The 1891 Richmond Power Station in Oddys Lane was used up until 1976 when it was closed as a result of its inefficiency and pollution. During the time it was left unused, the Power Station was used by film and television companies. Scenes for the police drama Phoenix, and Bangkok Hilton (Nicole Kidman) were filmed in the location, which even filmed the Bryant and May Factory in the background during some scenes. The building was rejuvenated in the 1990s to become an office precinct.
(‘Richmond Power Station’, www.walkingmelbourne.com.au)
A FILM-MAKERS BACKDROP
STRATEGIES TO RETAIN + REJUVENATE EXISTING BUILDINGS
An analysis of the north-westerly quarter of Cremorne adjacent to the railway line has demonstrated a variety of industrial buildings arranged in different systems. There are a number of adaptive renovation tactics that can be used, such as extending and unpacking the spaces and redefining their uses. This area under analysis, which can be regarded as the ‘pixel precinct’, will reinforce the existing planning typologies comprising of the teeth, interlock, barcode and island blocks. While maintaining these planning types, the design will also incorporate improved connectivity to the Tafe, Swan St, Richmond Station and the New Train Station, through the reconfiguration of existing buildings, and an increase in east-west permeability.
- Joseph Semeredi & Faridah Yim
KEEPING CREMORNE'S CHARACTER: PIXEL CITY
URBAN RETENTION AND REJUVENATION
URBAN PLANNING TYPOLOGIES
URBAN PLANNING TYPOLOGIES: PROPOSED STREET CONDITION