
architecture 


Standard House Types, Brasília
2020


3 Tower House Projects
201820


Some Nice Ideas for a Penthouse
2015


Some Nice Ideas for Dundee
2013


Offices for a Brazilian Company
London
201112


Duval Apartment Renovation
Brasília, Brazil
200910


Some Nice Ideas for Abu Dhabi
2010


2 Development Studies
London
2004


Magalhães House
QL18, Brasília, Brazil
1997  2001


Moore House Project
Algarve, Portugal
199495


Superquadra Penthouse Project
Brasília, Brazil
1993  2001


Clínica de Câncer, Brasília
SHLS, Brasília, Brazil
1995


Magalhães Project
QI26, Brasília, Brazil
199395


Thompson House Project
Cambridge, England
1992


3 Competition Entries for Brazil
198990


'Brasília' Table
1990


Soares Apartment Renovation
Brasília, Brazil
1987


Moore House
Gerrards Cross, England
198487



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.



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
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 latenineteenthcentury 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. 


Crathes Castle Garden, Aberdeenshire
photograph © Thomas Deckker 2016 
