:: related links » people » contacts


MARTYN HOOK
RMIT Associate Professor in Architecture
Practice Director: Iredale Pedersen Hook, Perth/Melbourne
email: martyn.hook@rmit.edu.au

Qualifications
BAppSci(Dist), BArch(Hons), MSc Architectural Design(Bartlett). PhD(RMIT)

Memberships / Registrations /Apnoms
RAIA, ARBV

Biography
Dr Martyn Hook is a Director of multi award winning practice iredale pedersen hook architects and Associate Professor of Architecture at RMIT University in Melbourne. His PhD by Project at RMIT entitled ‘The Act of Reflective Practice’, explored the manner in which individual value systems are maintained in collaborative architectural practice. Martyn is the Director of the RMIT School of Architecture & Design Postgraduate Program in Europe, based in Brussels, the GRC_EU gathers a collection of European based practitioners to engage in research through design practice. He has lectured internationally on Australian architecture and has been Guest Professor at TU Wien, Innsbruck and Wismar, and Visiting Critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, Sheffield University, the University of Brighton and Westminster University London. Martyn is an active architectural critic and was the Associate Editor of Monument Magazine for six years and is now the Melbourne Editor of AR Magazine. His recent work has included Innocent Bystander Winemakers in Healesville, a number of high-end residential projects and has most recently focused on providing low cost housing in bushfire affected areas of Victoria, building on his research over the past five years at RMIT that looks to apply industrial building techniques, using insulated concrete sandwich panels, to create affordable, attractive and highly thermally efficient housing.

Program Responsibilities
Co-ordinator Technology subject stream
Director GRC_EU

Teaching Commitments
Design Studio Leader
Technology 2 & Technology 4
Technology Elective; Prebuilt & Thermo Mass Housing

Community Involvement
Melbourne Editor AR
Director _ Pin-up Architecture & Design Space
Juror & Chair_ AIA Architecture Awards Program
Conveynor_Affirmative Architecture Symposium & Exhibition

Practice Key Projects
iredale pedersen hook Architects_Perth & Melbourne
Major Creative Works
1_ Sheep House, Daylesford, Victoria
Located in rolling hills of Victoria’s ‘Spa Country’, the Sheep House is embedded firmly in the rich red earth. Appearing as a line across the landscape, the house is essentially a long thin volume of accommodation opening to the North. A deflection in plan creates a sense of enclosure to the South defining an exterior ‘room’ of manufactured landscape captured from the paddock. A lawn circle and a gravel circle counteract the linearity of the building. As an object the house seeks to provide a solid relationship with its site. As a series of spaces it opens out to the landscape but maintains definition. The South wall of the volume is constructed from thick, insulated pre-cast concrete panels that serve to reduce heat loss on the dark side of the building but also grounds the length of the form. Entirely 'off grid' all power is generated from the solar panels that cover the roof of the carport. In slab hydronic heating and open fire places provide necessary heating in very cold winters. Large sliding panels of glass (shaded by a vine covered pergola) within the north wall allow significant cross ventilation eliminating the need for air-conditioning. This residence continues a line of research into the manner that the aesthetics of ‘environmental architecture’ may evolve from landscape, program and materiality rather than technological systems. The project has been published in the highly influential A+U magazine (Tokyo), MONUMENT Magazine (Australia), Houses magazine (Australia) and was ‘House of the Month’ in the special 'environmental issue' of Home Beautiful. It was also featured in the chapter on iredale pedersen hook in Next Wave, Davina Jackson’s important book documenting emergent Australian architecture practices and in A Place in the Country, an internationally distributed book from images publications. The Sheep House won the award for Environmental Commitment at the 2008 Australian National Timber Awards and was runner up in the Overall Australian Timber Award.

