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22 Temenggong Road, Twilight

22 Temenggong Road, Twilight is a tapestry designed by Singaporean-based architect and winner of the 2016 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects (TDPA) Justin Hill. The TDPA was developed to reflect the historical significance and long-standing relationship between tapestry art and architectural space. Tapestries have been created for centuries around the world, and many still remain today in great public and private buildings and collections. The practical application of tapestry art to built spaces and interiors is not merely aesthetic, but also offers opportunities to modify thermal and acoustic conditions.The TDPA offers an opportunity for contemporary architects to re-engage with this long tradition and history, and to work closely with ATW weavers in creating this work of art.

The TDPA was launched in 2015 as a significant partnership between Architecture Media, the Tapestry Foundation of Australia and Creative Partnerships Australia, and invites architects, designers and architecture students to design an ambitious tapestry for a hypothetical site. This is the second tapestry to be produced at ATW as an outcome of the TDPA award. One of the 2015 joint award winners John Wardle Architects’ design Perspectives on a Flat Surface was commissioned by Judith Neilson AM in 2016 and will be housed in Phoenix Gallery when it opens in Sydney.

Justin Hill’s prize-winning design was chosen from an outstanding field of 117 entries from 76 entrants around the globe. Hill impressed the judging panel with the beautiful and intricateness of the design concept, which was based on Hill’s personal experience of living in Singapore. While based on a real home, the layers of blinds and windows conveys a slight impressionist blur to the scene. The design is also characterised by rich, evocative blues that bring luminosity and depth to the artwork.

Speaking of the tapestry, Hill said:The subject is my house, where I lived through my 30s and 40s… The scene is early one evening, taken from an adjusted photograph looking from the garden into my house, when the luminous blue of the short tropical twilight briefly equalises with the light within the house. Only then is the interior of the house revealed through layers of fraying blinds, window mesh, as the layers in the timber framing and walls of the house become visible.

At the centre of the design are two figures depicted as silhouettes. These two figures are based on a photograph of Hill and his mother, taken during a recent family gathering in Tasmania. They appear at the window, as if expectant of visitors. For Hill, this conveys a happy memory of friends and family visiting over decades to his home.

This is the first major tapestry project undertaken by ATW Weaver Interns Karlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris. Under the supervision of former ATW Head Weaver Sue Batten, Karlie, Leith and Sophie will apply the skills and techniques they have developed during their training to this stunning design. Prior to commencing work on this project, the Weaver Interns undertook extensive sampling and design translation.


About Justin Hill FRAIA, MSIA

Justin Hill was born in Tasmania, and has been living in Singapore since 1981. He has been for many years a Director of the Kerry Hill Architects practices in Singapore and Perth, Western Australia, and he received his architectural qualifications from the University of Adelaide in 1979.

Hill is also an acknowledged stage designer responsible for more than 30 productions in opera, drama and dance over the years, many of which have toured to leading arts festivals in Australia, Europe and Japan. He has also been involved in the design of several theatre venues. The smallest of these is the 72‐13 in Singapore, a flexible theatre space located inside two old rice warehouses and which is the home of Theatreworks [Singapore] Ltd, a professional theatre company he founded with friends in 1985. More recently he worked on the design of the two theatres in the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in Perth.

Hill has served as a Juror for the 2014 National Architectural Awards for the Australian Institute of Architects, and in 2013 for the Northern Territory Chapter Awards. He is presently a Council member and former Chair of the AIA International Chapter.