‘Atmeture’, bringing architecture to life in the UK.

Located in Letchworth’s Broadway Gardens ‘Atmeture’ has been described as an “experiment in breath and space” by its creators Mathias Gmachl and Rachel Wingfield from Loop.pH. The installation explores a process that merges biological design elements with digital technology. “The approach recognizes architecture as a process and in a state of constant repair, and builds on the unique ability of textiles to flow, dissect and create configurable, flexible and adaptable environments,” Loop.p.H explain. The properties of the materials used adapt and respond to their surroundings which allows the public to experience a constantly evolving structure.

This structure is featured at the Fire & Fright Festival, which delivers a series of events ad interventions commissioned by onedotzero and Letchworth Garden City Council.

The event runs from October 28 – November 5 2014.


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Remembrance Poppyscape



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Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre Competition Win



Our project design development has proceeded with three primary objectives in mind:

• To develop a concept for an Aquatic centre that would facilitate an expansion of both
the community appeal and the civic and urban programs possible within the Aquatic
Centre typology.

• To develop an urban and landscape proposal that is informed by a historical
understanding of the formation of the Green Square urban landscape from its
pre-European indigenous condition, its agricultural history and particularly its
contemporary transformation in the face of industrial obsolescence.

• To focus on the pleasurable and hedonistic potential of the swimming pool program
as a catalyst for expanding the project’s community appeal, with a particular focus on
analysing the physical and social characteristics of the very successful civic tradition
of Sydney’s coastal pools.

Out of these key objectives the conceptual basis of our design has been developed and
modified from our Stage 1 Entry in accordance with the adjacent diagrams.
Our design approach has been further substantiated with a closer analysis of the key
landscape elements of the beach and coastal pools. In the following analytical diagrams
we have attempted to articulate the language of both the formal and social elements that
constitute these successful civic structures. We have then used these diagrams to help
transform the orthodoxies of the Aquatic Centre typology by grafting these elements into
the formal and social structure of our proposed Green Square Aquatic Centre.


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TCL Launches New Book


TCL launched ‘Making Sense of Landscape’ last fortnight, with four events held in Adelaide and Melbourne.

‘Making Sense of Landscape’ is a comprehensive document which thoroughly informs the reader of the innovative and creative design process that TCL employs in its groundbreaking projects.”
–  Gordon Goff, Publisher, ORO Editions, (Making Sense of Landscape distributor)

The book launches were hugely successful thanks to our valued clients, peers, collaborators and media that attended.

We would particularly like to thank our guest speakers in Adelaide

  • Adelaide’s Right Honourable Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood who launched the book on 20 March at North Terrace, outside the Art Gallery of South Australia;
  • Nick Mitzevich the Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia launched the book in the evening of the 20 March outside the TCL Adelaide Studio under the Jacarandas.

and in Melbourne

  • Victorian Government Architect Geoffrey London who launched the book on 28 March at Melbourne Museum’s Forest Gallery amongst the cores of the bell birds.
  • Ian McDougall the Director of ARM Architecture launched the book last Friday night at the TCL Melbourne Studio to a sea of TCL colleges and friends.

For all book purchase enquires please contact the TCL studio at melb@tcl.net.au

TCL’s Adelaide Book Launch – Art Gallery of South Australia and TCL Studio Adelaide:

TCL’s Melbourne Book Launch – Forest Gallery Melbourne Museum and TCL Studio Melbourne:

More details on the publication can be heard on the The Plan’s interview with Kate Cullity.


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Mardi Gras GAYTM


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The Office Landscape – final year project by Nigel Reichenbach

What are the values of urban landscapes beyond nature and play?

The future of landscape architecture lies within the answer to this question, and the Office Landscape seeks to provide an alternative.

Think back to your last great weekend outdoors. Soon it’s a sunny Monday morning and you’re dreading going back to the office. What if you could enjoy the sun and work?

Enter Office Landscape.


The soon to be vacated Royal Adelaide Hospital site was seen as an ideal opportunity to explore the idea of an outdoor office landscape, providing a large post-industrial site on the edge of Adelaide’s CBD. Adelaide has a mild Mediterranean climate, with an average of 82 rain days and average temperature 12.2-22.3 degrees, making it appropriate for working outside.

The layout of the office field was inspired by the work of Team Quickborner in the 1960s, who created interior Office Landscapes. This was combined with Archigram’s No-Stop City, as a way to take the interior Office Landscape across the continuous outside landscape.


The Office Landscape needed interruptions, much the same as the landforms that stop the No-Stop City. Landforms were spread across the site and then subtracted to create courtyards and meeting spaces. Screens, planting beds and mounds further intersect the landscape, providing an intimate feel to a comprehensive complex. A large green roof canopy spreads across the site, providing covered office areas and more importantly, a continuation of the parklands above the site.

 The Office Landscape experiments with a landscape that is not just recreational, but occupational. It seeks to provoke new ways to use the landscape, to break out of the nature/play dichotomy, but most importantly of all to give all those office workers a better Monday morning.


-final year project by Nigel Reichenbach-

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OpenRAH: Urban Forum for Science, Culture and Society

Earlier this year the Royal Adelaide Hospital Site Open Ideas International Design Competition was launched, calling for ideas for the redevelopment of the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital site on the corner of North Terrace and Frome Road in Adelaide.

As part of the second stage of the RAH Competition, TCL partnered with Bonhag and De Rosa to develop their Stage 1 submission, OpenRAH – Urban Forum for Science, Culture and Society.


A key to this scheme is the open, permeable nature of the site and its buildings and the mixed-use nature of the redevelopment. The reuse of existing buildings, modified to make the ground floor porous, form the majority of the built work. This use of existing structures is not only environmentally responsible but also economically viable, and reflects the cultural history of the site. There are a series of new buildings to the centre of the site, built using environmentally responsible methods and providing the framework for a productive vertical landscape.


This productive landscape will be maintained using cultivation techniques rooted in sustainable agricultural practice, utilising waste from the site as a resource and creating closed loop processes to sustain the health of the whole system. These systems encompass soil, plant and water use and re-use, as well as the use of aquaponic systems to enrich soil fertility and increase crop production.

As part of this second stage, each entry is eligible to win the people’s choice award. All entries can be viewed and voted for on the ODASA website: http://odasa.sa.gov.au/rahsite/#undefined

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