BIG WEST ‘HOUSE’: BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND FURNITURE
The Big West festival is an arts-led cultural event that brings together people concerned about the future of low-income families in the Western suburbs of Melbourne.
The main pavilion of this year’s festival will be a prototype of a low cost, quality house suitable for housing homeless women and their households from a range of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
NMBW Architecture Studio & TORAFU ARCHITECTS in collaboration propose to imagine the House with an equal emphasis on 2 distinctive elements: the basic ‘shell’ off the house enclosure + ‘furniture’ spaces added to it, both internally and externally.
The studio will research the ambiguous spaces between architecture and furniture. Students will design and build these little spaces and install them as an integral part of the House installation at the Big West festival in November.
- window space - stair space - wet area space - entry space - personal space - hanging space, etc....
Pre-apprenticeship students from Victoria University Sunshine campus will construct pre-fabricated components of the House shell while Monash students will work on the changeable and adaptable ‘furniture spaces’, as well as constructing, assembling and occupying the House on the festival site.
Studio leaders Nigel Bertram, Practice Professor of Architecture + Director, NMBW Architecture Studio Koichi Suzuno, director, TORAFU ARCHITECTS Minaho Sakane, Architect, TORAFU ARCHITECTS Marie Le Touze, Architect, NMBW Architecture Studio
NOTE: This studio will involve a 1 week design intensive with TORAFU ARCHITECTS at Monash from 17-14 August inclusive, plus a 2-week on-site construction intensive in Footscray from 7-21 November 2015, including workshops with the community. Participation in these events is a compulsory part of the curriculum.
Big West ‘House’: Between Architecture and Furniture A collaborative Design-Make project with NMBW Architecture Studio and TORAFU ARCHITECTS from Tokyo.
Client: Big West Festival, Footscray Institutional project partners: Monash University + Victoria University