FINALIST IN – Student Designer – CREATIVE VISION – INTERIOR DESIGN

Designed By – Bernadette Whitehead

Registered Training Institution – Swinburne University of Technology

 

 

 

 

Design Inspiration

To provide the Indigenous Engagement Team, at the Moondani Toombadool Centre Swinburne, a room to support indigenous students. The room was to provide a place for the students to study or relax, where they could feel safe and at home within the University.

The requirement was to provide computer lab, kitchenette, lounge/relaxing area, tutorial and student centric resources area, while following cultural design principals of the Moondani Toombadool Centre as listed below:

* Circular time Past present and future informing each others’ the design should be circular to bring people together in this same way.
* Reflexivity Connectivity to seek guidance, talk through ideas.
* Yarning To gather and share knowledge is important to the indigenous people so a designated place to yarn is required.
* Connectivity Open space to encourage connection
* Story telling The space needs to tell its own story, and of those who interact in it.
* Consultation and self-determination Involving the indigenous people in the design of their space.
* Connection to country A clear connection between inside and outside. Connection to the land is essential the indigenous people.
* Reconciliation A space to strengthen the bond between indigenous and non indigenous people.

Design Solution
The room was to provide a place for the students to study or relax, where they could feel safe and at home within the University.

Size
54.4sqm

Materials Used
There are a vast variety of materials included in this project including acoustic panelling, tiles, wooden floorboards, wooden battens, stone, polished concrete and many more.

Processes used in construction
Construction to commence mid 2019