Architecture is usually discussed on extremes in Australia. We either dwell on our colonial past or attempt to erase all traces of the previous.
Being young architects we feel that Australia is currently undergoing a prosperous era of wealth and knowledge. We are rich and culturally growing. We have all the greatest of the West, yet lack the historical baggage of the old superpowers.
Being young architects we observe the classical buildings like the pantheon with awe, the grandeur of San Marco as an icon to what has been, From the tower of London to the Hungarian Parliament, we dwell on these magnificent pieces of architecture and admire the impossibilities these architects and designers faced to deliver the pieces of art before us.
Being young architects we are also excited about the prospects of the future. What's on the horizon for Australia? How will architecture be influenced through technology, politics and the changing attitudes of society. What will it mean for the city if Clover puts more bike paths? What will our city be like when Packers Barangaroo is complete?
We analyse the past so that we can predict the future. This symbiotic relationship has forced us to put the present in our subconscious. Ultimately we are a contradiction to ourselves as we are at the crossroads of past and future.
Through the means of technology and a revolution in ways information is delivered, it has allowed us to leave less room for knowledge retention, less room for the present. The old ways of reading and retaining is long antiquated. Information is plentiful and anyone can access it, This leads us to despise the present. The present is time consuming, the present is out job, the present lacks excitement. The present is thinking when our next pay increase is.
The present is what's wrong with the past. The present is worse off than the future, the present is simply "boring"
We are excited to be here, we are enthusiastic about the present, like the buildings of old Europe and ancient Asia. they stand as a testament of its past glories. In the case of Australia we feel that now is the time for designers and architects to leave a mark. We are served with a blank canvas and it's up to us to paint our futures.
Confluence is the crossroads, it's to initiate an intimate space in the public realm, for you to choose an opening and reflect the possibilities we hold. We hope you enjoy it.
Confluence is a structure which is lightweight yet solid. It's suppose to float above you whilst you interact with the lighting.
Suspended above are pieces of plywood attached to a series of support beams. The beams are lightweight and are to give you an intimacy of your surroundings. The lighting which reacts to how you walk is programmed in sequences.
Ultimately a simple design to take you away from this world.