VISION Issue 16 - Page 12

12 Vision Magazine What are the benefits of this type of dual occupancy? KC: Environmental with the better use of resources, cost effectiveness and better social outcomes from increased density and mutual family support. How much of this pavilion is prototype rather than stereotype? KC: Mostly prototype. It’s always nice to approach these projects with a willingness for experimentation. Such as? KC: The compressed fibre-cement floors and timber strips for instance. We hadn’t done that before but tried it on a small project. Even if it wasn’t entirely successful (it was harder to build than anticipated). LC: It’s definitely about searching for those prototype qualities. On the other hand the box shape we use is a stereotype. There’s nothing wrong with that because it’s a shape that provides such great economy. Is there an element of your workplace that’s like a laboratory to really see what you can push and develop next? KC: That’s true. We like to experiment with materials. I think we got that from Gabriel Poole. But there’s an underlying philosophy there too. LC: While you want innovation, there is also the need to utilize standard elements for economies. This project involved fast construction. We’ve developed all these details around standard elements and standard sections for speed and economy. You can see evidence of that in the window details. We had to really manipulate those to add effective weather protection hoods that worked with the window type and aesthetic we tried to achieve. Labour of Love