The selected Site, Point Henry Alcoa is situated about 7 kilometers east of the centre of Geelong City, at the entrance to Corio Bay. The point Henry Alcoa was built in 1963 and produces 190,000 tons of aluminum a year, as one of the most efficient smelters in the world and even exported for the Asian market. In this February 2014, Aloca was officially announced its Geelong facilities would be closed due to market influences and the fast changing world economy. Being abandoned and dilapidated, it postindustrial infrastructure left as a huge scar in Geelong context, emerged out the economic, culture and social problematic to deal with.
Why my project is so significant to the Geelong? When look at the bigger context, Geelong has tried so hard to transform itself into an international tourism hotspot, but it still didn’t achieved the desired outcome even after so many years. In fact, it needs a radical and juxtaposition design idea, a miracle that can bid Geelong to be home of a major international art museum precinct like Guggenheim museum or MONA that can stimulates the Bilbao or MONA effect from economic, social and cultural standpoint. Point Henry has rich cultural and historical connotation that makes it can be a landmark to present Geelong, from white settlement, significant original inhabitants, aboriginal people settlement, history of maritime and Geelong economic revolution from agricultural to Post-industrial to be told . It also has very strong recreational attraction like ship and fascinating bird-watching activities. My question is that: Why not Point Henry becomes a must visit hotspot for those people visiting to Melbourne, or perhaps a place to spend their holiday before heading to the Great Ocean road? It completely has the opportunity bid to be the next Landschaftspark in Germany, Ballast point in Sydney or even Highline project, in New.York.“Welcome to the country….. We dance, we sing, to remember, to respect, to uphold, we become, we are……………..” Design philosophy of the project is to narratives and expresses the beauty of nature in motion through the spatial experience in Point Henry.