Room to Breathe Engagement
We sketched whilst the discussions were taking place, allowing the tenant to actively participate in the design process. Together we tested ideas around space, access, paths of travel through the house and issues of privacy.
It was important to us that we understood the challenges around cultural practice and privacy and conducted several conversations with each tenant to ensure that we got this aspect of the project right.
What was the outcome?
One of the most satisfying aspects of this project was the iterative manner in which it was undertaken. We held two and sometimes three independent sessions with tenants to get their feedback on our proposed design modifications to their house.
The work felt like a dialogue as we sought to understand the challenges faced by the tenant, and they sought to understand how we needed to respond to the existing structure, orientation and construction system of the house itself.
This work is part of an ongoing research project to gauge the efficacy of the design and tenancy interactions that is being conducted by the University of Queensland and Monash University. TF.A are part of the Research Team’s Advisory Group and were instrumental in the development of the Research Approach and in the procurement of research funding through the Northern Territory Government.