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MELBOURNE SEA PORT TERMINAL

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  • Deakin University, Geelong.

Description

‘Arrival’ is the conceptual inspiration for this project. The seaport terminal expresses the first introduction of arrival for people to Australia. This point is the threshold between sea and land; an arrival, by ship, which presents itself slowly and intimately. The several port buildings meander sinuously across a landscape inspired by the power and presence of the Australian land formed by weather and time. A slow transition through a controlled landscape of interior, intermediate, and exterior experiences allows the new arrival/passenger time and space to adjust to what might lay ahead – beyond the security zone of the port.

Key Features

1

1. Landscape as a representation of Australia. Natural features and materials create a ‘sense of place’.
2. Ceiling as an inverted landscape enhances the textural presence of landscape formations. Roof, in one area, ‘flows’ down to meet the ground, visually expressing rain meeting land.
3. Integration of sea and land with reference to open-cut mines. A fracture in the land allows tidal flow to remind us of time and impermanence.
4. Artificial beach as extension of existing beachfront to support the local ecology.
5. Less compact, more casual, and grounded flow of passengers through terminal buildings and landscape.

2

1. The curtain walls in all buildings provide a ‘long view’ of the site from within and through space thus blurring the spatial boundary of interior and exterior. They offer transparency and vastness as opposed to enclosed containment. It seems as if the landscape continues endlessly.
2. During the transitional stage people can stop at various points to experience different qualities of the landscape such as the ‘fracture’ cutting through the site from the sea to the ‘mine’ and the extension to the beach to make a small bay where tide and time is expressed.
3. Columns, tactile and scattered seemingly randomly, reinforce the impression of landscape.

3

1. This project challenges the terminal typology of a single building overwhelming the landscape and people that is focused on interior experience often dissociated from the urban environment or cultural context.
2. New experience for arrival. Providing time to slow down and prepare for the holiday adventure ahead. Allows for sea passengers to “get their legs” and to steady themselves on solid land.
3. Provides a physical and material connection to the land to develop a sense of arrival in a new place.
4. Reduction of the often homogenous and artificial architectural interventions of passenger terminals.

4

1. Security boundary as loosely defined border/zone. Multiple staging of passenger progress and security points reducing congestion.
2. Thresholds expressed through natural and constructed interventions indicating transitions in space and experience.
3. Bladeless, vertical wind turbines to generate electricity. Located on the roof as extensions of some columns. Smart building, integration of ecological and futuristic elements that passengers would see and experience.
4. A 10 sqm grid applied to the site, referencing colonial order imposed upon Melbourne. This grid acts as a system of organisation and regularity for aspects of the design plan.
5. Interior structural columns grouped irregularly yet maintain strict placement upon the formal grid.

5

Tram between terminals as an optional passenger transport, yet passengers are free to roam the landscape towards the security points and exit. Refers to the history of trams in Melbourne.
Flora and natural create flowing formations that give a sense to new arrivals of Australia being a bold and intense land. For many people, Australia has an image of real foreignness; the unknown, natural danger, red vastness, and an endless desolation.
Large rocks inserted into and through walls contrasting with the purity of glass curtain walls.
Acts a mediation of interior and exterior, of arrival and departure, of progression, and wonderment.

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