86005 – Design Studio: Inhabitations

This semester, first-year Interior Architecture students work 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 residence, students explore the relationship between interior space, material culture and social identity to develop a maker-space for the next generation of creative professionals. After consulting with local artists and designers, students explore speculative design options for this historic site that aim to continue its artisanal history and give it new use. In the interior, IKEA products are used to prototype ‘IKEA hacks’ that explore the customisation and personalisation of existing products to fit each artisan’s unique creative needs.

UTS would like to thank Anna Cossu and the staff of Susannah Place Museum, Matthew Stephens and the staff of the Caroline Simpson Library as well as Sydney Living Museums for their generous support and resources.

The Whalers Arms, Gloucester Street, The Rocks, 1901 (State Library NSW: FL1228296)

Creative Hub, photo by Tara Blackmore

IKEA hack, photo by Tara Blackmore