Kathryn Aldover talks her approach to designing, surprises in the BIA & how her scheme will provide an alternative attraction to Sydney's interior environments.
Describe your proposal in 3 key words:
Futurism, antiquated, grunge
In what ways do you find you approach design projects?
A theoretical perspective is often applied when approaching design projects. The inevitable relationships between people and space are aspects of architecture that are fascinating. It could be said that the built environment has been choreographed around the gestures of the human body. One particular theory that has influenced my approach to design is Louis Kahn’s theory of The Making of a Room. The theory expresses how built architectural features, such as, columns and arches bind a space, while the natural light shapes a space. It is through the manipulation of architectural rhythms - scale of the columns and arches - and the manipulation of natural light that can create cues that commands an individual and their actions. Personally, it is interesting to continue to discover the potential that architecture serves in creating different languages that subtly direct the behaviour of the human body, whether this be what etiquette is expected in a space of memorial, or what is expected in a busy night club. The differing spaces each call for different ways of behaving and architecture has the potential to understand and design for the different behaviours.
What has surprised you about the BIA?
The four year BIA program has surprisingly gone by so quickly. It feels like it was only yesterday that I cut through a capsicum. The love-hate relationship was also unexpected. Hated the sleepless nights, but loved every other aspect of it: the friends (that we can now call family), the skills acquired, and the exposure to great design.
How will your proposal provide something exciting and new to the civic environment of Sydney?
The proposal of a wind energy research centre attempts to embrace the positive advancements in technology for renewable energy resources to benefit society, whilst simultaneously evokes and references the undesirable past of coal-fired energy production. White Bay Power Station is a remnant of Sydney’s industrial past and is a site that accommodated the previously acknowledged a great feat of energy production. Although the issue of global warming may always be lingering in the minds and declarations of society, it is not always perceived as an issue that may generate a built space that interests the majority of the community. One way to intrigue a local and global audience is to highlight the theatricality in the anatomy of machines that may eventually lead to sustainable living. Spatially, the proposal attempts to engage people within exhibition spaces - internally and externally - that work in collaboration with the researchers that are creating wind turbine prototypes. Each space is envisaged to emphasise the wonders of engineering advancements by highlighting distinctly mechanical design opportunities, such as: hands on public workshop areas, machinery archives and reading spaces, and pneumatic cylinder mechanised lifts. The proposal will also attempt to reference the potential of wind energy and the site itself through materiality. The use of recycled copper in multiple spaces references how wind has the potential to create natural erosion, whilst referencing the machinery that the copper was stripped from within the White Bay Power Station.
To check out more about Kathryn, please head to: https://imprint.be.unsw.edu.au/projects/kathryn-aldover