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170207-001For the ongoing POKOLBIN HOUSE, we have been familiarising ourselves with the sensitivities of the site – what that essentially means is, to “re-learn” what nature is.


Yes we have to design with solar access, overshadowing, wind direction, view corridor… in mind, especially in the city context where nature is scarce.

Nature is something delicate, needing to be treated with care, for sure.


But nature takes on a different meaning when it is all-encompassing on a majestic scale.

It dwarfs everything else; makes one truly feel, with all senses, the meaning of “Mother Nature”.

It is something not to be messed with.


Every change in the nature’s expression becomes magnified.

170207-002It has been 6 months since we pruned the vines; it was the time to pick again.

The fruits captured the past year – rain, sun, and human effort.

Again the beauty of nature shows in the honesty of the fruit.


We hand picked about 250kg, which if fermentation goes well, will come to roughly 200 bottles of wine with time.


Really looking forward.


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170131_0001After the passing storm, sun came out and we proceeded with photoshoot of PINNACLE as planned.

Crazy summer weather.


Thanks TOM FERGUSON and we look forward to the photos.


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161023-0001Facet Studio team visited the site for a new project at Canberra.


We felt it is important that everyone in the team can understand the site in flesh, feel more involvement / ownership towards the project and hence contribute more meaningfully towards the design, so we decided to close the office for the day and did this little office trip to the Capital City.


Fitout construction is to commence around April 2017 – counting back from that we really don’t have that much time to design / document / apply authority permission… especially when it is at a new place for new adventure.


Now get to work!


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160916_0001Because the view outside is so massive, TO INVITE IT IN requires equally massive purge, to allow for the space to appreciate the view.


After 6 months of design work, discussion with client…. we have finally commenced demolition (of almost everything) at Pinnacle.

160916_0003….It was massive….


Thanks to our extremely understanding client, as it was a radical decision to remove the bedroom (so it is now technically a “studio apartment” rather than “1 bedroom”).

160916_0002But the real meaning of being here, at this location, is really all about the view.


We believe, to enhance the appreciation of the view, is to enhance the value of this location, which is to enhance the value to the client.


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160715-001To create emptiness for PINNACLE is all good on paper… until when someone needs to cook and bath and sleep in the space.


Emptiness is essential, so are the everyday activities.

160715-002We have thus designed all the functions within the thickness of the building envelope.


All functions are part of the building, and can be packed away when not in use.