This iteration of lately is a tad overdue - it's been a very busy past couple of weeks in Jenna-land.

I had a 4 day trip down to Melbourne for the Dulux Study Tour Alumni trip - where I had the opportunity to meet all of the previous recipients of the tour. It was such a great experience - we had various site and project visits, including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the new Australian Institute of Architects Melbourne headquarters 41X, the incredibly inspiring The Commons residential project and some highly detailed and equally inspiring projects of Dulux Study Tour Alumni Mel Bright's practice Make Architecture.

Pictured above are a few snapshots of my additional time in Melbourne post the study tour alumni, with our face-to-face meeting with the National Executive EmAGN committee, and further time staying with Ella, who took me all over including Carsten Holler's gold carosel at NGV [yes we went on it...].

Back in Sydney, other pictures feature our impromptu Jansz-fuelled picnic to bid my best friend Ginny farewell - given she is moving to London via 3 months in South America [travel safe! x].

I'd also like to say a big thank you also to Rue Magazine who listed me as their current instagram recommendation in their 'instafollow' series; thank you much Kelli for the very kind words, I really appreciate that people value the way in which I caption my photos on instagram. Similar to my blog - I take the approach of being candid and myself - which took a bit of a leap of faith to be comfortable doing - hence it was nice to read that this was valued! If you are a new reader to my blog through finding me over on Rue, thank you and welcome x

All photos from my instagram account [@jenna_rowe]


the bunker.

Whilst wasting away sick in bed this week, I began to read the many design periodicals that had been purchased and retired to my burgeoning 'to-read' pile. A particular stand out was an article within the recent issue of Artichoke Magazine featuring Clare Cousins Architects' project The Bunker.

Within a brutalist 1970's office building in North Melbourne, the new home for Clare's architecture practice is now housed alongside a construction company (which shares the same floor) and a graphic design studio situated below. The approach of the non-corporate environment includes the retention of the existing shell of the building, including the reuse of parts of the original office fitouts.

What particularly stands out for me in this project is the authenticity demonstrated through a minimal yet refined materiality of the industrial palette of hoop pine ply, concrete, concrete blockwork - teamed with carefully selected furniture items such as the marble-topped Henry Wilson A- joint trestle tables (whose work I have a personal predilection for since I came across it last year in a fitout in Surry Hills).

I also appreciate the positive social implications of providing shared kitchen zones, given the shared kitchen zones allow for interactions between the architecture practice and the construction company. I think this also reflects positively on the changing dynamic of the profession, encouraging multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Simple yet highly refined - beautiful and inspiring work as always.

Images by Lisbeth Grosmann, via Clare Cousins Architects website.


philim lim boutiques.

Whilst trawling through my pinterest feed the other day, I came across one of these images, showing details from 3.1 Philip Lim's retail fitouts. Pictured above are stand out images from the Shanghai, Beijing, London and New York stores. I have been trying to do a google hunt as to who designed the fitouts, to no avail. If you know - I'd love to know more.

Update: okay clearly I didn't try very hard to locate the source of the design - and thanks to Dana's post this morning on the New York flagship store I've now discovered that Campaign were behind the fitouts globally.

The further research has allowed me to add yet another multidisciplinary design practice to my dream job list. Upon visiting Campaign's website it is noted that the design firm have work across retail, digital, events, branding, campaign and animation. They further list that they are also involved in tasks such as furniture design, visual merchandising and integrated social media strategies.

I love this. I think given the current changes in the profession it's important and productive to diversify within a spectrum of design fields, as it creates a more cohesive final product, particularly in retail applications. 


tbc1_adam lynch.

I've previously blogged about a bit of Melbourne based furniture designer Adam Lynch's work over here.

Adam's website notes that the design of the TBC1 chair drew inspiration from the Breuer Wassily Chair; with the design intent for owners to leave their mark on the raw leather finish as they use the chair [it appears coffee stains are encouraged - think I'm a bit too OCD to allow that!]

Would love to see the chair finished in brass plate.


part one_chicago.

Just a precursor; it has taken me some time to compile these blog posts. A lot of people have been asking me what my opinion of the Dulux Study Tour was. I’ve come to learn the best adjectives to describe the trip have been ‘overwhelmingly excellent’.

In the ten weeks that I have been home, I have already noticed in small ways how the tour has contributed to both my practice of architecture, and involvement in the profession. The tour itself is a brilliant idea - Each tour member evidently takes from the tour what is relevant to them at that particular point in their career. For me personally, given I have a multitude of other creative outlets - it reinforced for me why the profession holds so much potential to critically engage with many disciplines, ultimately making better places for us to live in.

I don’t think I will be able to fully recap the trip over the following posts about my trip, however I have included what was personally beneficial for me - what I got out of the trip, and what has spurred on continuous thought and research.

