In 2017, first-year UTS Interior Architecture students worked with Sydney Living Museums to design a new creative hub in The Rocks, Sydney.
Taking inspiration from Susannah Place Museum, one of Sydney’s oldest continuously inhabited set of residences, students explored the relationship between interior space, material culture and personal identity to develop a maker-space for the next generation of creative professionals.
After consulting with local artists and designers, students explored speculative design options for this historic site that aimed to continue its artisanal history and give it new use. IKEA products were used to prototype IKEA hacks that explored the customisation and personalisation of existing products to fit each artisan’s unique creative needs.
Congratulations to UTS Interior Architecture students Tara Blackmore, Audrey Abbott and Jeremy Medlock, who presented their design projects to historians, curators and staff of Sydney Living Museums at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection and who have written about their experiences of the project in their statements.
UTS and the DAB would like to thank Curator Anna Cossu and the staff of Susannah Place Museum, Research Librarian Dr Matthew Stephens and the staff of the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, as well as Sydney Living Museums for their generous support and resources.