Caricatures of a house

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#006 - The transient Studio Apartment

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Q u e s t i o n n a i r e /   f e e d b a c k :

How is your house different/ or not different?

It’s not and it is. It’s a studio apartment in a 1970’s block of 30 odd units. The bones are the exact same as everyone else's, however, overtime the interior worlds have changed with each tenant. My space is just a blip of difference.

In places like this, its important to define your own space, as it can developed into an extension of your self. We can grow attachments to the material world quite easily, like that feeling you have when your phones not in your pocket, as if it were a misplaced organ. Physiologically, objects can be apart of us. Space has this ability too, although it can’t be misplaced like a phone, the interior objects can change and the sense of it as your space changes with it. It’s the furniture I’ve built, the collection of objects on the bookshelf, and that knack with the lock on the back door that only I know that makes my interior world different even if the shell isn’t.

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What parts of your home are the most important to you and why?

All the things that can fit in the back of a truck. Renting in Perth is highly transient. It’s the furniture and objects that become your home as opposed to the four walls and the roof. For me at the moment, what I call home isn’t a fixed architecture. However, furniture can be architecture. From what I call my rental renovations, I have built two screen walls that have defined my space in a way that suits me. These can adapt to various scenarios, be it sleep, work or party, the walls can fold to suit the occasion. The autonomy keeps me sane in my rental state.

Are there any parts of your home that you would like to change and how would it improve your quality of life?

Yes, I’d like to pick up the 30 unit apartment block and rotate it 180deg to face north. There are full unit width windows and a courtyard on the south side and 1/3 the amount of glazing on the north. I don’t understand how the architect / designer could have gotten it so wrong. If it were flipped, I would get full northern sun inside during the winter with a nice sunny courtyard. Warmth and natural light are fundamental, get them right and everything else falls into place.

What are your thoughts on housing in Perth?

It’s shit but most people like it because they have no idea of how shit it is. If you tell them it’s shit they will defend their shit-dom because its a part of them - spaces and places attach themselves to us, like shit. Why? It’s industry, economics, and advertising / education. Most of the housing stock you see built is the cheapest and the most convenient to the consumer. Anything that isn’t that is scarce. We need to make beautifully sustainable housing cheaper and more convenient than what is currently available. As well as educating the public and the younger generation about good design and architectural appreciation.

What is your dream for Perth’s housing landscape?

An urban sea of solar chimneys that thermally moderate each house passively using zero energy, gleaming roof’s of solar power and hot water, connected to a blockchain power grid that shares electricity, heavily shaded streets with large native trees, autonomously shared cars, more bike lanes, vibrant neighbourhood communities that each have their own unique sense of culture, agriculture and enterprise, a diverse choice of affordable dwellings for all possible human scenarios of families, couples, migrants and the differently abled. This isn’t science fiction anymore, all these things are possible right now. If we aren't aiming for this, what are we doing?   

What impact do you think ‘Caricatures of a house’ will/ could have on the general public?

Education and awareness is the most important staff of change. If people are aware, not only of the problems but most importantly, what is possible, we might have a chance. We have to start dreaming of better futures. Caricatures of a house is young and is building a strong foundation of where housing in Perth is at the moment. I’m looking forward to the next phase where Kura is designing our future built environment! This will, truely, be beautiful.


#005 - House A and House B in progress

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Q u e s t i o n n a i r e /   f e e d b a c k :

How is your house different/ or not different?

It’s different because I designed it for us and the way we live. And because it’s such a minimal concrete form, more like a big paperweight than a house.

What parts of your home are the most important to you and why?

That’s tough! Maybe our loft bedroom, it’s up in the sky and the sunset spills into our room and just lounging up there is awesome.

Are there any parts of your home that you would like to change and how would it improve your quality of life?

Maybe I’ll put a beehive on the roof one day so we can help the bees - Id feel pretty great about that :)

What are your thoughts on housing in Perth?

It’s frustrating to watch, like seeing someone on a quiz show who just keeps picking the wrong answers to really obvious questions - but I think there’s glimmers of hope that things are changing :)

What is your dream for Perth’s housing landscape?

That young people will wake up, and start engaging in the debate. Because we can’t afford houses we really don’t worry about them that much - but when we start seeing that group say ‘nah I don’t want ya brick and tile, I’m after something sustainable and cool’ that will be my dreams coming true

What impact do you think ‘Caricatures of a house’ will/ could have on the general public?

Maybe they might help people see our houses from another perspective, maybe a clearer and more real one? And I think they’ll be overwhelmed with the intelligent cuteness of them and there’s something pretty great about that. 

General comments:

Thanks for doing a little 2d art of my big 3D art you guys! It’s such a cool journey from original design in my mind, to paper, to reality and then through your minds and back to paper but now it’s got all the real life stuff carried with it now that the original drawings never could have had because I couldn’t have imagined all those possibilities. Like your drawings are of the design of the life in the house or something…. super cool :)

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#004 - The Passed down Family Gem

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Q u e s t i o n n a i r e /   f e e d b a c k :

How do you think your house differentiates from others? 

I have a very strong connection with this home, as it was previously my Grandparent’s. Growing up it was like my second home, and this house and garden holds many of my cherised memories. Now that I am in the home without them, there is a strange, strong and deeply rooted connection that I feel makes for a particularly unique living situation.

What are your thoughts on the direction of housing in Perth? 

