By ASPECT | OCULUS & Broached Commissions
Curator: Broached Commissions Location: TiTree Park, East Tower Residential Apartments, Flinders St Melbourne Photographer: Peter Bennetts
Designed by ASPECT | OCULUS and Broached Commissions, the design of the pavilion combines a high modernist line with a playful heart. The overhanging eaves and square core reference a traditional Japanese tea house. This traditional design has been given a Western modernist treatment by being made entirely rectilinear. The sliding dichroic glass screens represent a blending of traditional Japanese shoji screens with a Bauhaus inspired sense of colour play.
The pavilion invites people to gently engage with the sliding panels to create a vast array of colour, shadow and pattern contrasts. Depending on the locations of the panels, the pavilion can be experienced as a playground, maze or sanctuary.
OCULUS is a cross disciplinary design studio specialising in urban design, landscape architecture, and horticulture. Since 2015, OCULUS have been the landscape architects for Melbourne Quarter.
OCULUS are award-winning built environment designers, committed to connecting people with their environment and each other, with studios in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and Washington.
Deeply creative in their approach, the studio designs civic and commercial public precincts, focusing on high levels of amenity, along with social and ecological sustainability. Established for over 25 years, OCULUS’ clients include MoNA, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne University, Australian National University, Milieu, Charter Hall, and governments. Design outcomes range from large precincts to small-scale parks, gardens, and streets, through to pavilions, folly architecture and furniture design.
OCULUS and Broached Commissions are long-time collaborators, having first worked together on Hotel Hotel by Molonglo in 2012. Their work together at Melbourne Quarter represents these studio’s first collaborative foray into public art, and is connected in narrative to Grace Lilian Lee’s Embodied sculpture, located nearby.