Richard Kirk Architect was one of three Australian architecture practices invited to exhibit in the Atlas of the Unbuilt World exhibition at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Organised by the British Council for the 2013 London Festival of Architecture, the exhibition provides a snapshot of the future of architecture, with over sixty project models by architects from forty countries.
Australia’s contribution was commissioned by the Australian High Commission, United Kingdom and curated by Cameron Bruhn, editorial director at Architecture Media and Katelin Butler, editor of Houses magazine. Richard Kirk Architect was invited to exhibit Australia’s residential offering, Brookefield Residence. The detailed timber model was accompanied by sketches and drawings of the project which were ultimately adopted as visual iconography for exhibition material.
The British Council coordinates the International Architecture Showcase, a diverse program of international exhibitions and events led by London’s embassies and cultural institutes. Atlas of the Unbuilt World was accompanied by a publication that explores the wider themes and looks at selected projects and their context in further detail. As part of the exhibition a 3-D printer live-printed submissions for a week at the venue, giving architects, students and designers the chance to submit their work.
The University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) has featured in the most recent issue of Timber+Design. The article explores the some of the strategies employed in the AEB which have contributed to its status as a benchmark for sustainable architecture.
The article features an interview with RKA Director, Richard Kirk, who discusses the aesthetic, environmental and structural strengths of using timber in a building with one of Australia’s largest timber-framed auditoriums.
The original vision for an engineering facility which sets a benchmark in sustainability is now being realised through a response that optimises the passive potential of the building, whilst focusing on active support systems that minimise energy consumption through solar energy.
As the building enters the final stages in construction the iconic façade system and light-filled atrium are taking form and proving to be highly convincing elements of this strategy. The façade and atrium are part of a suite of ideas which underpin the sustainability framework for the building, whilst also contributing to its expressive nature and role as a ‘working building’. The Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) is scheduled for completion mid 2013.
The ‘First Call’ rehearsal for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) took place on 5 February 2013 in the purpose built Media Production Studio in RKA’s new ABC Headquarters at South Bank.
RKA and Arup were present for several days of rehearsals, testing and fine tuning the rehearsal space acoustics. The fine tuning occurs by adjusting the operable acoustic elements in the MPS such as the side wall acoustic banners, cyclorama drape and the overhead acoustic canopy panels. Numerous design modes were set utilising these operable elements to cater for a diverse range of orchestral music, and radio and television production. These automated modes (with corresponding air conditioning delivery systems) facilitate soloist rehearsal, chamber orchestra, full symphony orchestra (with or without choir), television and radio recording (with or without audience) and rock group rehearsal.