2015 Inception Award | Anna Manson

Textile Space

Strategies for designing transformative mobile environments

How might a critical exploration of textiles in relation to spatial design practice, develop different approaches for designing transformative mobile environments?

Textile Space has considered the city and its inhabitants as part of a continuous system of movement, expansion and contraction. This project has recognised space as a complex system of weaving. Weaving being horizontal and vertical crossing, intersection, connection and touch. I have focused the project around identifying uidity and have employed textiles to actively direct and control the outcome of transformative environment. The dynamic nature of textiles informs the project in multiple ways. They became a lens to encounter site, explore materiality, develop theoretical frameworks and create a programmatic sequencing for the proposed design.

The project has been focused around the Dadley Building, home to Spatial Design students and staff at AUT. It has been my intention to propose an extension of the level ve rooftop space in this building. Using key architectural elements from the historical site, the project has evolved to wrap the existing building. The rooftop design is an active, energetic extension of the creative energies which dwell there. The nal proposal consists of a double height environment which is focused towards an adaptive and transformative sensibility. The roof design is a folded structure, which is created from the study of sun movements throughout the day. It directs the form of the spaces below.

Areas fold into one another, developing both horizontal and vertical movement through the

site. The double height space provides a variety

of working and living areas. In the upper level, intimate working spaces are designed for smaller groups of people, and can be used for activities such as media testing, which require less light. These studio pods are surrounded by a y tower. The y tower spreads through the open area of the built space and controls vertical movement within the site. This transforms the working environments below.

The design uses the social activities of students, staff and creatives as a way to structure the spaces. Areas are focused around expansive and compressive energies, realising that people thrive in adaptive spaces. Textiles are used in the project to envelope, make uid and conduct these social spaces. The space is constantly shifting, and seeks to challenge everyday living. Textiles have become a motive in which to create an environment that accommodates the uid, creative activities of a designers thinking and making.