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The Final Act, House of Passing

The Final Act, House of Passing explores a centre for euthanasia located in an abandoned control tower at the end of the North Wharf in Docklands. The site is treated as being exempt from the contemporary crisis of dying, by way of its location perched high above the water, in its precarious position at the centre of a reimagined Docklands, and in its eying up of the Bolte Bridge.

This new building typology addresses a profound spatial narrative that is realised in small rituals that span the intimacy of dressing to the bureaucracy of death. Individuals are reminded of these thresholds through an architecture of empathy, that ministers to the passage of time and the contraction of space. The individual commences the causal sequence of their final act within the gathering of performances played out over the city skyline.

Alicia Freeman
The Final Passage
2013

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The Normal Condition
2013

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