2_ Innocent Bystander Winemakers, Healesville, Victoria
The Yarra Valley is an established, thriving wine region about an hour east of Melbourne, this new winery and cellar door complex is located in the main street of the town of Healesville. A strong formal gesture the architecture evolves from a diagram that turns wine production into bands of program. Elevated as a long textured concrete wall the external face of the facility is both evocative and defensive. The main facade of the elevation (the barrel store) is articulated by the application of an image in the surface of the massive Thermomass concrete panels. The concrete box locks into a timber clad cellar door that upon entry seeks to reveal the complexity and alchemy of winemaking through a massive wall of glass that provides a section through the barrel store and processing facility.
This winery continues a line of research into the manner that the aesthetics of ‘environmental architecture’ may evolve from landscape, program and materiality rather than technological systems. It also seeks to explore the refinement of standard industrial detailing in the production of an architecture that is both economic and robust. The project has been published in AR magazine and formed part of the New Trends in Architecture Europe Asia Pacific 2007, traveling exhibition/symposium that visited Patras (Greece), Tokyo, Melbourne, Perth, Luxemborg and Barcelona. The winery received a very positive review from the Age, newspaper architectural critic Norman Day and was named Best Winery Restaurant in the Age Good Food Guide Awards 2007.

3_ Orangutan Enclosure at Perth Zoo, South Perth, Western Australia.
This project forms part of the practice’s ongoing work for Perth Zoo. Designed to establish connections between Orang-utan behaviour, living patterns and qualities of their natural environment this new enclosure consists of a series of ‘trees’ that simulate the physical complexities of a rainforest. This is achieved through a careful assemblage of recycled concrete pylons and robust steel ‘branches’ and climbing frames. Each tree holds double decker nests with timber and steel shading structures providing points of rest. This, along with a collection of activities; puzzle boxes, dip tubes, water canoes, drinkers, the bent steel armatures and ropes are able to be tuned to create a constantly changing, stimulating environment. This project continues a line of research into the manner that the aesthetics of ‘environmental architecture’ may evolve from landscape, program and materiality rather than technological systems. The project has been published in AR magazine, MONUMENT and Houses Magazine. It formed part of the New Trends in Architecture Europe Asia Pacific 2007, traveling exhibition/symposium that visited Patras (Greece), Tokyo, Melbourne, Perth, Luxemborg and Barcelona. It was also featured in the chapter on iredale Pedersen hook in Next Wave, Davina Jackson’s important book documenting emergent Australian architecture practices. The Orangutan Enclosure received an Honourable Mention, in the highly prestigious Architectural Review Awards for Emerging Architecture, London in 2008 and the Environmental Award in the 2003 RAIA WA Chapter Architecture Awards.

4_ Walmajarri Community Centre, Djugerari Community, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia.
iph was chosen by the Djugerari community to design an office, training centre and staff house for
Walmajarri Inc., an Aboriginal Corporation representing a group of Walmajarri people whose country is located in the Great Sandy Desert. The building is a simple cluster of pavilions under a large parasol roof that initially appears informally placed. However as one moves between the pavilions through covered exterior spaces specific views are framed and moments in the dramatic landscape are revealed. The remote location forced a simple language of durable materials and direct detailing. It is within the careful assemblage of these simple components that the architecture emerges. This project continues a line of research into the manner that the qualities of ‘environmental architecture’ may evolve from landscape, program and materiality rather than technological systems. The project has been published in the highly influential A+U magazine (Tokyo), A+T magazine (Madrid), the Journal of Architectural Design Research (ADR), Architecture Australia, MONUMENT and Houses Magazine. It formed part of the New Trends in Architecture Europe Asia Pacific 2007, traveling exhibition/symposium that visited Patras (Greece), Tokyo, Melbourne, Perth, Luxemborg and Barcelona. It was also featured in the chapter on iredale Pedersen hook in Next Wave, Davina Jackson’s important book documenting emergent Australian architecture practices. Walmajarri received an Honourable Mention, in the highly prestigious Architectural Review Awards for Emerging Architecture, London in 2006, the Colorbond Steel Award and a commendation in the Public Institutional Award in the 2006 RAIA WA Chapter Architecture Awards.

