Wednesday, 7 December 2011

That time of year again......

Monday, 28 November 2011

paperbarks centennial park

A quick sketch of some of my favourite trees in centennial park. It was after some rain and the ground was flooded to give some great reflections.       J

the set up sketch

rendered version
probably could do with a bit more rendering

Monday, 21 November 2011


Some strangler figs in our local area....   love the way they just keep hanging on.      J

stranglers in wolli creek road

Friday, 21 October 2011

new kitchen, cremorne

Been a long time between blogs!!!

This is the new kitchen we are working on in Cremorne. The house has touches of late "art deco" styling so we are referencing it in the kitchen design. Some rounded elements, horizontal curved trims, fluted glass, mixture of face timber and granite finishes.     J

concept sketches
resolved plan



Val's luverly renderings

touch of deco with the fluted glass

compact but efficient

now to work up the materials......

Friday, 26 August 2011

latest maroubra design development images

Here are some lovely pics by Val showing the latest design development for our new house design in Maroubra. It's starting to get there. The site is hemmed in by neighbours but has nice outlooks both front and rear. The stepped design is driven by the site fall and the setbacks required for second floors. We are proposing lightweight upper level finishes.

Its a narrow site so we are showing a single sized garage but inside it has a two level car stacker. The expense is offset by having a smaller footprint and reduced driveways.


Thursday, 25 August 2011

an old Nazgul from the vaults...

I stumbled across this while archiving old files and drawings. Sketched it up when I first started reading Lord of the Rings back in the 70's. Thought you might find it amusing.   J

Nazgul 1978

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Organic World Architecture - Sagrada Familia

What better than the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Here are some pics from our roaming relative, Tim P, who was visiting there in July.

Originally designed by Francisco de Paula del Villar as a Gothic revival church, construction began in 1882. Catalonian hero architect, Antoni Gaudi, took over the project in 1883 and turned his own funky organic style to it, making radical changes to the design. Del Villar retired from the project ... he must have been a bit miffed at the wild changes made to his design.

It is one of the great unfinished projects. When Gaudi died in 1926 it was only about 25% finished. Pope Benedict consecrated it in November 2010. Work left to do is the main central tower. It is anticipated that it will be complete in time for the centenary of Gaudi's death in 2026.

It's a monumental piece of beautiful, organic, and expressive sculpture and one of several world buildings that should be on everyone's bucket lists...         J

(thanks Tim & Aliza for the candid pics)

nativity facade

you can make out the Gothic Revival intent ....  just

nativity facade in detail

almost like a grotto effect....

amazing internal "forest" of columns and perforated ceiling

Gaudi's surviving upside down model with weights used to determine the structure.
A lot of his workshop and models were destroyed by Catalan anarchists during the Spanish (not so) civil war 
There are some great images on this link

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

biddigal reserve

Such a big response for the Chinese Gardens ... thanks for all the kind comments. There was a push/request to publish some more sketches so here's one I did the year before for other friends who got married.

It's Biddigal Reserve at the northern end of Bondi Beach.      J

biddigal reserve

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Chinese Gardens Sydney

Here's a pic I did for some friends who got married there last year. I've been playing a bit with "frames" for drawings a bit like Aubrey Beardsley work (not as bawdy). Adds an interesting dynamic and a chance to have a bit of fun with patterns and textures.

Enjoy!     J

sydney chinese gardens 2010

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

newtown graffiti #1

OK, OK.... I've been accused of only showing Melbourne art on architecture!!!!  I know we have just as good stuff up here.

Here's some of my favourites from Newtown. Today it is around the Fiji Markets in south King Street.

It's a riot of colour, composition, mystery and imagination.  Enjoy ..........     J

oh the spice of life.....   Darley Lane and Fiji Indian Markets

blessed by gods!!!!

portraits and old salts

beautiful woman ignoring scary M & Ms

now that's a tag!!!!

fantasy world with camera wielding elves and
aloof fairy queen with spray can holding servants.

red carpet moment...

Sunday, 17 July 2011


Consecrated in 1248 as a chapel connected to the palace of King Louis IX it remains one of the best examples of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture. Louis was a bit of a religious nut and spent a kings ransom buying various religious relics, like a piece of the holy cross, the crown of thorns, the image of Odessa, the sacred spear, etc.  He needed a place to keep all his stuff so he commissioned the chapel. Like most French sacred buildings it suffered major damage during the French revolution of the late 18th century. At one stage it was used as records storage and the lower sections of beautiful stained glass were removed to allow more light in. The building was later faithfully restored by Eugene Voillet-le-Duc in 1855. It was declared a national monument in 1862.

It's located in the Palais de Justice area on the Isle de la Cite. You pass through police checks and metal detectors to enter the area. It looks non de script when first viewed from outside. A relatively small building with deep buttresses, none flying. You enter into the lower chapel, built for the servants, before taking narrow stairs to the main chapel that was preserved for the king and his family. There you are hit by an explosion of coloured light. The buttresses, that looked dour and heavy outside, are almost imperceivable as the tall windows dominate the space. Look further you look you start to pick up exquisite detailing everywhere.

The favourite past-time is to simply sit there and experience being in the space.

Most of these shots were taken with my trusty analogue Minolta and beautiful 17mm lens with up to half  second exposure (braced against whatever was handy).       J

relatively dour exterior

beautiful lower chapel. Low sense of scale

explosion of light in the upper chapel.
Where did those buttresses go to?

one of the most intact collections of 13th century glass anywhere...

lovely detailing around the base walls

amazing ceiling

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

St Mick's hill

In 708AD the Bishop of Avranches must have got the shock of his life when the Archangel Michael appeared and said he just had to build a church on a rocky islet on the coast of Normandy. Thus began a long history of ecclesiastical construction on what is now known as Mont St Michel. It weathered many storms, wars and neglect. At one stage during the French revolution the abbey was closed and it was used as a prison. It was only through the hard work of influential French people such as Victor Hugo (who also helped save many other national building treasures such as Notre Dame in Paris) that it was restored. The prison was closed in 1863 and it was declared a national monument in 1874.

It's an easy drive through narrow Brittany and Normandy country roads and cute villages to arrive at the causeway. Park on the higher areas to avoid the flooding tide. Meander up through the medieval lower village (avoid the world's most expensive omelette restaurant - madame ... we nevair put cheese in our omelettes!!!) to arrive at the spectacular higher buildings.

Go out of tourist season and the crowds are bearably thin....     J

the classic view from the main road

medieval street through the lower village

a wonderfully organic procession of spaces leading up to the citadel/abbey area

you start at the main courtyard at the top in front
of the Romanesque 11th Century church

to the rear the main apse was rebuilt in the
13th Century in the Gothic style after a fire
during one of the many sieges by the English

lovely patina in vertically dominated spaces

offset by the horizontality of the wonderful 13th century cloisters

simple but beautiful landscaping is a break from all the stonework

lobby to the refectory

giant refectory fire places ... you could live in there!!!

Romanesque refectory. You can almost hear the chants before supper.....

Monday, 4 July 2011

Melbourne graffiti #4

Some more great work from the big smoke (south). A lot of the graffiti from the previous posts has already gone or been painted over. You've got to enjoy them while they last .......       J

funky fish...

old unused buildings allow for wrap around art
even the van is painted

perfectly placed peeking picture

part of the fun is catching the brief glimpse of
art in a side ally

this sums up the inner city ..... cool Vespas and cool street art