Entry into the 2016 Dulux Study Tour is a two stage process:
To enter, entrants are required to submit their answers to four nominated questions, their contact details and details of their employer via the online entry system.
Stage 1 submissions must be lodged by no later than AEST 4pm Thursday 17 September 2015.
Late submissions will not be accepted. Entrants’ answers to the nominated questions will be judged, and shortlisted entrants will be notified to enter into Stage 2.
Shortlisted entrants must upload via the online entry system an A4 document that includes; one written employer reference, resume (maximum two pages), portfolio of works (maximum of four pages). Submissions for stage 2 must be lodged between AEST 9.00am Monday 12 October 2015 to AEST 4.00pm Thursday 5 November 2015.
Process in Melbourne kick starts the 2015 post tour talks… When: 6.30pm, Monday 6 July Where: Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne 3000 Speakers: Bonnie Herring, Monique Woodward and Mel Bright
What drives the best of us?
Awards recognise a person’s achievements and celebrates the output of their careers. With that comes a lot of hard work in the interim, though these don’t often take centre stage. Everyone has their own drivers – the motivations, inspirations, and influences which keep us going in some form or other. This month, PROCESS brings together three Victorian architects who have been recognised through this year’s Dulux Study Tour Award and Emerging Architect Prize. The event will delve into the things behind the scenes, and discuss projects, reflections, and projections.
Join us on July 6th to talk to these amazing ladies who are driving their careers sky high.
The last day of the 2015 Dulux Study Tour was upon us and I was already becoming nostalgic about its ending. Having spent more than fifteen hours together for the last eight tour and travel days, there was a fear of moving on from the carefully orchestrated Amazing (archi-)Race. Fear of being left to our own devices and that creeping feeling of ‘has this all been a dream?’
Fuelled by croissants and caffeine, we travelled to the office compound of Ateliers Jean Nouvel that had over the last fifteen years, gradually occupied a series of adjoining buildings wrapped around a paved and pot planted courtyard. Following our visit to the politically embattled Philharmonie de Paris on the edge of the Parc de la Villette the evening before, we were very conscious of the elephant in the room. Jean Nouvel’s ‘Ambassador’ Manuel filled us in on the financial political, scheduling and legal fall out of a project turned sour. Certainly at that scale it is hard for any of us to fathom.
Shifting to other points of discussion, we were surprised to receive a rather candid assessment of the practice evolution. It had become a pattern for the women architects to stick around, while their male counterparts had a tendency for itchy feet, many moving to start their own practices after learning the ropes. Though in Manuel’s case and for several others too, there was also a tendency to return once work became scarce or when they were willing to concede their design autonomy to the starchitect.
Next we visited LAN’s mixed use Homage to Haussmann in the 17th Arridosment. We were taken through cute pedestrianised streets lined with charcuterie, fresh produce and cafes that had us hankering for our next baguette fix.
Wedged between defunct rail infrastructure now being developed and an area of the traditional and iconic Haussmann housing with their hierarchical street walls, LAN borrowed from the desirable latter typology to design an adaptable apartment/office floor plate with externally load bearing and prefabricated facade that hinted little toward the primary residential use.
We made tracks to Renzo Piano’s recently completed Fondation Jerome Seydoux Pathe in the 13th where we were suitably impressed. The ‘little casper’ or silver ‘armidillo’ glazed bubble quietly rose up above the slate and zinc rooftops behind adjoining heritage facades, and was the first blobitecture we’d encountered on this trip. Surprisingly perhaps, we all immediately felt cocooned within its bow of curved timber ribs and perforated aluminium shingles. The project architect, Torsten, ran us through its sophisticated yet user operated ventilation system while we fought the urge to fall asleep in the womb like structure.
With some spontaneous hustle, we took the train to the 16th to the Fondation Le Corbusier at Maison la Roche for a speedy hit of Modernism before our final visit of the Dulux Study Tour. In disposable blue shoe covers we darted up and down the three stories ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the excessive circulation, modestly proportioned rooms and novelty of being able to track each other from almost anywhere in the building.
Content with our Corbusian diversion, we settled in at the Ordre des Architects to discuss the architectural scene in Paris over a beer, debating differences between established and aged starchitects (“who’s ego forbids them to retire”), and the smaller more collaborative studios that are still suffering from the 2009 economic downturn.
