UNSW Built Environment Master of Architecture: Mark Roach

2 11 2009

Hi Everyone!

My second semester is coming to an end with the final touches being made on my Graduation Project. The images I have included are some drawings explaining some recent changes that I have made to my design and a massing model exploring the form of my building in chocolate.

White Chocolate Massing Model of Customs House Theatre

White Chocolate Massing Model of Customs House Theatre

Just to recap, my project brief required the design of a drama theatre for Customs House that involved observing the immediate site of Customs House through the act of drawing it. This site analysis has been largely informed by the unique acoustic qualities of the site, not to mention the distinct light and movement patterns that characterize Customs House and Circular Quay at large.

North -South Section through Circular Quay and Customs House

North -South Section through Circular Quay and Customs House

The use of sculpture has been an exciting way of abstracting the Customs House site and developing my design scheme that focuses on creating a counterpoint between the new and the old through its geometrical composition. The intention is for the existing East and West wings to be preserved and celebrated by my intervention into the site. The use of white off-form concrete will help add a textural layer to this theatre as well as allowing light to radiate through the myriad of niches that
exist within the existing building.

Ground Floor Plan of Customs House and its Environs as well as a diagram explaining geometrical rationale for the theatre.

Ground Floor Plan of Customs House and its Environs as well as a diagram explaining geometrical rationale for the theatre

This project has been very rewarding throughout the year and has taught me much about the variety of approaches one can take in realising a design idea, such as the use of unconventional model making materials (i.e. chocolate). It has also reinforced my general understanding of what architecture is all about. And its about more than just drawing and as much about understanding people and how they behave in the environment and what makes them feel good and enjoy being in different spaces.

By the end of the year I hope to be working in a small to medium size architecture firm so I can get a good overview and introduction to the profession.

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