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SUPERWORK 3:CO The Docklands Cotton Mills Project

RMIT Bachelor of Architecture Design Studio // Year: 2017 Semester 1
Students: Cheahong Than, Ebony Hopmans, Gulizar Onat, Lawrance Teo, Leon Ma, Liam Rout, Michelle Zhang, Raymond Cho, Steven Willim, Touchthep Samanchit, Tsz Ki Lam, Yinglu Lu

This studio is part of a lineage of research design studios that simultaneously explore two investigations and continue our research interest in the future of work environments.

(A) Rule-Based Process Experiments + Contaminating Types AND (B) Experimental Working Environment


The studio will be a workshop of typological experiments looking at how contaminations of ‘other’ typologies can assist in re-imagining core architectural elements (form, circulation, program, spatial arrangement, ornament, etc.) to generate new propositions or new prototypical spatial models for the contemporary work environment.

Rule-based process experiments will be deployed to assist in manipulating, distorting, amplifying, shattering, dispersing, (insert action here) the behaviours and qualities of existing types to affect the architectural elements of the work typology. The studio will not only be interested in a process based approach but more so, what could be generated in terms of architectural propositions in this specific way of working. What will it look like? What’s next?


The studio will explore the changing nature of work, its continued evolution and contribution to our cities. We will speculate on new spatial prototypes for work environments.

In addition, contemporary work terms such as; activity based-working, Bleisure Zones, the Frictionless Office, Flexecutives, Convergent Workhouse and more are beginning to emerge. The studio will also explore how these emerging workplaces and organizations can inform architectural ideas and cater for the multitude of emerging working types and conditions.


SUPERWORK3:CO is  a “live” design-led research running in parallel to a real world project of redesigning an existing industrial warehouse to a collaborative co-working space. Located at the Docklands Cotton Mills complex in Footscray, the studio will be run in collaboration with the building owner, Red Tree Trust, and the DCM Body Corporate who are interested in understanding alternative creative solutions to aid future owners in the development of other warehouses in the area as DCM transitions into largely a hub for creatives, small businesses and startups.

The studio will aspire to create a repository of spatial prototypes for the development of future co/working spaces (and work environments in general). The studio will also tackle the social and communal aspirations of the DCM Body Corporate investigating ways on how the warehouses’ ‘public interface’ and façade can contribute to the DCM Complex rather than isolated individual hubs.