I remember going for swimming lessons at the Harold Holt swimming pool in my early years of primary school. Even at an early age I was quite taken by the raw, textured presence of the concrete structure, the shadows cast as a result and the dynamic voids of light created by this brutalist beauty. There also seemed to be an inherent sense of character, story & permanence.
Sadly, a current cultural change has seen a fundamental shift, steaming heavily in the direction of a ‘throw-away’ society where our built environment in all scales is now being purposely conceived with a short-lifespan. Alarmingly, in addition to this, the perceived consensus seems to be one of the need for more and more and bigger is better.
The Magazine Stable, humble in scale, is an experiment in creating an adaptable, multi-use object that is designed to create more with less and celebrates some of the elements of an old brutalist favourite.
Forming a side table, magazine rack and reading stool all-in-one, The raw, highly textured concrete form in contrast with a removable solid blackbutt timber insert, wedges into place to form a side table top.
Materials: Formed concrete & solid blackbutt timber