Interested and inspired by the creative and performing arts and their relationship with architecture.
There is a growing concern for the damaging effects of the use of unsustainable energy resources. One method that may be used to reduce society's carbon footprint is to invest in the design, creation and education of sustainable energy resources. The heavy burden of reducing society's carbon footprint may be eased through intuitive design and engineering within a renewable energy research centre that aims to develop new technologies that can be implemented and distributed globally. The proposed research centre aims to focus on wind energy. Although wind - a powerful energy resource - is extremely abundant in Australia, there is currently a lack of funding that is designated to its research and production. In long term prospects, the investment in wind energy may prove to be beneficial in terms of sustainable living. As society - locally and globally - strives to achieve a sustainable way of living, technological advances in engineering simultaneously attempts to fulfil this desire.
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 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.