Architecture - Masters
Used in conjunction with the Field Station within Imbil State Forest, to monitor the transition from plantation to rainforest, this Institutional Anchor will facilitate research, promote education and share knowledge through its diverse and adaptable spaces. Located in the heart of Kenilworth, this centre will be the hub for researchers cultivating knowledge found in the field, with a focus on hosting researchers from the CSIRO, QUT, and the Gubbi Gubbi people.
By taking the profile of the texture of the Araucaria Cunninghamii, this building magnifies the beauty of the perceived ordinary and introduces, creates intrigue and ultimately appreciation for this species of tree located within Imbil State Forest.
Ground Level Floor Plan
Level 1 Floor Plan
Level 2 Floor Plan
The concrete base as the foundation of the building holds the three timber pods above, creating a hybrid of low and high metabolism structures. The notion that the concrete form would be what is left in the landscape over time serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting our natural ecosystem, whilst the interior of the building celebrates timber as a natural source of building material.
Adapted from the organic form of Araucaria Cunninghamii foliage, this field station responds to the notion of growth and change in the Imbil State forest. Through modular form and its ability to change, this building reflects how, as the site continues to change, so too can the building be modified and added to through low intrusive design.
Emily is a Student of Architecture currently completing her Masters degree. She is passionate about meaningful architecture and would like to one day pursue a career in the Humanitarian Architecture sector. She believes in creating place-based design solutions to impact the individual and enable them to feel valued, appreciated, and as if they belong. Emily seeks to show people their value through considerate design.