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HARRIET COLLINS

Harriet Collins
Letterbox
2013

Communication is significant for deployed soldiers. Receiving and reading letters gives a moment of delight. "A letter can be read and re-read anywhere, anytime".

A Temporary Halt
An Architectural 'Kit of Parts' for Australian Defence Housing

Defence force personnel experience mental, physical and spatial changes from enlistment, in the course of deployment, and during reintegration into domestic life. The design addresses these transitions, and intervenes in the experience of known domestic thresholds of Military owned housing – the letterbox, the front door, the bedroom window and the dining table. The intention of this project is to embody the temporal through the consideration of small commonalities, such as the placing of boots at the front door and listening to the rain whilst in bed. The provision of a shared architectural ‘kit’ enables soldiers to retain a semblance of comradeship and to draw a new domesticity around them.

Harriet Collins
Entry / Exit Sequence Exterior
2013

Drawing upon a common form of military transport, that of the Hercules Plane, which represents a point of transition- into, out of and between war zones.

Harriet Collins
Entry / Exit Sequence Interior
2013

The sequence supports entry/exit moments during deployment such as ritual, order, precision and strength. Form and materials reflect these aspects.

Harriet Collins
Entry / Exit Interior Model
2013

The ritual of the removal of boots and the cleaning of dust from the boots marks the end of duties. Seating + Storage supports this ritual.

Harriet Collins
Dining Room Series Interior
2013

Community has a strong presence in military life. Defence personnel eat, sleep, shower and work together during deployment.

Harriet Collins
Dining Room Series Exterior
2013

A series of dining elements is designed to place emphasis on this routine, for the returned soldier to continue to experience a sense of community and camaraderie.

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