Welcome to the DN Architecture Blog

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog, Opinion | 16 Comments

I’m excited about connecting with others who love architecture as much as I do. My experience tells me there are many of you out there. Whenever meeting someone new, and that favourite of get to know you question comes up: “what do you do?” I still, after being an architect for 15 years, love how I always get such enthusiastic responses to my answer. It’s the sort of thing parking inspectors must dream of. I feel we all dream of having that perfect home one day, so when my answer lights up their faces, I’m certain they have briefly drifted off into imagining that perfect home of theirs… The conversation almost always then follows on to “do you watch Grand Designs?” I do, but that’s for a future blog.

In getting such reactions, I thought it a good place to start this blog with why the “dream home” holds such a big place in our hearts? I’ll begin with my theory and hope to hear your thoughts too.

For me it’s summed up perfectly in that wonderful Australian film “The Castle”. Amongst many great lines, the one that stuck with me most was from Darryl Kerrigan: “It’s not a house, it’s a home”. I’ve always felt there is a huge difference between the two. A house is made of bricks and mortar; it’s the physical entity that provides one of our most basic human needs, shelter. In contrast to this a home is how we make that shelter our own, and the emotional connection we form with it in doing so. More than a place to keep us and our possessions dry, it is a witness to our lives, and onto its walls are imprinted our memories.

Our homes reflect us. Whenever someone walks into your home for the first time, like it or not, they are learning about you. Our belongings, books, furniture etc we choose to have around us, is communicating your taste, who you are and what you are about. Some of these items, if special enough, may even end up “going straight to the pool room!”

I know when I move into a new house I find myself feeling very sentimental. Of course there is a great excitement of a new place to decorate and make mine, but it’s always mixed with a touch of sadness as to what I leave behind. I literally need to walk around and say goodbye to the home I am leaving, as for that time I spent there, it became a part of me.

This leads me to my passion and what I am all about, the positive effect great architecture, in particular great homes, can have on our lives.

I welcome and look forward to your contributions to my ongoing discussion, in this my virtual lounge room (north facing of course).

16 Comments

  1. Jurgen
    October 21, 2012

    Hi Darren,
    love your new website. Very excited for you!
    Keep up the good work mate.

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    • Darren Naftal
      Darren
      October 21, 2012

      Thanks Jurgen. I’m really excited about it too.

      Reply
  2. Karen
    October 21, 2012

    Hi Darren,
    Looks great – your post made me feel all warm and fuzzy!
    Karen

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    • Darren Naftal
      Darren
      October 21, 2012

      Thanks so much Karen. I’m glad my blog got you feeling that way. That’s the affect the dream home can have on us… We all love to dream.
      Darren.

      Reply
  3. Andrew Griffiths
    October 22, 2012

    Great looking new site mate – and blog long and blog hard! Good on you.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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    • Darren Naftal
      Darren Naftal
      October 22, 2012

      Thanks so much Andrew. Glad you like.
      I really enjoyed writing the first blog… You’ve made a writer out of me.
      Darren.

      Reply
  4. Geoff Collinson
    October 24, 2012

    Great stuff Darren. Can’t wait to read more!

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    • Darren Naftal
      Darren Naftal
      October 24, 2012

      Thanks so much Geoff. I’m looking forward to sharing more.
      It’s also been great to see Spondo reaching amazing heights. Well deserved.
      Cheers,
      Darren.

      Reply
  5. Maree Harris
    October 24, 2012

    Great website, Darren. Fantastic presentation of your business the other night. you deserve the best.

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    • Darren Naftal
      Darren Naftal
      October 24, 2012

      Thank you Maree. I really appreciate it. I’m really happy and excited about the new website.
      I look forward to hearing of your continued success.
      Thanks for checking out the new website.
      Darren.

      Reply
  6. Darren
    October 24, 2012

    I’m lovin your work Mr 100% (permit success rate), keep pumping it out!

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    • Darren Naftal
      Darren Naftal
      October 24, 2012

      Thanks Daz! I appreciate it buddy.
      Showed my father your book, he’s loving it. Hope you are still revelling in the success of it.
      Darren.

      Reply
  7. Auntie (not ABC)
    October 27, 2012

    Well, Darren – I read it twice to make sure and it said 15 years both times. Congratulations on living the dream you’ve held for so much longer than 15 years, as well as building the dreams that other people hold.
    It would be an honour to have you design a home for me, but I guess that’s a dream I’ll need to hold just a while longer.
    xx Tauba

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    • Darren Naftal
      Darren Naftal
      October 28, 2012

      Thanks Tauba. How time flies hey.
      As for your home, I’m ready and waiting. 🙂
      Darren.

      Reply
  8. Tamara
    October 29, 2012

    Great start! And great writing.

    I’ll be keeping an eye on it… 😉

    Cheers
    Tamara

    Reply

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