Wearing the city: 2015 teams announced

Design by Kia Achielleos and Celina San Jose (of Hamer Hall, Roy Grounds/Interior: John Truscott) from ‘Wearing the Interior City’. Photo by Matthew Stanton.

We’re excited to announce the teams working on this year’s ‘Wearing the city’ designs, to be unveiled by Monash University Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) at MPavilion on 14 November!

The idea behind ‘Wearing the city’ is to create unique wearable forms inspired by iconic buildings. The project draws on a fabled history of architectural dress-ups. At New York’s Beaux-Arts Ball of 1931, at least two dozen architects came dressed as buildings they had designed—including Ralph Walker as the Wall Street Building, and William Van Alen as the Chrysler Building, and Leonard Schultze as the Waldorf-Astoria.

MADA’s take on this tradition is to team students with leading Melbourne architecture practices to translate iconic local buildings into parade-able outfits.

Following 2014’s ‘Wearing the city’ project, which focused on well-known Melbourne exteriors, a new group of talented students will reveal wearable forms inspired by 11 historic and contemporary interiors, including the NGV Great Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shrine of Remembrance additions and NAB Docklands.

This year, the teams are being guided by MADA lecturers Miriam Borcherdt and Cate Hall.

“The students have developed interesting responses to the interiors with their proposed designs,” explains Borcherdt. “The project engages with architectural form at the scale of the body and provides interdisciplinary challenges. It is also an exciting opportunity for the students to be involved in such a public event.”

Naomi Milgrom AO, of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, is delighted that MPavilion will once again be hosting ‘Wearing the city’, as part of its 2015–16 program: “The event is a fantastic showcase for celebrating the imaginative design minds of Melbourne’s next generation of architects and designers.”

Without further ado, please meet the 2015 teams below. And we hope you can join us at MPavilion on Saturday 14 November from 5pm to 7pm to see their designs and hear from the judges.

Interior: St Paul’s Cathedral (William Butterfield)
Students: Monique Woods, Hoai My Linh Duong, Nicole White

Interior: NGV Great Hall (Roy Grounds / Ceiling: Leonard French)
Students: Ken Wu, Isabella Alvarado

Interior: Heide II (McGlashan Everist)
Students: Melissa Brown, Tess McLaren, Eastina Zhang

Interior: Capitol Theatre (Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin)
Students: Luke Lim, Caitlin Wallace

Interior: Hamer Hall (Roy Grounds / Interior: John Truscott, upgrade by ARM)
Students: Kia Achilleos, Celina San Jose

Interior: Baker D. Chirico, Carlton (March Studio)
Students: Qianying Weng, Jesse Oehm, Lily Fong

Interior: Shrine of Remembrance – Galleries of Rememberance (ARM)
Students: Melissa Paker, James Zhao Jin Yan, Julia Quirk

Interior: Myer Melbourne interior chasm (NH Architecture)
Students: Ruben Digby-Diercks, Matthew Luong

Interior: Main foyer, 171 Collins Street (Bates Smart)
Students: Cecilia Young, Alisha Vasudevan

Interior: NAB Docklands (Woods Bagot)
Students: Isabella Peppard Clarke

Interior: The Quays (McBride Charles Ryan)
Students: Emily McBain, Yoana Doleva

Main image: Design by Kia Achielleos and Celina San Jose (of Hamer Hall, Roy Grounds / Interior: John Truscott, upgrade by ARM) from ‘Wearing the interior city’. Photo by Matthew Stanton.