The interplay between architecture and the environment

Terry Ring, one of Australia’s most experienced architects, discusses his design philosophy and the way Essence will improve Southquay.

Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY FOR ESSENCE?

A. Our design philosophy is that the spaces where you live, your environment, is designed to enhance your lifestyle. We strive to create buildings people want to live in, so liveability is always the primary concern. That means we push the design to the limits to get the absolute most out of the space.

Q. WHERE DID YOU START WHEN DESIGNING ESSENCE?

A. Designing a new building is about looking at a space and seeing the possibilities. You really need to get a sense of the area. So we start with bubble diagrams which create the framework for the overall design. Then we complete site appreciation drawings which create the placement of the building, allowing us to capture the views and the northern sun.

Q. HOW IMPORTANT WAS THE SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT WHEN YOU DESIGNED ESSENCE?

A. The surrounding environment really defines and creates the building form. With Essence we wanted to develop a design that didn’t just complement the environment, but improved on it. The northern sun, the lake, the distant mountain views and the park outlook; all these elements shaped how the building formed, so we could allow all of the homes to take full advantage of these elements and the site.