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Thomas Deckker Architect: Standard House Types, Brasília
Standard House Types, Brasília
Thomas Deckker Architect: 3 Tower House Projects
3 Tower House Projects
Thomas Deckker Architect: Project for a Penthouse, London
Some Nice Ideas for a Penthouse
Thomas Deckker Architect: Project for Private Houses and a Tenement, Dundee
Some Nice Ideas for Dundee
Thomas Deckker Architect: Offices for a Brazilian Company, London
Offices for a Brazilian Company
Thomas Deckker Architect: Duval Renovation, Brasília
Duval Apartment Renovation
Brasília, Brazil
Thomas Deckker Architect: landscape urbanism, Abu Dhabi
Some Nice Ideas for Abu Dhabi
Thomas Deckker Architect: 2 Development Studies, London
2 Development Studies
Thomas Deckker: Magalhães House
Magalhães House
QL18, Brasília, Brazil
1997 - 2001
Thomas Deckker: Moore House Project
Moore House Project
Algarve, Portugal
superquadra model
Superquadra Penthouse Project
Brasília, Brazil
1993 - 2001
Thomas Deckker: Clínica de Câncer, Brasília
Clínica de Câncer, Brasília
SHLS, Brasília, Brazil
Thomas Deckker: Magalhães Project
Magalhães Project
QI26, Brasília, Brazil
Thomas Deckker: Thompson House
Thompson House Project
Cambridge, England
Thomas Deckker: Camara Municipal Competition Entry 1989
3 Competition Entries for Brazil
Thomas Deckker Architect: 'Brasília' Table
'Brasília' Table
Thomas Deckker: Soares Apartment Renovation
Soares Apartment Renovation
Brasília, Brazil
Thomas Deckker: Moore House
Moore House
Gerrards Cross, England
Thomas Deckker Architect: Stochastic Garden

Thomas Deckker Architect: Stochastic Garden
Design Sketch

Stochastic Garden
This work arose from many years thinking about what defined a landscape, in distinction to a work of architecture. It seemed to me that designing a 'natural' space implied a certain contradiction between landscape and architecture: that the fundamental characteristic of 'nature' was that it should not appear to be designed, or that its representation should not be of order. On the other hand, the use of order as a defining characteristic of architecture had always appealed to me, hence the very beautiful and rational planning in my design work in projects such as the Magalhães House and the Penthouse Project Project for a Penthouse, London.

The word 'stochastic' has 2 particularly attractive and relevant meanings:
  • the first is of 'conjecture', from the Greek stokhastikos, a neologism that arose in the mid 17th century following the work of the Swiss mathematician Jakob Bernoulli.
  • the second lies within mathematical theory: a stochastic process is one in which a defined and rational process can give rise to to unpredictable outcomes, in distinction to a deterministic process in which the outcomes are always a result of the process itself. The distinction beween 'stochastic' and 'random' is particularly important, as 'random' does not imply any defined and rational process.
I had already explored these ideas in a Study Project with students from my Design Research Unit at the University of Dundee. I described the emergence of formal ideas of the representation of the 'natural' world in gardens in my publication Edzell Castle: Architectural Treatises in Late 16th Century Scotland.
Thomas Deckker Architect: Stochastic Field Patterns, Fife
Stochastic Field Patterns, Fife
photograph © Thomas Deckker 2014
I glimpsed this field with an arrangement of hay bales from a train window outside Dundee, which seemed to symbolise the relationship between 'architecture' and 'nature': the hay bales were the obvious outcome of a rational mechancial process, yet their arrangement on the field could not be predicted.
Thomas Deckker Architect: Stochastic Garden
Thomas Deckker Architect: Stochastic Garden

Thomas Deckker Architect: Stochastic Garden
Design Sketch

While the rationale of the garden may lie in mathematical theory, the physical reality lies in the sensuous world of form, space and material. The hedges are similar in form to the late-nineteenth-century yew hedges at Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire. On the other hand the red colour comes from the plant 'photinia x fraseri', which has red, rather than evergreen, leaves.
Thomas Deckker Architect: Crathes Castle Garden, Aberdeenshire
Crathes Castle Garden, Aberdeenshire
photograph © Thomas Deckker 2016