Troppo: Architecture for the Top End
By Philip Goad
This book traces the evolution of Troppo Architects – from 4 architecture students driving around Australia in a VW Kombi in 1977 to becoming one of the most significant practices in Australia. Troppo have helped to define Australian architecture through their pragmatic response to climate and place. Last year the founders of Troppo – Phil Harris & Adrian Wilke – were awarded the Australian Institute of Architects gold medal in recognition for their contribution to Australian architecture
The book combines easy to read history and explanations of the development of Troppo alongside beautiful photos of remote buildings in harsh landscapes. Also included are early covers of publications and articles, and sketches by Adrian. Just like Troppo’s work, this book is quality, durable and non pretentious. Pesaro Publishing produce a range of architecture and design monographs, including New Directions in Australian Architecture, also featuring a Troppo house on the front cover.
I worked as a student architect for Troppo in the Townsville office in the year between my degrees. This was my first taste of real architecture work and came at a formative time. The appreciation and understanding gained from working for Troppo has greatly influenced all my work undertaken since, including 60k House. I have maintained a working relationship with Geoff Clark who was director of the Townsville office and continues to act as a mentor for and collaborator with AKA.
Published by Pesaro Publishing