Technology - Interior Detailing

ARCH 1096


Tutor: Andrew Miller
Schedule: Wednesdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Building 45, Room D

The expanded field of interior design is partly facilitated by emerging technologies in digital fabrication, 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC milling, robotics, Arduino environmental and wearable sensors and  real time simulation software to name  a few.

Fabricating Stories asks students to consider the potential of these technologies in the design and documentation of a compact, mobile, reading room intended for digital fabrication. The reading room is to be sited at Federation Square or Birrarung Marr and students will specify the client/program e.g. All ages/ children/teen/comics/books/e-books etc.

The first half of the semester students will exposed to the latest industry techniques in digital fabrication via precedent research, digital modelling in Rhino, laser cutting, 3d printing and CNC milling. The knowledge gained in this process will be advanced through scale model prototyping of surfaces, joinery and furniture, culminating in the end product of the mobile/relocatable reading room.   

The second half of the semester students will be documenting their design for digital fabrication and assembly and finalising their models/prototypes.


Tutor: James Taylor
Schedule: Wednesdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Building 45, Room B

Concept Apartments asks students to design and document three short term stay apartments within an existing Fitzroy factory. Each of the three apartments will need to cater for two guests booking via the home rental website Airbnb. The small self­contained apartments will offer their guest a unique and engaging experience within a creative and inspiring space.

The studio structure will follow a typical design industry process from concept design through to construction documentation. The first half of semester will have a hands on approach with students exploring different mediums and communication practises ranging from hand drawings to models. In the second half of the semester you will be producing a complete construction documentation package with AutoCAD or Revit.

This unit will have a strong focus on detailing and construction techniques which are vital in delivering an excellent project; as ultimately a design will stand or fall on the quality of its detailing regardless of how brilliant the concept is.


Tutor: Linda Raimondo
Schedule: Wednesdays  9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Building 45, Room A

The project asks students to design a micro apartment with research into re-thinking the way we live.  

Some of the issues that will be tackled in this subject are:

  • Maximising a compact space that makes its inhabitants happy and healthy
  • Designing a space that imitates nature where traditional building techniques become unfamiliar
  • Customising joinery and furniture so the apartment is designed as part of a whole

This project will focus on hand drawing and 3D modeling in the first half of the semester. The second half of the semester will primarily involve using CAD to document the proposed design.


Tutor: Tim Sullivan
Schedule: Wednesdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: 100.07.002 - 3

Green? wall? is an investigation into the technology of living/green walls in an interior environment.

We will be researching techniques of bringing plants inside to transform interior spaces.

Bringing plants inside creates a design tension between aesthetics, spatial experience, and inflexible biological requirements.

You will select a site, and then design and prototype of a green wall system including a section of 1:1 working model. Your wall design should be able to support a plant and should challenge the concept of what a wall could be.


Tutor: Robert Sowter
Schedule: Wednesdays from 9.30am - 12:30pm
Location: Building 45, Room C

A steel hat really isn’t enough to protect you from the elements.

The Victorian bush is beautiful but can be harsh, hot in the summer and cold in the winter. This class will propose a small dwelling to provide shelter and an office for a designer, in the rocky country west of Melbourne.

The project will focus on the design and documentation of a structure that responds to its unique environment.
Living in small huts has a rich history in ritual and retreat, highlighting questions of what minimum requirements might be to live comfortably, what materials they may be made from and how skilled you would need to be to construct them.

Key aspects of the subject will include how to design and document for construction, construction technology, detail design and materials and specification, with a focus on developing a for construction drawing package that is comprehensive and clear.


Tutor: Luca Lana
Schedule: Thursday 5.30 - 9.30pm
Location: 08.11.18

Urban adornments asks participants to critically engage with particular parts of a city and present a permanent design response by way of sculptural public furniture or Urban Adornment. Imperative to a successful design is to develop a deeper understating of ʻfield conditionsʼ as Sam Jacobs (FAT) suggests, there is more to context than the built fabric. Participants will then be asked to test, model and document their proposals.