Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Architects: Jonathon Lake Architects
Artist: Pamela Gaunt
Location: Helena Street, Midland, Perth. Western Australia
Date: 2009 – 2010

Foundation Housing's imperative is to provide affordable and secure residential accommodation to families and individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those on low incomes and people with other special needs. In keeping with this philosophy,  the project embeds artwork elements into the proposed architecture for the enjoyment of the tenants and the clients of the commercial spaces/units.

The main impetus for the artwork is to imbue an uplifting sensorial experience through layered and patterned elements whose visual quality change on a daily basis due to shifting lighting and seasonal conditions.

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The imagery incorporated into the final design reinterprets visual material from the surrounding architectural heritage into visual rhythms, to reference industrial, functional, social and architectural features of the historic Midland Railway Workshops and other buildings.

It was important that the motifs and imagery used in the artwork convey a sense of purpose and meaning by referencing contextual elements that belong to both past and present aspects of the site. The multiplicity of formal, material and conceptual references to the site's past and the present identity is intended to be non-didactic and non-representational. Some of the proposed materials have a historical connection to the location and the role of the site (metal) while others are not ‘new' materials, but their application has a contemporary resonance (glass, lighting).

It is also intended that the lighting aspect of the artworks for Foundation Housing establish ‘a nocturnal dialogue' with the adjacent LED tower by Warren Langley.

Artwork Location
1. Balustrading with illuminated coloured glass panel inserts in x 7 apartments
2. Cast Concrete Wall Façade, approx 8 x 8 mts., with nocturnal illuminated.

Materials and Techniques
Balustrading: Each balustrade x 2 glass panels; paint, LEDs; acrylic mirror; double sided sandblasting; hand cut mask-out.

Wall: cast insert; LEDs; x 2 sheets glass for each section – painted back and sandblasted front; timers; painted aluminium overlay and frame.

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Photography by Robert Frith, Acorn Studios, unless otherwise indicated.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Site prior to Foundation Housing build. Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Street view of Foundation Housing façade.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Foundation Housing façade with integrated artwork.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Foundation Housing façade with integrated artwork.  
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail of façade artwork showing layered patterned glass.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail of façade artwork showing layered patterned glass.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail of façade artwork showing layered patterned glass.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail of façade artwork showing layered patterned glass.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Nocturnal view of façade artwork.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Nocturnal view of façade artwork.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Nocturnal view of façade artwork.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Integrated balustrade artwork.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Integrated balustrade artwork.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail, integrated balustrade artwork.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Integrated balustrade artwork.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail, integrated balustrade artwork.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail, integrated balustrade artwork.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Integrated balustrade artwork.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Integrated balustrade artwork.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail, integrated balustrade artwork.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Integrated balustrade artwork.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail, integrated balustrade artwork.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail, integrated balustrade artwork.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
View showing integrated balustrade artwork with painted metal balustrading.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Contextual view of balustrading
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Contextual view of balustrading
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Nocturnal contextual view of balustrading.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Contextual view of balustrading
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Contextual view of balustrading.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Contextual view of balustrading.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
View showing integrated balustrade artwork with painted metal balustrading. Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
View of balustrade artwork from interior apartment.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Balustrade detail.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Contextual view of balustrading.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Nocturnal view of façade.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Façade artwork in progress – view of cast sections. 
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Façade artwork in progress – view of cast sections. 
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Façade glass installation-in-progress.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Façade glass installation-in-progress.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Balustrade glass installation-in-progress – boom lift over trains. 
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Façade glass installation-in-progress. 
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Façade glass installation-in-progress.  
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Prototype 1 showing non-illuminated glass. 
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Prototype 2 showing illuminated glass.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail of illuminated façade prototype 2.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail of illuminated façade prototype 1.
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail of illuminated façade prototype 1
Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt Foundation Housing: Social Housing Apartments
Detail of balustrade prototype. 
Photo: The artist.

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