Bachelor of Architectural Design
Semester 1, 2022

Studio leader(s)

  • Ross Brewin
    Monash Art, Design and Architecture
  • Shing Hei Ho

This studio will be focused on 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 3.5 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. Several parts of the project have now been completed, including a 200-seat function space, a 230-seat performance space, a large-capacity outdoor amphitheatre, a ‘glamping’ field, and a group accommodation building, all set within the buildings, structures and infrastructure left over from the abandoned wood chip mill.

Following the recent opening of the group accommodation building, this studio will work on the assumption that more accommodation will be required. In this studio, students will have the opportunity to undertake 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 potentially influencing 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 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 a short-stay accommodation brief.

Keying into the climate change impact and environment thematic of Bachelor studios, there will be a strong emphasis on developing an environmentally responsible and ethical approach to architecture. Fundamentally this studio is about architecture in relation to sustainability thought of in a holistic sense - environmental, social, cultural and economic. The studio will consider the regeneration of a damaged site through the generation of sustainable architecture that aims to provide a regenerative experience for those visiting and engaging with it.