Swanston 2100

Urban intervention and hypothetical schema for Swanston Street Melbourne by David Hollywood. This is a Masters project for Curtin University introducing a new parkland and heightening the symbolic function of the cathedral, town hall and library for Melbourne's CBD.

Plates from Masters Project - hypothetical urban intervention for Swanston Street Melbourne.

A new parkland is created to expand the urban forest. Melbourne is bordered by parkland but has no signicant green space in the centre of the city.

The symbolic value of Cathedral, Town Hall and Library is enhanced. The available public space expanded.

Screen Shot 2013-11-24 at 12.34.49 PM.png

White model overview of the proposed scheme


NORTH

View from Victoria State Library

Proposed terraces to South of Library reveal the southern facade of the Library and give the dome the space to be.
 


SOUTH

View across the new parkland from Council House2. Statues of ordinary people captured in everyday life from different times and backgrounds, yet all Victorian, stand in the streams that feed into the park.


EAST

Celestial Hill and cave under a hill. The boundaries between public and private space blur across a terrain of ruins and 19th century facades.  

Celestial Hill and cave under a hill. The boundaries between public and private space blur across a terrain of ruins and 19th century facades.
 


WEST

Views across park from new residential areas on western flank of Swanston Street. Tall spaces on the first level for community engagement, within and without, 50 metre lap pool, auditorium, flexible large studio spaces for hire, a colonnade below, transparent, light, inclusive...

Views across park from new residential areas on western flank of Swanston Street. Tall spaces on the first level for community engagement, within and without, 50 metre lap pool, auditorium, flexible large studio spaces for hire, a colonnade below, transparent, light, inclusive...


CORE

A maze of statues, reminiscent of the Chinese warriors, ankle deep in the streams encircling an island of grass. The statues are just ordinary people doing everyday things from different times all jumbled. Some scenes are tragic, some mundane, others joyful. Its a celebration and a reminder that we are all part of the same story

A maze of statues, reminiscent of the Chinese warriors, ankle deep in the streams encircling an island of grass. The statues are just ordinary people doing everyday things from different times all jumbled. Some scenes are tragic, some mundane, others joyful. Its a celebration and a reminder that we are all part of the same story