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The Australian Indigenous sky dome and its potential to reshape interiority

Power, J ORCID: 0000-0001-5354-0842 2018 , 'The Australian Indigenous sky dome and its potential to reshape interiority' , Interiors , pp. 1-16 , doi: 10.1080/20419112.2018.1435476.

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Abstract

Interiority is a concept that allows interior thinkingto move beyond the interior space of the buildingenvelope. It is also appropriate for engaging with builtexpressions across cultures, because interiority is nottied to western spatial organization. This paper willexplore Australian Indigenous space and, in particular,the utopian cosmological model of the “sky dome”as providing an opportunity to extend the concept ofinteriority for the interior discipline. This paper buildson work undertaken as part of my doctoral researchby positioning the sky dome in relation to three keyaspects of interiority: scale, boundary, and projection.The sky dome was a cosmological model predominant,particularly in parts of south-east mainlandAustralia, at the time of European colonization. In thismodel the sky was thought of as a vault that stretchedto the earth, sometimes supported on columns. Thispaper explores the ways this particular cosmologicalmodel can contribute to understandings of interiority.It concludes that the sky dome cosmology has the potential to act as a case study for the interior disciplinewhen exploring the conceptualization of interiority. The cosmologyalso enables key ideas to be distilled in new ways.The argument draws on anthropological and historical literaturebut frames the discussion from within the interior architecture/interior design discipline.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Power, J
Keywords: Indigenous space, sky dome, interiority, scale, boundary, projection
Journal or Publication Title: Interiors
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 2041-9112
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/20419112.2018.1435476
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Copyright 2018 Informa UK Limited

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