Lastly, from the austere modern of the Maison la Roche and stripped-back former convent home of The Ordre, we came to the distinctly Parisian, Train le Blieu that radiated grandeur and opulence. While we watched our dashingly dressed waiters and frescoed surrounds we reflected on some of the highlights: Fuji Kindergarten, Barbican, Fondation Jerome Seydoux Pathe, meeting with Astrid Klien and Kevin Carmody, and lowlights: bag snatchers in Paris, lack of sleep and plane food.
Never a dull moment on this premium trip. Thank you Dulux, AIA, AM and my exceptional archi peers, you’ve been an absolute delight.
Yesterday’s architectural tour of the outskirts of Paris left us with many questions about the mode of architectural practice in this city. First we enjoyed a long breakfast-cum-brunch at the opulent hotel buffet to prepare for a day of practice visits. We hoped to find answers. How did the 1980s building boom get so crazy? How does social housing really work in Paris? How does carrying a baguette make you look so damn cool?
Our first stop was AS.Architecture-Studio. All our questions melted away as we were seduced by the stunning renovation to the rear garden of a Parisian mansion. Behind a docile Haussmann elevation, an indoor tree sprouts from white marble floors, climbing up the traditional white timber framing, amongst staff sitting all around on three floors of mezzanine, to the glass roof above. Deeper into the office and across a courtyard we find a modern extension to the office, matching with tree, glass roof and mezzanine, differing through the use of steel and vinyl instead of timber. Deeper still and we are toured through the practice’s extensive history, displayed in model format in a brick vaulted basement. The stunning offices beside, the work of this international practice inspired questions of Paris’s historic values, over that of a blank canvas like China. Does a practice need to just divert its workflow towards foreign projects in order to get the freedom to design their ideal buildings? We left with no doubt of the quality and innovation of this practice and admired their ability to retain these values at the largest scale of architecture.
Upon departing AS.Architecture-Studio we treated ourselves to a short walk around the historic Marais district. Our first discovery, although not confirmed, seemed to be a perfect candidate for the role of prequel to New York’s Highline park. This elevated Parisian garden gave a new outlook on the surrounding buildings. The lushly gardened strip of about 4.5 km was frequented by runners and locals, and was a great insight into the city’s productive use of disused infrastructure. It also provided an idealistic backdrop for some Instagram-worthy group photos.
Further into the Marais and we picnicked at the Place des Vosges. The first planned square in Paris (and apparently Europe), the 140 m x 140 m grand square was bustling with locals. With our three-course breakfast still digesting, we tucked into some fresh baguettes. Eating and relaxing all day – how very French! The Place des Vosges was a refreshing change from modern and post modern architecture overload. Built in 1612, it is a classic example of Royalist architecture, but still seems very relevant to the city, and to place making. Hundreds of picnickers are testament to its urban success.
Our second practice visit for the day was to the offices of Manuelle Gautrand, where we were treated to a showing of her work, and an engaging discussion spawned on by our fore-mentioned questions. Manuelle told us about the 50s housing boom, the onslaught of “contemporary” tower and slab housing, and how it has forever jaded the French public against any and all new or contemporary architecture. She revealed the Parisian elite’s preference for inner city historic housing, and as result the amount of architectural work focussing on private dwellings is very limited. It also seems the
Paris regulatory context is similar in intensity to the Australian system but on speed. It was refreshing to hear of her dedication to working with and around these social constraints and political systems, embracing difficulties, only to make them into opportunities.
We departed and headed to Parc de la Villette, Bernard Tschumi’s 1980s grid of follies and floating infrastructure projects that define a precinct scale park and collection of public buildings. We sat and had our third picnic session for the day. The pace of the study tour had definitely changed to “croissant mode.” Set among the randomness of this project, again the locals seemed to flock here for their afternoon snacks, for exercise and a jukebox-fuelled park session.
We left Parc de la Vilette and travelled to the Pompidou Centre. A third park typology, this urban square is also packed full of visitors, this time accompanied by mimes, musicians and the various array of creatives that inner city publicity promotes. Paris seems to run on and through it’s parks, and so it was great to experience the contrast between old and new, suburban and inner-urban. The tightly controlled and heritage influenced approach to contemporary architecture seems to encourage extensive use of the provided public spaces. And now we know that Parisians carrying baguettes are so cool because you know they are on their way to relax and converse in a nearby park.
Our time in London ended yesterday with a rockstar exit from the hotel in Paddington via two black Mercedes vans. Nic was not impressed by all the press attention …
On the Eurostar Katelin made us all work hard prepping articles for ArchitectureAU.com. In reality we were all distracted by the wine and food service (a pleasant surprise), so she was the only one who really did any work!
