Our natural needs in a digital world by Richards Stanisich

_The Rigg Design Prize is the highest accolade for contemporary design in Australia. The triennial prize is awarded to a design practice displaying outstanding creative achievements in the field of interior design and decoration

_photography Felix Forest


_Richards Stanisich’s entry explores how the human essentials of shelter, sanctuary, hygiene and intimacy have remained largely unchanged for thousands of years, but technology is rapidly altering how we respond to those needs

_The outer layer of this installation is wrapped in black gloss tiles bordered by blue light, representing the the digital world.  The centre of the space, the kitchen, living and sleeping zones are handmade, tactile and textural;  earthy qualities representing our natural needs


Bush home by Paul Couch

_set in rural Victoria, Australia, architect Paul Couch hand built his house over a 20 year period

_photography by Tom Ross


_Couch attended the University of Melbourne amid the strengthening postwar ambitions of the Architecture Faculty pioneered by Professor Brian Lewis, Fritz Janeba and Zdenko Strizic


_Couch then joined the firm of Grounds, Romberg and Boyd and worked with each of the Partners.   He continued to work with Robin Boyd until 1971 and returned to Romberg & Boyd as a Director in 1980


_Couch remains in practice, with specific skills including the design of fire-proof housing, and a unique Australian approach to design that reflects the values of the international modern movement


Béton brut

_State Public Offices, Geelong, Australia

_architect Buchan Laird & Buchan now Buchan Group

_”concrete is a very intractable material, but it can be a beautiful material if it is used in the way its own nature intends it to be used … It is a sort of sculpture that you can only do with reinforced concrete, but you need to work to a certain scale … It is not a cosy little material.”

_Denys Lasdun

















_photos John Jovic


Edition Office

_model for the twin pavilions, Hawthorn House by Edition Office based in Melbourne

_directors Aaron Roberts and Kim Bridgland speak of the necessity for  dissonance within architecture, its ability to “dilate” and “sensitise”.  A building must quietly yet firmly awake and invigorate one’s appreciation for its landscape.  This consciousness provides a sympathy and sensitivity for the environment, rather than imitating and reflecting the landscape.

















_model made from mild steel and reclaimed Silvertop Ash

Refer Perimeter Books