Interior Detailing

Second Year
ARCH 1096

Image from Yale Rare Book Library

Image from Yale Rare Book Library


Tutor: Daniel Seyd
Schedule: Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30
Location: 100.06.006

If you could chose a book to create a perfectly designed display for what would it be? A first edition novel, a rare manuscript or set of antique maps, a religious text, a copy of the constitution, a book for the visually impaired?

Students are asked to design & document a compact space to display a specific book for a particular site on campus. The design must reflect the nature of the book, complete with detailed examinations of key issues - user interaction, the art of display, lighting, materiality, & the site. The size of this space will be approximately 1.5 x 1.5 x 2.0m with the option to ‘spill out’ into adjacent areas if required. The compact nature of the site requires both a precise concept & all details fully considered.
How can you best display your book?
How can it be viewed & interacted with by passers by?
Can there be a digital or interactive aspect to the display?
Could the design be completely digital – an interactive app?
The project will include in depth site survey, analysis & documentation, and students will be required to create a unique design that responds to the characteristics & qualities of this site. You will also undertake your own research on display as well as examine issues of site, context, experience & scale, and how technology could play a part in your final design.

As part of the design process students will be producing freehand & technical drawings at various scales, assessing how they can be effectively used to communicate your idea, as well as resolve design details. The project will culminate with a final submission of drawings as well as a scale model/mock-up of your design.
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Image by Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith


Tutor: Dave Smith
Schedule: Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30
Location: 100.04.007

Students are asked to explore plywood and its fabrication, apply critical thinking and redevelop plywood into Plywood+.

Through an iterative making process, students will produce from timber veneer a series of plywood samples which explore ideas of grain orientation, relief & rebating, joining, and adding of interlayers. Cord, fabric, metal, solid timber, paper, card and veneer will be explored to expand the potential of plywood.

Students will then be asked to evolve their Plywood+ to integrally support a chosen function (sleep, eat, store, study). How can a combination of materials and fabrication processes be used to help strengthen, expand, soften and support? How can these properties be used to enable the selected function. This will be explored through, making, design drawings and 1:1 detailing.

Microbial Home by Philips Design 

Microbial Home by Philips Design 


Tutor: Linda Raimondo
Schedule: Wednesday  9:30 - 12:30
Location: 100.06.007

This project asks students to re-invent the kitchen. Students will design a modular island that can be re-positioned into any home. The design will need to ask the following:

how do you make the familiarities of a kitchen less familiar?

Students will be challenged to remove the physical and practical ideas of a kitchen from their mind, to enable them to create an innovative and progressive outcome.

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

Looking into sustainable and practical materials.
Designing an island that pushes ourselves to re-think domestic appliances and how we consume energy.
Designing a compact kitchen which is functional and spurs innovation.

Looking at historical precedents of cooking, food preparation and food storing. This subject will focus on design thinking, hand drawing, model making and 3D modelling in the first half of the semester. The second half of the semester will primarily involve using Computer Aided Design to document the proposed design package.



Tutor: Chris James
Schedule: Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30
Location: 100.04.004

Our industry is very wasteful when it comes to the efficient use of material. Many joinery workshops around the world are filled with valuable pieces of materials that are ‘too small’ for commercial use and eventually end up in landfill. The sad reality is that it is much quicker to cut full-sized materials down to the desired dimensions than designing with offcuts in mind.

Offcuts will explore the value of these materials by challenging students to design and make their own furniture pieces from offcuts sourced from workshops around Melbourne.

A retail store in the city is looking for furniture additions for their space and students will be tasked with meeting the client, developing individual design briefs, putting together design proposals, and finally making their own furniture pieces (in teams of two). Outcomes for this subject include a process folio, a technical drawings package, and a small furniture piece. This subject will be conducted as a mini design studio and maker workshop so students are advised that they will be expected to put work in to sourcing, travel, funds (estimate: $50 - $300), and time in the workshop making their pieces.

Pictured above is an interactive installation by students at the University of Melbourne’s MSD featuring 2,028 salvaged Tasmanian oak dowels. Each dowel can be pushed inwards or outwards thus allowing inhabitants to leave traces or messages to future occupants of the space. Despite the workload students found the process of taking their ideas from concept through to reality a very rewarding experience.



Tutor: Amanda Masip
Schedule: Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30
Location: 100.04.008

Elemental re-imagines the everyday wall and ceiling surface to recreate and activate the spatial qualities and program of an interior space. This class will examine the interdependent relationship of form, data, materiality and spatial effect. Students will learn the process and work flow of using digital technologies in design development, taking an arbitrary conceptual mass and surface into the next stage, adding details and elements with embedded material and construction logic.

Software: Rhino + You will be introduced to simple Grasshopper and Paneling Tools (free rhino plugins)

Prerequisite – *Basic Rhino skills required