Status: Competition Entry
The idea behind COURT is that it uses simple built forms as frames to enclose a series of landscaped courtyards, each with their own unique character. It challenges the traditional model for diplomatic buildings of the block surrounded by defensible space by using the building to enclose the landscape. These islands of space are established as a counterpoint to the dramatic natural landscape of Attunga Point itself. This sets up a series of interactions between the indoors and outdoors that we believe is at the heart of an ‘Australian architecture’. It was this attitude to the landscape that came to shape Canberra itself, with ideals that every resident should have a special connection with garden and parkland, both natural and artificial, and we felt it was important that The Lodge in some way reflect this ideal.