This studio will be focused on (albeit from a distance) a 40 hectare site on the East Coast of Tasmania, near a small town called Triabunna. The site is on the traditional lands of the people of the Paredarerme (AKA Oyster Bay) Nation. Following decades of pastoral use since colonisation, the site was most recently used as one of the largest wood chipping mills in the Southern hemisphere. These post colonial land uses have left behind considerable environmental damage. Currently, the site is occupied and being repaired by Spring Bay Mill, a culture and environment focused regeneration project and events venue.
Gilby + Brewin Architecture have for the last 3 years been the project architects leading the master planning, design and construction of the built environment on the site, interfacing closely with the ongoing site wide environmental remediation and revegetation project. Several parts of the project have already been completed, including a 200 seat function space, a 230 seat performance space and large capacity outdoor amphitheatre - all set within the buildings, structures and infrastructure left over from the abandoned wood chip mill.
Spring Bay Mill is now in need of accommodation to support these functions and the long term agenda to rehabilitate the site. Currently several accommodation projects are underway, however there will likely be need for more. In this studio, students will have the opportunity to explore the design of short stay accommodation that aims to support the activities, and more broadly, the ethos of Spring Bay Mill. In this way, this studio will be practice oriented, with the ideas generated to directly influence the conceptualisation and design process of the next accommodation project on the site. Over the course of the semester, students can expect to produce an architectural proposal for a medium scale accommodation building that is as well developed spatially, structurally and materially as it is conceptually.
The first few weeks of the semester will cycle through short and intensive site and material research and design exercises that will incrementally add up to a starting point for responding to the short stay accommodation brief.
Keying into the Materialising Architectural Ideas thematic of the third year design studios there will be a strong emphasis on developing an environmentally responsible and ethical approach to material use.
Fundamentally this studio is about architecture in relation to sustainability - thought of in a holistic sense - environmental, social, cultural, and economic. It is about regenerating a damaged site, and about generating sustainable architecture that supports this activity, while potentially providing a regenerative experience for those visiting and engaging with it.