Architecture - Masters
Employing the Araucaria plantations as a case study the design investigates drivers towards a multi-species speculative future through an exploration of behavioural science. My proposal is a prototypical institute (located in Imbil, Queensland) and temporary field station branch which provokes thought and helps mission drive organizations communicate rainforest regeneration in ways that build public and government will to support progressive change. With an architectural focus on the recording of colours, textures and recalling memories the design combines the objective human response and hyper-individualistic responses to affect the biopsychology of an individual. This is communicated through emotional relationships between the land and users (integrated systems and artistic expression), provocative interaction (challenging human behavior) and hyperlocal modular (realization of structure as a prototype).
A 1200 mm modular grid sequence organises programmatically diverse array of spaces within the “constraints” of a smaller footprint. The station is designed to be easily assembled and disassembled. Subdivided by an ancillary service pod two spaces are created: residential and research. This separation allows freedom for the researcher to assert and direct behaviour accordingly. Concrete rings allow for flexibility in slope elevation and ease of transport. Cross-laminated structural walls and floors provide flexibility in fabrication and raw spaces which can be transformed to best suit the user. The pod is clad in gold mirror sheeting. The gold mirror enables unique and subjective interpretations of the surrounding environments it bounces of the services provoking an emotional relationship and allowing depth into the smaller space. The building envelope is compact and focused on necessity to reach a more sustainable design outcome. The structure is built almost entirely out of wood to keep the transportation load at a minimum.
Harriet Allan is currently completing a Master of Architecture post-graduate at Queensland University of Technology. Harriet has a keen interest in playful expression and provocation in architecture through materiality and challenging behaviours through colour and spatial values.