Ascent - Proposal for West Melbourne

ASCENT - STUDIO FIRE

TUTOR: Sarah Song UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE Proposal for a mixed use development on the corner of Spencer and Batman Streets in West Melbourne. Program for therapeutic counseling (mindfulness clinic), yoga, meditation as well as office hub for user groups and an architects office. Additionally there are seminar rooms, gallery/ events space, restuarant and bar. The common philosophical ground between the yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices, as well as the exposure of the site, having no significant tree cover, led to a proposal that turns the building inward.
Corten steel blades on exterior facade, filter light and views, directing focus inward to the spiral stair and the atrium
Working through the program, looking at ideas about perambulation and ascension as a way to organise a program for mixed use that includes a mindfulness centre. The proposal as parti is a square with a circle inside. The circle is representative of heaven and the square of earth, a concept that can be found in eastern and the western cultures (for example Orthodox Church architecture). The act of ascension of the central stair is, in religious terms moving closer to heaven, or in more prosaic terms the wellness clinic where we may better ourselves and after which continue up to the rooftop garden to bask in the light of day or the lights of the city night. Louis Kahn's Exter Library was the primary influence in how to spatially organize the proposal using a nine square grid and various divisions of it.
Plans: L-R Ground Lobby Plan, Floor 8 Hotel Suites, Floor 5 Office Suites
Perspectives: Lobby
Perspective: Office hub
Perspective: Hotel suites
Perspectives: Roof Garden stair and canopy
Perspective: Roof Garden
Perspective view looking up the void
Sectional Perspective: program is organized vertically as increasingly private and quiet activity located on higher floors , with program at each level located round the atrium & spiral stair as the central focus.

PROJECTS

Ascent - Proposal for West Melbourne
TUTOR: Sarah Song UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE Proposal for a mixed use development on the corner of Spencer and Batman Streets in West Melbourne. Program for therapeutic counseling (mindfulness clinic), yoga, meditation as well as office hub for user groups and an architects office. Additionally there are seminar rooms, gallery/ events space, restuarant and bar. The common philosophical ground between the yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices, as well as the exposure of the site, having no significant tree cover, led to a proposal that turns the building inward.
Corten steel blades on exterior facade, filter light and views, directing focus inward to the spiral stair and the atrium
Working through the program, looking at ideas about perambulation and ascension as a way to organise a program for mixed use that includes a mindfulness centre. The proposal as parti is a square with a circle inside. The circle is representative of heaven and the square of earth, a concept that can be found in eastern and the western cultures (for example Orthodox Church architecture). The act of ascension of the central stair is, in religious terms moving closer to heaven, or in more prosaic terms the wellness clinic where we may better ourselves and after which continue up to the rooftop garden to bask in the light of day or the lights of the city night. Louis Kahn's Exter Library was the primary influence in how to spatially organize the proposal using a nine square grid and various divisions of it.
Plans: L-R Ground Lobby Plan, Floor 8 Hotel Suites, Floor 5 Office Suites
Perspectives: Lobby
Perspective: Office hub
Perspective: Hotel suites
Perspectives: Roof Garden stair and canopy
Perspective: Roof Garden
Perspective view looking up the void
Sectional Perspective: program is organized vertically as increasingly private and quiet activity located on higher floors , with program at each level located round the atrium & spiral stair as the central focus.

PROJECTS

TUTOR: Sarah Song UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE Proposal for a mixed use development on the corner of Spencer and Batman Streets in West Melbourne. Program for therapeutic counseling (mindfulness clinic), yoga, meditation as well as office hub for user groups and an architects office. Additionally there are seminar rooms, gallery/ events space, restuarant and bar. The common philosophical ground between the yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices, as well as the exposure of the site, having no significant tree cover, led to a proposal that turns the building inward.

The proposal as parti is a square with a circle inside. The circle is representative of heaven and the square of earth, a concept that can be found in eastern and the western cultures (for example Orthodox Church architecture). The act of ascension of the central stair is, in religious terms moving closer to heaven, or in more prosaic terms the wellness clinic where  we may better ourselves and after which continue up to the rooftop garden to bask in the light of day or the lights of the city night. Louis Kahn's Exter Library was the primary influence in how to spatially organize the proposal using a nine square grid and various divisions of it.

PROJECTS