An International Alliance with a Plus

An International Alliance with a Plus

Tectvs is pleased to announce the beginning of a new alliance with +39 architects, an international network of practices who share the common values of Italian culture worldwide: design, style, culture and quality of life. 

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White Box Needs More Red

White Box Needs More Red

On Saturday November 5 the Advertiser revealed ‘secret plans’ for the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, which dramatically included a “stylised ‘white box’ housing a $250 million contemporary art gallery, and a nearby underground concert hall” for the proposed $1 billion site. 

We support the intent of this proposal. 

The East End needs a cultural anchor which can contribute to the vision for a Greater Riverbank Precinct Implementation Plan - and Adelaide needs the International drawcard of a contemporary art gallery. In fact, these were recommendations we made in our ‘Open Ideas’ competition proposal for the Old RAH site in 2013.

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We Have Moved!

We Have Moved!

After 10 years at our current location on Field Street, our Adelaide office has moved to 167 Flinders Street. As we enter our 28th year of practice this move allows us to focus more on what really matters; delivering strong built outcomes for our clients and the community. 

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Riverbank West

Riverbank West

The TAP Design Workshops have responded to the effect of cultural, historic and natural values through the re-adaptation and reactivation of environments and buildings within the context of rapid urban change. Issues of sustainability, preservation, integration, cultural regionalism & identity all have been promoted.

Co-led by Tectvs Director Tony Giannone (donning his hat as an Adjunct Associate Professor), the 'TAP' International design workshop held its studio presentations at the University of Adelaide. 

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Sir James Irwin President’s Medal

Sir James Irwin President’s Medal

At the South Australian Institute of Architects 2016 Awards, Tectvs Director Fran Bonato was awarded the Sir James Irwin President’s Medal.

SA Chapter president David Homburg presented the award, noting that Fran “exemplifies the idea of advocating for and delivering great design" before delivering the highest praise: "If the things that we are trying to achieve as a Chapter could be captured in one person, that person would be Fran Bonato."

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Conversations Regarding the Future of Architecture

Conversations Regarding the Future of Architecture

"With architecture, the best thing is to experience it. Next best is to see and read about it. Perhaps the least thing is to hear about it. Sometimes though, the spoken word will strike a person with a natural aptness that makes it understood and remembered beyond all the others. Here are some parts of informal conversations tape recorded over the period of the last year in the offices and homes of seven U.S. architects. They were made separately but have been brought together on two sides of this standard 33 1/3 RPM phonograph record."

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Sandcastle Architecture

Sandcastle Architecture

If you were to ask most architecture firms “where does architecture belong” (including us), a reply would nominally be optimistic (i.e. “as many places as possible”). However, the truth is that architecture belongs wherever you can get away with it. 

Architecture is hard to find, great architecture is even rarer. 

But what if we were to tell you that architecture can also be found on a beach in the form a sandcastle.

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Welcome to Our New Website

Welcome to Our New Website

Throughout our decades of practice we have learnt that the only constant is change. Digital space is increasingly important as architectural space. This marks our fourth website in our history and we are prouder than ever. It’s a stylistic departure from previous iterations and we expect it to continue to permeate throughout the practice. It’s responsive, it’s red and it’s designed in house.

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On the Venice Biennale

On the Venice Biennale

Why do we look to North America and Northern Europe for inspiration on how Adelaide may further evolve in the future? Much has been said about Adelaide’s identity and direction, but there are those that still cling to some bygone era.

Bertrand Russell in his introduction to a History of Western Philosophy, talks of the “conflict” of ideas between the Teutonic North of Europe and the more “creative” Mediterranean regions to the South.

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Interview with Fran Bonato

Interview with Fran Bonato

For over 25 years, Tectvs has defined the City of Adelaide through both small and large projects.

From the Central Market Lift and Clocktower (listed as one of the top 100 Australian buildings of last century) to Cinema Nova (Rundle Street's first new building in 100 years), to Air Apartments on Greenhill Road and the Watson Art Series Hotel at Walkerville, Tectvs has been there, done that, but are still thirsty for more. 

In this interview, Tectvs Director and founder Francesco Bonato sits down for an in-depth interview on his upbringing, how Tectvs came to be, and on whether or not he really did once have a Ferrari as a company car. 

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The Latin Origins of the Name Tectvs

The Latin Origins of the Name Tectvs

Tectvs (adjective)

Origin: Latin, "te'ctus"

Pronunciation: tect-us

Definition: hidden; secret, reserved, close

Meaning: Mystery as jouissance - the everyday as enjoyed experience

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The Renaissance and the Polymath

The Renaissance and the Polymath

The Renaissance and the Polymath created the model for the smaller design practice.

The discoveries and practices of the Renaissance created a body of knowledge and understanding that still resonates. Especially today, when sound and proven principles and values are constantly challenged by fashion and opportunism. Core beliefs can be swept away if they have no philosophical anchor.

Tectvs was founded as a small architectural practice on one of the key tenants to emerge from the Renaissance and subsequent centuries across Europe: that art and science and learning are integral elements of life in an open society, not separate from it. That people can be provided with the knowledge to inform and empower and communicate clearly through art, literature, science and thought. That sharing knowledge and collaborating on discovery increases the rate of social advancement exponentially.

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