Supershared is a shared loft-like space projecting out and into Design Hub’s Project Room 1 gallery space. Supershared is open for RMIT students to book and occupy throughout the exhibition. The project speaks to the dexterity and responsiveness of the ‘sharing economy’ and explores the blurring of private and public space that is occurring as a result of digital media. Supershared is accessible for occupation via several platforms, including Couchsurfing, Gumtree, Creative Spaces and word-of-mouth. How will the space be occupied?
Occupied is curated by Grace Mortlock, David Neustein, Fleur Watson.
Roof House employs the mansard roof as a device for maximizing internal light, volume and views, whilst disguising its height and ‘visual bulk’ within the streetscape. Internally the roof defines a series of varied sculptural spaces and the tall volumes allow for floating mezzanine levels. The central private courtyard structures the plan, separating a pavilion for living and a pavilion for sleeping, connected by a services spine. This facilitates a garden aspect for both living and sleeping wings, provides negotiable indoor/outdoor space at ground level, and maximizes light and cross ventilation. The sleeping pavilion is built towards the ridge, affording views of the northern bushland while the living pavilion enjoys views of the city skyline. The carport at the front of the property can be reconfigured as a home office and the childrens' bedrooms can be consolidated or split in two, offering further flexibility.
The proposed residential development provides a mix of apartments to respond to the current multicultural demographics of Reservoir, and the projected shrinking household size, aging population and increased demand from students attending nearby La Trobe University.
The project recognizes the lack of diversity in apartments on the market, and seeks to address this by prioritizing livability, social connection and environmental sustainability. The proposed development offers generous, well planned apartments which privilege natural light and cross ventilation, private balconies for West-facing dwellings and gardens to the East, and a communal rooftop garden with rainwater harvesting and a barbecue area for bringing neighbours together.
With the site’s proximity to a major transport interchange, proposed key pedestrian and cycle links and with the provision of twelve bike spaces, the development will be well-connected and promote sustainable transport usage.
The Fitzroy Extension tackles the common problem of adapting the Victorian Terrace typology to suit the lifestyle of the 21st Century household, maximizing natural light, ventilation and affording a stronger connection to the garden. The extension is built to the boundary on both sides. Compensating for the narrowness of the block, the design adopts a hipped roof, expressed internally as a folded sculptural ceiling that achieves a sense of spaciousness in the vertical dimension whilst respecting the neighbours to the south. An operable skylight at the apex purges hot air but also provides spatial drama moving through the house towards the garden. A series of terraces that define the laundry, kitchen and lounge room negotiate the slope of the site, and continue outdoors in the form of a patio connecting house and garden.
Queen Victoria Market
Jury Citation published in Architecture Australia Jan/Feb 2011, Vol. 100 No.1, pg 100-101
This project addresses the disconnection between the production and consumption of food in the city as a ‘field to table’ chain through the insertion of an Urban Farmers’ Network adjacent to the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne’s CBD. Privileging an emotive rather than a pragmatic response to the issue of sustainability, the project invites speculation on reconfiguring the city as a productive landscape. There is a delightful interplay between the profane and the sacred in the ‘plant cathedral’ as well as the ‘Avenue of Honour’, where an orchard gradually consumes the car park and the nutrients from the former cemetary beneath. In an area that tends towards the punitive rather than the playful, the jury commends this project for its sense of whimsy and celebration of sustainability as well as for the way in which it addresses the urban terrain through the provision of a pedestrian thoroughfare and new forms of public space.
The Atherton Gardens Housing Estate in Fitzroy, has for many years been in desperate need of revamping and at the time of this design project, the Estate had no master-plan for redevelopment. Rather than approaching this problem with simplistic infill development, this project implemented landscape infrastructure to act as a spine supporting a four stage master plan.
The first stage is designed to establish a benchmark for subsequent stages to follow, establishing several key criteria which respond to context, and address the existing spatial issues that contribute to perceptions of social difference, particularly amidst processes of gentrification: urban grain / density / building morphology /continuity of street networks.
In response to these phenomena, this project privileges reinforcement of the urban grain, pedestrian networks, contextual materials and morphologies to build affiliations with existing urban and social fabrics. Perhaps most importantly, it refrains from the imposition of architectural zeitgeist as a means of ‘heroic redemption’.
New medium density apartment blocks comprise three types, and are intended to employ a ‘salt & pepper’ mixed tenure pattern whereby the sale of privately owned strata titles partially funds government subsidised housing.