melbourne tatoo academy

project description:

This design competition looked at providing a cutting edge designed learning establishment and to help break the negative stigma of tattoos. The street art of Melbourne is known as some of the greatest in the world and the city has implemented an initiative to encourage graffiti. Much like Venice beach's approach to permitting areas to be tagged, the city of Melbourne issues permits for graffiti at certain locations and even promotes these locations on their city's website as tourist attractions. Incorporating graffiti walls into the design of the tattoo academy will help promote creativity and provide inspiration while breaking down the negative stigma associated with both beautiful forms of art. We strive to inspire, influence change, and promote positivity. The program included work spaces for the artists, an exhibition gallery, a housing area for visiting artists, a coffee shop, and parking. The design is intended to provide a distinguished architectural landmark while amplifying the engaging triangular site.