Preter Exhibition Design, Melbourne
An installation of abstracted drawing boards turns an ex-Army Drill hall into an architecture exhibition space.
Each bi-annual exhibition of RMIT Architecture thesis projects occupied a different space within Melbourne’s CBD Hall. Faced with a limited budget, it was in the space of an abandoned Army Drill Hall that a new exhibition system was needed, one that could be easily demounted and re-used for future exhibitions of models and drawings.
The system designed by Simon Whibley was based upon the idea of an abstracted drawing board, a delightfully intimate way of presenting architectural drawings. The exhibition system consisted simple of painted MDF boards on a clear coated steel frame, held together with threaded rod.
Constructed with the assistance of graduate and current students, the system was durable and quickly assembled, and has remained in use for over ten years as a counterpart to the exhibition on architecture in Melbourne. It has been installed in Federation Square’s atrium, Monash Art Design and Architecture, the Melbourne Central Skybridge, and numerous locations across its home at RMIT University.
- Easily Assembled
- Unique and successful presentation format for architectural drawings
- Simple structure and figure
- Simple, logical installation procedure
- Clear coated mild steel
- Painted MDF
- Clear acrylic coversheets
Preter- Design Specifications
- Exhibition system
- Exhibition and lighting layout
- System assembly and installation
- Concept design
- Construction documentation
- Installation assistance
Project Director: Simon Whibley
Project Team: Simon Whibley, with the generous assistance of RMIT Architecture graduates
Metal Fabricators: Machine Works
Acrylic Fabricators: Prodigious Concepts
Lighting Suppliers: Harry the Hirer
Installation: Project Team
RMIT University Architecture Program
Initial installation, The Drill Hall, Melbourne. Numerous other installations to 2014
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