The Architecture of Seeing

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Peter Hyatt | 0 Comments

Most buildings are not architect designed. When they are, it's often worth investigation to see what is on offer. One of our pleasures is to produce the monthly e-magazine Vision for Viridian and CSR. It gives us the opportunity to explore projects that use glass - a favourite material of ours. Glass tends to reduce the bulk and mass of buildings. It offers transparency and a sense of connection with family, work colleagues and the wider world. It contributes to the architecture of seeing. Not simply out of a window for instance, but at a more holistic level of understanding such matters as spatial delight, the shape of light, shadow and form.

Architecture, like art, is a highly personal expression that relies on a strong voice and point of view. The artists' eye, like those of architects, help us see the world in a whole new light whether they be the smallest details, or grandest scale.

Architecture and photography should be soul-mates. Both should contribute to how we can better see and experience the world. And possibly ourselves. This month's Vision magazine features the impressive architecture of Barbara Bamford's new home for the RSPCA in Melbourne and the Box Hill AquaLink by Williams Ross. Both projects demonstrate the value of real architecture instead of the slap-it-up variety that denies the possibility and pleasure of hugely functional art. These projects prove once again that buildings, and not just paintings or prints, can be considered art in themselves and a commercial art for our cameras.

Vision is a magazine we're proud of, having launched it in 2003. Eleven years on and going strong. Enjoy your visit at:

Posted in Aqualink Box Hill, Architecture of Seeing, Barbara Bamford Architects, RSPCA Burwood, Vision magazine, Williams Ross Architects


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