Australia House

Architectural Competition

Design direction: Julian Worrall, in collaboration with Femke Bijlsma and Samson Adjei.

Supported by: Shingei Katsu (葛 沁芸), Shota Horii (堀井 将太), Fumika Morito (森藤 文華), Leanie van der Vyver.

Australia House is a space for Australian artists to live, create, and display work in the midst of the landscapes and villages in the highlands of Niigata prefecture, and forms an important site in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field. Originally housed in a 150-year-old minka, the building was destroyed in the early hours of March 12, 2011 by a large aftershock of the March 11 disaster. An architectural competition was held for proposals for a new building.

Proposal

As a base for the production and reception of artworks linking global experiences to local communities, our proposal draws inspiration from the landscapes, seasons, and material culture of the Echigo-Tsumari region, combined with the openness, flexibility, and relaxed character of Australian people and spaces.

Three two-story artists’ huts are linked together by a 10m square platform and roof structure, rigid enough to resist the heavy snow. The ground level provides a public platform for the making and communicating of art, and can be opened up to the environment and community. The upper levels of the huts provide an elevated private realm for artistic retreat. Mobile furniture and equipment at the huts’ feet service the public platform.

A model of LLLABO’s proposal is shown here.

This is the submitted competition panel. Click to view larger.