Lucy Williams talks design inspiration, her favourite previous design project & and the elements within her graduation proposal that she is most proud of.
1. Describe your proposal in 3 key words:
Excavated, experimental and large scale
2. Who are you currently taking inspiration from?
I have taken inspiration from numerous architects and designers around the world, but recently I have been inspired by the late Eduardo Chillida, a Spanish sculptor. I have derived inspiration notably from his carved space ‘Tindaya,’ which was built within Tindaya mountain of the Canary Islands. ‘Tindaya’ is captivating in the manner in which the mountain carving dominates the scale of the human figure and the experiential qualities which result. The materiality and volumetric control evident in the excavated sections is powerful and creates a majestic sense of place. The work portrays inspiring experiential manipulation of natural light and volumes in space whilst holding great respect for the complex mountainous topography of the site and its history- the mountain is located on the ancient island of Fuerteventura which dates back over 20 million years.
Tindaya - Eduardo Chillida
3. Excluding grad, what has been your favourite design project so far, why?
The diversity of projects undertaken throughout the degree has meant there has been much room for personal growth as a designer and these opportunities have given me insight into the types of projects I would like to be involved in throughout the future. I thoroughly enjoyed working on a third year project which was based in Venice at the site of the ‘Scuola Grande de san Rocco.’ This project was my favourite as I have always been interested in Venetian culture and history. We were encouraged to think experimentally and exaggerated as the brief was based on the concept of 'extreme excess,' which emerged from Italian feast rituals during the 1500s. This project was set up very much like a compressed graduation project with a research component at the beginning where we considered the history of Venice, Italian feasts, the Gondolas, ‘acqua alta,’ and even significant events like the Plague outbreak. We were working in pairs and we found the project exceptionally interesting as it required us to work within the historic parameters of the site and it was also great to experience working on an international project in the degree! The fast pace of this project kept it exciting, as we undertook two different two week proposals from concept to completion- a pop up store for ‘Comme des Garcons’ and a one night feast setting proposal for the Trustees of the Venice Biennale.
4. What are/ is your favourite element/s of your graduation scheme?
My favourite element is the large scale excavations as I am quite liberated from the existing site in these spaces and I have found a passion for different acoustic, thermal and lighting exploration. Excavated zones have enabled me to be experimental with natural lighting and the ways in which it highlights particular interior elements, such as circulation spaces. Experimenting with light and shadow has been interesting in attempting to establish depth and different moods by manipulating the number of openings from above and also by affecting the direction of light emerging from the sides and entrances.
If you are interested in finding out more about Lucy's graduation proposal please head to: https://imprint.be.unsw.edu.au/projects/lucy-williams