Future Sense + Place Sense
Phillip Daffara is an Architect and professional urban futurist with 20 years experience in place making, public participation and policy development. His expertise includes (1) urban design policy and town centre master planning; (2) collaborative community and stakeholder consultation and visioning; and (3) the design and project management of public spaces and urban improvement works. My mission is to advocate and deliver excellence in Architecture and Urban Design to create sustainable, liveable, viable, responsible and memorable places locally and globally. I apply these universal design principles to create local, distinctive design solutions.
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Montessori International College Library
Sippy Downs, 2010
Montessori pedagogy requires place to be a cultural resource for human development and learning. Therefore the library building aims to show students how it is put together with the authentic expression of materials and structure – revealing the “skin and bones”Â of the architecture and contemporary building practices/technology. This aim worked hand in glove with the programmatic need for future disassembly of the building when the College relocates to its future campus. A steel structural frame and modular plywood wall and floor panels provides the generating principle for organising the library into two spaces – a small library pavilion housing the most valuable resources and a larger learning commons in the form of a luminous verandah. The library fits comfortably in a highly constrained site amongst trees and built infrastructure. The shimmering zincalume cladding on a simple box with skillion roof recalls memories of the local cane shed whilst at the same time establishes a contrasting image of evolution and change for the College. The library verandah’s polycarbonate screens open to visually connect to the surrounding landscape and informal gathering area and like sails can be operated to capture breezes. The small library pavilion offers a generous volume with southern clerestory capturing daylight and expansive sky views.
Montessori International College Double GLA
Sippy Downs, 2010
Montessori pedagogy requires place to be a cultural resource for human development and learning. Therefore the GLA building aims to show students how it is put together with the authentic expression of materials and structure
DD Artist Studio – residential addition
Sunshine Coast, 2010
The DD Artist Studio is a residential renovation and addition to an existing small lot house on the Sunshine Coast. The Artist desired a space of solitude from the rest of the family that also referenced the typology of the Parisian loft studio. The design brief required the resolution of the client’s need for light and the protective ambience of the nurturing womb. The result is a second storey addition over the garage lined with fibreglass on one side and lime-washed plywood on the other side and curved ceiling. Programmatically, the wet area and kitchenette is located at one end of the studio and the office and chaise lounge at the other with the ‘Juliette balcony’ overlooking the street. The addition also required the renovation of the existing one family bathroom and powder room into a master ensuite and shared ensuite for the teenage daughters.