The ideas project was a one week group project I did with fellow student Greg Lee. We were asked to create architecture with no specific program or brief. Our site was Nobby's headland that before white settlement was an island off the river mouth of the Hunter River. The Dignity of the island was destroyed when it was decapitated to form a breakwall that linked the island back to the mainland.
Lately I have been obsessed with the architectural spatial qualities of the labyrinth and the philosophical meanings the space can evoke. By applying this concept to site we hoped to evoke the notion of separation to the island and restore its original character. Through spatial augmentation, obstruction and interference of a world we naturally sleep walk through, a discovery is made within this new, low definition space that becomes formless, depthless and scaleless
Through this transition of space the discoverer finds themselves removed from the cities visual cues and references. Dethatched and isolated with only the infinity of the horizon and the sky.
Delighting and disturbing the senses, a heightened sensory awareness is created as the user is almost forced to feel their way through the space blindly, feeling and hearing the wind through the information laden posts, the sound of waves, the sound of activities, movement of light and the feeling of anxiety and seclusion, aids in ones path of discovery.
People create activity within the environment, each with their own path and individual meaning (a child would experience the space different to an adult or teenager). Information on the poles unravels stories of Newcastle’s sub-cultures and historical journeys (arts, history, surf lifesaving etc.)
Finding their way through, the discoverer is drawn to the empty volumes, the ghosts of the existing large stones that form new event spaces and activities for public use. Each void instils its own individual sense of space, expressing the ever changing constellation of the environment.
We are not trying to recreate the existing islands, though through the manipulation of the positive and negative spaces, from what was once positive now negative, the once existing large stones are highlighted as lost.
The ever-changing movement of the post only assume shape through the influence of the environment (the wind or waves push the post and the form is derived from the environment), the same environment that has shaped Nobby’s over the centuries.