Houses by Hayes and Scott: 1946-1962

Reilly, Angela (2012). Houses by Hayes and Scott: 1946-1962 Other, School of Architecture, The University of Queensland.

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Author Reilly, Angela
Thesis Title Houses by Hayes and Scott: 1946-1962
School, Centre or Institute School of Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012
Thesis type Other
Open Access Status Other
Supervisor -
Total pages 110
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
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This thesis presents a discussion of some houses produced by the Brisbane based firm Hayes and Scott during the period from when they set up a practice in 1946 to when they shifted their focus away from domestic commissions in 1962. The discussion acts as a commentary to an archive of their work that is held at the Fryer Memorial Library at the University of Queensland.

Those influences in their formative years are revealed as they bear on the later work by the practice. The partnership between Hayes and Scott began in 1938 when Campbell Scott joined the office of Chambers and Ford where Eddie Hayes was already articled pupil. The partnership, established in 1946, was considered to be at the vanguard of a local movement preoccupied with the reinterpretation of the traditional Queensland house on stumps. Dr Karl Langer’s (1944) publication “Subtropical Housing,” provided the basis for this movement and had an enormous effect on the post war houses designed by the practice. Both partners interpreted the document differently arriving at contrasting solutions to the problem of the modern Queensland house. Local house designers such as G. Banfield and C. Griffin are revealed as important local influences.

Throughout the 1950’s Hayes ran a weekend practice on the Gold Coast whilst Scott took on the commissions that required travelling north and west of Brisbane. The many beach houses produced by Hayes were driven by the modernistic image of architecture whereas the mostly mountain houses produced by Scott were more concerned with concepts of modern space. European influences such as Corbusier, Breuer and Gropius are discussed in addition to the American architectural influence that included Eames, Niemeyer, Wurster and Stubbins.

The more prestigious houses of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s were marked by the welldeveloped personal attitudes of each of the partners. Scott pursued a pavilion style house influenced by the east whereas Hayes pursued a more international, Miesian style pavilion. After this time the focus of the partnership shifted to large scale university commissions marking an end to the domestic era in the practice.
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