In the forward of H2o, a new book capturing and celebrating the work of Melbourne architecture practice H2o, columnist and author Dr Elizabeth Farrelly describes an oeuvre of work that is consistent in its “commitment to sustainability, playfulness and specific, intelligent response”.
As outlined in her forward, H2o architects are a firm whose work has no trademark look or style. Through responding to unique characteristics of site and context, typology and scale, H2o’s approach, dubbed ‘expressive modernism’, has resulted in highly individual buildings with unusual evocative forms, textures and use of colour.
Having formerly worked together at Bates Smart, Tim Hurburgh and Mark O’Dwyer formed H20 architects in 1999. Based in Collingwood in Melbourne’s inner north, the practice now operates nationally and has developed a reputation for buildings and facilities for institutional and public use, along with their pioneering use of materials including timber and customised white-concrete.
At the core of the book, an in-depth exploration of 13 key projects highlights the work that has seen H20 become a high profile, award winning and much lauded practice in Australian and internationally of the course of their twelve years of operation.
The book was launched this week at the Murray White Room by Ted Baillieu, joining architects, politicians, friends and supporters in a celebration of past, present and future architectural practice within the firm and Australian design community.
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