6_ Reynolds Addition, South Perth, Western Australia
This small residential project explores the uniquely Australian architectural typology of the ‘Backyard
Reno(vation)’. Grafted onto the rear of a 1930’s brick bungalow this design reinterprets the local architectural tradition of the addition or ‘lean to’. Stretching over the length of the site the new space deflects in plan and section towards the northern sun. The bullnose like roof form of the addition wraps back above the floor level capturing a new volume, which opens to the garden and hovers providing a shelf for the hifi and an external seat to enjoy those late sunny Perth afternoons. This dynamic spatial quality contrasts the stiffness of the original dwelling; a constructed suburban Jekyll and Hyde. The project has been widely published and was exhibited in Tokyo, Europe and Australia as part of the New Trends in Architecture touring exhibition in 2007 and heavily awarded including the BHP Colorbond Steel Award, Archicentre Award and a Commendation in Alterations and Additions at the 2002 RAIA WA Chapter Awards.

7_ Tunjuntjara Community Houses, Great Victorian Desert, Western Australia.
Tjuntjunjara Community Houses, located in the Great Victorian Desert, were developed in close consultation with the Spinifex people over 3 separate workshops involving all members of the community and a team including an anthropologist, architect, engineer and community staff members. Two final designs were selected; an “L” shaped plan form and a centric plan form with a breezeway living area. These buildings were designed to be simple and robust, and to support a variety of living patterns around and inside the buildings parts. All of the houses align on a radial axis focusing on the new community meeting shelter. Locations of individual houses relate to the actual direction of the family members specific homeland. The project has been widely published and was exhibited in Tokyo, Europe and Australia as part of the New Trends in Architecture touring exhibition in 2007 and heavily awarded including the BHP Colorbond Steel Award, Archicentre Award and a Commendation in Alterations and Additions at the 2002 RAIA WA Chapter Awards.

8_ Gooseberry Hill Residence, Darling Ranges, Western Australia.
Situated deep in the Darling escarpment, east of Perth this project explores the potential for formal, material and spatial connections to the existing landscape at both a macro and micro level. It adopts a rural approach to isolation using distance and existing bushland as privacy. One side is embedded in the carved hill the other side by contrast is suspended above the landscape, a dualism which is explored throughout. Engaging the existing central spine the house is opened to the landscape and extended over the site. The architecture seeks to extract the potential of place in a multiplicity of experience, living under the house, bathing in the floor, suspended on the edge, framing alternative fragments of distant views. The project has been widely published including The Worlds 100 Best Houses (Images Publications) and was exhibited in Tokyo, Europe and Australia as part of the New Trends in Architecture touring exhibition in 2007 and awarded in Alterations and Additions at the 2007 RAIA WA Chapter Awards.

9_ Dunedin Street Residence, Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia.
A small extension to a city edge house this project creates a language of new parts by manipulating and exaggerating existing qualities of the dwelling to form an sympathetic dialogue between old and new whilst exploiting every part of the site. A long axis is defined then intersected, folded and punctured strategically revealing fragments of space. Decoration of the ceiling of the old building reflects the heirachy of space. The new space continues this elaboration of the ceiling but transforms it into a spatial event literally unfolding to allow north sun within and the poetic embrace of the garden. A strategy of ‘sleeving’ harmonises the transition from old to new allowing the two different architectures to co-exist. The project has been widely published (Next Wave, The Architect WA, Scoop Magazine) and was exhibited in Berlin and Copenhagen as part of the Living the Modern_ Australian Architecture exhibition in 2006 and was awarded a Commendation in Alterations and Additions at the 2006 RAIA WA Chapter Awards.

10_ Think Brick 07, The Forgotten Brick Suburbs of Perth, Greenwood, Western Australia
An invited competition entry exploring the potential of brick this project addresses the growing issue of housing affordability in the context of social and environmental sustainability. Investigating the ‘forgotten’ under-serviced middle suburbs of Perth we propose more appropriate land use and the development of alternative housing typologies that respond to a changing demographic, without sacrificing the unique lifestyle of suburban Perth. A new mortar-free interlocking brick cavity wall system enables re-use of bricks when the building is no longer required. Walls are capped with a precast concrete ring beam that forms a gutter to collect rainwater and serves as a pitching point for the recycled timber roof structure. The project was published in MONUMENT Magazine 81, Think Brick's trade literature and more recently it has been picked up by the academic press appearing in Boomtown 2050 : scenarios for a rapidly growing city by Professor Richard Weller of University of Western Australia that speculates on the immediate future of Perth.

