Architecture: Architecture Thesis 2010

University of Melbourne thesis

Master of Architecture 2010 thesis project
Project: Art gallery and studio for 100 artists at 602 Little Bourke Street.
Grade: High-distinction
Tutor: Jeremy McLeod

Melbourne has a rich history of art and design. In the 70-80s, the city fringes were filled with cheap rentals, drug afficts and also artists, who brought life and vibrancy to these areas. However, they were gradually seen as an annoyance, which resulted in artist studios and warehouse spaces being sold off as development sites and the artists, the trail blasers, being pushed out, forcing them to find somewhere new, somewhere affordable.

This thesis studio has worked alongside Creative Spaces and selected artists to ‘turn the tide’ on the exodus of the urban artist. Inspired by Melbourne’s hidden gem and secret laneways culture, the proposed arts studio and gallery space artivates this quieter block of the city with its weaving passages, hidden rooms and interactive interface throughout the building. Recycled timber slats are used in the facade, while main studio spaces are fit out entirely with recycled cardboard furniture and partitions, to maintain a raw, artistic environment.