Architecture - Honours
In this project, the concept of democracy is explored and conceptualised into a public building as a beacon for Brisbane’s ever-evolving governing principle. The inception of this design begins from the understanding the basis of our process in lawmaking. Henceforth, the reinterpretation of the lawmaking process is translated into spatial qualities that are arranged in such a way to embody the concept of democracy.
The design of the building is encased in two layers of shading device. The outermost layer being a steel mesh shading device. This choice of steel mesh shading device as a skin for the building is done as a visual symbolism of water flowing from the top of the building to the site while physically it is acting as a shading device casting shadow into the landscape and the building.
On the inner layer, we have used Luxfer panel shutter range in a curtain wall system. This panel is used across the design as the skin of the building that has the ability to adjust the amount of light that can be brough into the building. The panel itself is made of a double concave glass, a service motor riser, an acrylic base lens, an aluminium aperture lens with rubber ring with a low e-coated glass panel sitting facing the exterior and enclosed in an aluminium framing. The use of double concave glass allows light coming in or out of the building to be refracted allows a more distributed illumination. This panel is fixed using hinges to allow easy opening for the purpose of maintenance of the whole panel. Service motor risers are designed to connect cables and motor to operate the shutter from one panel to another in an easy manner. Then the shutter is installed on an acrylic panel to allow light while the shutter itself controls if more lights it to enter the panel or to be kept at bay. Finally, the low-e glass is placed on the exterior to protect the panel but also decrease the unwanted heat from entering the building.
Tristan John Radam is a student graduating from a Bachelor of Design majoring in Architectural Studies, with minors in both Landscape Architecture and Domestic Construction. His interests include construction management, inclusive design practices, sustainable design principles, as well as physical model making and photography.