The new Station Pier is a revamp of the historic pier on Port Philip in Port Melbourne opened since 1854. Sustainability ideas are introduced in the new development to raise public awareness broadly on environmental issues in the modern Melbourne city thereby the new building is able to self-regulate and self-sustain. The development consists of a Recycling Centre, a Green House and a Cruise Ship Terminal which is the existing usage of the pier. The Green House serves as a Living Machine, which is able to purify grey water from the development as well as from the cruise ships into clean water for irrigation and washing. Green waste from the Green House will be utilised to generate biomass power supply to the development itself. The Recycling Centre also plays an important role in educating the public about environmental issues as well as introducing recycled products at the retail aspect. To enhance the ideas of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, used carpets have been treated and widely reused in the whole development as part of the building materials, e.g. red carpet gabions as facade & interior cladding.
Departing from a paradigm whereby architectural design and technology are investigated, taught and examined as separate entities, designers are encouraged to propose and resolve their projects as integrated solutions. Formal composition, cultural and physical context, and spatial qualities of the projects are to be considered, whilst particularly demonstrating an exploration of structural and material systems. In considering design as the fusion of artistic and technological concerns, this project has considered the physical assembly of building systems as paramount to design development. Furthermore, the project has presented the architectural concept as arising from a sea of competing interests, e.g. environmental management, movement, structure and enclosure.
Drawing techniques : 3D modelling & rendering, digital collage.
Group members (diagrams only) : Carine Chin, Pei Yi Keong, Le Zhao