We are seeking design concepts that encourage quality interaction with construction sites at the public interface, and contribute to developing a positive experience of the change occurring within Melbourne for the public.
The competition will be using the City Square and Franklin Street construction sites for designers to demonstrate their ideas. We are looking for entries that respond to the unique characteristics of the site, but that are also scalable and adaptable for application to other sites.
We want to see the large ambitious built form ideas, ideas that involve the public in quality public spaces, as much as we want to see smaller practical interventions.
All ideas should be inherently sustainable from an ecological, societal and economic perspective.
Two new underground stations are planned at CBD North and CBD South as part of the Metro Tunnel Project.
These stations will be central to the CBD North Station Precinct and the CDB South Station Precinct. Concept designs exist for both these sites and a detailed early works program has commenced.
Franklin Street, between Victoria Street and Swanston Street, has become a construction site as part of the CBD North Station precinct works, and City Square has become a construction site as part of the CBD South Station precinct works.
You should select either Franklin Street or City Square to use as a subject site to frame your ideas.
Existing site plans, concept designs, main works and early works construction methodology have been referenced in the design brief to assist you in forming their ideas.
In addressing the design context, you should consider the following:
Rob Moore | Melbourne Metro Rail Project Executive
City Design and Projects
City of Melbourne
Rob is qualified as an Architect and Urban Designer and has been involved in significant urban design strategy and projects for the City of Melbourne over the past 18 years. These include Docklands, “Public Melbourne” and “Places for People” (2004 and 2015). Rob’s current role at the City of Melbourne encompasses the coordination of the City’s input into the Melbourne Metro Rail Project.
Kate Hardwick | Urban Integration and Development Manager
Land, Planning and Environment
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority
Kate Hardwick is passionate about great cities. She has worked as a city planner as a consultant and for state and local governments here and in the UK. Over her 17 year career she has delivered a range of unique urban renewal projects around key transport hubs such as Footscray and Geelong. Kate is currently the Urban Integration and Design manager at the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, where she is thrilled to be developing the Metro Tunnel Creative Strategy, a world first for a transport infrastructure project. Kate really loves Melbourne and is excited by huge creative potential that the Metro Tunnel can unearth...showing our wonderful city in a whole new light.
Tim Leslie | Studio Director
Tim is an award-winning architect who has worked both in London and Melbourne. His focus is on design and design development phases of a wide range of projects and he is currently working on the new Australian Embassy in Washington DC
He is a regular guest critic at universities, a Chapter Councillor at the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and a past juror and jury chair.
Tim is also the founding President of Open House Melbourne, a not for profit event promoting architecture and buildings of significance to the public which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Thom Mckenzie | Principal
Winwood Mckenzie Architects
Thom is the principal of award-winning practice, Winwood Mckenzie Architects. His practice believes in the potential of architecture to create meaningful and delightful spaces that improve lives and the built environment. He teaches at RMIT and Monash University, is a Chapter Councillor at the Victorian Chapter of the AIA and the Chair of the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN). Prior to starting his own practice he worked for leading international practices around the world.
The competition is now closed. Winners will be announced on Thursday 3 August 2017.