Research Area
Design
Architecture & Technology
Prefabricated Housing
Thermomass Housing for fire affected areas of Australia

Publications
1 Authored – research
Hook MR & Black RH. 2006. Mobile Landscapes, Melbourne, Australia. RMIT University Press.
Hook MR & Black RH. 2004. Topography > design studio as research, Melbourne, Australia. RMIT University
Press.

2 Authored – other
Hook MR & Black RH. 2005. 32000 Beaches, 2nd Rotterdam Architecture Biennale Catalogue, Melbourne, Australia. RMIT School of Architecture & Design Publications.

Hook MR & Richards D. 1996. Visions and Hallucinations, Overtime at the Cultural Centre (Curated exhibition and produced associated catalogue), Perth, Australia. Curtin University Architectural History Document.

Hook MR & Richards D. 1993. The Steel Frame Houses of FGB Hawkins and Desmond Sands Architects (Curated exhibition and produced associated catalogue), Perth, Australia. Curtin University Architectural History Document, The Curtin Centre for Architecture and Planning Research.

Book chapters
Hook MR. 2008. Remote Housing. In S Murray, D Ramirez-Lovering, S Whibley (eds) ReHousing, RMIT University Press, pp. 128-133

Professional Journals
Over 150 articles for MONUMENT Magazine and AR Australia and articles in Architectural Design (Wiley) and numerous websites.

Events + Exhibitions
2011 Affirmative Architecture Symposium, Melbourne

2007 Guest Professor, Institut fur Gestaltung, Innsbruck University, Austria (1 Semester Position)

2007 Guest Critic, (Marcos Cruz) Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK

2007 Guest Lecturer + Critic Mackintosh School of Architecture, GSA, Glasgow, UK

2007 Guest Lecturer + Critic School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK

2006 Visiting Lecturer in Design Research Studies and Critical Readings University of Brighton, UK (1 Semester)

2006 Guest Critic, (Prof. Christine Hawley) Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK

2006 Guest Critic, (Prof. CJ Lim) Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK

2008  Indigenous Housing, Process RAIA Young Architects Forum, Melbourne

2007 The Act of Reflective Practice, Architects Talk, RMIT Architecture, Melbourne

2007 New Architecture for an Old Landscape, School of Design Architecture & Building, UTS, Sydney

2007 New Architecture for an Old Landscape, Institut fur Gestaltung, Innsbruck University, Austria

2007 New Architecture for an Old Landscape, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK

2007 New Architecture for an Old Landscape, Mackintosh School of Architecture, GSA, Glasgow, UK

2006 Bucky + Archigram; A New Hope, School of Architecture and Design, University of Brighton, UK
 
2006 Skin Frame Joint; Brit Hitech, School of Architecture and Design, University of Brighton, UK

2003 New Australian Architecture, Institut fur Gestaltung, Innsbruck University, Austria

2003 New Australian Architecture, Fachbereich Architecktur, Hochschule Wismar, Germany

2003 Topography, (workshop with Richard Black), Fachbereich Architecktur, Hochschule Wismar, Germany

2003 New Australian Architecture, Ordine degli Architetti di Roma e Provincia (Society for Architects, Rome)

2002 New Australian Architecture, Architecture Forum Bern, Switzerland

2002 Group exhibition of original creative work

2008 Open Cut Futures. In Abundance, Australian Pavilion, 10th Architecture Biennale Venice

2008 Dunedin St Mt Hawthorn. In Living the Modern, Australian Architecture, DAZ (Berlin) ad Louisiana (Denmark)

2006 New Trends of Architecture in Europe Asia Pacific 2006/2007.

2005 32,000 Beaches. In 2AB, Second Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

2003 Mobile Landscapes. In 1AB, First Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

Press + Media
2010 By Design interview on Radio National for Affirmative Architecture iredale pedersen hook architects work in publications & associated exhibitions

