Bachelor of Architectural Design
Semester 2, 2017

Studio leader(s)

  • Hannes McNamara
    MUSK Architecture Studio

SAM - Shepparton Art Museum - Lake Victoria, Shepparton.

“SAM will be a museum with the artist at its centre, a meeting place for the region’s people, providing captivating art experiences and connection to Aboriginality and multicultural origins of the region’s heritage.” - SAM Business Case

This studio calls for the design of a new gallery in the regional city of Shepparton (Shepparton Art Museum) displaying both the new and the existing SAM collection while celebrating the art/artist in each new proposal. Successful project outcomes will engage with both the immediate lakeside landscape and the greater Shepparton context while also bringing new visitors to the region. Existing context and rural regeneration will be key research topics explored within the studio. A series of design processes will be considered throughout the semester.

Studio Agenda
Using generative processes and techniques, students will undertake a series of weekly tasks exploring these methods as a design driver for each brief. Students will initially follow set processes (the recipe), often while selecting their own input (the ingredients). Ingredients will include site specific or cultural references, artistic practices or techniques, existing architectural styles or ornamentation methods. Outcomes will constantly be evaluated (conditions, arrangements and effects) and feedback loops will be used in subsequent iterations. Students will be required to critically analyse and discuss both their process of design and the final design outcome.

Designs will be reviewed against demonstration and authorship of the process, inputs and selected steps and overall performance of the final outcome. Students will develop a position on aesthetics as they progress through the semester. Students will be required to have a clear ambition at the outset of each task and both, individually and as groups, critically review the design outcome. Why is the process/end result used or presented worthwhile or have architectural merit?

Architectural representation and exploration
Students will investigate precedent architecture, researching, reviewing, redrawing and remodeling to understand the spatial and physical elements of architecture. Students will also visit prominent Melbourne galleries throughout the semester. Physical models will be required as students will transfer between digital and physical representations of process led investigations.

Semester Breakdown and Brief
Students will spend the first third of the semester engaged in specific research including a field trip to Shepparton, the existing SAM Gallery and local city based galleries. This information will be presented in the form of catalogued plans, diagrams, photographs and models. Students will also undertake three esquisses in the first half of semester;

1. Bird Hide – Lake Victoria (2 weeks)
2. Cafe and Amenities Block – Lake Victoria (2 weeks)
3. SAM Competition Brief, Gallery Design – (3 weeks)

The final brief for the studio will call for the design of a new art gallery, gallery café, and amenities block adjacent Victoria Lake in central Shepparton. The brief will be drawn from the Competition Brief for the SAM - Shepparton Art Museum as released in July 2016. Students will be encouraged to question the brief and explore other opportunities for additional program throughout the semester.

Studio times
Monday 6 - 9pm
Thursday 3 - 6pm

1. Two full day site visits will be held throughout the semester.
2. Two full day workshops will be held throughout the semester.
3. A small number of classes will also be held in our studio in the Docklands