Bronwyn Phillipps

Architectural Graduate Practicing
First Light Studio

Project Title
Thesis - An Affective Awareness
One of the most captivating qualities of the New Zealand wilderness is its temporality; season’s, weather, night and day, are multiple interconnected systems in ux. These temporal systems are intricately linked and determine the feel of the environment. We perceive this natural temporal environment through levels of experience that build from a ects. Architecture is designed to resist this temporality, with lights, shelter, warmth and more. The limited engagement between interior and exterior also removes environmental conditions that have positive impact. The xity of architecture, in its resistance to the uncontrollable, to the temporal ux inherent in the environment, limits the potential for wilderness architecture to relate to its constantly changing context. This thesis argues that non-static architecture creates a stronger connection between people, architecture and the natural environment. The success of architecture to emphasise this connection is analysed through the lens of a ect, as a preconscious reaction which counters the social and cultural expectations of space. The study of a ect provided a framework of understanding to inform the active designing. A uid semi-permanent shelter is designed, constructed of a woven structural system responsive to both weather conditions and the occupants. The activities that occur within these structures maximise the non-static potential for movement and create a constant interaction with the landscape. The interplay between uncontrollable ux and controllable movement in the structures provides a challenging context that heightens the inhabitant’s awareness of the relationship between people, architecture and natural environment.