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Sean Godsell: Works and Projects (Electaarchitecture) [Paperback]

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At the age of 44, Sean Godsell (b. 1960) is one of Australia's leading young architects and is beginning to attract an international following for his spare industrial forms and innovative use of materials. Trained at the University of Melbourne, Godsell travelled through Europe and Asia in the early and mid 1980s and then spent 1986-1988 working in London with Sir Denys Lasdun. He subsequently returned to Melbourne to work for the Hassell Group and then opened his own firm in 1994. Featured in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture, Godsell is known primarily for his residential work, which employs economic means to maximum effect. In 2002, *wallpaper magazine listed him as one of the 10 people destined to "change the way we live." This is the first book to provide an overview of this innovative architect's career.

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.9" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2006
Publisher   Phaidon Press
ISBN  1904313442  
ISBN13  9781904313441  

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More About Leon van Schaik

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Leon van Schaik is Innovation Profession of Architecture at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. At RMIT, he has developed a practice-based research programme for architects and designers whose works already demonstrates mastery in their field. He has over the same seventeen-year period instituted a process of consultant appointment that is widely credited with shifting the climate of patronage within the city. Recent works by van Schaik include monographs on: Edmond and Corrigan, Ushida Findlay, Guilford Bell, Tom Kovac and Ken Yeang's Guthrie Pavilion as well as the "Poetics in Architecture" issue of "Architectural Design,"

Leon Van Schaik has an academic affiliation as follows - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia RMIT, Melbourne, Au.

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1Books > Subjects > History
2Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Architects, A-Z > General
3Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Building Types & Styles > Residential
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contemporary Australian architecture  Apr 3, 2008
Sean Godsell: Works

The architect like his Australian contemporary Glenn Murcutt practices in the modality of a critical regionalism. The oeuvre of houses shows an architect concerned with the effects of the environment on human occupation, as his buildings are mostly formed by the skin of timbers used to manipulate light and air entering the facilities. This works are twofold giving even larger structures this almost chameleon aesthetic whilst still capturing and shading the effects of nature. Obtuse writing deters the intent of the book - becoming unnecessarily dense in conveying a simple aesthetic.
Rising star from Australia  Sep 27, 2007
Sean Godsell is one of the rising stars of architecture. As most of his work is based in Australia he is perhaps not tha well known in the USA. His work is beautifully restrained and takes the local conditions into consideration without producing expected, trite or traditional responses. There is much to be learned from his elegant work.
Architecture worthy of note  Aug 16, 2005
Sean Godsell is a rare find. His work is both technological and refined, proving once and for all that true architecture belongs to those with an eye for design and total dedication to the discipline. Mies is present in his work, as is Le Corbusier, but also a healthy dose of traditional Australian patterns and textures. Spare modern forms meld beautifully with rich weathered materials - each work is a tribute to its unique setting in the landscape, immediately recalling the modernist elegance of Breuer and Seidler or the simple drama of the Case Study Houses. This is not to say that Godsell is stuck in the past, however. Indeed, many of the rich materials are off-the-shelf industrial items - stair treads, expanded and corrugated metal, stock pulleys and pneumatic hinges. Godsell suggests to us a modern world that is far from scary, far from cold, far from the dystopian nightmares propogated by science fiction film sets. Instead, he gives us progress - a better world, environmentally-sensitive, technologically-advanced, simply beautiful.
This will be the first of many monographs of Sean Godsell's work. He is young and energetic - and at the beginning of a great career.

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