Identify a current or emerging Australian Designer
1. Describe the nature of the designer’s profession and a brief biography
Sean Godsell is an architect who obtained his masters of Architect degree from RMIT University in 1999 authorized in ‘The Appropriateness of the Contemporary Australian Dwelling’ and run a Melbourne-based architect. He has lectured in many countries including USA, UK, China, Japan, France, New Zealand and Australia. In July 2003, Godsell received a citation the President of the American Institute of Architects for his work for the homeless. In 2005, Time Magazine named him in the ‘Who’s Who -The New Contemporaries’ section of Style and Design supplement. He was the only Australian Architect in the group of seven designers and triumphed numerous local and international awards ever since.
Present at least three examples of the designers’ work
Image: Future Shack (1985-2001) - It is relief housing for the homeless constructed from shipping container.
Image: Carter/Tucker house (1998-2000) located in Breamlea, Victoria, Australia.
Images: Edward Street House (2008 – 2012) located Brunswick, Victoria, Australia.
2a. Describe the designer’s style or trademark characteristics
Sean Godsell’s drawing style is very ragged as all of his architectural drawings consist of the simple use of thick black pen and minimal lines and shading and is not the traditional structural architecture drawing. His drawings are very clear and straight to the point visual representation of his ideas. He describe that all his buildings have an “automated skin” is the immediate signifiers of his work which are usually perforated materials (such as steel, Aluminium etc.) or repetition of horizontal or vertical wooden slats omit in external sunlight and inversely interior lights appearing from the inside.
2b. Explain where the designer derives their inspiration.
Sean Godsell travelled around Europe and Japan as a graduate while studying the exemplar architecture he learnt in University. While in Japan, he became interested in the works of architect Shinohara and Ando as most of his current design sketching are applied by Japanese design mythologies. Particularly the Japanese design principles of “Moya” and “Hisashi” apply to the properties of inner, private spaces and outer spaces of building. Using those principles, Sean Godsell integrated an Australian colonial home with the Japanese principles. His peculiar yet practical designs incorporated by innovative materials, ambiguous spaces and permeable lights, which are similar with many contemporary Japanese, architect with a fusion of western architectural characteristic. His design setting is usually in the urban area as a smart way to implement natural light from the outside to be permitted into the building of his designs like most contemporary Japanese Architects.
2c. Assess the designer’s main innovation or achievement
The M Pavilion inspired by the Serpentine Pavilion is one of Sean’s Godsell most well known project as it was main purpose was to host public functions such as talks, workshops and performances. The M Pavilion is a nomadic simple steel structure of an automated outer skin made of perforated aluminium with shiny pneumatic roofs to provide shade and shelter of up to a hundred people. Its peculiar innovation is that the structure “blooms like a flower” to its surrounding audience every morning and closes up every evening. Its interchangeable structure to adapts to the requirements of the event and flexible to be customize to the weather to shelter people. With its high rate of eye-pleasing aesthetics, the M Pavilion proves itself to be popular as it attracts many people and provides a contrast the calm botanical landscape. It is a cultural phenomenon winning him multiple awards including AIA’s National Award for Public Architecture.
Bibliography: dAP. 2015. dAP. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.architecturalpapers.ch/index.php?ID=48 [Accessed 24 May 2015].
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