Grand Designs Australia

Epsiode Four: Inside Out

Discover some of the standout design elements from The Port Melbourne Urban Green house featured in episode  of Grand Designs Australia Series 5.

Grand Designs Inspirations takes you on a journey, exploring some of the unique, hidden and emerging design elements that appear in some of the buildings featured on the show. In the series you will discover how these concepts have influenced architectural design in the Australian building landscape.

Celebrating on the outside
The Water Tank House was instructive and muscular architecture. The house displays an understanding of how the building is working inside by externally showcasing. The utilitarian is celebrated on the outside and is a celebration of instructive architecture.

Spotting Aesthetic Potential 
The name Walter Burley Griffin may be synonymous with the design of our nation’s capital but Burley Griffin also had a strong belief in the aesthetic potential of industrial buildings. 
In the 1920’s and 1930’s, faced with a shortage of suitable land for rubbish tips, and major public concerns about health, the Willoughby Council turned to incineration as a means of garbage disposal. The site is in a residential area and therefore not only had to perform its function as an incinerator, but reduce ash and fallout, and look aesthetically pleasing.
Creating Contrasts 
At the Willoughby Incinerator its hillside location, reflects the gravity feed principle and drying out of garbage before burning, that the incinerators worked off. The building is full of contrasts, industrial muscle with a suburban aesthetic. The stonewalls - which may have been quarried on the site, tying it closer to place – and the hard geometries of cement render and embellishments, with its series of exo-skeleton roofs.

Repurposed Structure and Exo-skeletons
At Willoughby the sculpture commissioned by artist Richard Goodwin, the access lift is an exo-skeleton structure and a reminder of the underlying contrast between repurposed muscle and aesthetics, in what will now become a public sculpture park.

Combining Strength
The Central Park Building in Sydney has been extended into the sky in more ways than one. A soil-less vertical veil of vegetation clad the exterior facades of both towers as we climb towards the over hang. Jean Nouvel has combined the strength of cantilever and splendour of a vertical garden in this truly unique example of symbiosis between the use of natural resources and residential living space.

Indicating purpose externally 
The defining feature of Central Park is the monumental forty-two metre cantilever, which supports a light-reflecting heliostat system that is the first of its type to be used in the world in an urban environment. The 320 heliostats track and redirect sunlight deep down into the mass of the building and onto overshadowed parklands, bringing solar energy to places that direct light cannot reach. The concept of solar power use in an inner city neighbourhood is truly on display here.

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