EBD’s masterplan developed from the concept that a sustainable community and its urban centre are mutually defined. So, at the heart of this proposal lies a sheltered public square; an open-ended space that connects the centre with its hinterland; a gathering place where a community might find an expression for its identity. The result is a continuous network of fluid public spaces that extend from one end of the site to the other, passing through, under and around the co-existing built forms.
Our proposed response for stage 2 considers the rejuvenation of the existing Town Hall as a Centre for the Performing Arts, one that incorporates community and education facilities. The design is conceived as a new translucent skin that respectfully wraps itself around the sober brick facade of a utilitarian architecture. The creation of a central Atrium helps to establish a respectful space of co-existence between the old and the new buildings. Media images animate the night-time surfaces above the new entry.
Broadmeadows continues to evolve as a living community. On this site, new and embedded cultures co-exist. At ground level, interchangeable gallery, function and meeting spaces open out to the street: a visible place from which new communities can establish themselves, at their own pace.
June 13, 2018