About The Book


Is it possible for a foyer to have the intimacy of a living room, or for a house to have the civic quality of a university building?

Victoria University

Balnarring House

We reflect on two models – one of our Victoria University project, the other of Balnarring House. Suspended from the ceiling like orbiting satellites, these models are exaggerated maquettes of their built cousins. Paired at the same scale, they highlight common ideas within the projects and the ‘scalelessness’ of those ideas – both projects have courtyard spaces around their centre, thresholds that act as pivot points between different uses in each building.

This pairing identifies shared themes that are only recognisable when looking back and reflecting upon them – coincidences.

This idea informs the structure of this book. Projects are presented in pairs – the relevance of which was only revealed to us upon reflection.

Author Biographies

Both written and visual contributions in order of appearance.

Justine Clark is an architectural editor, writer and researcher. She is founding editor of Parlour: women, equity, architecture and a former editor of Architecture Australia.

Dr Rory Hyde is Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Rachel Hurst is a senior lecturer in architecture at the University of South Australia, a regular writer and critic for the Australian design media and contributing editor for Architecture Australia.

Tom Heneghan is Professor of Architecture at Tokyo University of Arts, and Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney.

Stewart Russell is an artist, designer, curator and founder of spacecraft studio.

Michael Banney is a founding partner and creative director of m3architecture.

Leon Van Schaik is Professor of Architecture with an Innovation Chair in Design Practice Research at RMIT University.

Nigel Bertram is a Director of NMBW Architecture Studio, Melbourne, and Practice Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at Monash University.

Erica Green is founding director of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, established in 2007 at the University of South Australia, Adelaide.

Professor Sandra Kaji-O’Grady is the Dean of Architecture and Head of School at the University of Queensland.

Nader Tehrani is founder and principal of NADAAA. He is also the Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York.

Simon Perry is a visual artist and academic. He is studio coordinator and a senior lecturer in sculpture, sound and spatial practice at RMIT University.

Ewan McEoin is the Senior Curator of the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Laura Harding practises with the Sydney-based practice Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects. She is a regular contributor to the architectural press and is architectural critic for The Saturday Paper.

Juhani Pallasmaa established Pallasmaa Architects in 1983, and is a highly regarded author and academic.

Max Creasy is a visual artist living and working in London. His photographic practice explores systems of meaning through architecture, the archive and still life.

Louise Wright and Mauro Baracco are positioned between practice, research and teaching. Mauro is a practising architect and the Deputy Dean of Landscape Architecture at RMIT University. Louise is a practising architect, researcher, writer and teacher. Together they practise as Baracco+Wright.

Paul Carter is a writer and artist. His latest book is Places Made After Their Stories: Design and the Art of Choreotopography. He is Professor of Design (Urbanism) at RMIT University in the Design Research Institute/School of Architecture and Design.

Andrew Hutson is an academic and architect. He is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.

Shelley Penn is an architect who also advises, writes and teaches about architecture and urbanism. She is currently Manager of the City Design Studio at the City of Melbourne.

Erieta Attali is a New York-based landscape and architecture photographer. She is an Adjunct Professor of Architectural Photography at GSAPP, Columbia University, New York, and a PhD candidate at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Timothy Hill is Principal of PartnersHill and works and travels between London and Australia.

Tom Kvan is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Campus and Global Developments) at the University of Melbourne. In his previous role as Dean he was the client for the Melbourne School of Design. His research areas include the design and use of learning environments.

 The Book

440 Pages
21 contributing Writers
27 Photographers
28 Projects considered in emerging pairs
Published by Thames & Hudson
Edited by Justine Clark
Designed by 3 Deep Design