The New Lubetkin
A Penguin Discovery Centre at St Kilda Pier
This project received the ‘Corporate Culture Prize for Outstanding Final Project’ award at Monash University. Please see MADA Now 2013 website [ click here ]
The New Lubetkin explores the co-existence between humans and penguins focused on contributing to the new vision of UnZoo Model. The Penguin Discovery Centre introduces a unique experience that brings together educational and research programs adjacent to the little penguins’ natural habitat at St Kilda Pier. Miyazaki’s Ponyo influenced the project vision in a semi-fantasy learning environment where it curates the visitor experience into the penguin’s ‘hunting routine’ primarily targeting young children. My design proposal explores a Rachael Whiteread inspired view of the interior where the habitat experiences of humans and penguins are exchanged.
Thesis Concept: The UnZoo Model
Stage 1 : Inheritage Experience
From a walking distance along the pier, a clear casted resin structure celebrates the historical kiosk that was once destroyed. It acts as a water tank where penguins swim in a high position emphasising the volume of the structure as well as showing their capacity to ‘fly in water’.
Stage 2: Above and Under the Water
Through the entrance surrounded by penguins gracefully swimming, it creates an experience where visitors feel as though they are in water looking up, when swimming predators cannot see their white belly against the light.
The stairs leads upward towards the kiosk observatory rooftop. From a high position, the sunrise view embraces the wide expanse of the ocean. The clear resin also allows visitors to feel they are on top of the water looking down just as how flying predators cannot see them while the penguin’s dark blue back blends into the sea…
Project’s Vision Art:
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE FINAL THESIS PROJECT
BACHELOR OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE, MONASH UNIVERSITY, SEMESTER 2, 2013