This studio requires students to translate Heston’s experience of dining into a set of experiential, spatial values.
The emphasis is on a sensory and corporeal experience of space across multiple scales, from material experimentation and detailing, through to site and landscape strategy.
The studio will initially involve close reading and analysis of precedent projects that privilege effect, sensation and transformation, towards developing a set of tactics.
Throughout the course of the semester students will work individually to develop a proposal for the The Fat Duck Melbourne on the site of the former Stokehouse, and subsequently in pairs to design a boutique guest house and The Fat Duck Hanging Rock.
The studio will explore atmospheric and non-traditional representation techniques that challenge the portrayal of architecture as static, and a primarily visual experience.
Melbourne • Hanging Rock ARC2002 with Jacqui Alexander Mondays & Thursdays 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Charlie Lane and Aleksandra Jovanovic
Forest for the Trees
Inspired by past and present ideas, Heston Blumenthal researches, dissects and reassembles fundamentals to create unique meals and dining experiences. Focusing on the existing, the new, the natural and artificial we aim to set an Australian stage for him.
By examining the sites surrounding environment and context, we were intrigued by the ambiguity of the natural forest. Hidden within the trees there is a deep connection between the local detail of (individual trees) and the collective whole (forest).
In exploration of this concept, Forest for the Trees creates a unique and contemporary landscape. Structural columns provide coherence with the external environment and capture its ambiguity. Vertical rotating louvres represent the breeze and provide an ongoing connection with the outside. By controlling the rise and fall of a central platform and columns, Heston is able to assemble and choreograph the space to compliment his meals.
Together, service and guest circulation offers a transformative and memorable culinary experience each time.
Will Kendall and Zoe Fayman
Fat Duck Hanging Rock
Extensive research on the sense of Taste revealed certain cultural beliefs that the Earth's four main elements, Earth, Wind, Fire and Water, provoke a reaction by the body to the basic tastes. Based on this mythology, a sensory journey was devised, including six separate pavilions enhancing the astringent, sour, pungent, salty, sweet and bitter tastes respectively. Enclosed in a form which was informed by the contours of the landscape and utilising an array of natural materials, the design preserves the natural beauty of the site. The nexus of the Fat Duck design was to translate the unique, theatrical and extraordinary ingredients that Heston show- cases in his meals into an exploratory and fascinating experience.