Architecture - Honours
The Hall of Democracy aims to challenge and reform the way in which Queensland citizens perceive and engage with democracy. It has been dubbed the ‘People’s Parliament’ as will form the core of our reinvigorated democracy, with the interest of all citizens represented. Brisbane is an emerging ‘global city’, facing the challenges of sustainability and climate change. The Hall’s adaptability and sustainability is paramount, so it remains relevant to the evolving needs of the city. The Hall will function as a community hub and civic centre which integrates art and creativity, knowledge, history and diversity. It is a place for expression, to provoke change and serve its people, so that our society can function in a fulfilled, equitable way. This use is encouraged through the building’s floor plate, program and façade which speak of Brisbane’s history and culture whilst provoking and encouraging debate and community engagement. Local services, artists and academics will be invited to inhabit the space and engage with citizens to create a meaningful and useful building, telling the real story of what democracy means to Queenslanders. Before colonial Australia introduced the concept of democracy, Brisbane’s Turrbal and Jagera people lived by stories from the dreamtime as a moral code. They followed rules for living and interacting with the natural environment in order to sustain nature’s delicate balance. The building aims to integrate and embody this tradition of sharing knowledge and storytelling through its exhibition spaces, community services and learning facilities. The building is inspired by the dreamtime story of the rainbow serpent. The rainbow serpent is the protector of the land and its people, however it can be a destructive force if it is not properly respected, as with our democracy. “When the rainbow serpent first emerged, the world was flat dry and empty. As he trailed across the country looking for his tribe, he left an abundance of water and plants behind him. The further he travelled the more prosperous the land became. He is also thought to be in control of the weather and emphasizes the significance of water in human lives. Rainbows are thought to be the rainbow serpent hopping from one billabong to another after the rain.” In addition to its cultural references, the rainbow serpent is visually represented as a rainbow and a snake. The design of the Hall incorporates both references. These representations link the Hall to the coils of the winding Brisbane River nearby, which been interpreted and referenced in the floorplate.
Lucy believes that light determines the mood, aesthetics, complexity and functionality of architectural spaces as much as the design of the space itself. She is passionate a about sustainable design and believes architecture should always create a sense of place, make a meaningful contribution to its users and fit the context. This work incorporates references to indigenous history throughout the built form.