The question of ‘where does my food comes from?’ is one of important relevance in today’s society. Through transparency in production methodologies, the at times mysterious side to farming is now becoming an important dictator in enabling people to make informed decisions about where and who they purchase and consume food from. This research focuses on the construction of informative narratives within a hospitality setting, that aim to develop a relationship between people and the agricultural spaces and processes that produce their food.
Framework endeavours to construct a series of narratives using a former Drill hall built in 1912, as a case study. The open span shed structure is situated on the threshold between a regional centre and agricultural land in Warragul, Victoria. Through research into farming practices and the spatial systems observed in agriculture, I developed strategies for designing a hospitality interior within this site. The restaurant occupies both the existing interior of the drill hall and pushes out into the surrounding land.
Framework speculates on the possibilities of overlapping and intersecting the interior and exterior systems of eating and agriculture. The consideration of agricultural production serving not just as an adjunct, but instead a formative element within the hospitality interior, has the potential to provide insight into the sites and processes that lead to the food on the plate. Through creating interior spaces that are embedded with agricultural narratives, this project aims to give rise to moments of understanding and engagement, and create an interface between the community and the farmers producing their food.