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  • 459 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000
  • Telephone +61 3 9603 0303
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WHAT WE DO

TAUT is an architectural practice based in Melbourne with experience in residential, multi-residential, institutional and commercial projects.

We engage with our clients and consultants in joint design workshops and by conducting extensive design research. TAUT formulates well-founded architectural responses that value memorable experiences and refined details, and believe all our projects should push the boundaries of innovation.

Our studio approach, ensures our team’s expertise is available to each of the projects we deliver. TAUT enjoys working across all scales, from furniture design to architecture to urban design and everything in-between.

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TAUT SPACE

TAUT Space is a platform to facilitate exploration of diverse contemporary cultural interests, and provides a supportive environment for discovery and discussion across disciplines. Operating year-round to present up to five exhibitions, TAUT invites artists and creative practitioners whose practices somehow, whether obviously or more tangentially, connect with TAUT ideals to develop and show an original exhibition.

Invitation is either through commission or through submission of a proposal for use of the space. The bounds of project ideas that will be considered are set only by the imagination of practitioners, and every effort will be made to promote purposeful, meaningful engagement with the space and the broader community.

If you wish to be informed about upcoming events please subscribe here, also if you would like to submit a proposal for an exhibition please email here.

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170714 THE EXQUISITE CORPSE x SRD763

We are pleased to announce the upcoming TAUT Space exhibition – The Exquisite Corpse  featuring the work of the Students of Deakin University Students ‘Architectural Design In Urban Contexts’ unit (SRD 763). Join us for the opening night 14.07.17 from 6.30pm.

“Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau” (Surrealist Group, 1925)

The exhibition The exquisite corpse presents the work of Deakin fourth year architecture students, using the sequential creative procedure first utilized by the avantguard surrealist poets in the first decades of the 20th century, to understand and architecturally operate within the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. The new underground line below Swanston St becomes the pre-text for the re-examination of the ever changing and conflictive relationship between public and private spaces in contemporary urban contexts.

TAUT Space is a platform to facilitate exploration and discussion across disciplines. TAUT invites artists and creative practitioners whose practices somehow, whether obviously or more tangentially, connect with TAUT ideals to develop and show an original exhibition.

RSVP
13.07.2017
Davin Smith
SPACE@TAUT.NET.AU

AMY’s GRAN FONDO 2016

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I’m participating in this event which, apart from being a great bike ride, is also aimed at raising funds for the Amy Gillet Foundation which advocates for greater bike safety and awareness for ALL road users.

My fundraising page is reached via the link below which also has information about the AMG.

If you can spare a few bob, say the cost of a coffee or beer or whatever, that will be greatly appreciated.

https://amysgranfondo2016.gofundraise.com.au/page/MichaelFazzino

Thanks Michael Fazzino

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ALPHINGTON COMMENCES ON SITE

We are excited that Alphington has commenced on site under the stewardship of  Kane Worthy Constructions. We will be posting periodic WIP updates on our Studio page and Instagram.

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COMPETITIONS / RESEARCH

Competitions are an intrinsic part of design culture. Often sited in new contexts, removed from some of the constraints of traditional practice, they are an effective method of testing research, building and diversifying design strategies, and articulating the philosophy behind the making of better buildings and places.

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TAUT x CLR

As way of a shout out and credit for our Web Site and Identity Design…..

The production our new identity with Clear Design was always on our to do list. What we did not realise was the extent to which Clear would challenge and exceed our expectations. We are super proud of the result, from a talented design team, whose commitment to the project (and patience with their client) has already been recognised with a 2012 AGDA award.

The design captures our commitment to structure and responsiveness, the generic and the specific.

We look forward to future collaborations with Clear and sharing different beautifully realised collateral with our colleagues and clients.

Visit Clear Here
Wonderful code produced by Jake Bonin

 

COLLABORATION

Embracing collaboration is essential in architecture.

Accepting and exploring,  accelerating and realising ideas with others is always a rewarding experience.
Projects are enhanced through the layering and mediation of ideas or the reinforcement and growth of a single idea.

TAUT loves this dialogue; whether it be with clients, contractors, consultants, authorities, artists or other architects.
Respect and openness is crucial to a collaborative approach.

‘Every collaboration helps you grow’
Brian Eno

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ENDURING ARCHITECTURE AWARD

Great to see one of our favourites Domain Park Apartments (Grounds, Romberg, Boyd (Partner in Charge)) being awarded the Victorian Architecture Enduring Architecture Award.

WOMINJEKA!

