The Element series explored the primary relationships between people and nature through the mediation that is made possible by architectural structures. In these small sculptural buildings the response of the architecture to its site is stripped back to a series of exquisite moments that engage with the natural elements, aligning them with the physical perceptions of the occupant to create calming and reflective spaces from which to enjoy the wonders of the landscape.

These 'observatories' were conceived as a series of architectural objects that are sited in the Australian desert. Vast and exposed, this is a landscape of extremes, where elemental forces visibly weather and shape the landscape. The five pavilions each address a different aspect of environmental phenomena (sun, wind, rain, earth and stars). These phenomena inform the symbolic shape of each pavilion and are manipulated to intensify the spatial experience.


*Winner of the 'Melbourne Fringe Festival - Architecture Awards 1999'