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Case Study: RE-FRAMING PUBLIC SPACE IN A REGIONAL CITY

CONNECTING A CITY to ITS WATERFRONT BY ESTABLISHING A NEW SEQUENCE OF OF PUBLIC SPACES, LINKed by PUBLIC ART.

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THE CHALLENGE:

To imagine and deliver a catalytic urban project for the Geraldton CBD which will help attract and retain people and further improve physical and visual links between the foreshore and the town centre. The City of Greater Geraldton acquired The Rocks building in order to provide opportunity to create a new kind of public space and enable the foreshore link to occur.

THE SOLUTION:

1. Create a new use for the recently acquired Rocks building – effectively transforming it into a village square sheltered from the elements and with provision to host events and an ongoing curated public program of activations and curios;

2. Create an art trail from the foreshore to the art gallery using a metagraphic as a visual glue to provide impact and a base from which other urban artworks can interact with;

3. Better connect Clock Tower Square and improve its shade and amenity – the inclusion of the “Ghost Office” – an iconic shade structure that reimagines the original post office building for this site and provides a home for the original clock face; and,

4. Improve conditions along Post Office Lane by providing robust public seating – ‘the “Barnacles”, lightboxes for ever changing art displays and the full expression of the metagraphic on ground and wall

THE OUTCOME:

A new pedestrian link via the transformed ‘Rocks’ building which provides an additional connection between Marine Terrace and Foreshore Drive. It is a sequence of connected and energetic spaces that links Post Office Lane to Clock Tower Square through to the re-purposed Rocks Building as a covered public event space leading people towards the waterfront and in turn from the waterfront into the CBD.

THE DETAILS:

Client: City of Greater Geraldton
Location: Geraldton, WA
Dates: 2018-2019
Collaborators: Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick, Trevor Richards, ETC, Arup, Geraldton Building Services & Cabinets, City of Greater Geraldton,


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