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 principles. The inception of this design began 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.
All of these ideas are connected by bridges and hallways that explore the idea of novelty following on the concept of human needs. The bridges and hallway are designed to guide the public through this process of lawmaking from one area to another in a circular manner. However, freedom in movement is still offered throughout this journey to allow the public access throughout the site however they would like.
One of the connection bridges utilises Luxfer prism panel – liquid lens as the flooring material. This choice is done to further emphasise the concept of transparency while adding into the notion of novelty as the public journey through the building. The liquid lens panel is made out of laminated glass, liquid centre encased in acrylic and concave lens. All these materials are then wrapped in an aluminium framing to structurally be connected during construction. The lenses work in a way where light or day lighting can pass through the stagnant liquid and project prismatic patterns onto the lower levels.
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.
Darian Rafi Rizqullah is a student graduating from a Bachelor of Design with a Major in Architecture and minors in both Domestic Construction and Design Psychology. His interests in the field include sustainable design practices, relationships between design and psychology as well as Residential, Mixed-use and Public Buildings.