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JAMES HARBARD

James Harbard
Axonometric
2012

The project as a complete assemblage, a mix of civic programme, public space transient and permanent accommodation bound by one dynamic roof.

Under One Roof; Karratha Now Then and When

As a result of the mining boom, Karratha currently hosts a large transient population, largely constituted of young adult males. These workers are typically housed in camps on the town’s outskirts, creating a number of social problems associated with isolation and disposable incomes. The project proposes to integrate these workers into the broader community through a mixed use development in the town centre that binds residential and civic uses under a single dynamic roof. As the mining reaches its inevitable end, the transient accommodation can be removed, leaving the community programme to expand into the void left behind, in view of creating a vital civic heart that supports Karratha's proposed role as a regional centre. The architectural language of the project draws upon a unique formal vernacular that emerged in Karratha in the late 1970's as a response to harsh climatic conditions.

jamesharbard@gmail.com

James Harbard
Detail
2012

A detail of the removable transient worker pods that sit within the roof of the scheme.

James Harbard
Model
2012

The model with the roof removed. Shows the structural system, the suspended pods and the relationship with the surrounding civic buildings.

James Harbard
Ground Floor Plan
2012

Under the roof lies an interconnected series of public spaces and accommodation types that react directly to their context.

James Harbard
Karratha If
2012

The project in transient worker accommodation mode.

James Harbard
Karratha When
2012

The project when the mining boom has ceased economic viability.

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