The Puckapunyal Military Area Memorial Chapel (2011) is an eco-pluralistic design, built for a sustainable future, which conforms to certain criteria listed in Fraud-Luke’s (2002) manifesto which can be used to identify “designs that tread lightly on the planet” (Fraud-Luke, 2002, p.15).
Criterion eight of Fraud-Luke’s (2002) manifesto states that by re-examining original assumptions behind existing concepts, one will then avoid innovation inertia and this has been demonstrated by the Puckapunyal Military Area Memorial Chapel (2011). Our concept of traditional sacred spaces for worship and remembrance is that they should be structured to support and reflect a particular religion. They should also be grand and extravagant, using rich materials to show the power of the divinities. BVN Architecture’s (2011) Puckapunyal Military Area Memorial Chapel, in contrast, has re-examined this concept of traditional sacred spaces and shows no partiality; it has been designed to welcome and accommodate all religious beliefs, faiths and religions, making it quite unique. The individual people of the military devoting their lives to protect our country, come from many different backgrounds and religions and the Memorial Chapel (2011) has shown great respect for these variances. Though its aesthetic appearance isn’t grand and hasn’t used rich sumptuous materials, it is still a tranquil and spiritual space made of zinc, stone and timber, materials that have “life cycle benefits” (Arch Daily, 2011). However, it is not just the experiential quality, or the design of the Chapel, which makes it a remarkable project; it is also the materials and internal structure, which manifest the architecture’s sensitivity to the environment, demonstrating an eco-pluralistic, sustainable design, according to Fraud-Luke (2002).
Puckapunyal Military Area Memorial Chapel (2011) has been designed to “minimise the ecological footprint,” (Fraud-Luke, 2002, p.15) which is criterion three of the manifesto (2002). The Memorial Chapel (2011) reduces the use of energy and water through the use of “high-performance glazing and lighting control systems” (Arch Daily, 2011) and collects rain water instead of using electricity to pump water through pipes. If the Puckapunyal Military Area Memorial Chapel (2011) did not conform to criteria three of Fraud-Luke’s (2002) manifesto for eco-pluralistic design (Fraud-luke, 2002), there would be “unnecessary daily consumption of massive quantities of electricity and water,” (Fraud-Luke, 2002, p.13) which would inflict further pollution and harm to the earth.
I have come to the conclusion that designers don’t need to create the most aesthetic or extravagant designs in order for them to be considered sustainable, they merely need to equip humanity in their every day lives whilst working with the environment. Our planet doesn’t need much to survive, so why are we not meeting its needs? Designers need to pay more attention the materials they use, how they have been created/manufactured, and what they can design to accommodate both the Earth and its population, without seeking to benefit just one.
Arch Daily. (2011). Puckapunyal Military Area Memorial Chapel/BVN Architecture. Retrieved from http://www.archdaily.com/148296/puckapunyal-military-area-memorial-chapel-bvn-architecture
Fraud-Luke, A. (2002). Design for a sustainable future : introduction to “the eco-design handbook.” Retrieved from https://ilearn.swin.edu.au/bbcswebdav/pid-5021915-dt-content-rid-25731910_2/courses/2015-SO2-DDD20004-208836/UnitResources/pdf/Fuad-Luke%20A%202002_The%20Eco-Design%20Handbook_Introduction_Manifesto%20Eco-Pluralistic%20Design.pdf