The design of this extension and refurbishment of our Brisbane City Studio (located in the Metro Arts building on Edward Street) focuses on the insertion of a series of plywood and aluminium elements within the existing space. These can be conceptually understood as “seams” of new material that are either suspended or anchored within a pure naturally lit white volume, and which support a range of different ritual functions, from projector armature to display aedicule to meeting area enclave.
The scheme was built by a skilful joiner who worked for a single day per month over a 7 month period. In-between each of his visits we developed the design drawings of each of the inserted elements, and arranged for the fabrication of their component parts by different local sub-contractors. This prolonged dialogue between designer and builder was both rewarding and enjoyable, and had a pleasingly beneficial effect on the project outcome.
Images: Cathy Schusler