Shiya Feng

Shiya Feng

About me 

I studied in Sydney about 5 years. I learnt a lot about design and it became the one of the elements of my life through the last 4 years study Interior Architecture in UNSW. Passion, curiosity and own experiences became the impetus to push my design. For the design attitude I have, using interesting materials to discover spaces; using attractive forms to express my ideas; considering reasonable circulation in each spaces. I enjoy the design process and will use my academic knowledge of design into the real world.



My design proposal for the White Bay Power Station is to create a discovery campus that allows visitors to explore this heritage site. The key idea for this proposal is to produce a platform for visitors to experience the natural (the sub-graded materials of this site) and man-made shapes of White Bay. This discovery campus will be an interesting site that allows visitors to learn through their own exploration and the whole site provide an opportunity to general public to experiencing an adventure. Through this experience, it is hoped to create a contrasting feeling throughout the entire discovery campus, which will allow visitors to learn to treasure the natural environment.


Through pathways and caverns, the material use for those spaces and the shape of that are all followed the idea of my concept: combine natural (the sub-grade materials of this site) and man-made as the two main elements to built the interior space. Similar to a natural stone space, where a contrast with steel frame elements formed, the use of a naturally curved shape is also another main element of this design. The curved space aims to guide visitors from one space to another, yet not at the same time. It is designed to create a playful experience as visitors look in one direction at a time. Visitors will feel curious, not knowing what awaits them. While exploring the space, visitors will find out more about the elements of design, including the details about the space itself and the entire discovery experience.

According to research, the sub-grade of this site is a combination of uncontrolled fill, quaternary sediments and Hawkesbury Sandstone. These natural materials are the best elements for creating spaces that draws visitors’ attention. The spatial organisation of this project will represent the concept of discovering the past and bringing it into the present, starting from the coal heading shed building, which will be the reception building, to the discovery centre, museum and library to the art gallery, allowing visitors to discover the differences through their own experiences.