The Garden Of Earthly Delights

Bachelor of Architectural Design
Semester 1, 2017

Studio leader(s)

  • Dr María Fullaondo
  • Joe Gauci-Seddon

A social condenser of contemporary pleasures

The studio seeks to propose images, fantasies, visions and architectural alternatives to the current society and urban environment bringing back the positive spirit of transformation, dominant in the architectural scene of the 60s and 70s.

The conceptual scenery is the famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. Like the painting, the studio is placed in an intermediate zone between fantasy and reality, the critical and the imaginative, the real and the invented.

Students will create a series of intrusions of the fantastic world into the real world designing a garden of earthly dreams for the 21st century. Students will produce two specific site installations of pleasure: an apparatus at the scale of the body involving at least two people, and a structure at the scale of the city.

The fictitious program of this social condenser of delights and pleasures will transform a real space in Melbourne, Flagstaff Gardens.

The studio will follow a specific design methodology breaking down complex tasks into fundamental components to assist the students in developing and articulating their own architectural positions.

The studio will re-examine a set of precedents, attitudes, positions, strategies, projects, ideas, particular processes, actions, etc. providing a larger spectrum of possible suggestions and solutions.

Special emphasis will be placed on the exploration of alternatives ways of defining and communicating the proposals.

Students will be urged to be open to alternate ways of approaching and thinking architecture engaging connections with other disciplines.

Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.' I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Lewis Carrol

ARC2001 Design Studio | Semester 1- 2017 Monday-Thursday [2pm-5pm]

Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1480-1505,. Grisaille, Oil on oak panel, 220 x 390 cm (Prado Museum, Madrid)