Part Two of our student work showcase is the work of recent graduate Rachel Hur. Rachel has just completed her Masters of Architecture at Melbourne University.
This semester was 4 months of research and design to come up with a final design proposal for my independent thesis project. The project was for a transitional facility in Ararat. The brief was for 20 residential living units, with a few programs spaces (library, recreational space and communal kitchen) and staff areas (interview rooms, pharmacy and office areas).
No facility within Australia exists for those transitioning from prison to society. This thesis demonstrates that a design with the form and function of walls can allow for this transition. The design utilizes a singular, curved wall that creates spatial moments which in its concave and convex forms articulate different levels of transition. The design overlays a gradient over the selected site as an abstraction of the journey of transition. The element of the wall plays on the perimeter wall, a typical boundary of a prison. In everyday residencies, there are many forms of permeable and solid property boundaries, thus the wall is present in both instances of penitentiary and residential typologies.
This design proposes a gradient within the program as well, allowing residents of the facility different degrees of control and choice through the varying spaces. This project unites both elements of wall and gradient to explore the spatial journey from imprisonment to freedom.