ARCHITECTURE DESIGN STUDIO : AIR UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, 2012 SHEENA BAGLEY, 503744
Advancing ARCHITECTURE DISCOURSE EOI
PERSONAL PROJECT (headpiece) The idea behind this design project is Bubbles. Inspired by the Water Cube, Beijing, I designed a voronoi structured headpiece. Soap bubbles are formed using voronoi designs (; in mathematics, a voronoi design is a special kind of decomposition of a metric space determinded by distances to a specified discrete set of objects in space.) This headpiece stands out due to its complex shapes of trusses and solids mixing together to form a whole. The trusses formed allow more air flow and light to enter, the inspiration of a truss system was derived from Federation Square, Melbourne.
WATER CUBE, BEIJING The Bejing Water Cube, or National Swimming Centre, China was designed by Peddle Thorp and Walker-PTW with Arup in 2004-08. The water cube advances in digital technology, it has contributed to a discourse regarding improvements in technology that has affected the designs in terms of material usage as well as use of computer software. The geometry is a light-weight contruction, clad with ETFE (ethyl tetra fluoro ethylene) -which is a recyclable, ecofriendly and energy efficient material. ETFE lets more light in the centre and is more resistant to weathering effects of sunlight. The cube also acts as a greenhouse.
Above pictures are sourced from: Arup_Ben McMillan, and PTW + CSCEC http://www.e-architect.co.uk/beijing/watercube_beijing.htm
FEDERATION SQUARE, MELBOURNE
Designed by LAB + Bates Smart [Lab architecture studio in association with Bates Smart Melbourne (Peter Davidson and Donald Bates)], â€œThe Federation Square is a creation of new urban order that has never existed beforeâ€?, LAB Architecture.
Above and Right pictures are sourced from: Australian Architecture
This piece of architecture advances in digital technology. Federation Square forces people to think about its design, is it modern? unfamiliar? something we could relate to? or just an alien design, something from some other era? The architectural piece excells in its fabrication, popularising digital techniques for designing.