Tent inside looking out

Rajasthani Tents at Wonga

Here are the tents that we use at Wonga. There are three sleeping tents one pagoda tent and a beach tent for the girls.


The ‘swiss’ sleeping tents are huge, about twice as big as the whole house. They have a large central space that can be divided by a curtain down the centre. There is also a small room at the rear, about 4m x 1.5m which can be used as WIR or if installed an ensuite. There is also a covered verandah area at the front.


The tents are made with treated white canvas, they have an internal dyed cotton lining, inside the main room the walls and ceiling also has a pattern is printed, embedded with embroidered mirrors


The Pagoda tent is about 3m square it has light cotton panels and tassels and an embroidered inner lining. It’ll be used for shading a yoga space or a outside dining table.


The beach tent is for the girls, its small and easy to assemble. It’s made of two pieces the roof and the walls. It’s not supposed to be weather proof but it was still dry inside after some pretty heavy downpours and and some strong winds.

Loop Presentation



Tim is presenting the Wonga Beach Shack at Process tonight (2/2/15)


come down to Loop in meyers place if you get the chance!











Peters Phd Research

Reconciling Metabolism: Negotiating systems of stasis and change
This study seeks to find more robust urban interventions that combine an understanding of ecology and economics to shape city growth through organization of voids.
Digital analyses of data and projective scripting of scenarios will be used to spatialise and reconceptualise productive models of growth.

Field Diagram

Field Diagram

The field diagram outlines 3 major fields of Metabolism, Void Metabolism, and Landscape Urbanism and a range of studies using Digital tools that the study sits in the context of.
The diagram does not privilege any project, but is a study of the connective tissue that links certain projects that share common themes or strategies. The study will sit in the potential space between these fields in uncharted territory or combinations.

From the Air and from the Ground

The thematics of Growth & Void are tested through the repertoire of bottom-up tactical approaches, and broader strategic developed, and are projected onto the site of Fishermans Bend.
The obvious clash of a blind strategic approach with the existing context indicates the need for either administrative interventions such as compulsory land acquisition or local level tactics from the ground.


Urban Layers

Urban Layers is a flattening of topographic, geographic and economic values, brought into relation on a sample site.
Different layers can be given stronger weights to privilege certain value systems, and the combined results observed for potential settlement and mobility patterns from the interaction of the forces.


Void Tactics

These void studies attempt to translate economic parameters into strategies to preserve or project void tactics at a block level onto existing ownership morphology.
The tactics can then be projected over the entire site, and potential connections established.

Modelo Model

Here is a parametric structural model I made in grasshopper. I wanted to show an iteration of it my engineer to check we were on the same page. Instead of sending him a dwg, i thought i’d test drive some new tech.

A good friend of mine, Su Qi, who I met as a classmate at Harvard, has been working away at a startup called modelo. It’s an amazing online collaboration tool that allows you to comment and navigate a 3d model in real time simultaneously, with others anywhere around the world. You can see as others navigate and comment as they are typing… it’s instantaneous!!!

The interface is better than Apple simple, and works better than an 8.01 update(sorry apple geek joke). The start up is called Modelo. You should check it out, it’s amazing. It even works on your iPhone!

An awesome additional feature is its ability to embed the model online, like you should be able to see below… if you can’t see it get off IE!!

If anyone would like to try it out, i’ve opened up the model for comments… http://modelo.io/models/0O8wLn1dUD. Leave a comment!




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Henley Square Competition

This competition entry focussed on forging a new coastline for an Adelaide suburban beach, to bring built form in closer proximity to the beach
in order to create greater potential for public activity and commerce to co-exist, and create a sense of enclosure and shade much needed in this
unusually sparce normality, with the intent of breaking the monotonous straight lined beach typology of suburban Adelaide.
The jetty, once a thriving hub of activity, a pool and a new public building, in addition the existing city blocks provide the figure for which the
landscape reacts against.

Sullivan and Charles Architects Henley Square Competition Entry

Planter Box Complete

Parametric Planter Box

I’ve been thinking about furniture that would benefit from being parametrised. A lot of my ideas just come from looking around my house and office.

Being an inner city apartment dweller, any balcony space however small begs the opportunity to become a miniature green space.

Unfortunately balconies or even small backyard spaces are always cramped and irregular.

