2016 Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) Graduation Studio

2016 Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) Graduation Studio

The fourth year of the Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Hons) at UNSW has as its central premise the exploration and promotion of the interior as an agent for positive change within our future cities, be it social, economic, environmental or spatial. The site for this year’s project was the Cutaway at Barangaroo – one of Sydney’s newest and largest interior spaces. 

The development of the project was structured in a two-fold manner: research and resolution. The first semester involved a research project which asked students to develop appropriate methods in order to gain an understanding of the site, its contexts, communities and conflicts, and formats to communicate these to stakeholders. From the research findings each student put forward their response to the provocation in the form of a brief and a spatial proposition. As can be seen from the work presented in this exhibition the visions for the Cutaway at Barangaroo were varied and exciting. These range from celebrations of Sydney’s physical and leisure culture, others sought to transform the interior to showcase the cultural and creative patrimony of the city, whilst some were inspired by the uniqueness and privilege of the site, their propositions evolving from the conditions of the heritage and nature  found in the cavernous interior.

The second semester saw students take the initial research-based ideas and resolve them through a spatial and material exploration of the interior. Beyond the large-scale architectonic gesture each student has, at the room-scale, created and designed items of joinery, furniture and lighting. Always referring back to the research undertaken in the initial phase of the project, the detailed design of the interiors forms an integral component and eloquent expression of their education and achievement as designers, and as members of a global creative community.

Dr Sing d’Arcy. Graduation Studio Leader.