Julia Farleigh

Julia Farleigh

About me 

A young designer with a passion for creativity and self expression. After finding great enjoyment in painting, photography and dance composition throughout high school, following the path of design and architecture was not a difficult decision. When I am not at UNSW, immersing myself in the Interior Architecture Degree, you may find me on stage performing in local Musical Theatre, or in Italy taking my chances at Politecnico di Milano, whilst enjoying a spritz or two.

White Bay Spectrum


During the first half of the 20th Century, the White Bay Power Station was at the core of creative and technological achievement in Sydney. It’s achievement in generating electrical power not only had a positive impact on the inner fabric of the city but also improved Sydney’s global status. Research into Sydney's current cultural and political context and it's global ranking, highlighted the push for more innovation and creativity and it's importance in civic engagement. With an in-depth understanding of these issues, my proposal attempts to reinvigorate and elevate Sydney by fusing Art and Science.


We seem to forget that innovation doesn’t just come from equations or new kinds of chemicals, it comes from a human place. Innovation in the sciences is always linked in some way, either directly or indirectly, to a human experience. And human experiences happen through engaging with the arts – listening to music, say, or seeing a piece of art.” (John Maeda, 2010) 

White Bay Spectrum attempts to bridge the gap between Art and Science to promote a higher innovative culture in Sydney. With a focus on Digital and Experimental Art simultaneously with Environmental and Sustainable Sciences, Spectrum transforms the White Bay Power Station into a dynamic environment. Its transformation reinvents civic engagement in the arts and sciences, by creating a new dialogue between the natural and digital, for a 21st Century Sydney.

The integration of these programs was driven by research into Sydney’s cultural and political context today, as well as the social trends and concerns of the Australian public. Further research highlighted that combining these issues creates more opportunity for innovation and global contribution.

The envisaged design attempts to transform the Power Station into a cohesive and interlocking precinct. It introduces an Experimental Art Gallery and an Environmental Research Center, with open spaces for collaboration between artists and scientists. Simultaneously, public galleries, gardens and eateries connect with the research components of the precinct; introducing more opportunities for civic understanding.

Rather than treating each building as separate, the overall gesture uses the existing pattern of the site to create new connections. Inspired by the railway lines, the overall scheme is integrated by working through the site on a horizontal plane. The design of each space is then inspired not only it’s function but also by the lines and shapes of the exisiting building. It attempts to cut through the existing constaints, while at the same time celebrating the surving orthogonal patterns.

Spectrum, nourishes local culture whilst inventing unique setting for understanding the world we live in and it’s future.