Studio 21

The Last Resort

Toby Reed

This studio is co-taught with CVEN90073 Integrated Design Studio.

Studio Description


The global pandemic has forced the massive world-wide tourist industry to come to a grinding halt. The net result of this has been a rethinking of the necessity and frequency of travel, as well as an acute awareness of the environmental implications of our vacationing habits.

When previously people were taking long plane flights for a one-hour meeting, we now realise we can just as easily do a zoom with far less environmental damage to our planet. The pandemic occurring at a crucial moment of global warming awareness of the looming environmental catastrophe, has forced us to rethink everything. This has not stopped the desire or need for people to take a vacation, but there will most likely be a shift in the thinking about how this vacation should take place. Is flying essential? Should the resort be passive and environmentally friendly? How can we have a holiday with zero carbon footprint?

We are now at a point where we need to reflect and rethink the architectural design of the vacation.

Now we will design THE LAST RESORT.

Studio Outcomes

Students will design an Eco Resort in the Integrated Design studio (IDS) format, ie, with real clients (a developer to be announced), real sustainability engineering consultants (Atelier 10). The studio will investigate how we can rework the vacations carbon footprint through architecture, and produce more sustainable buildings for this typology.

  • The design of a holiday resort in the beachside suburb of RYE outside Melbourne
  • Investigate the design of a zero-energy building
  • Investigate zero carbon loops
  • Research into the space and form of resort architecture
  • Exploration of the history of housing and hotel typologies
  • Exploration of architectural cultural issues tourism
  • Investigation of the spatial psychology of tourism

Zero Energy Loops


Integrated Design Studios: The studio is an integrated design studio (IDS). The aim of the integrated design studios is to explore, develop and test ways of achieving better integrated building design outcomes. The i-Hub Integrated Design Studios (IDS), aim to change the way we design buildings by bringing architectural and engineering integration to the forefront of design, with the aim of designing zero energy buildings.

Studio Leader

Toby Reed is a director of NERVEGNA REED ARCHITECTURE. NR’s projects include the recently completed Melbourne Quakers Centre, The Arrow Studio, the PEP Dandenong (precinct energy project) and urban designs in China. The PEP led the way in Australian architecture for green power solutions, being the first precinct in Australia to be powered by co-generation. NR also makes architectural videos which have been screened at RMIT Design Hub, the MPavilion and Monash University Museum of Art.

Readings & References

  • Architecture and the death of carbon Modernity – Elisa Iturbe
  • X-Ray Architecture – Beatriz Colomina
  • The Art of Travel - Alain de Botton
  • Platform (novel)  - Michel Houellebecq
  • The Energy Report – OMA
  • Hyperobjects – Timothy Morton
  • The Verb List – Richard Serra

Schedule Mondays 18:15-21:15 and Thursdays 15:15-18:15

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