Architecture - Honours
Binowee means “a green place”. It is a collaborative design project with Emily Prass, located along George Street, Meanjin (Brisbane). Functioning as a ceremonial ground for the exhibition of Australian traditions and heritage, Binowee integrates values of curiosity, connection and conversation / collaboration. The proposed Hall of Democracy provides a place for citizens to engage in meaningful conversations and educated participation through various exhibitions, workshops and collaboration spaces.
Democracy today is broken. With our current government based on a system of division and opposition, the answer to a healthier democracy lies in the system that operated in Australia well before settlement. Indigenous Australians have implemented a system and a culture of learning, connection and conversation for hundreds of generations, forming a foundation for the continuous sharing and expansion of knowledge. Binowee ensures visitors have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the relationship between people and the land, and the significance this has on First Nations communities.
The Kinetic Luxfer Façade is made up of individual panels which rotate on their central axis forming a delicate tapestry of glass that is draped over the built form. Within the building extent the façade acts as a means of controlling views, offering glimpses of the surrounding context. Depending on the time of day and climatic factors, individual panels rotate, allowing for a variety of perspectives from within the building.
Richelle is an Architecture honours student from the Philippines. Her interests lie in interior design, biophilic architecture, human behaviour, and material truth. Richelle has contributed to the architecture community through the Student Organised Network for Architecture (SONA) by advocating for students’ perspectives within the AIA operation and connecting likeminded students across Australia through events and competitions. In her free time, you can find her roller-skating, creating content for social media, and singing.