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The Foyer Oxford – A social housing project for disadvantaged youth

196, Oxford Street Leederville

Architects: GHD (with Chindarsi Blueprint)
Clients: Foundation Housing in collaboration with Anglicare and Central Institute of Technology
2012-Jan 2014

Background

This project involved a unique partnership between Foundation Housing Ltd, Anglicare WA, Central Institute of Technology and the Western Australian Government’s Department of Housing. The artworks entitled Constellation I & II, are comprised of a glass façade and an adjacent illuminated seat in the outer courtyard on Oxford Street. 

The creation of these site-specific artworks involved close collaboration between the artist, the Foyer partners, the architectural and design team and Western Australian fabricators, in particular, Cooling Brothers Glass, Artcom, and Sun Industries.

Research

Constellation One the illuminated glass façade, takes up the entire north wall of the Foyer Oxford building. Pamela Embedded in the design are the aspirational drawings of residents of the apartments, giving the artwork added depth and meaning. Through repetition, layering, and digital enhancement the resident’s drawings have been interwoven to create a pseudo-knitted pattern of tonal greys and whites, within which coloured circular motifs act as high points, glowing softly at night. Permission was sought from the residents to translate their drawings for the façade. The design is representative of a constellation, a group of stars, which together form a pattern, create light and are intended as a metaphor for the notion of community. 

Weather conditions, and angles at which this artwork is seen, give changing perspectives for daytime viewers. An illuminated, semi ovoid-shaped seat nearby, entitled Constellation Two is a companion piece to the glass facade. It invites people to pause, sit and watch the façade transform from its day to nocturnal persona. As this occurs, intriguing new dimensions of the design become more visible and dominant. This artwork has a strong nocturnal presence and dynamism. It actively contributes to the evening ambience and character of Oxford Street.

The facade is created entirely of glass, printed with Imagink, a ceramic based ink, toughened and laminated to withstand the elements, the wall is comprised of ten panels, each weighing 100 kilograms behind which, electro-luminescent lighting (Flatlight) is inserted. 

Media

http://coolingbros.com.au/a-stunning-printed-backlit-glass-facade-foyer-oxford-perth/
The Foyer Oxford Brochure.pdf

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