Helena Somerville


Bachelor of Design Interior Design Food Surface

Redesign for Fort Lane's Roxy Bar

Organicism is a redesign of the Roxy Bar on Fort Lane which draws on organic architectural forms to generate a sense of calmness and wellbeing. Organic architecture is a design concept used to promote designing in a way that creates harmony between human habitation and the natural world. My design project investigates how organic architecture enhances a person’s relationship and feeling within a space through three key design aspects; form-making, materiality and sight-lines.

This design project explores how the use of organic materials, forms and textures can create a space that is comfortable, functional and reflective of the sites natural history. Fort Lane is currently a purely thoroughfare lane, with no connection to its natural or human history. Creating a new fresh restaurant will increase flow and life into the lane.

Organicism is based on the principles of organic architecture, which uses design elements from the natural landscape of the site, such as materials, textures, colours and forms, to design a space that references the landscape. The design transforms the current venue into a refreshing dining experience where nature can be felt and seen. With this project I have worked to ignite the senses of the body within the space, using lighting, large curved forms and a multitude of organic textures and colours, such as clay, sand, shells and wood. All of which would’ve been present at the site pre land reclamation, the original shoreline of commercial bay. This can be seen in the accompanying images which show the large, undulating curved walls, constructed from a sand clay mixture, and the crashing wooden staircase. Through using organic materials and textures, visitors are able to experience the space through touch as well as sight. The design also creates a natural flow and rhythm, you are guided past large forms and open spaces, there are no boxy rooms or tight corners.