︎︎︎ISABELLA KONIG


Designing for redundancy is something that seems almost unavoidable within the architectural realm. The neglect of the previously built architecture merely becomes a lingering memory of what was pre-existing.

This project, situated on the old Corkman pub, does not wish to overtake or transcend the previously built form, but rather attempts to preserve the reminiscence. In doing so, the ability to maintain the building and its functions, play a crucial role in the socio-economic growth for this building. Rather than rejecting the role that architecture plays in the future, the project attempts to view it as an everlasting, everchanging thing.

This project recognises the beauty in the unavoidable deterioration of the building. With day-to-day wear and tear on surfaces, buildings eventually decay if left unkept. Labour is therefore required in the form of maintenance to keep buildings looking new.

The project accommodates the systematic function of manufacturing bioethanol from beer, and turning it into energy, as the assigned programmatic outline of the brewery allows an on and off peak and influx of production. Beginning with a distillation process, the host of the project must be supplied with beer for an equal turnover of profit and hence, energy production. The gain from this allows for an investigation into possible redundancy; therefore the host must act as an evolving thing.

The perspective of time as a linear progression is made apparent in this project through the visible on and off peak experiences. Dimmed lights and rearranged, fabricated furniture hint towards to the foreboding and ambiguous idea of future adaptations of the site. The prominent accessibility as an aspect of the building highlights the ongoing possible rise of production. This can be demonstrated through the external staircase which allows maintenance access for the off peak duration periods, and the window cleaning platform, which continuously hangs from the building in order to uphold the refurbished Corkman pub windows. The distinction between time, maintenance and an active entity, offers a new representation of a “lasting thing”.

The structural composition of this project mimics that of a generic office building, with the regular columns and beams being slightly modified in order to house the unavoidably redundant program. Fragments of the once existing building have been scattered and subtly direct towards the adjacent Melbourne University Law building. This acts as a vague reminder of the past attachment to the Corkman pub, as the building performs as a billboard-like structure to the streetscape and the surrounding context.

This project ultimately aims to look into the unavoidable redundancy of a building, whilst attempting to maintain parts of what once used to exist – an investigation into the price index of the site and the new energy production system.