To History

Professional | with Neeson Murcutt Architects, 2017 
My major contribution includes design iteration, models, diagrams, drawings, photography and research through the entire project. 
All materials presented here are completed by myself.

This project is a visitor center located on the historical site of Cascades Female Factory (Hobart, Tasmania), a female convict site set up by the British army. The site later became a depot for the poor, then a hospital, eventually a museum and a popular tourist attraction along the famous hiking route - Rivulet Walk. It is the only remaining female factory in the world with substantial remnance, representing the history of forced immigration, incarceration and colonisation. We traced the original heights of remnant decayed stone walls where the presence of time is acutely felt, and remake an enclosure that gently touches the relic of the wall while opening up to its sublime landscape around. A walkway is created journeying from the terrace to the excavated archaeological foundations, conjuring a misty atmosphere emanating from the rivulet outside. The field is delicately designed to be saturated with planting, poetically contrasting with the bleakness of adjacent yards 1 and 4, and eliciting contemplation of the past.

entrance along the street

looking back from neighbouring yard

fluid interior space

views into the garden

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