ABANDONED TUNNELS ST JAMES STATION, SYDNEY
A JOURNEY OF HOPE
To push the boundaries of conventional/pragmatic/real world design and propose an innovative and exciting interactive environment deigned to engage people
To incorporate a form of digital technology within the final design
Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove River in Sydney Harbour, New South Wales. Cockatoo Island is the largest of several islands that were originally heavily timbered sandstone knolls.
Cockatoo Island has grown into a versatile cultural venue on Sydney's cultural calendar. The island has previously been used for private events, both large and small, and continues to do so also. It has a wealth of history attached to its site, which made it the perfect location for this artistic pavilion design.
Situated on cokatoo island, this pavilion was designed to represent and tell a story of a young boy who has suffered depression due to his harsh and confronting experiences on Nauru Island. Creating this immersive experience has given me the opportunity to fundamentally shift human perspective on this issue. Through sensory engagement and an interactive experience, I had the opportunity to learn how to engage and audience.
This pavilion design touches on a young boy's experience on Nauru Island, a location where asylum seekers are transported to in hope of a better home to what they currently attain. This pavilion challenges the user, proving how being confined, whilst experiencing prolonged detention can cause a child to inflict self-harm.
Triangles, just like all shapes, help create emotion. Within this design, the wide stance of the triangular forms allude to the struggle and the journey of a young boy on Nauru Island, whilst the peak represents the end goal; a goal of hope and freedom beyond the wired fence. The triangular forms also pay tribute to the tents which the asylum seekers sleep in each night. This was a careful consideration to making the pavilion a more immersive environment for the viewer.
The overall design concept has been driven by the inclusion of interactive digital technology. When one enters the pavilion, their presence is detected through a series of 3D tracking cameras. The 3D tracking cameras are used to follow the viewer throughout the pavilion, where they emit a light of particular colour through a high directional LED system. The colours of the light are symbolic of the three concept themes that run through the pavilion; The Unknown, The Entrapment, and Hope. Depending on the area in which you are standing will determine the colour that is projected onto you.
The Unknown' area has been centred around mystery, with the common colours of light being black, grey, and purple. These colours have been carefully selected to translate some common emotions felt by the boy as he entered Nauru Island, emotions of worry, anxiety, and nervousness.
Within 'The Entrapment' space you will see red spotlight projections. This is to represent danger. Within this space you will also see blue as it represents the feeling of isolation experienced by the young boy.
Within the 'Hope' zone, you will experience lively colours such as yellow, white and green. The yellow has been incorporated for its happiness characteristics, whilst white represents peace and innocence. Green lighting has also been incorporated for its optimism and healing attributes.
The emotions of the young boy has therefore been mimicked through a 3D tracking digital technology system accompanied with a high directional LED system.
Weathered Concrete Supplied by Hanson Australia
Glass Supplied by Greater Glass
Black Steel Supplied by Edcon Steel
Rocks and Soil Supplied by Menai Sand and Soil Commercial