IMPLICIT investigates how cutting edge algorithmic and medical imaging techniques offer architects new means of digital production and representation. The intricately complex and inherently spatial visuals (think nano-scale electron microscopy, mandelbulb fractals, spatial tree structures and tessellation patterns to name a few) that are produced as a byproduct of scientific research are alluring to architects, and the studio focuses on how these qualities may be amplified or extended in the context of the western edge of the Flinders Street redevelopment. The projects master a formal and algorithmic repertoire that capitalises on the visual medium of architecture to challenge a political brief, reinvestigate the production of public urban space and imagine new and fantastical typological collages. This repertoire privileges the trial, process, hypothesis and experiment and these buildings are to be read as the desublimation of an ever changing cloud of ideas, concerns, behaviours and form.
The matrix of explorations shows our development of the project through the use of a range of different algorithms in conjunction with varying values and design input. The explorations show the development of control but also display a vast array of design qualities which would have not otherwise been found unless using this process of operations. The explorations begin to depict spatial order, structure and ornament.
Kiona Guillot, Emilia Firus, Evodkia (Kia) Achilleos, Site plan
The site plan shows how our scheme begins to create a web over the site bridging a physically tying the fringing urban fabrics of the site. Spatial conditions arise, such as street canopies, external cover and occupiable walkways as the web encompasses the office buildings. Furthermore it suggests how floor area moulds and shifts in response to the webbed skin.
Kiona Guillot, Emilia Firus, Evodkia (Kia) Achilleos, Street Conditions
The two renders comparatively display the deferrable street conditions created on either side of the site. It is important in the scheme to both recognise the differentiating fringing urban fabrics and to respond in respect to the differences. The Flinders Street face created a physical connection to the heritage banding on Flinders St Station while also continuing the visual movement of the design. The aim was to extend the connection along into our scheme creating a sense of continuity and movement encouraging pedestrian activity along and through the precinct. In comparison the Southbank side of the scheme attempts to create a physically connection which extends from the verticality of the precinct, folding over the boulevard and connect with the water’s edge. This is to create moments of intensity and areas of shelter.
The floor plates of the building mould in response to the emergent skin. The image shows how a space may be altered as the web structure pierces through the plates. It also shows how the space may expand or contract as the web peals from the external structure. The idea is to depict the transition from a rigid design to the use of an algorithmic program and then to the interpretation the designer makes of the outcome.
Kiona Guillot, Emilia Firus, Evodkia (Kia) Achilleos, Café Space
The café space depicts the use of the algorithmic outcome in a different repertoire. The outcome has been interoperated to create a self-supported horizontal shelter for an external area whilst simultaneously providing an inhabitable transition space above.
Kiona Guillot, Emilia Firus, Evodkia (Kia) Achilleos, Southbank Night Render
The night render of the precinct further exemplifies the unique qualities of the design which were discovered rather than preconceived. The view from Southbank makes Flinders Station and the transition to the city and much more desirable journey or experience. Currently looking from South bank across to the city the view is dull and uninviting, providing no entices for one to pass over the river. The glowing aura the precinct emits was not a quality we were striving for through design process but it is another clear example of an architectural interpretation of the algorithmic output.
Darcy Maginness, Julian Varricchio, Andy Lim, Experimental Matrix 3D Prints
The experimental 3D Prints allowed us to investigate and analyse the manipulations we applied in our process that could be translated back to Architecture. The photo emphasises on little details that we could input into our final design and larger details that we could re-model to make it suitable to the site. The ability to analyse these forms physically, rather than digitally, accelerated our process and provided a clearer vision for the final design.
Darcy Maginness, Julian Varricchio, Andy Lim, Final 3D Print Model
The photo focuses on the canopy structure that opens up towards the Yarra River; this feature allows the users of the space to maintain a clear connection between the river and our building. The canopy also acts as an invitation to our building as it cantilevers out over the riverbank to make people feel as if they’re already in the building, but yet still in the outdoors.
Darcy Maginness, Julian Varricchio, Andy Lim, Aerial Night Render
The aerial night render emphasises on the undercover canopy and the building’s illumination. The idea of the canopy is to cantilever out to the Yarra River bank to create an inviting space where people can meet and orient themselves before proceeding inside. The lighting feature installed onto the building also helps attract people into the space and encourages social activity during the night.
Darcy Maginness, Julian Varricchio, Andy Lim, Top Elevation
In an attempt to try and reconnect Flinders Street with the Yarra River we wanted our design to seamlessly ‘flow’ from the Flinders Street side; over the train tracks towards the Yarra River. This connection is highlighted by the more conventional building forms on the Flinders Street side which ‘book-end’ our design to the site. It’s from these points that our design starts to move away from conventionality and into the more organic forms along the Yarra River.
Darcy Maginness, Julian Varricchio, Andy Lim, Flinders Street to the Yarra River
Descriptive Caption: Our site, on top of the Banana Vaults at the bottom end of Flinders Street Station posed many problems. We chose to single out the disconnect with the Yarra River as one walks along Flinders Street. Site constraints such as the train tracks and the Banana Vaults meant that we had to design above and below these already existing areas in order to try and reconnects Flinders Street with the Yarra River
Darcy Maginness, Julian Varricchio, Andy Lim, Feedback Loop
The ‘Feedback Loop’ is a process where diagrammatic plans are used alongside medical imaging programs to create a volume and then an array of sections are cut through the volume. The sections can then be manipulated and altered in 2-Dimensions and also in relation to the spaces created from the plans. The process is then repeated by recreating a volume with the new manipulated sections and medical imaging programs and recutting another array of sections and reworking them again as the process continues in this loop