Join Hobart’s Peter Walker of Cumulus Studio for the fourth discussion in the 2018 UQ Architecture lecture series.

As a director and co-founder of Cumulus Studio, Peter has more than 20 years’ industry experience, including a number of high profile Tasmanian tourism projects with a particular focus on the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Peter’s work on the Saffire Resort attracted numerous national and international awards, including “Best Overall Boutique Hotel in the World” at the prestigious World Boutique Hotel Awards 2014 in London. More recent major projects have included the Cradle Mountain Master Plan, the multi-award winning boutique hotel Pumphouse Point and Devil’s Corner Cellar Door (2017 Commercial Mixed Use Award, A+ Architecture Awards).

Peter’s love of architecture is closely matched by his love of a good single malt…His talk is entitled: A series of loosely connected ideas.

Tell us a little about your background, and what originally led you to architecture?

For me practicing architecture is my way of exploring and understanding the world around me. A way of trying to comprehend my connection to others and a way of finding my place within our society… within its culture, economy, history, philosophy, environment and achievements.

Writers understand through writing…
Painters though painting…
Musicians through music…
Philosophers through questioning…
Scientists through examination…

I explore through Architecture.

In what way do you think your work responds to the lecture series theme ‘in-terre-vention’?

For any rule there is an exception.

Rather than subscribe to the idea of developing a particular stylistic approach, we believe each work should reflect the unique aspects of the project and engage with different forms, materials and spatial organisations which originate from ideas developed through analysis of the specific project and place.

We try to practice a collaborative way of working that allows for ideas to originate form any number of places.  It is our experience that, like a good conversation or delicious recipe, the result of mixing good ingredients is often greater than any one of the individual components.

Where do you find your design inspiration?

The impact of a project is not necessarily correlated to its size or budget.  Modest projects, such as our redevelopment of an Apple Shed for Willie Smiths Cider or the Cellar Door for Devil’s Corner, have  the ability to capture the imagination of not only the local community but the wider public.

Where do you find your design inspiration?

Generally design that I am inspired by has a strong conceptual idea or experiential quality. I really enjoy the experience of not knowing where a design may lead and the brief moment at the project inception of imagining all of the possibilities for a project.

What are your top 3 favourite design books?

This changes regularly but at the moment they are:
The art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
The XS Series by Phyllis Richardson starting with Big Ideas, Small Buildings

Photo credit:
Image 1: Peter Walker
Image 2: Willie Smith’s Apple Shed designed by Cumulus Studio. Photo by Jonathan Wherrett.
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