Arriving in Paris our bus to the hotel was delayed. While we waited, Oliver, the Dulux dog, went on a little journey in the hands of a thief! I decided to chase after the guy – probably not the smarted thing in the world to do. I think he heard me coming so just put his arm out and he gave me the bag back. I’m not sure if he was trying not to cause a fuss or maybe I am just really scary?
The afternoon was our designated day off. We spent the afternoon lounging together in the Mama Shelter Hotel bar located in the 20th arrondissement with the amazing Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture abandoned railway by our side.
Clap clap, time to get up!
Day seven actually begins!
First task of the day, while riding the bus on our way to the walking tour of Paris, was to complete the Myers Briggs personality test. Why would such a topic come up on an architectural study tour? Simple. Jill, a friend of both Katelin and I who lives in Paris (and also writes for ArchitectureAU), will be joining us on our final night. In preparation for this we have decided to present her with our results. Jill is obsessed with personality testing.
INTJ – Amber
ENTJ – Daniela
ENFJ – Katelin
ENFJ – Monique INFJ – John
INFJ – Jordy
ESFJ – Casey
ESFJ – Sarah INTP – Ni
ENTP – Phil
INFP – Bonnie
First stop was the National Library of France by Dominique Perrault and James Stirling. This was one of President François Mitterrand first “nation building” projects. I thought of it as a castle for books. Four large archival towers in each corner linked horizontally on the lower levels by offices, reading spaces, and more archival rooms. Like a castle, in the centre was an external space. The external space was a beautiful forest (with no access except for gardeners). Some of the crew found the space sterile and struggled with its lack of connection with the public realm, especially the forest within. The detailing, I must say, was exceptional.
We then crossed a footbridge over the Seine that beautifully dealt with access from upper and lower entries in each side of the bank.
Walking further around this district (a former rail yard), we came across a formerly disused cold store that was taken over by artists. The coordinator of the building appeared and gave an impromptu talk on what was going on and the issues they are facing.
Surrounding this site were new Docklands-esque developments. They were cold and without personality. How will these projects evolve? How long will it take? There was even a Le Corbusier building currently being renovated.
A metro ride took us to the French icons we all studied in school – The Arab Institute by AS.Architecture-Studio and Jean Nouvel. Nic was reminded about how he built a model of the building and facade for a technology subject at school.
Full with Croque Monsieurs, we took another Metro ride to the west of Paris to La Défense.
After meandering through a business district comprising a sea of glass and steel towers built in the 1980s, we came across a gem: a social housing project known as Tours Aillaud. Built in the 1970s and (amazingly) named after the architect, the cloud-shaped towers are clad in colourful tiles and are positioned among lush, sail-lined pathways and trees.
Last stop on the waking tour was Gehry’s new glass Ark for Noah … oh no, I mean €500,000 art gallery for the Louis Vuitton Foundation. I couldn’t help but feel like if been the in same building (almost exactly the same) in Bilbao …
We finished the day with dinner and drinks at a restaurant that had been recommended by about five locals Palais de Tokyo.
You seduced us with your soft and considered words, dripping with poetry and architectural delight. Your charismatic presentation style and consistent eye contact made us feel like you were speaking directly to each of us and that oh-so-often smile could melt the hearts of even the harshest critic. You would ask, “so what do I mean by that?” And then, like any great captain, you’d continue to elaborate on your point. Instead of talking about your practice structure, you showed us the soul of your organisation. And because of this, you had an advantage over the larger firms we visited on the same day, like Foster + Partners and David Chipperfield Architects. Collectively, we felt it was much more useful meeting the directors of firms, which was only possible in medium-sized practices. Having said that, it was particularly interesting observe the immense scale of the larger practices. We also cheated on you briefly with our practice visits to dRMM and Studio Octopi.
Both these offices imparted many actionable takeaways, which was useful and attainably amazing.
That night, at the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition opening party (which Rory Hyde suggested we attend), we discussed trying to replicate your style. Speaking, pausing, connecting, smiling and then continuing. It is extremely difficult, but as a group we have felt inspired to get a coach to help us achieve your level of heartthrob.
It was lovely to end the day connecting with old friends Molly, Simon, Cris and Paul who came to meet the main Dulux crew for drinks – we swiftly relayed the story to them, spreading the love, and now they are also hooked.
We acknowledge this may come across as stalker-like, obsessive, psycho even – but this comes from a place of pure architectural fascination and business learnings.