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Tracey Mahood


Ostinato: a short melodic phrase repeated throughout a composition.

UNESCO aims to build peace, combat climate change and end extreme poverty through innovation and creativity. Adelaide, UNESCO’s City of Music, aims to ‘enhance and promote collaboration, excellence, diversity and sustainability in all aspects of music making.’

To achieve this goal, UNESCO unveiled OSTINATO:, a canteen and studio, located on Solomon Street, Adelaide. OSTINATO: is inspired by designer Marc Newson and his characterised soft curve, particularly his work the ‘Wicker Lounge’. The concept of the ‘weave’ taken from the structure of the lounge primarily informs the suspended feature ceiling structure. The curve is further seen in the mezzanine floor, booth seating, staircase form and the façade of the building. The ‘circle’, a recurring motif, references the musical symbol for ‘Ostinato’, where the name of the canteen emerged. The circle motif reflects the bulbous forms evident in Newson’s works and UNESCO’s City of Music logo, uniting Newson and UNESCO.

There are three fundamental intentions of this design. Firstly, to encourage the public to interact with UNESCO staff, who have office tenancy on the first floor. Secondly, to support the music industry by providing artists the facilities to collaborate, practice, record and perform. The stage was introduced into the canteen as live music has profound value for South Australia; socially, economically and culturally. This venue aims to further enable and promote the music industry from within the heart of Adelaide. Lastly, OSTINATO: intends to address UNESCO’s goal of eradicating poverty worldwide, by functioning as a donation-based canteen aiming to support those who are unable to provide for themselves


















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