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Troppo Architects

The studios of Troppo Architects are located away from Australia’s major urban centres, with Greg McNamara and Lena Yali in Darwin, Zammi Rohan in Townsville, Phil Harris and Cary Duffield in Adelaide and Byron Bay, and Adrian Welke in Perth.

Portrait of Troppo Architects, 2009 by David Lancashire
Portrait of Troppo Architects, 2009 by David Lancashire

The team creates work that is characterised by its responsiveness to the local environment and climate, its dynamism of ‘adjustable skins’, and its connectivity of interior and exterior spaces. The team states that they aim to develop ‘a non-constant architecture that responds to the morning, the evening, the season, the heat, the cold, the sun, the rain, the moment that will never pass again’. Troppo’s installation reflects the responsiveness to place and moment that informs their work.

Portrait of Troppo Architects 2009
by David Lancashire

David Lancashire has created a set of portraits that situate the Troppo Architects team in five diverse, immersive, and highly-textured natural environments that reflect the regions in which their offices are based. ‘In these portraits I wanted to show the strong connection Troppo Architects have with a sense of place’ says Lancashire. ‘The way their Architecture responds to and sits at one with country, is inseparable from their understanding of the ancient rhythms and culture of this great Continent.’

5 portraits

1 . 2 . Portrait of Troppo Architects 2009 Both by David Lancashire.

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Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne

Portraits + Architecture

Previous exhibition, 2009

This exhibition explores creative process and identity.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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