UNSW Built Environment Landscape Architecture Formula for Stillness: Applying Hockney to White Bay

13 01 2010

Peter Morris – Landscape Architecture 09

Seeking key principles from Hockney's California Dreaming series

By understanding the specific experience of David Hockney’s illusion of stillness within particular paintings, a set of techniques and principles have been discovered and applied to the site at White Bay.

Master plan of proposed civic space

After investigating modern artists and their independent and focused explorations of space on the pictorial plane, I found Hockney offered new methods in approach to the design process.

The site is in part an extension of the previous semester’s reconstruction of the Wattle Bay studios and outdoor art gallery at the north-east peninsular of Glebe Island and so lends itself to a more art inspired space. It is a 100m pedestrian access-only civic space primarily created for the workers in the surrounding buildings and contains cafes, small bars and a multi-functional outdoor area.

Calmed and seperated elements

The ultimate experience for the user addresses the human need for order and discovery by extracting key principles used in a Hockney painting and systematically re-applying them to the site. In the short term, the user can enjoy uncovering the site’s narratives, the artful display of elements and their spatial order while in the long term a more holistic appreciation of the site would see the calming effect of Hockney’s stillness emerge in the design.

Narrative discovered over time

Addressing the built form

Elements as part of the whole

Summation of movement not seen




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