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2002/57/1 Architectural drawings, prints and photographs (16), Chapman House, Noosa / Savage House / Twin Waters Resort, Noosa and others, paper, designed by John Mainwaring & Associates Pty Ltd, Noosaville, Queensland, Australia, 1980-1996. Click to enlarge.

Drawings, prints and photographs of projects completed by architect John Mainwaring

Made
In 1990 the London Architectural Review identified a 'developing Australian tradition of small lightweight buildings, with some Asian affinities, using timber post and beam (or sometimes steel frame) structures, usually clad in timber, fibre-cement sheet or corrugated steel'. This tradition was relatively new to most of the architectural profession, but had developed over a century in the hands of numerous builders and designers.

John Mainwaring's Chapman house is one of numerous award-winning houses to exploit the functional, environmental and aesthetic advantages of lightweight construction. It also exploits the historical resonance of this form. In awarding the Robin Boyd prize to this house, the RAIA jury was impressed by its 'appropriate response to place...The house offers an alternative to the current trend of large waterfront houses designed as 'monoliths'. This more fragmented and informal design arises from an understanding of the fundamental qualities of early beach houses' [Architecture Australia, November-December 1996, p.40].

This collection of drawings, prints and photographs documents the work of a leading architect, whose work reflects an important trend of recent decades.

Charles Pickett
Curator 2002

Summary

Object No.

2002/57/1

Object Statement

Architectural drawings, prints and photographs (16), Chapman House, Noosa / Savage House / Twin Waters Resort, Noosa and others, paper, designed by John Mainwaring & Associates Pty Ltd, Noosaville, Queensland, Australia, 1980-1996

Physical Description

Drawings, prints and photographs, mainly A1 and A3 size, as follows:

Chapman house, Noosa:
Four sheets of working drawings with annotations, featuring sections, elevations and floor plans.
One concept drawing with annotations, with various elevations and sections
Two elevation drawings with annotations mounted on a single sheet
One elevation drawing and a treated photo of a corner shop mounted on a single sheet, which also includes a printed rationale for the Chapman house.

Savage house:
One concept drawing with three elevations
Two photographs of working model mounted on a single sheet.

For the congress of the International Union of Architects, Barcelona, 1996:
One concept drawing of 'Future housing for the sub-tropical city',
One sheet with plan and perspective elevation of a house at Kenilworth

Twin Waters Resort, Noosa:
One sheet with elevations of proposed sales and information centre.

Wallace Park, Noosaville:
One aerial perspective of park master plan on board.

Parks and Wildlife information centre, Tewantin:
One sheet with pespective elevation.

'Small lot housing':
One perspective elevation.

'Fibro House '80':
One photograph of a coloured section elevation by Tony Edwards, mounted.

Production

Notes

The drawings, prints and photographs were produced by John Mainwaring & Associates.

John Mainwaring is one of several Queensland architects to achieve prominence through his reinterpretation of vernacular building technology. His Chapman house at Noosa won the 1996 Robin Boyd Award, awarded by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects for the year's outstanding domestic design. Although best known for his domestic and resort work, Mainwaring has completed some commissions for public structures, including the library at the Sunshine Coast University College at Mooloolaba, and the new Queen Street Mall, Brisbane. With that of Gabriel Poole and Lindsay and Kerry Clare, Mainwaring's work is featured in the Peter Hyatt's publication 'Local heroes: architects of Australia's Sunshine Coast', Craftsman House, Sydney.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of John Mainwaring, 2002

Acquisition Date

20 May 2002

Cite this Object

Harvard

Drawings, prints and photographs of projects completed by architect John Mainwaring 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 4 March 2021, <https://ma.as/11471>

Wikipedia

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