2011 Wide Open Road iredale pedersen hook architects; DD Monograph Series, DAMDI Forthcoming.

2008 Sheep House & Gooseberry Hill, Gidgegannup; A Place in the Country, Images Publications

2008 Sheep House & Gooseberry Hill, Gidgegannup; 100 Worlds Best Houses, Images Publications

2008 Open Cut Futures in Abundance; Australian Pavilion Exhibition at 11th Venice Architecture Biennale

2008 Merry-go-round of Ghosts and Dreams; invited installation & symposium Perth Festival January

2007 Walmajari, Tjuntjuntjarra, Western Desert Houses; Architectural Design Research Journal, AASA

2007 About Face Competition High Commendation, Think Brick MONUMENT 81

2007 Walmajarri Community Centre; a+t 29, civilities 1, a+t, publications, Barcelona

2007 Walmajarri, Sheep House; A+U 2007:08, Japan Architect, Tokyo

2006 Practice Profile, HOUSES, Architecture Media Australia, December

2006 Sheep House, MONUMENT 74

2006 Reynolds Residence, Cube Magazine, Singapore, August

2005 New Trends in Architecture, Patras, Greece (travelled to Luxembourg and Tokyo 2007)

2004 32,000 Beaches Australian Exhibition, iredale pedersen hook (curator Leon van Schaik) 2nd Rotterdam Architecture Biennale

Architectural Record Vanguard; Shortlisted as the sole representation for Australia in the Architectural
Record Magazine competition to select the 10 best emerging architectural practices in the world.
4U3O exhibition + movie + lecture (curators iredale pedersen hook) 2004 RAIA Architecture Week
2003

Perth Zoo Orang-utan enclosure stage 1; AR, Architectural Review Australia, Spring 2003

Reynolds Residence; Residential Special 2003, AR, Architectural Review Australia

Perth Zoo Orang-utan enclosure stage 1 (Cover Story), The Architect WA, Spring 2002
2002

BackPlug - 'Tight' projects under $100,000, The Architect, RAIA Victorian Chapter; January 2002

Perth Zoo Orang-utan enclosure stage 1, MONUMENT 50

iredale pedersen hook; Profile, Scoop Magazine; issue 20
2001

Pause; an exhibition of 16 emerging Architects from Melbourne (Murray,S ed) RMIT Publications 2001

Awards + Achievements
2009 AIA WA Chapter Architecture Awards, Small Project Architecture Award (Commendation), Swan Street

Scoop Publishing Architecture Award for Residential Alterations and Additions, Swan Street House

Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture (Commendation), Gidgegannup House

Sustainable Architecture Award (Commendation), Gidgegannup House

2009 Citation, World Architecture News, 30 Best Houses in the World, Gidgegannup House

2008 Honourable Mention, Architectural Review Awards for Emerging Architecture, London, Perth Zoo Orangutan Enclosure

2008 Australian National Timber Award (Environmental Commitment Category + Overall 2nd place) Sheep House

2008 RAIA WA Chapter Architecture Awards, Alterations and Additions Award, Steedman House

2008 RAIA VIC Chapter Architecture Awards, Commercial, Innocent Bystander Winery (Shortlist)

2007 High Commendation, CSLSC invited competition for new club rooms at Cottestloe Beach, WA

2007 High Commendation, About Face 2007 (national competition using brick in residential architecture)

2007 RAIA WA Chapter Architecture Awards, Alterations and Additions Award, Gooseberry Hill House

2006 Honourable Mention, Architectural Review Awards for Emerging Architecture, London, Walmajarri Offices

2006 RAIA WA Chapter Architecture Awards Colorbond Steel Award; Walmajarri Offices and Staff House

Public Institutional Award (Commendation); Walmajarri Offices and Staff House

Multiple Residential (Commendation); Tjuntjuntjarra Community Housing

Residential Alterations and Additions Award (Commendation); Dunedin Street Residence

2004 RAIA WA Chapter Architecture Awards, Interior Merit Award; Greenway Street Townhouse

2003 RAIA WA Chapter Architecture Awards, Environmental Merit Award; Perth Zoo Orang-utan Enclosure

2002 RAIA WA Chapter Architecture Awards, Environmental Award; Dawesville Residence

BHP Colorbond Steel Award; Reynolds Residence

Archicentre Award; Reynolds Residence

Alterations and Additions Award (Commendation); Reynolds Residence