Gymnasium, designed by Simon Thornton, adopts the form of a gigantic
beetle, with a head (equipment store) facing Pascoe Vale Road. How
can an architect justify this? Only by arguing that 'fiction architecture'
is a valid mode of expression, based on pretence, like a novel in
literature. While taking care of all the functional aspects, an
architect can engage in a fictional narrative as an alternative
to the more common strategy of employing documentary narratives
responding to site context or the purpose of the building.
Strathmore Secondary College - Gymnasium
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