The following images of an Elwood residence were taken for Collingwood based architect Brett Robertson, principal at Robert Nichol and sons.
I really do not make it a habit to simply copy descriptions about projects and paste them onto my blog, however in the case of this particular project, I simply could not explain the creativity and ideas behind this project as succinctly; as such the following two paragraphs are from Brett’s website :
The existing Edwardian home had extremely poor orientation, ventilation and connection to its surroundings. The resolution of these qualities in the extension was to embrace the northern aspect to the rear of the block privileging light, ventilation and the blurred delineation of interior and exterior.
The clients request to handle the transition of new to old with a considered contrast whilst settling the building into its neighbourhood context was the other driving principal of the project.
The majority of the images below are comprised of multiple exposures which I have then subsequently blended together using layer masks in Photoshop to produce the high dynamic range images that we take for granted when viewing a scene with our eyes. I do own several automated HDR programs, but to be honest I find them to be of little use as they are simply too ‘heavy handed’ for my work and style; consequently I generally blend each image manually, which can be a little time consuming but definitely produces the best results.
This project has been entered into an architectural award competition, as such I am keeping my fingers crossed for Brett and his practice. More of their work can be found at http://www.robertnicholandsons.com.au/