I’m not sure I can say thank-you enough to Bernadette Wilson at the Australian Institute of Architects for her intense organisational skills, and many many thanks to Phil White and Sarah Nadenbousch from Dulux for their generosity in giving such a memorable and informative experience.

Chicago surprised me. It wasn’t what I expected. Firstly, the CBD [‘The Loop’] was immaculately clean. Second, the general public’s awareness of architecture was overwhelming. The development of the city I found personally very interesting, particularly given I was recommended and reading a book on the history of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Interestingly, the majority of the building stock of the city was lost in the great fire of 1871. 9km2 of the city was lost, culminating in the opportunity for the later 1909 Plan of Chicago, or the ‘Burnham plan’ as it is more colloquially known as, to be implemented. I’ve also subsequently read a lot about the double-decked streets of Chicago. I was intrigued to learn that upper levels of multi-level streets typically only serve local traffic, with primary entrances to buildings at this level - the lower levels serving through-traffic and service entrance to businesses. I read that first double-height street was not produced until the late 1910s, coinciding with the Burnham Plan - due to drainage issues with Lake Michigan. I was particularly fascinated in how these roads created not only an anomaly in the layout and use of streets within the city, but also influenced the planning of buildings. We had many great tours given by architects, guides, and in conjunction with reading the book I was reading, everyone we met told me something that further peeled back a layer of the city and contributed to my overall understanding of Chicago as a place.

The photos I have added in here are from my Instagram (given I was totally overwhelmed with picking from my new camera (top middle). On day 2 we were collected by Larry, our brilliant and ever-informative tour guide (seriously – if you are heading to Chicago and needs a Mies tour guide – book him!). Larry destroyed us for all other Tour Guides to come on the Study tour, particularly given his predilection for showing us/teaching us as much as he could. A Mies-aficionado and a previous tenant of Lakeshore Drive; Larry was the perfect tour guide to share with us the Farnsworth House [Bottom right]. What I found interesting was in the many famous photographs of the site, the house appears to be far more remote - images neglecting to represent the fact a large motorway lies a couple of hundred metres up the hill from the infamous piece of residential modernism. 

It was great to finally visit the 1959 Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City Towers courtesy of Strawn Sierralta’s very generous home office visit [bottom left + view middle right]. We had been circulating around the two buildings for the past couple of days prior to our visit, first sited on our Architectural Boat Tour of the river.  It’s kind of nuts that 19 floors of a spiral corkscrew at the base of each tower have been given over to 896 car spaces per building! I also find the floor plans completely fascinating - each apartment created from parts of triangular wedges. It was inspiring to see how a young practice had lovingly renovated their Marina City apartment, whilst maintaining and restoring some of the original design elements.

One of the most beneficial things of the tour was visiting a practice or building that you weren’t familiar with, who you in turn found completely inspiring. One example for me in particular, was the work of John Ronan Architects. I was in love with his work as soon as we stepped inside his office and I panned around looking at all the materials and finishes samples. As someone who is heavily into crafting and making, I personally have a penchant for the product selection/materials research stage of design process. Visiting John’s building the Poetry Foundation [interior shot middle left] heavily reinforced the benefit of stringent product research - John noting the immaculately beautiful concrete aggregate flooring that continued from within the courtyard into the building was the result of at least 100 different tests. Even the pour lines and control joints had been designed [middle right]. This fast became one of my favourite buildings.

There were many architecture practices that we visited, notably SOM [who took us on a site visit to their masterplan of Millennium Park - those of you who would have been reading previous posts of mine would know of my adoration for the work of artist Anish Kapoor, so learning of the way in which the slab on which the Cloud Gate rested required structural reinforcement given it sat over a large carpark was fascinating]; PORT Architecture + Urbanism [doing very cool things - check out their Denver Park Loop project], Studio Gang [always inspiring to visit a practice with a female director] - the list goes on.

For a more detailed account, jump on over to the Dulux Study Tour blog that the five of us penned whilst being whisked around The States. 

Next: New York City


monday mix_eighteen.

1| All We'll Know_The Hics
2| Can't Do Without You_Caribou
3| Drowning [Lido Remix]_ Banks
4| Temporary View ft. Sampha_SKTRKT
5| Paris_ Little Dragon
6| Moon Circles_ Maribou State
7| Tough Love_Jessie Ware
8| Gold [Flume re-work]_Chet Faker
9| Duals_ Bonobo
10| Like You Used To_Kidnap Kid

Listen here.

This one is a tad overdue, and given the time lapse includes a lot of newbies from old favourites [notably The Hics, Little Dragon*, Bonobo, Jessie Ware and Caribou].

Base photo taken by me, in San Francisco at the de Young museum.

*who I have tickets to go and see in August - extremely excited to say the least...


sasha pichushkin.

The beautiful works of Russian abstract painter, Sasha Pichushkin