Architecture - Honours
Diadem is envisaged as the socio-political cornerstone of Brisbane City that capitalises on the prime opportunity to activate the public domain at multiple scales, while being an all-powerful symbol of democracy. The design of Diadem addresses this with a landmark public building, that despite its scale, it is highly legible at a human scale. At a human scale, the building responds to the public experience of the Hall of Democracy against the backdrop of, arguably, Brisbane’s most controversial power corner. At an urban scale, its memorable presence is instantly recognisable as a gathering place. The design anchors itself within the precinct as a building that is fine-grained, porous and approachable.
While we perceive our current democratic system as fractured, Diadam aims to appear as a fort for the city’s people. A strong, vibrant, daring and most importantly, transparent representation of what democracy should be. The modern industrial pavillion design attempts to convey this meaning in a literal sense. The exposed steel framework and non-concealed construction of the red exoskeleton expresses this idea of transparency, strength, and reliability – by being able to visibly see the framework and foundation of this democratic civic centre.
Diadem’s purposeful construction attempts to be domineering yet a welcoming, highly-faceted, jeweled crown for the city’s people.Wojtowicz 2021
Diadem was initially designed as an architectural representation and statement on the lost identity and liberality of Australian citizens and the ongoing struggle for equity and inclusivity. A hinderance to actualizing the concept of traditional democracy is that Australia has departed from the values that delineate democracy at its core. The generosity of the hall intends to redefine democracy and works to give back to the city and its citizens through this questionable yet fascinating statement structure.
Hayley's enthusiasm for design extends through her passion for art and architecture. Throughout her honours degree, complemented by her minor in interior design, she has been inspired by how the built environment impacts human experiences and behaviours. Her projects have allowed her to explore and apply these principles and techniques to produce thoughtful, sustainable, and impactful designs.