Sunday, June 13, 2010


Facade- King Street
Tilted view of facade

Entrance to gallery space- under ramp

With shadows
Montage- museum in streetscape (left side matches up with left adjoining building, right side matches up with right adjoining apartements).

In progress



This Parti describes the exterior of the building on King Street, where the red loud speaker (seen below) is placed in a raised glass box that is protruding from the building. This element will grab people's attention and will urge them to question perhaps what this building is, and what the purpose of the loud speaker/"voice" is in the front. It sets the tone for the artworks they will see inside. As people's attention on the street is captured, they would look up to other glass openings in the building- where people would be walking around. Interesting relationships between the street and the building are formed with a emphasis on communication and a "voice" in society.

This is the Parti for the back facade of the building, as people are experiencing the art. The art goers are enriched with knowledge as they are inside the building, their thoughts are contained. Their questions about society are becoming clear. They are consumed in their own world, hopefully inspired to make a difference as they leave the building.



facade 1
facade with street aspect
Interior of museum reception, gift shop/ library, office, bathroom and kitchen. You can see the opening where you would be transported into the double level gallery space.
Court yard looking on to apartment and artists studio and artists storage space (all glass- continuing the idea of communication and the voice in this building). Green walls on either side- with trees and other plans too.

Looking from the apartment onto museum back facade. Glass wall so we can (in the courtyard and in the apartment) see in to artworks- continuing communication again. In this image we can see the ramps that is the means of circulation throughout the building.


As I didn't want this gallery to be considered a gallery in the traditional sense I looked at other interesting galleries that did not follow the code of the "white box".

(Interior View) I like the slit idea seen in this museum- where you peak through the slits to view the work from the street.

MUSAC BY MANSILLA + TUNON- Incredibly colourful. Could represent the artworks I place inside.Preliminary sketches->

Facade on King Street:

Back facade:



The curator would be a well educated and travelled art theorist and collector that is involved in a lot of humanitarian and social activist work. He believes wholeheartedly that art can change the world by provoking thought. He lives for the cause of the art he displays. He wants to inspire people with beautiful art as well as making them question the way the world is today.

Reflecting the socialist, outspoken nature of Newtown, my art dealer decided Newtown would be an ideal position to place his gallery that holds contemporary artists who explore urban themes, appropriate to Newtowns inner city lifestyle. Themes explored by artists in this gallery would include consumerism, corruption, greed, drugs, terrorism, disasters and adaptation in an environment that is undergoing continual change socially, politically and technologically. There is also a global focus as these are common themes.


Masato Nakamura.

"Mixture of humour with social critique in pop presentation with political awareness." He creates engaging special environments, often commenting on westerns influence on asia that is consequently transforming the landscape.

McDonalds- "dizzying world of bright lights and endless availability".

Interestinly, Newtown used to have a McDonalds (1983) but it was knocked down in 1998 due to changing demographics.

Other artworks include making a statement on the colours of service station logos...

In this art gallery, the aim is to have the viewers continually questioning ‘what age are we living in? Is it a happy/ good/ healthy way to live?'

There is opportunity for people to buy the artworks and therefore be reminded more often of such issues. I would also aim to encourage discussion and debate through art instead of offering simple answers to art viewers.

I have been to the white rabbit gallery in Surry Hills a number of hills and would like to show similar works to what they do.

The following was an installation in Manhattan:

The Loud Speaker is a motif I would like to use in my building to encouraging people to have a voice and make a difference.




Visiting the busy suburb of Newtown and the even busier King Street you can definitely sense a buzz in the atmosphere. From the eclectic buildings (mainly built in the 19th and 20th centuries- and are heritage listed) to the street art and posters along the street there is a feeling of a suburb that has not completely succumbed to consumerism, but finds creative ways to entertain and inspire people. I also noticed a drive for social justice, having a voice and making a difference in this community. The principle element that struck me with this notion of "a voice" and being inspired to better the world is embodied in the "I have a dream" aboriginal mural near site 3, my chosen site. This will later form the parti for my museum design.

--Basic site analysis for site 3.
-- Aboriginal "I have a Dream" mural- near site 3
-- view from site 3 across king street
-- back entrance to site 3 via laneway
-- deep openings in apartments next to site 3. I would like to incorporate this into my design to maintain links in the streetscape.
-- Apartments next to Site 3
-- historical monuments
-- High traffic flow
-- Some modern square dwellings on the off-streets
-- Aboriginal mural

-- Park nearby

-- eclectic nature of King Street
-- new meets old (Berkelouw books)