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We wish you a wonderful festive season and new year 2018 from us all at Morrison & Breytenbach Architects!

’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…

The desire to host a family Christmas in a new home, the turkey and ham in the oven and relatives descended from near and far to enjoy the setting, often determines a client’s program at the start of a residential commission. Likewise retail, hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation projects rely on timely readiness for trading through Christmas and into the New Year. The pre-Christmas shut down period is a silly season in more ways than one, as we, along with the entire building industry, scramble to meet our deadlines!

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20 December 2017

House Rumsey: 3D working model illustrating interplay of form, massing, contrasting scale and spatial enclosure, wall planes and openings, indoor–outdoor relationships and movement flow, with levels and placement determined by the site topography.

The seduction of models

It is not unusual for a Morrison & Breytenbach Architects team to construct a little cardboard scale model only to rip off its roof, cut down or rebuild walls and modify its openings during the course of the development of a design. Even after all these years in practice we find that there is a time during our design process when we benefit from design exploration through rudimentary model building.

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8 December 2017

Glenorchy Primary School upgrade, Glenorchy Tasmania: The scale of the new administration area creates an easy to find destination at the heart of the school aiding way finding, and establishing identity and pride.

Making a silk purse from a sow’s ear

“Dear James and Yvette, Our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to you both for the important and Copernican-like changes you have brought about for our children and their families. Thank you for listening. Thank you for your presence. Thank you for caring enough to make a difference.” What architect could hope for a greater acknowledgement of work undertaken? The school’s message of appreciation was given to us at the official launch of the recently completed upgrade and development of Glenorchy Primary School from 2015–2017.

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9 October 2017

Begonia Street House, Lindisfarne, Tasmania: A corner alcove window projects beyond the plane of the distinctive recycled Tas Oak fence paling cladding and clay brick veneer exterior to capture natural light and warmth, and river and mountain views.

Settling into Begonia Street (Tiger) House

Nicknamed “Tiger House” in the office because of our client’s love of the thylacine, the building has a distinctive character as a result of the beautiful sheened greys of its “tiger stripe” external cladding made from recycled Tas Oak fence palings. A Tasmanian feel continues internally through the use of Tasmanian Oak veneer ceilings and joinery, and with below counter use of recycled fencing palings in the kitchen referencing the exterior cladding that is readily seen from the interior.

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8 June 2017

Yvette Breytenbach, Director, Morrison & Breytenbach Architects, is the newly appointed Tasmanian Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Architects.

President of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects

We are pleased to announce Director Yvette Breytenbach has stepped into the role of President of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects – a two year voluntary term. She is passionate about collaboration between all sectors of our community to enhance the qualities of Tasmania that we hold dear and to continue building a vibrant and mutually beneficial environment and sustainable economy. She encourages Tasmanians to view engaging an architect as a value-for-money investment to achieve cost-effective, sustainable buildings and urban centres, which will contribute to the long-term growth of our economy, enrich our culture and support our communities.

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9 April 2017