TAUT wishes to acknowledge the traditional owners of the site in which our office resides, the people of the Kulin Nation.  We have also collated some of our favourite links:
Koorie Heritage Trust has recently relocated to a location more befitting its standing, adjacent to Birrarung Marr @ Federation Square; KHT includes wonderful mix of contemporary, living and past heritage.
Museum Victoria’s Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre also features wonderful ever-changing exhibitions.
Indigenous Art: Moving Backwards into the Future is an interdisciplinary exhibition that features the finest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works from the NGV collection.
IADV’s aim is the strengthen Indigenous culture and design in the built environment.
Davin Smith continues with his work as a member of the Victorian Chapter of RAIA Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.

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160722 MSD x OCULUS

We are pleased to announce the upcoming TAUT Space exhibition – Reason & Experience featuring the work of landscape architecture and urban design practice Oculus. Join us for the opening night 22.07.16 from 6pm. RSVP to space@taut.net.au.

The exhibition Reason + Experience examines how as users and designers we come to know what we know, whether through reason or through embodied lived experience. Behavioural observation was used to generate the design of the landscape at the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne School of Design (MSD), we return now to MSD and use interpretation, real-world observation and intervention, drawing, photography and installation, to test the truthfulness of knowledge.

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150619 M RK T SQ – TAUT × NILS KOENNING

We are excited to introduce TAUT Space. The inaugural exhibition M RK T  SQ featured the work of  photographer Nils Koenning. To tell a story is to preserve the memory of its subject. Memorialising a moment of transition, this photographic narrative serves as a reminder that architectural constructions are not static entities, but vital facilitators of human activity and culture. An unusual process of deliberate, delicate dismantling preserved the dignity of this building’s life and purposes, bestowed upon it intentionally by the architect and naturally by its users. Nils Koenning presents a visual homily to this state of being. His humane, almost scientific documentation partly reveals the building’s elemental schema, suggestive of its conception and laying bare its heritage. Shrouded in black, a skeletal monolith stands as a transitory tombstone in the shadow of its neighbours whose vitality endures. Market Square is an illuminating conflation of Koenning’s approaches to photography. As an architectural photographer, Koenning takes a reserved stance, letting moments fall into place when documenting buildings in their dynamic environments. Street activity, nearby buildings and distinct characters who chance into the scene inform the spirit of the photograph, just as the building, in turn, contributes to the atmosphere of its

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140926 NEW ARCHITECTS MELBOURNE (NAM) @ TAUT

It was a great pleasure to host NAM’s September event and share the inspiring work of presenters Ben Callery Architects, Searle X Waldron, Clear Design, Here Studio and Kart Projects.  Check out the the NAM website for an archive of previous presenters, news and upcoming events. Specials thanks also to the NAM team Eugenia, Grace, Meron and Daria!

Photography: Emilia Fabris, Sophie Weber and Gretel Stent.

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M RK T SQ x TAUT SPACE OPENING NIGHT

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STUDY MODELS

Our recent intern Giulia Barilli documents a selection of study models produced for the Thornbury Project.

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NILS KOENNING

Understanding architecture and the built environment as an instrument for social and cultural investigation and an instigator for change, Nils’ work explores everyday environments and landscapes transformed by human intervention, often concerned with questions of place and identity, memories and feelings of belonging.

www.nilskoenning.com

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LEVER HOUSE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

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Lever House was one of the first office buildings to look forward into the brave new world post WWII. With gleaming glass and stainless steel, clean lines, and simple geometric shapes carefully placed in harmony between tower and street level podium, it offered occupiers and street level observers alike a taste of the future. The building seems to hover over the street as the colonnaded loggia filters pedestrians into its serene landscaped plaza. It became the new standard bearer.

60 years later, surrounded and crowded in by lesser and gaudier attempts at corporate one-upmanship, it stands as a beacon, to those who care to look, of design excellence.I’m pleased to say that the affect Lever House had on a fresh faced graduate when first encountered in 1984 has not diminished upon re-acquaintance in 2011. As my pulse quickened and heart lightened I looked over my shoulder hoping no one had noticed this middle aged fool, dressed in black with camera in hand, behaving as though he was on his first date. MF

CONTACT

Feel free to contact us to discuss your project and our services.

DAVIN SMITH
DIRECTOR
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MICHAEL FAZZINO
PRACTICE MANAGER
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TAUT wishes to acknowledge the traditional owners of the site in which our office resides, the people of the Kulin Nation.

TAUT are currently seeking a full time architectural professional with 3+ years’ post qualification experience. The successful applicant will possess initiative, attention to detail, and be a willing team member. Proficiency in ArchiCAD preferred. Remuneration will be negotiated relative to qualifications and experience.

We are also happy to receive applications for other positions; we have recently employed architects, technicians, graduates and interns.

CVs (max 5mb) should be emailed to DAVIN SMITH or MICHAEL FAZZINO.