Sarah Merican

Sarah Merican

Welcome to Montague: an enlightening interchange

RMIT University, Master of Architecture, Graduate Project 2013

Supervisors: Michael Spooner & Peter Knight

‘Welcome to Montague: an enlightening interchange’ is a proposal for a new Secondary School to act as a catalyst to culturally invigorate the Montague Precinct in South Melbourne. The ambition behind this proposal is to look beyond the shortcomings of an existing brief for a school and thus offer a more prominent and sustainable identity for Montague that is unique to its self.
The proposal questions the role of a school as a turning point in Montague’s post-industrial-like setting and suggests what an area redeveloped with the school taking centre stage could offer to the current and future community. In addition, the school is not designed purely out of necessity as originally intended. Instead, the school is designed to interact closely with the immediate community and thus present itself as an ‘education-centric precinct’ to the broader public. Consequently, the proposal applies a set of strategies, at both urban and building scale that conditions a new architectural language made unique to the site.
As a result of addressing this issue, ‘Welcome to Montague, An Enlightening Interchange’ tests and tackles the difficulties of transforming this un-ideal site for a school into a turning point for the Montague precinct. In conclusion, the school argues to become a new chapter for Montague’s culture and identity.

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