THE ARCHITECTURE OFFICE:
ARCHITECTURE (verb) : cultural endeavour, professional service.
OFFICE (noun) : position of authority of a public nature.
AUSTRALIA HOUSE – JAPAN

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Architecture, like art, traces a line through history connecting buildings to time and place. The project extracts the volume of the former farmhouse from a new, shed-like art building. The intersection of these forms generates a complex surface for a collaborative artwork (to be commissioned as part of the construction process). This bricolage of reclaimed materials from across northern Japan, traces memories of the past around a new space where new memories can be projected. Our proposal engages physically and metaphorically with the devastation of the Tohoku Earthquake; an event that left parts of Japan resembling an artwork by Gordon Matta-Clark or Tadashi Kawamata.

PROJECT: Australia House Japan (Competition)
LOCATION: Echigo-Tsumari, Niigata, Japan
YEAR: 2012
PEOPLE:  [DRAW] John de Manincor, Imogene Tudor, Adam Russell .

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