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New Skin

Melbourne’s 1960’s high-rise commission towers stand in the place of the Melbourne’s former slums. These monolithic buildings represent everything that the slum removal projects aimed to repress yet very little of what they aimed to create. Rather than starting from scratch at a master planning level, and repeating the same mistakes, this project interacts with these towers at a domestic scale. The proposal is a new inhabitable and adaptable facade which is designed to attach to existing conditions with little structural intervention. This New Skin reveals the diversity of the occupants and the richness of their domestic interiors which have remained hidden by the original impenetrable walls of the towers. The project brings the untold stories of the residents to the surface, supplanting the image of the totalising superblock with one of self expression of the individual.

hanahwexler@gmail.com

Hanah Wexler
New Skin
2013

Hanah Wexler
Hanah Wexler

Monash University
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