architecture + design
red blue architecture + design is Wendy and Craig Taylor. As a husband and wife team we bring a unique approach to our architecture. We understand your family and we understand how to create a home that suits your family.
Our uncommon work/life partnership brings you the benefit of being able to connect with 'professional architects', whilst being able to talk to us like family friends.
There is no pretention, no stuffiness, no ego. We are a mum and dad with a passion for design and for helping others achieve their dream home.
No one knows how you live like you do and no one can relate to your lifestyle the way that we do.
We are passionate about promoting unique contemporary designs that are sustainable, and this leads us to the emerging concept of 'Slow Space'. Slow Space underpins who we are and what we do at red blue.
Similar to the Slow Food movement which is based around fresh, local, seasonal produce; sustainable practices and leisurely dining with friends - the Slow Space concept is about creating enduring architecture that is driven by how a building responds to you - the opposite of the ‘McMansion’.
Slow Space is about:
• creating quality buildings that use sustainable materials and are sustainable by their very nature,
• focusing on how you live or work within your building,
• listening to you about what you want from your building,
• allowing your space to be a haven away from the fast paced life we live, and
• to design spaces that allow for ‘moments’, not just a cookie cutter approach to design.
Wendy Taylor - B Arch (hons)
Craig Taylor - Nominated Architect ARB 7413
“We originally selected RedBlue on the basis that you are a small firm which we assumed would provide a personalised and friendly service that understood family needs. We were very pleased to find the experience lived up to the expectation. Both of you easily captured our desires and requirements for the property and translated that into a concept that more than satisfactorily met our expectations. Thank you for your assistance.”
Maria and Tim – Beverly Hills
SECRET BUILDING BUSINESS
We have been practising architecture for over 25 years, so this is second nature for us.
However, we understand that building can be extremely daunting.
Building a new home will probably be the most expensive purchase you will ever make.
So how do you best prepare yourself for such an expense, with knowledge!
We happily make available information about the design process, the council approval process, how you hire an architect or a builder, what you need to tell your architect, what is sustainability and many more pieces of information.
This isn't 'secret building business'. We would rather work with informed clients and we would rather help you to get the most out of your project.
Six Mistakes to Avoid
How to Hire an Architect
How to prepare a Design Brief
How to Hire a Builder
Where to Begin?
The Approval Process
WHY RED BLUE?
Why are we called red blue?
The red blue chair was designed by Gerrit Reitveld in 1917 and is known as one of the most recognisable pieces of the De Stijl art movement (1917-1931).
Artists most notably associated with De Stijl were Theo van Doesberg and Piet Mondrian.
De Stijl emerged largely in response to the horrors of World War I and the wish to remake society in its aftermath.
It embraced an abstract, pared-down aesthetic, partly a reaction against the decorative excesses of Art Deco. De Stijl's influence was perhaps felt most noticeably in the realm of architecture, helping give rise to the International Style of the 1920s and 1930s.
For us, it reflects a purity of thought and a focus of design from a period where its leaders believed that they were able to have a tangible influence on the lives of every person.
red blue specialises in sites that can best be described as having panoramic views.
Ocean, harbour, city, bay, mountains, rural.
Sites that have big vistas require a special skill set to ensure that the opportunity is grasped by both hands