Tim Greer

Tim has an interest in existing urban fabric and the cultural elements it embodies, treating each project as an individual opportunity to create fresh contemporary forms.

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WHICH PROJECT MADE YOU HAPPIEST?

There is a moment in every project that makes my heart sing and I hold onto it for the rest of the project.

 

Recent multi-award winning projects under Tim’s directorship include Carriageworks at Eveleigh: Contemporary Performing Arts Centre; Scots Church Redevelopment Apartment Building known as ‘Portico’; The Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Cloudy Bay Shack and The Glasshouse Arts Conference and Entertainment Centre.

Tim’s extensive experience includes the fields of theatre design, retail, acoustic control, restaurants, housing, industrial design and institutional building.

WHICH ARCHITECT OR PERSON DO YOU ADMIRE AS AN INSPIRATION?

Tricky to limit to one, can I have two? Alvar Aalto for architecture and the explorer Ernest Shackleton for resilience.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A CLIENT?

The ability to engage with and discuss ideas.

 

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST UNDERRATED THING THAT ARCHITECTS DO?

Architects manage huge amounts of information, in detail or at large scale, both within their offices and from consultants and authorities. Processing and controlling this takes enormous discipline and concentration. Maybe that’s why we often seem uptight!

NAME ONE ARCHITECTURAL DESTINATION THAT NON ARCHITECTS SHOULD SEE?

Again too difficult to limit to one … either the Mosque of Cordoba or the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona by Carlo Scarpa. Depends if you want a Spanish or Italian holiday, I guess.

TELL US ONE (SECRET) THING ABOUT HOW YOU DESIGN?

It all comes together in my subconscious.

What inspires you, what gives you inspiration to do better?

I’m inspired by how science keeps revealing that everything on Earth appears to be interconnected.

The ubiquitous discord of the city gives me a never-ending source of inspiration for design. The city is never perfect. But it’s the dis-rhythms and ad-hoc collections that give rise to urban energy.

I’m inspired by the notion that historic and contemporary cultures can be seen as interconnected. There is a continuum within which contemporary culture takes place: contemporary values are merely the brightest light of the moment.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

Yikes, maybe talking and walking at the same time.

WE HAVE AN IMAGE OF YOUR PROJECT, ‘THE OLD CLARE HOTEL’. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS PROJECT THAT MAKES IT SPECIAL AND WHAT ARE SOME OF ITS HIDDEN QUALITIES?

It’s a project that is as much about un-building as it is about building.

As to its hidden qualities, there’s a thread of contemporary architecture woven through two inherited buildings of different generations. A provocative tension is set up between past and present generating the architectural expression.

 


 

For further information on Tim Greer and his projects, please visit:

Websitewww.tzg.com.au

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