Since the earliest times transport has given rise to particular architectural forms. Architectural and urban forms are generated as part of transport systems (bridges, tunnels, roads, streets, runways, harbours) and have also created unique building types (wares houses, toll gates, depots, stables). This design studio has explored architecture in the service of transport, in terms of imagery, form, and movement as it seeks to develop innovative design solutions for some of the emerging transport needs of the 21st Century. An understanding of various transport types has been developed and a range of theoretical ideas has been explored in the pursuit of design solutions from the following projects.
Yarra River Ferry Terminal
A terminal for a new river ferry service on the Yarra near Swanston Street, located at Yarra River side, Melbourne, behind one of the tourist attractions, Federation Square. The service starts at Collingwood and runs via city to Docklands and Williamtown. The terminal has incorporated with seating, shelter, safety features and it is to service a maximum of 2 ferries at a time. As the proposed site is hidden down the slope, the Ferry Terminal structure is designed to elevate to meet the ground level to catch attention of the crowds from Federation Square. The Exhibition and Research Centre acts as a horizontal node; the Terminal itself as a vertical node. The Terminal grabs attention vertically from every direction through the void. The elevated bridge structure is communicating with ferry passengers for arrival via shadow casting. Columns are erected to give signal and contact to the surroundings.
Burnside Height Free Way
The project site is in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. A new section of 6-lane free way about 1 kilometer long with sound barriers and a bridge crossing over it has been developed. The design has included a median strip, planting, sound barriers, lighting and 2-lane off/on ramps. The serenity and peacefulness at the site reflect the rhythm of life in this small town. The entire highway is elevated for the purpose of future planning for conserving more spaces on the ground and developing the town into an elevated city. The dumbbell interchange is a hybrid between the diamond interchange and roundabouts. The single bridge links roundabouts and crosses over the freeway is designed with accordance to the rhythm concept. Rhythm created by glare, light and shadow is to give quality spatial experience and yet represent speed. A vertical interchange of trams and trains is introduced between the train track and tram track underneath the bridge. For sound barriers, repetitive forms and textures along the road create the rhythm of speed and also give horizontal visual orientation to the driving experience.
Cranbourne Air Terminal
The new airport terminal and control tower is located at Cranbourne in south eastern Melbourne. The terminal and control tower is able to accommodate small to medium sized planes, including passenger jets, offering domestic service. The terminal building provides good views of the aircraft and incorporates with themes connected with aviation, travel and arrival. The new building is considered as part of a transport interchange, where passengers and freights change from one mode of transport (car, taxi, bus, bike, foot, rail) to air travel.
Drawing techniques : CAD line drawing, digital collage, cardboard modelling.