UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY DESIGN IN ARCHITECTURE THIRD YEAR PROJECT
Stak, Danish for Stack is named in homage to the late architect Jorn Utzon; designer of the Sydney Opera House. The schema behind Stak draws inspiration from several of Utzon’s other lesser known projects; Kingo Houses and The Espansiva System. The philosophy behind the design was to create a controlled indoor space that allowed for an Espansiva style arrangement in three dimensions. By creating an large high ceiling indoor space with an abundance of natural lighting, the submerged environment of the lower ground floor in the design allowed for contextualised requirements of each program to be fulfilled completely.
Through the analysis of the relationships between each of the modules; circulation, privacy, proximity to other modules and required lighting could be accordingly determined. This in turn created a contextualised design ethic and system that could be fulfilled from a micro to macro scale.
These contextualised modules were then formed into clusters; each module carefully considered to be placed next to or on top of modules of similar needs and function. The negative space in-between clusters would then become circulation. The largest and most important of these clusters was the main theatre; the aim of the theatre mass was to allow for the curation and representation of all 5 types of locally identified theatre archetypes in order to create a flexible and multifunctional performance space.