Grand Designs Australia

Episode Two: Free Form Architecture

Discover some of the standout design elements from The Claremont Origami House featured in episode 3 of Grand Designs Australia Series 5.

Grand Designs Inspirations takes you on a journey, exploring some of the unique, hidden and emerging design elements that appear in some of the buildings featured on the show. In the series you will discover how these concepts have influenced architectural design in the Australian building landscape.

When sculpture and architecture have a close relationship

The Origami House is heavily influenced by open plan modernism, yet not restrained by it. The building expresses itself in folds and undulations that truly blur the line between sculpture and architecture and shift perception of the lived-in space. The house itself is treated more like sculpture than a building and is a beautiful example of free form architecture. 

Keeping it simple

By maintaining the Modernist aesthetic, the Origami house demonstrates its defiance of simplicity, using a two storey residence that unfolds like origami to reveal a series of seamless indoor/outdoor living areas. Although simple, the house is still practical and livable. The simplistic lines look is utilised by three bedrooms, a flexible study, and a creative rooftop escape accessed by an external spiral staircase.

Playing with perception

The observation deck on the 88th floor of the Eureka tower features a glass cube, which extends three metres out from the building with visitors inside. The cube plays with the sense of vertigo and provokes an emotional response. The angled corridors and reflective surfaces of the 88th floor itself contribute to this altered perception.

The Fundamentals of Modernism

The fundamentals of Modernism can clearly be seen in the last house built in the  1960s. It is classic in design - a flat roof, courtyard, floor to ceiling glass, feature brickwork and the carport at the front.

Buildings credited:
The Origami House
The Eureka Tower
The Vault Sculpture
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art


Like this artice? Subscribe to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered striaght to your inbox.

By registering you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Privacy Notice


Sign Out

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.