Perth seems to be sprawling further out of the city with the same cookie cutter designs repeated over and over again. I think it is very sad to clear nature and bushland for unnecessary built form, especially when a lot of them are non-contextual replicas of each other.

What impact do you think ‘Caricatures of a house’ will have/ could have on the general public? 

I hope it encourages people to go outdoors and enjoy their gardens, making it their own individual oasis and place of peace.

General comments for us and how the project can improve:

The collages immediately show life and uniqueness from project to project. They are beautiful to look at and encourage you to look again to try and find new cute details within the image.

Maybe once a few more collages are done there might be an interesting link or something that you notice that you can present back to the public, in an exhibition or presentation or similar.

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This is Michelle's Family gem. The first collage reimagines life in the 90s when her grandparents lived in the home, maintaining an abundant veggie garden, making wine and having the grandchildren over. The second collage (top image) is a couple of decades later. Mich has now brought new life to the space and made it her own whilst holding on to her precious memories. She fills the porch with potted plants and trinkets and has begun work on a new food garden.  


#003 - Natives and New Natives only Please

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Q u e s t i o n n a i r e /   f e e d b a c k :

How do you think your house differentiates from others? 

Currently our house does not differ from other houses in Hilton. It is a project home from the late 50’s.  There are many houses with the same or a very similar floor plan in Hilton. 

While the fabric of the house is very common, to me it is the life we fill it with, that make it unique.   I like the idea that our house has the capacity to be a home throughout the different phases of life, like a good shell, that will accommodate all our whims and moody outbursts...

What are your thoughts on the direction of housing in Perth? 

It feels to me that in Perth we are (finally) at a point where more density and diversity in housing is required. Not everyone wants to live on the quarter acre block, for financial and lifestyle reasons.

With a lack of good planning the issue of density is too often left in the hands of private individuals, who choose to subdivide their blocks.  I think these subdivisions, most commonly in the form of a "battle-axe" are going to leave the suburbs with long term problems, while not contributing enough to increase housing density. 

I also feel there is a return to the neighbourhood streets. It can be seen in street festivals like Beaufort Street, and on a smaller scale George Street and Wray Avenue in Fremantle. It is nice to see people wanting to connect to their community.

What impact do you think ‘Caricatures of a house’ will have/ could have on the general public? 

I am not sure, which might be the beauty of the thing. To launch an experiment without a desired outcome is truly experimental, and very honest!

I think it could be a conversation starter, maybe at a small scale, or maybe at a large scale, but it’s good to be more aware of yourself, where and how you live, and why.  It feels like in the past we have not asked those questions rigorously enough.

General comments for us and how the project can improve:

I have to say that I find the collages very beautiful. And I am very honoured you felt our patch of dirt worth collaging.

I would really like to see some interior projects. Also, and this may be a stretch; to try and capture processes in the images, daily rituals I think it has been touched on, but could be delved in to.

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#002 - House with no Backyard

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Q u e s t i o n n a i r e /   f e e d b a c k :

How do you think your house differentiates from others?

The entertaining area is in the front yard as there is not much of a backyard due to the ‘battle-axe’ subdivision. The picket fence adds a little privacy and the tree provides shade which enables a layer of comfort from the urban streetscape when spending time outside. Don’t usually see trees on blocks anymore (not inclusive of council trees), due to the maintenance required (touch on this point below). Simple, low tech household with bright green kitchen floors haha.

What are your thoughts on the direction of housing in Perth?

I’m very confused. There are steps in the right direction and also steps backward. I feel like there are certain themes:

  • It feels like there is an entitlement to large blocks, not much minimalist living.

  • Lower maintenance households, due to people having the pressures of the 9-5 and wanting to put more time into other things and not having to garden, clean or maintain.

  • More approval for subdivisions allowing for denser living in established suburbs.

  • High rise apartment buildings going up in suburbia.

  • New developments appearing everywhere further and further away from the CBD and the government trying to keep up with the infrastructure demands and car dominated society.

What impact do you think ‘Caricatures of a house’ will have/ could have on the general public?

A positive impact in that people would want their house to stand out and show individuality. People can draw inspiration from households that show off these characteristics.

General comments for us and how the project can improve:

I’ve only seen two, but maybe also focus on the interior, whether that be spaces within the house, objects or certain rooms. Actually i’ve seen glimpses of this direction on the Instagram page.

Potentially provide a short description of some sort of background on the client (short questionnaire before that focuses on the ‘why’ of their house), adds a bit more for people to relate not just on a visual but emotional and personal level.  And if you engage with the client more at the start, they’re more likely to provide more feedback! :)

It would also be interesting to know what Kura Studio’s answers are to the first three questions! Maybe the answers are only revealed to the client?

Can’t think of anything else at the moment!

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#001 - Urban Jungle Rental

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Questionnaire/ feedback from participant:

How do you think your house differentiates from others?

I think we bring the most energy of the site with very minimal cost that we can afford (like the energy that Feng Shui is usually talking about). We consider this not only benefit us but also people and all things around us such as birds and insects!

What are your thoughts on the direction of housing in Perth?

Terrible still, we are still expanding our metropolitan with soulless, inefficient, and wasteful suburban.

What impact do you think ‘Caricatures of a house’ will have/ could have on the general public?

It could raise some awareness and probably inspire some people to improve their home and improve the character of our city.

General comments for us and how the project can improve:

Fabulous work! Multi layer page per image for the physical book may be? Like children books. So people can see the different layer of each projects.

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