This ARC3002 studio will explore the insertion of alternative forms of mixed use development in Geelong’s northern suburbs.
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As children growing up in this dynamic world, we are bombarded with a set of warnings, dangers and threats possible throughout a lifetime, which embeds a heavy reliance on our familiarities - home and school. This proposal suggests the direct marriage of both learning and living spaces, whereby students of schools or public amenities would be encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities dispersed throughout the wider community. In this way, residential dwellings could offer specialised programs which would complement the core structure of the education system.
This would allow for the opportunity for home-owners to offer facilities and knowledge to the education industry and thus benefit by social, and financial earnings. Existing residents would also be able to further implement themselves and their skill-set into the community as a mean of suggestive education and as a reaction, introduce new employment opportunities to cater to the needs of the community.
By delegating such programs into new, hybrid building developments onto existing assets, we are injecting new knowledge, growth and life back into the community. This could be achieved by the reassessment of the typical garage to provide for flexible and communal paces. Thus, the nature of the project would act as a catalyst for the development of other projects until forming a complex network of relationships. In return, what the wider community achieves is the intangible aura that gathers, encourages, and thrives the public-sphere into a family-like structure.
Ultimately, what would be achieved is something that would strengthen the -students’ sense of belonging as they directly engage in stimulating activities throughout their residing neighbourhood, but more importantly, provide a dynamic, yet safe framework for the raising of children in the best manner. For it takes a village to raise a child.
Ricki-Lee van het Wout
Corio Kitchen Garden
The Corio Kitchen Garden aims to facilitate a mixed-use community that contributes to Corio by improving education and access to fresh food.
In its residential-mode, there are six 1 or 2 bedroom dwellings, aimed to improve the diversity of housing in Corio. The dwellings are arranged around a ‘shared zone’, which contains a community garden, laundry and storage. The kitchen of each dwelling is placed at a ‘point of interaction’ along this shared space, opening up the conversation between dwellings.
In its mixed-use mode, the Corio Kitchen Garden acts as the home to an educational program that sees kids from local schools contribute as a part of their curriculum. The community garden, acts as a tool to both teach and produce. Kids who attend the Corio Kitchen Garden will maintain and harvest the garden and learn about cooking, nutrition and waste. A secondary program called ‘My Food Bag’ will see the kids preparing recipes and packaging the fresh food to distribute to the community.
In order to facilitate the above programs, garages are strategically placed at the front of the property and adjacent to the kitchens and community garden. The co-location of these spaces and bi-fold doors allow them to be used in conjunction with one another as a mixed-use space, while maintaining the private residential integrity of each space when it is required.
The planter boxes and materials from the community garden extend to the nature strip and across the street as a public offering, underpinning the notion of community by raising awareness of community activity and encouraging interaction.
Why does a building need to be con ned to having one, singular program? This question is the driving force behind Complex Orange. A mixed-use site that provides diverse housing, while simultaneously offering not just a single program, but multiple, interchangeable ones. Given the proximity to both Northern Bay College and St Francis Xavier, shared education facilities were chosen as the most appropriate program to be implemented.
Given the low density of Corio, Complex Orange aims to provide maximum density, while maintaining a high quality of inhabitable space. The design offers a range of household types which range from two bedroom dwellings to a three person share-house. Although each household occupies a small footprint, by designing vertically, including maximum natural light and central void spaces, every space retains private outdoor space and an overall feeling of openness.
At ground level, two multi-function spaces provide large, open plan rooms usable by both schooling and residential occupancy. Both spaces open up to the outside with vertical bi-fold doors, encouraging communal interaction and activity towards the street. These multi-function spaces can then be inserted with two education modules each, which include a range of specialized programs such as a workshop, library or kitchen. By having these facilities as interchangeable, movable modules, they can adapt and be changed over time, while also being able to be moved and used by the neighbouring schools. Complex Orange not only provides amenity at it’s own site, but offers it to other existing educational institutes.