilation but also of potential activities and gazes. By letting parts of the street in, they also extend their lives beyond the physical footprint of their home. As a place to live and work, while the house needs to answer prosaic needs, it must also be a refuge, providing a broad range of possible modes of dwellings. Only four metres wide and 12 metres deep, each level anticipates different activities, thus requires distinct planning solutions that would never be fulfilled by generic layouts. Above the street level, three other floors are planned out as distinct units, each with its own sense of individuality responding to different needs. Performances take place and events
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