By designing a parametric Planter box,

I can make planter boxes to any size!

They can be any width height and length (as long as they fit on a ply sheet). and when they start getting long, you can insert brackets to keep the sides from bulging out.

What was great was just before i was going start the cut on the CNC mill i slightly adjusted the model, once to add a little more tolerance, as the ply sheets aren’t consistently the same thickness. I also noticed tha if i changed the height from 450mm to 360mm i could fit it all on a smaller offcut sheet. This saved money and didn’t greatly affect the planter. Making changes like this aren’t normally possible, as the drawings would need to be redone to consider these adjustments. With the parametric model it was instantly amended.

Here is a video of the CNC routercutout the profile. The file is sent directly from the software and the CNC router follows the paths set by the file.

Here it is complete. I painted the exposed edges with a black waterproofing compound. I’m not sure it’s needed, but it thought i should try it out. The Plywood uses waterproof glue so should be able to handle the moisture without it. Next prototype i’ll try without it.

Sullivan And Charles Moves

We Have almost finished moving into our new office in the Schoolhouse Studios.

The Office has great light and heaps of character (read it’s a bit rough at the edges).

But it will be great to back in and a part of a community of diverse and amazing artists.

I got out my painting gear to finish one off the walls. It was great, I forgot how meditative painting can be (although cutting in always sucks!).  Will I painted I listened to some online Yale lectures called “the foundations of Modern Social Theory by Prof. Ivan Szelenyi. The professor is hilarious and makes the lectures engaging and fun.

Here’s some pictures.  There is only my desk in. I hoping no-one else moves in so i can have the space t myself!

81 Rupert St

81 Rupert St

Here it is:
Schoolhouse Studios
81 Rupert St
Collingwood VIC 3066

Parametric Nomadic Furniture

This suite of Furniture was inspired by Wonga 2.0 and it’s need for simple, cheap furniture that could be transported easily (flat packed) and then assembled and disassembled intuitively (knockdown).

To meet these requirements I created five parametric models of furniture.

Clothes Hanger
Shelving Unit

(Addendum: I;ve since finished construction of a stair bookcase and a planter box)



These pieces of furniture could be laser, plasma or CNC Router cut out of standard plywood sheets. I wanted to be able to “print” different versions of furniture at different sizes and with different materials.

To make the furniture knockdown, it needed some Japanese key joins, this required a level of accuracy that meant that each piece of furniture would need to match exactly to it’s piece of ply. Plywood, is rarely exactly the thickness it is specified I have had 4mm pieces that were 3.1mm and 4.8mm. When making friction joined furniture this discrepancy multiplies and usually means the furniture won’t assemble correctly, if at all. So being able to adjust the thickness of the material easily without having to re-draw and re-calculate the whole design was essential. To see some more examples of joins i have made click here.

The potential of this design system, is the possibility to create bespoke furniture quickly and cheaply. For example if you look at the table, a parametric table dimensions could defined by an exact empty space in someones home or office. 1210x654mm, no problem! Say the user is tall and is sick of low tables, or a user wants to use the table standing up… no problem! If the user wants a temporary table and want to use cheap low grade non- structural ply, or a more permanent (and expensive) custom made Italian laminate or cherry wood veneer.. no problem either. These and many other variations can be added to the model which automatically updates the cutting files ready for fabrication. No additional input by the designer is required.

Prototypes and scale?

The flexibility of the parametric design system is exhibited in the first prototypes I created. These were laser cut out of 3.6mm plywood. I needed to test the accuracy of the parameteric relationships within the models so I took the design to an extreme, I made them really, really small. It is important to note that these aren’t scaled down versions of a large table they are the actual table just with small dimensions inputs as parameters. So for example instead of inputting the standard-ish table dimensions of 900mm x 1800mm i inputed 80mm x 150mm. Instead of 20mm ply I used was 3.6mm.

The prototypes were a success. The next stage of this research is to further aesthetically develop the models and then ‘Print’ fullsize versions using the CNC router and some sheets of 1200 x 2400 plywood.

Node Joint Upside down

Laser Cut Japanese Mortice and Tenon Joints


Curved Joint with Key

Parametric Structure using snap in Japanese mortice and tenon joints


The parts


Video of me assembling structure.


Five way Japanese joint




Complicated nodal joint

Flat Keyed Extension with key