The rhythmic repetitive geometry of the artwork designs for The Crest Apartments evolved through an extensive design development phase, across a series of iterative refinements. Initial inspiration came from the unique siting of the of building, high on a rise, looking out to Burswood Penisula and a distinctive neck-bend in the Swan River. Residents at upper levels here will enjoy the benefit of views across those meandering waters of the river. Contemplation of tidal fluctuations in levels, and of surface movements of that water body, have informed the creation of an abstracted rhythmic pattern repeat motif, which translates both two and three dimensions into a compelling physical geometry.
An elaboration of the conceptual relationship with fluid surfaces has been achieved through selection of a unique material finish for the artwork - a spectra material that shimmers, shifts, and changes hue as one’s position and angle of sight varies and as light plays across its angles and folds. Different wavelengths of light are reflected back to the viewer resulting in an ever-changing gradient.
Artwork motif is derived from the abstraction of water surface ripples - a natural phenomenon often observed across Swan River waters
Computational design was used to rationalise the panel types, in order to minimise the number of unique panels. Unfortunately we were engaged after the design had been finalised, and therefore were unable to feedback into decisions made by the architect and client.
The curve of the facade was irregular, and therefore made it impossible to reduce the the panel types down any further that what is shown.
Due to the nature of the process, artists typically get invited to design their integrated artworks after the building has been designed. This causes complications and inefficiencies in the design, fabrication and installation of integrated artworks.
If we had the opportunity work on this project again, and were lucky enough to be engaged during the design development stage, we would ideally have worked collaboratively with the architects to redesign the wall to allow for a more efficient and optimised solution.