Taylor Buchtmann Architecture
Angaston, Barossa Valley, South Australia
One Block at a Time is a central tactic of employing micro incisions, or small manoeuvres. Exercising them strategically, exploring where we can open gaps to insert, intervene and subvert.
Each project provides a baseline for the next. We’ve learnt that changes that are very difficult to achieve on a project the first time, become almost easy next time. We expand our multi-tactical approach to the limits of each project.
Incremental (or marginal) gains are talked about in sport.
The law of incremental gains: Small incremental improvements in any process amount to a significant improvement when they are all added together. The concept came to prominence in 2012 in cycling.
We use this approach on each project, and to advance our work project to project. The opposite of death by a thousand cuts!
Jenga* provides an illustration – small manoeuvres for maximum impact. Eventually the whole topples. Our practice size is small. Our ability to impact decolonisation is small. With this approach we see opportunity for change in and with our projects.
Angaston Hill is a cluster of dwellings housing four generations. A family – each different, yet clearly related. Three houses are organised as a series of plateaus connected by ramped and stepped circulation, around
a central linear axis. Universal access is fully integrated. Angaston Hill explores ideas of prospect and refuge, and provides space to be together and apart.