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Tranquility of Space: MC0524

Mark Cashman
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:45:15
Mark Cashman begins by examining an article on Great Australian Places appreciated by a range of people, postulating unifying architectural qualities that may evoke a rapport from disparate individuals. He then draws parallels with his own cathartic experiences of a selection of great architectural works, attempting to find defining threads for what makes great space and place.
Mark shows how MCK [Marsh Cashman Koolloos] employs some of these distilled architectural devices to attempt to create tranquil and sublime environments that strive for an individual experience of the spiritual – of the ‘other’.
  • Define what, according to MCK, separates architecture from being mere building and the importance of this.
  • Examine techniques that architecture can continue to employ to create ‘great’ and dramatic spaces; tranquillity and calmness; and an experience of ‘the other’.
  • Understand Mark Cashman’s view on the importance of narrative in creating a sense of place, and in turn good space.
  • Appreciate the complexity inherent in the concept of space and Mark’s belief that its contradictory and ambiguous nature could contribute to good space.
  • Comprehend some of the ways in which MCK utilise a building’s situation to enhance the architectural experience.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Marsh Cashman Koolloos Architects

    Marsh Cashman was formed in 1995 with Rowena Marsh as a practice partner. Steve Koolloos joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2004.

    Prior to establishing his own architectural firm, Mark had experience both in Australia and overseas with various well known firms and has also traveled extensively in UK, Europe, Asia and  North America where both himself and Rowena saw architecture, ancient and modern, that has had a profound and lasting influence on the current design objectives of the practice.

    The work from Marsh Cashman Koolloos has been featured extensively in publications including Architecture Bulletin, Architecture Australia, Architecture Review, Belle, Urbis, Monument, Vogue and Vogue Living, Artichoke and Cubes magazines as well as many newspapers. The practice has also featured in several exhibitions of architectural work, including the October 2005 AAA Young Architects Exhibition and has been successful in various awards including:

    • NSW RAAI Residential Architecture Award 2002
    • Belle House of the Year Finalist 2002
    • IDA Award 2004 for refurbished Residential category
    • Australian Design Award 2004 Residential Interior Design
    Mark has also been active in the education arena, delivering several lectures to industry and public audiences about the objectives of the practice and the resulting architecture.