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The Nine Muses by Daphne Kua

“The Nine Muses” Located at the center of Australia, Arltunga Historical Reserve, an abandoned gold mine in Northern Territory. This project set out to explore the isolated condition within desert Australia, suggesting that the livelihood of an architecture works as a shelter not just for human being but also for the surrounding ecosystem. The project is to be build on top of a damaged landscape, but instead of returning the landscape into its former condition, the revitalization process turned the land into a plantation field. As historic as it was an abandoned mining town, the opening of this field research laboratory serve its basic function as a station to related community, mainly for abandoned post-mine rehabilitation program, desert plantation and agriculture, and temporary accommodation for remote travelers. “We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home. ” – Aboriginal Proverb “The Nine Muses” named for its character, as a form that secure the source of living for every passers, which is water, food, and protection. Muse also works as a self sustaining structure which does not depend on people to survive its life span as a working building. This project also looks into several endings, suggesting that there is a possibility that humanization will take over the site in becoming a new city typology; or it might just be left abandoned after a couple of generations but still contributing to whatever comes next, in this case it might be the leftovers – natures. Hence, it is an architecture that has a timeless life span.