We have been focusing on the question: What new interior spatial relationships can be made between key stakeholder’s buildings and new spaces within the quarter?
We have been looking at the Ultimo Pedestrian Network (UPN) less as a spine and more as a network that extends to different parts of the city, from the inside to outside. As a starting point, selected buildings in the precinct (specifically the TAFE Marcus Clarke Building, UTS Building 6, The ABC, Citigate parking structure and the Powerhouse) were interrogated, with a specific focus on the relationship between the interiors of their spaces with the public city (inspired by the Nolli Map) and the unique opportunities that these buildings offer to the UPN and the surrounding precincts.
Forensic mappings—from the local building scale to the macro scale of the city (room to building to street to block to city)—uncovered a range of architectural approaches including the spatial unfolding and reconsolidation of operational structures; the infection of interior programming upon exterior space; the insertion of the public on interior space (literally, turning a building inside/out); the repositioning or stretching of “institutional” spaces; and the activation of static spaces.
The studio’s building proposals have been developed both individually and in groups through a range of architectural conventions (mappings, diagrams, orthographics, models, visualizations). Interventions, transformations, and hybridizations of the surrounding stakeholder’s buildings present new and visionary opportunities for the UPN and beyond.