Blake Willis Landscape Architects
Midland Brick (WA)
Doug Blight - Teal Corp
Objectives defined in collaboration with the project architect and interior designer included a design that mitigated perception of the narrow urban lot, reduced perception of neighbouring developments and blurring thresholds of inside and outside to reinforce architectural intent of ’vanishing walls, floating floors & canopies’.
Employing a single specified brick unit, textures that respond to shadow movements and figure ground relationships were composed using vibrant bonding patterns to generate a visually rich backdrop with layered depth to enhance perspective. The intent is to visually drag detail from the background forward and into the interior view, as such breaking down visual thresholds perceived between inside and outside. Illusion of background intruding on the mid ground creates perception of a more generous and enlarged spatial scale.
Pragmatically, the brick unit affords flexibility in alignment, offering niche and rebate positioning. With narrow sites dictating boundary treatments be located on the pool edge, grip holds are the deign intent, pattern in design elevation and dynamic shadows in various lighting are the visual side benefit. Brick bonding solutions allow transfer of bonding patterns from vertical to ground plane application, where design lines are reinforced by timber battens that integrate well with brick dimensions.
Our bench seat ‘back massage wall’ is a study in shadow tapestry. There is often a beauty in repetition of simple form and tone gradient, where the collective seems to hum as the observers eye attempts to capture an impression of the whole whilst consistently tempted to refocus on detail.
I was extremely fortunate to involve Dennis Silver (Founding Architect Silver Thomas Hanley Floreat Commonwealth Games Village) to interpret historical context of place, and to workshop concepts of brick composition to achieve both aesthetic and pragmatic outcomes.