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Timothy Blakeway

BULGA COLLIERY

Phone: 0413 844 690
Email: timothy.blakeway@uon.edu.au

The Bulga Colliery explores the global paradigmatic shift away from coal and the resulting closure of mine operations, the former life blood of the Hunter Valley. This could leave entire communities unemployed, with once fertile land and water polluted for generations to come. The closure plan for Bulga coal mine will leave an unusable, two-hundred metre deep, final void. In response to this, the project proposes a series of interventions which support prolonged and responsible use of the land. Architecture takes precedence from mining machinery and provides opportunity for inhabitation. A ‘liveable pier’ extends out from a subterranean visitors centre, towards the heart of the void, linking earth, sky and water. This creates an escape that provides isolation whilst highlighting the dramatic manmade landscape.

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