As part of our Stawell Steps project we studied local structures and techniques, such as this powder magazine (c. 1875), and thought about the role of small public works in a country town. This brick enclosure was once part of a boundary wall but is now within a parking area. We were drawn to the ambiguous presence of such things, which fall outside usual categories but which have a strong urban presence and a long life. We studied drains, culverts, mine shafts, storage structures, steps and sports grounds – things on the edge of both architecture and landscape, but belonging to neither.
Small works: big presence
This reflection by Nigel Bertram on the impact of small projects, was a footnote from Architecture Australia May/June 2013.
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