Design shines at Luminocity

A habitable timber bridge incorporating a pool and café is just one of more than 100 designs showcasing the work of UNSW Built Environment students, graduates and alumni in the annual Luminocity exhibition.

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Tidal - a habitable bridge incorporating a cafe and pool designed by UNSW Built Environment graduate Alexander Galego

A habitable timber bridge incorporating a pool and café is just one of more than 100 designs showcasing the work of UNSW Built Environment students, graduates and alumni in the annual Luminocity exhibition.

Luminocity is designed to showcase the works of students and alumni from all program areas in the faculty.

Graduate Alexander Galego’s inspired design, Tidal, developed during a studio led by UNSW Professor of Practice Glenn Murcutt, was recognised with an Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA) student design award.

Galego designed the habitable bridge to reinterpret the existing footbridge at South West Rocks in NSW.

AIA judges commended the project for demonstrating “an understanding of architecture that is greater than the sum of its parts”.

The recent Architecture graduate said he camped at the site to better understand the history and landscape of the area.

“I wanted to maintain the social aspect of the original bridge where fishermen, dog walkers and swimmers meet to socialise each day by including a buoyant sea pool, a café and change rooms,” he said.

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A cafe under the bridge has a view over South West Rocks

Currently completing a one-year graduate program at Lend Lease, Galego said his UNSW degree prepared him “100 percent” for working in an architectural firm.

“I loved my three years at UNSW,” he said. “The Architecture program is structured around working in a studio environment so you are always getting the opportunity to put theory into practice.”

“UNSW graduates are equipped to go on and work anywhere in the world and will shape the cities of tomorrow,” said Faculty Dean Professor Alec Tzannes.

Other exhibited works include designs from former Industrial Design alumni, including a self-teaching digital guitar and an eco-friendly weeding device.

Prospective students will have the opportunity speak with students and lecturers, take part in hands-on projects and explore different career paths. Click here to see a full list of events.

What: Luminocity Exhibition of student and alumni works

When: 24 August to 2 October 2015   

Where: Gallery, Ground Floor, West Wing, Red Centre Building, Kensington Campus