Following the set requirements in the brief, we aimed to create a design, which would adapt to the evolving context of its surroundings over time, whilst representing the rapid growth of Wyndham as an international city through exploring the interconnections between Wyndham and its sister cities: Chiryu, Japan and Costa Mesa, California. The “Cloud of Growth” will be an exciting and eye-catching installation, which will inspire and enrich the municipality of Wyndham, as well as generate discourse in the field of architecture and design. The Wyndham Gateway project follows on from the “Seeds of Change” installation, located at the close-by Eastern Interchange of the Princess Freeway, and “House in the Sky”, located at the interchange with the Western Ring Road. The “Cloud of Growth” will be situated at the Western Interchange of the Princess Freeway, acting as a Gateway into Metropolitan Melbourne, but also as a signpost signalling the location of the city of Wyndham.
The “Cloud of Growth” becomes a part of the branding of Wyndham, acting as an icon or symbol of innovation, similar to how the Eiffel Tower represents Paris. The design proposal is innovative and provocative as it pushes the limits of conventional structural integrity and laws of physics, contributing to the discourse for cases of innovation. The design also challenges the notion of perception; perceptions that an object or sculpture must have one set meaning. The fluid form, generated through the aid of computational design, is influenced by the prominent features of Wyndham and her sister cities - an ocean wave. But keeping with the notion of different perceptions, the form can also be viewed as an emerging cloud, a more fluid form that pushes the boundaries of the rigid waffle structure, suggesting a new innovative way of interpreting conventional construction methods using solid materials such as wood.
“The Cloud of Growth” is both structural and sculptural, offering multiple meanings to different peoples under various circumstances. It offers a unique interactive experience to the motorists taking into consideration the high-speed movement of traffic along the Princes Freeway as you approach the Melbourne CBD. The visibility and clarity of the structure will change according to time of the day, as well as different weather conditions. As a motorist driving towards the Melbourne CBD, the installation will appear to emerge as you approach, undulating as you drive under and then gradually vanishing as you drive into the distance. During daylight the “Cloud of Growth” will be viewed as a solid timber structure, the high visibility allowing motorists to view the structural connections to the landscape. In contrast, at night, the installation will be lit from below, creating the optical illusion of the “cloud”, where the installation will appear to float as the motorist approaches.
CLOUD OF GROWTH
WYNDHAM WESTERN GATEWAY PROPOSAL WERRIBEE, VICTORIA
TO MELBOURNE CBD
PREFABRICATION & TRANSPORT B A
3 4 5
Prepare for fabrication
1. TRANSPORT TO SITE, CONDITION WOODEN PANELS
2. SITE EXCAVATION
3. FOUNDATIONS AND BACKFILL
4. ATTACH BASE PANELS TO FOUNDATION (DETAIL FIG. 1)
5. CONNECTING PANEL TO PANEL (DETAIL FIG. 2)
6. CONTINUE CONNECTING PANEL TO PANEL
CONSTRUCTION PROCESS JOINERY DETAILS CROSS-BEAM CROSS-BEAM EARTH
FIG 1. STRUCTURE TO FOUNDATION
FIG 2. PANEL TO PANEL
Following a simple grid system, the panels are attached according to a specified X axis and Y axis order.
7. CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE!