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Journal of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects


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A combined Hot Press and Bain Marie, with Monel top and covers, in the main kitchen of the Freemasons' Hospital, Melbourne. Another important consideration in the preparation of the general plan should be the distance of the building from the street. This should be adjusted by the area of ​​the proposed building in relation to that of the site.

At the Institute's General Assembly on July 6, the University's new Vice-Chancellor (Mr. J.D.G. Medley) attended by invitation. The chairman (Mr. Alec S. Eggleston) said it was interesting to see this meeting of the R.V.I.A. That is undoubtedly the university's greatest need at the moment.

I do not believe that the primary task of the university is to produce finished professional men. My feeling is that the School of Architecture at Melbourne University should be raised in strength and status. Garvin (F.) has been elected Vice-President of the Administrative Council of the Bendigo School of Mines.

Demaine (A.) was appointed as the representative of the Institute on the Registration Board of the Building Industry Congress in place of Mr.








In their report, the assessors state that the presentation of the drawings is generally of a high standard, but regret is expressed that few of the competitors have demonstrated new ideas in the design of a log house. The report states that "the strong influence of precedent is clearly illustrated in most of the schemes submitted and this led to too limited an approach to the latent aesthetic possibilities of timber construction. 34; Few of the competitors appreciated the virtue of a simple and honest elevation expression of a small house plan, the majority tend towards a pretentious character in the views.

34;These points of criticism, together with that of excessive cost, led to the early elimination of about 80% of the designs. 34;In making the awards the Assessors decided, notwithstanding the general excellence of the entries, that no design of any type was sufficiently outstanding from the other entries to fully justify the award of first prize. 34;Considering the above, it was found necessary to combine the 1st and 2nd prizes and divide the award equally between the authors of the pre-planned designs in each section.

This is reflected in the fact that the majority of consolation prizes have been awarded for designs submitted in this section. 34;For the £850 house, several commendable designs were eliminated because of excessive cost, many of the competitors apparently not realizing that this class of house should be considered suitable for normal suburban development. Unfortunately, most of the competitors seem to have ignored the fixed costs and in their enthusiasm to exploit the unique possibilities of timber construction in a large house have produced mansion-type designs that lack original thought.

34;The competition was generally very successful in proving conclusively that timber construction can be used successfully in the domestic architecture of Australia with pleasing aesthetic results and with practical and economic advantages over other materials.". shows two completely different conceptions of a log house suitable for normal suburban development Murphy is of the more traditional type and follows the established precedent of log construction created and developed in the great colonial houses of the United States of America during and after the period of colonization, a period in which wood was the main building material.

In this section, as in Type B, the evaluators have shown an unbiased judgment of the merits of both modern and traditional schools of thought. Baldwinson's design shows the result of an early assessment of the site and its possibilities. The two-story floor plan has been cleverly developed and the appearance of the main rooms from the inside reflects a strikingly modern character.


Here and on the following pages four remarkable construction projects are illustrated for the execution of which contracts have been signed or preparations are being made under the direction of members of the Institute.








But before I write about London and Dublin, I want to tell you something about the rest of my stay in Rome. Other work included several hospitals and a competition for the new government buildings in Rome to house the administration of the newly acquired lands in Africa. Invariably, however, there is a lot of talk from those in power, and most of the work is very slow at the outline plan stage.

Italy should be much more interesting in five years' time than it is now, as many of the current construction projects will be completed in the meantime. It is likely that members and students of the Institute in this part of the world would like to spend a period in Rome. Such a procedure would bring about a greater appreciation for the study of architectural history and its influence on so-called modern design.

All really good design of the past was functional, and just as past eras produced their good and bad works, so there is a wide range of standards in this enlightened era. Almost all the modern buildings I have seen so far in these two cities, however, are disappointing due to their inferior finish. I met several London architects and had interesting conversations with Maxwell Fry and Raymond McGrath.

In fact, the more I travel, the more I appreciate the excellent work the Royal Victorian Institute does in the organization and administration of the profession in our own state. Shortly after arriving in London I accepted an appointment with one of Dublin's younger architects. One of the most interesting aspects of my trip was comparing the characteristics of the different countries.

Spring in Ireland, however, is a wonderful display of colour, all the more remarkable compared to the dreary winter months. Ireland is rich in fine old abbeys and castles, which afford examples of the early buildings of this country. Many of the Irish towns have excellent examples of Georgian work, where their simplicity and beautiful detail are remarkable.


Others present at the lecture claimed that the main purpose of this system was to enable students to think quickly and accurately, and that the system was getting useful and satisfactory results in this regard. My feeling is that the system is the best procedure available provided that judges allow students a reasonable amount of flexibility. I do not intend to stay in Ireland for a long period, as I am convinced that there is much more to be learned from traveling than from working in offices.

I propose to go to London soon, then to Scotland for the exhibition in Glasgow, then to Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France and return to England. I have never seen such color in landscapes, or such variety of green in trees. A strong contrast to the Australian landscape is also the rolling green land that is divided into small allotments by bright yellow gorse hedges.

If anything, there is less of the studied Georgian detail about them and more of the simple expression of wall surface and window than is embodied in similar types in London. A number of Australian architects and students are currently employed at various offices in the British Isles, and it appears that employment opportunities will continue to exist for draftsmen who have. Morgan in the second phase of the competition held by the Students' Society for the Atelier Scholarship, 1938.


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