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The metaphysical entity of home is a primary source for one’s comfort, safety and sense of identity. Oculus is exploration into the concept of solitude as an alternative comfort in providing greater resilience through life’s flux and impermanency; to feel at home in oneself. Located at the tip of Point Nepean, Oculus embodies surrounding atmospheres of calm, quiet and isolation. Through incisions and extrusions made in the existing architecture of the Engine House and Searchlight Station, the manipulation of light and positioned apertures aim to facilitate a space for finding comfort in solitude. In circulating through the new Observatory and Lighthouse, gradual ascension in height and an increase in external visibility provides an understanding of one’s position in relation to their context. At the optimal height, the view outward is entirely unobscured. Here, the individual is in ultimate solitude, finding a renewal and comfort in themselves in direct relationship with nature, sea and sky; a context of continual change.

Isabelle Colquhoun
Oculus
2016

Isabelle Colquhoun
Isabelle Colquhoun
Isabelle Colquhoun
Isabelle Colquhoun

Monash University
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