My name is Stephanie Wong, a third year bachelor grad student at MADA. The set of work will present the projects 'Sunken Terra' and 'KANTA'. Sunken Terra is placed at Spring Bay Mill in Tasmania, which contains a brief of designing accommodation and function spaces on an existing tunnel. KANTA is a project based on finding a solution to improve education and fitness wellbeing for immigrants, refugees and the community.

KANTA - produced with Linh La

KANTA is a proposed project with partnership between Kangan and MITA. Our project will include educational fitness and wellbeing programs. Through analysing previous MITA, we have found that MITA’s education lacks for immigrants to prepare for integration into society, which led us to form a position statement of our project which will embed introduction of foundation and Kangan programs to ease transition of both adults and children into the wider community. Connections to exercise is also a further essential to encourage the importance of health and wellbeing of residents and the community.

KANTA - axonometric breakdown

The axonometric aims to showcase a breakdown of spaces within the KANTA institution, beginning to introduce how the spaces within interact with one another and suggest how one might move through the space, highlighting the vertical circulation. Level 1-3 is open to the public and residents of MITA (for refugees and immigrants), whereas level 4 is disconnected as it is a space closed for refugees and immigrants who require more intensive care and consideration. As shown on the right of the axonometric, it describes the programs that will be provided within each level of the building design.

KANTA - transitioning bridge

To further enhance the concept of transition, the truss bridge as shown in perspective and detailed drawing on the right aim to become a bridging transition between the spaces of education and exercise / fitness programs for both the community and MITA residents.

Sunken Terra

The Project of Sunken Terra aims to create an experience for users through the use of materials and highlighting the ability of a single material to create a change in atmosphere as users move through the spaces of the site. It draws back to the studio agenda of regeneration by utilising the existing tunnel as a connection to accommodation rooms and gathering area with the addition of newly designed tunnels. Use of sustainable materials have also been considered such as green concrete, local timber and off site pre-fabrication to ensure the project is as environmentally conscious as possible.

Sunken Terra - tunnel sections

These sections as shown here begin to describe the main design of Sunken Terra, featuring additional tunnels which branch form the existing tunnel. The underground tunnels serve to act as a darker aura which will shift as users enter the accommodation or into the common area which sits above the tunnels.

Sunken Terra - narrative perspectives

Sunken Terra aims to create a variety of experience as users move through each space. The set of perspective views attempt to tell the story of an arrival sequence and what users of the space are greeted by as they approach Sunken Terra. As users move through the dark tunnel into the rooms, they are greeted with a bright Tasmanian Oak interior with a view to the bay, creating a shift in atmosphere and exeprience while also adhering to the concept of contrast and lightnedd and darkness of a space through the use of materials.
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