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Modern Masters Of Materiality: An Interview With Australia's Tonkin Zulaikha Greer

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Modern Masters Of Materiality: An Interview With Australia's Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, The Cloudy Bay Winery in New Zealand conveys TZG's love for timeless materials. Image © Mike Rolfe
The Cloudy Bay Winery in New Zealand conveys TZG's love for timeless materials. Image © Mike Rolfe

With conscious material choices, Australian architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer are known for their ability to integrate buildings into a city’s existing fabric. Michael Holt, editor of the Australian Design Review, caught up with partner Tim Greer, for the following interview, picking his brain on materiality, site, history and more.

Since the practice’s inception in 1988, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG) has become expert in the reuse of existing built fabric and how best to reintroduce the past into the contemporary. Through projects such as the restoration of Hyde Park Barracks, the National Arboretum Canberra (featured in AR131–Present), Carriageworks, and Paddington Reservoir Gardens, certain design characteristics are notable: volumetric boxes, a shifting in typology, an overarching and encompassing ceiling or roof plane, a restricted material palette, and working-off the existing while simultaneously revealing the existing.

Cloudy Bay Winery / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects + Paul Rolfe Architects

01:00 - 9 September, 2013
Cloudy Bay Winery / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects  + Paul Rolfe Architects, © Mike Rolfe
© Mike Rolfe

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BLAXLAND / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

01:00 - 8 August, 2013
BLAXLAND / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

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ARBORETUM / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

01:00 - 7 August, 2013
ARBORETUM / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

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Old Tannery School / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects + Greer Hindmarsh Architects

00:00 - 23 February, 2011
Old Tannery School / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects + Greer Hindmarsh Architects, © Glenn Macari
© Glenn Macari

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  • Architects

    Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects & Greer Hindmarsh Architects
  • Location

    Waterloo, New South Wales, Australia
  • Category

  • Design, Project Manager And Builder

     Kane Construction P/L
  • Mechanical And Electrical Engineering

    Wood And Grieve Engineers
  • Photographs

The Glasshouse / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

21:00 - 2 August, 2010

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects’ Glasshouse is Port Macquarie’s newest cultural center. Comprised of a 600-seat performing arts theater, a 600m2 Regional Art Gallery, a studio theatre, conference facilities and a community workshop, the design activates the growing city, encouraging the public to experience or participate in a variety of activities.

More about the project, including more images after the break.