Hobart waterfront



Within the extents of the given site and its immediate surroundings lie a number of significant nodes for the City of Hobart that act as containers of cultural activity. These nodes perform various uses ranging from fishing port, sailing, maritime exhibitions, visual and performing arts, art education, and museum space, each exemplifying the breadth of Hobart's cultural heritage. The lack of both the appropriate scale and relationship to the street, however, preventing them from fully interacting with the public realm. Thus in turn diminishes their ability to create a corridor connecting the city center to the waterfront. This proposal aims to establish a major public way throughout the site which will expose and redistribute these cultural activities in order to maximize their interaction with the public realm. Four main areas have been chosen within the site for their range of programmatic potential, within which three main space making strategies have been employed. The first strategy is to eliminate existing boundaries, in order to allow activity to spill out onto the public zone. The second is to introduce new edges in order to capture an implied space and redistribute existing activity. Finally the third strategy is to push and pull existing edges in order to maximize the shared surface area between public space and cultural node. The result of this strategy is a continuous plug-and-play event space platform which incorporates public activities into Hobart's cultural landscape.


Urban design



Hobart Tazmania



March 2009