Sampling the City reveals the complex web of personalities, factions and trajectories that make up Melbourne’s vibrant contemporary architectural culture. Presented in an immersive video and sound space, the work and buildings by over twenty Melbourne architecture practices illustrate five themes representation and the city; craftsmanship and materiality; art-engaged practice; stitching the city; and bio-futures/advanced architecture. An adjoining incubator space provides insight into six leading practices and an intimate screening room to a video work by artist Matthew Sleeth.

Curated by Fleur Watson, the project features exhibition design by Amy Muir and Stuart Geddes, projection and soundscape design by Keith Deverall, introductory narrative by Watson and Michael Spooner, and built environment imagery by Peter Bennetts.

Incubator Room Installation

Along with five other Melbourne architects the practice was invited by curator Fleur Watson, to contribute a purpose-designed installation within the ‘Incubator Room’ as part of Melbourne NOW Sampling the City exhibition. The intent of the installation was to provide an insight into the practice and reveal the practices design process. 

“The Incubator Room provides an intimate view into the material that passes through the hands of the architect during their design process and, in doing so, reveals how ideas-driven design significantly contributes to the quality of our built environment and to our everyday lives.” Fleur Watson

Commissioned practices represented within the 'Incubator Room' included Cassandra Complex, MAKE Architecture, March Studio, Roland Snooks and Studio Bird.

Photography by Peter Bennetts