Golden Oldies; McConnell Residence // Claridge, Hassell & McConnell

PROJECT NAME // McConnell Residence

COMPLETION YEAR // 1967

ARCHITECT // Jack Hobbs McConnell
COMMISSIONED BY // Jack Hobbs McConnell
LOCATION // 48 Kingston Terrace, North Adelaide, South Australia

BUILDING TYPOLOGY // Housing
BUILDING STYLE // Modern

 

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT//

 

"Jack McConnell, 1913–2005, was one of the leading exponents of modern architecture to work in South Australia and the eastern states. His award winning buildings mark the first phase of modern architecture in Adelaide." (SA Architects database 2010)

 

McConnell’s residence in Kingston Terrace is significant as an exemplar of McConnell’s modernist design philosophies – illustrated in his use of platonic forms ordered by rational grids, economic planning to suit functional requirements and his selective use of contemporary materials for aesthetic effect. The residence stands today in near-original condition, marking the development of residential modernist influenced architecture in Adelaide in the 1960s.

 

 

The house is McConnell’s second for himself, completed in 1967. It is a rational rectilinear form, based on a geometric grid in plan and elevation.

 

Materials provided the decoration for the place – concrete blockwork for walls, slate for floors and stairs, timber for linings and panelling. All furniture and furnishings were all designed or crafted to reflect the Architect’s modernist philosophies.

 

This house received the RAIA SA Chapter Award of Merit in 1969.


 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE ARCHITECT //
 

Architect, Jack McConnell is considered one of the leading advocates of Modern Movement - and later International Style - architecture in South Australia and Deep Acres Apartments stands as one of his exemplar works of the period.

 

McConnell, was a partner in the Adelaide firm Claridge, Hassell & McConnell, today (2010) Hassell, was responsible for a substantial number of industrial buildings in the 1940s and 1950s, in Adelaide and Melbourne, all modernist in design, expressing their industrial function and incorporating structural innovation and contemporary materials.

 

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION //

University of South Australia Architecture Museum

 

ADDRESS // University of South Australia, City West Campus, Kaurna Building 2-21, Fenn Place, Adelaide
HOURS // Monday - Wednesday 10am - 4pm
(Visitors by appointment only)

PHONE // +61 8 8302 9235

EMAIL // architecturemuseum@unisa.edu.au

WEBSITE // http://aad.unisa.edu.au/research/research-areas/architecture-museum/

 

 

IMAGES // Provided by University of South Australia Architecture Museum, Australian Institute of Architects & Michael Queale

 

WORDS // Provided by University of South Australia Architecture Museum, Australian Institute of Architects & Michael Queale

 

 

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