Site Plan - Site 2 (Close to the Post Office at the street corner)
Unfortunately, Our site model got stolen in Red Centre!
Material: Grey Cardboard.
Section in 3D
Plan in 3D
After given the brief of this project, I started designing immediately. By the time we had our first tutorial after the lecture, I already had a rough designe with plans and sections. Then Harald suggested me to step backward a little. And I was jumping too fast into the design. He encourged me to take a look at the other museums or galleries. Then I went to the state museum. There is this book talked about great architectures around Australia. My final design was inspired by one of the project introduced in that book - the Grand Lobby of the paraliment house in Canbarra. It is this magnificent lobby with a huge skylit opening several storeys above. combining the inspiration of our first case study of Adolf Loos' Villa Muller. My design is featured spiral circulation into this underground gallery space which leads up again as Harald inspired me to make the journey more interseting. However, the end of this journey could be developed into something far more interesting. I didn't think of that at the beginning but I guess this is how we learnt. The spiral access way also leads up to the private apartment and the roof terrace on top which is why I chose site 2 at the first place. The terrace can be used for gallery function and to indulge the heritage of the Post Office across the street. As we mention the heritage here, in respect of the Post Office, the herizontal floor element of the facade on King Street is aligned with its of the Post Office. The stairs lead up to the main entrance recess from the street. The facade towards the Post Office is a plain wall without any opening which is quite dull. However, it's unfinished. My original idea is to put a wrapping facade around that wall to enclose the public area as much as possible which I haven't got enough time to make. As the gallery levels are the same height as the Post Office which is about 5m, the length of the ramp is relatively long which maked the service access a farely large space. This is acturally quite correspondant to my design that is a large welcoming lobby as one of the feature of this contemperary design. The part where the space goes private can also be considered as semi-private as it's the path way to the backyard. And stairs to the upper level of the apartment is they said interesting. It could be developed more to enable everyone to access.
It's nice to say that a lot of the things that I didn't get before are starting to make sense now. The process of studying architecture will never ends.