Artist's Studio and Residence _ Niigata, Japan _ Competition Entry 2011
The engawa and verandah celebrate the transition between the outside and interior of traditional Japanese and Australian houses, mediating and enriching the relationship between humanity and nature. They offer a balance between prospect and refuge and moderate seasonal and climatic changes within the home.
Australia House explores the threshold as a metaphor for a point of beginning, embracing the landscape of its site. Suspended within space while also grounded, it offers a place of refuge and prospect innately connected to its changing landscape. It provides a marked pause - a moment of creative possibility from which new understandings can grow, new perspectives can form and new beginnings contemplated.
Merran Porjazoski, Fiona Lew, Paul Porjazoski, Fiona Poon