Renato D'Ettorre Architects
Rushcutters Bay, NSW, Australia
Renato D’Ettorre started his sole practice in 1990 after a commission for a house in South Coogee. The house, with a magnificent site by the sea, inspired Renato to take the opportunity to forge a personal path within the plurality of the modern architectural milieu.
The personal path chosen has manifested itself not only in his design values, but also in the practice of his architecture; an intuitive way of working in which projects are allowed to develop in their own good time through continual revision and modification, working through the endless design possibilities in architecture.
Renato’s architecture draws inspiration from past masters and civilizations, attempting to represent the present with a desire to leave enduring buildings for the future.
As a practice Renato D’Ettorre Architects draw inspiration and references from areas as wide as possible. They believe that history is the essence of architectural progression.
The studio believes each project presents an opportunity to explore aspects of phenomenology and the challenge of bestowing specificity. Avoiding tendencies for preconceived solutions which in turn is formulaic in design approach and which prevents rigorous research, exploration and uncovering of abstruse forces inherent in every site. Once these hidden forces are discovered and the design direction becomes clear, only then can the architecture have the potential to achieve a meaningful presence.
Their object is to create architecture that is evocative, attempts a sense of place and beauty, satisfies the human need for textural and tactile expressions, calms or stimulates the senses with light and shade, space and materiality, whilst reducing complexity to achieve clarity and simplicity thus emphasising the ephemeral elements that good architecture can generate.
Finally, whilst this may appear to be presumptuous, Renato D’Ettorre Architects believe in the power of architecture in which we can take shelter, purify the mind, find peace and emerge enlightened and strengthened by the experience.