This new annual contest invites Australian architects and designers to develop evocative and thought-provoking works of temporary architecture for one of Melbourne’s great civic spaces, the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International. Competitors are encouraged to offer a unique response to the site, explore new propositions about architecture and design, and demonstrate innovation in material use, fabrication, sustainability and recyclability.
The Pleat Pavilion expresses forms that are as delicate as folds on a garment providing shelter and a stunning backdrop to the sculptures, vegetation and visitors who will be wrapped by the pavilion. This pavilion applies the textile technique of pleating to external shade cloth in order to create a pavilion that bridges between architecture and fashion/textile design. ‘Pleat Pavilion’ is a collaboration between architecture and textile design that looks to techniques in fashion and textiles to transform ordinary shade cloth material (PTFE) into an extraordinary piece of architecture. Incorporating the delicateness of garment techniques into architectural space via digital design and manufacturing processes. Using a pleat technique we will demonstrate how a simple fold, when modelled and scripted parametrically can produce a couture like structure that bridges between garment and architecture. Pleating allows for the gathering of a wide piece of fabric into a series of furled and unfurled forms that will provide shelter and backdrop to the activities that occupy the space below. Unlike Moores “Draped Woman” where the drape is submissive to the form of the body, the pleat allows for fabric to take form independently from the body shape. The Pleat Pavilion will see visitors come close to the structure, physically interacting with it and reducing the distance between visitor and architecture.
Leanne Zilka (RMIT Senior Architecture & Design)
Muhammad Amirruddin Shah ( RMIT Assistant Tutor)
Mery Hermita Samosir (RMIT Major Project Student)
Voon Jane (RMIT Bachelor Student)
Corbett Lyon (Director, Lyons Architects, VIC)
Rachel Neeson (Director, Neeson Murcutt Architect, NSW)
Emma Williamson (Practice Director CODA, WA)
Fleur Watson (Curator RMIT Design Hub, VIC)
Jil Garner (Victorian Government Architect)
Commendation from the NGV Pavilion judges