2015 Inception Award | Alanah McCormick

Gone on the Wind

Ww – Why Wool.

Raw, Whole & Growing Wellington, New Zealand & Early New Zealand

Interior architecture is an internal domain, a discipline occurring within a shell and within a perimeter, it’s a practice built around problem solving and manipulating boundaries, curating artefacts is no di erent.
Constructing narrative within museum design through the articulation of circulation is a binding factor to executing the sensorial e ect and experience. e constructed narrative may be rigid at points, free owing and open in another but in ‘ an area where ideas, projects and programmes that are too ‘fragile’ or too ‘young’ for the commercial competition of the central city’ Shed 6 as a site, implements its own narrative ( van Hinte, 158). Pioneer to opportunity and source of inspiration existing architecture, existing sites provide their own starting point to develop narrative, the question within most interior interventions is whether we choose to listen to its starting dialogue of narrative. For there will always be an ‘aspect of their work that will be ‘the real thing’ and that is storytelling’ (Bedford, 27). Storytelling, narrative of sequence, re ection and projection. Projection in the sense of forward thinking, internally re ecting upon the start, clarifying the intermediate and mediating the willpower to reach the end, an end for where nothing is complete or settled.

“ … if I leave out enough details in my stories, the listener will ll in the blanks… more than anything else, then, stories are powerful because they do not ll in all the blanks. ey open up a space into which the listeners own thoughts, feelings and memories can ow and expand. ey inspire an internal dialogue and thus ensure a real connection.

(Garrison Keillor quoted in Bedford, 28)

Wool ‘is bre with a true ‘ green’ lineage that is both sustainable and biodegradable
– which are now highly valuable assets to the textile industry … Wools o ers practical attributes that far exceed man-made bres and as its if grown, not made, its physical cell structure is complex allowing wool the natural ability to breathe.
(Henrik Ku ner, Director of General of IWTO, 18).

Wool is a worldwide employer and brings multiple bene ts to people, products and the planet. Safeguard an industry for the future, this museum is set about to highlight the wool industry need for support to redress its threat to exist.

‘A museum is an institution which collects, documents, preserves, ex- hibits and interprets material evidence and associated information for the public bene t’
(Geoffrey Matthews, quoted in Alder, Metric Handbook, 28-3).

So let the story begin, listen consciously, question diligently. Uncover, actively engage to develop meaning.