Come Closer: A Meeting Pavilion, RMIT
Following the poetics of what a meeting place is. A circle around a fire remembered as a brass table top, a surface gathering the marks of all who sit there.
A collaboration with Bridie Lunney, the project brief asked for the creation of a meeting room. Sited inside the RMIT Design hub, we saw the opportunity to fix a point of intimacy in the free-for-all space of the building.
Objects brought to the table. The modernist picnic setting: an elegant sculpture of function and economy that brutalises the informality of a park. The temple: the source of the ritual inherent in a gathering. An inheritance received through the colonial picturesque landscape.
But it is not a tomb, the walls are made of air. A composite panel of 3mm thick steel sheet and R8 insulation batts, perforated to reduce echo. Movable furniture allows for accessibility and screen based presentations. A hand sanded glass oculus filters light.
Simultaneously an art installation, a site for performance and a beautiful room, this space is in a sense suspended, between things ancient and contemporary, within the creative and functional opportunities of combining art and architectural practice.
Come Closer: A Meeting Pavilion Design Characteristics
- Qualities of finishes across all materials
- Flexible and accessible
- Simple construction using readily available materials
- Hand oiled 3mm thick steel sheet
- R8 rockwool insulation batts
- Precast concrete
- Brass tube and sheet
- Hand sanded glass
- Recycled leather
Come Closer: A Meeting Pavilion Design Specifications
- Meeting enclosure with movable furniture
- Concept Design
Workshop Architecture + Bridie Lunney
Project Director: Simon Whibley, Bridie Lunney
Project Team: Simon Whibley, Bridie Lunney, Bahman Andalib, Piran Rietze
RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne
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