Cremorne is a physically isolated suburb, cut off on all four sides by the Yarra River, railway line and Punt Road. There is currently only one point at which you can cross Punt road to access Melbourne’s key sporting precinct, which is at the busy Swan Street intersection. In response to this, the proposal creates a generous pedestrian landscape connecting the centre of Cremorne to Melbourne Park. The landscaped bridge becomes a transitional space, where built fabric and park disperse into one another. A terraced urban square on the edge of Punt Road provides a connection to the pedestrian network of Cremorne to the east, which then becomes a bridge connecting the park to the west. The space creates a range of seating within the landscape and offers an outdoor screen for various events, as well as providing seating for the oval.
- Megan Doody
MELBOURNE PARK BRIDGE
Attracting people from within and beyond the boundaries of cremorne, these 3 different urban conditions form a journey for which the site can be experienced. Insertions of courtyards into the buildings create spatial opportunities for informal encounters between the occupants. An overall creative environment arises from these opportunities. The towers invite a progression up the staircase, with pockets of space along the way allowing for pop-up small businesses such as newstands, flower stands and coffee carts, to enhance the use of the staircase.
The Northbank platform engages users with retail and public program within the lower floors of the towers. The built-up urban condition is contrasted with views onto and across the river. The journey ends with a public pool in the yarra, which itself is part of a larger network of waterfront amenties. The riverfront transforms this urban, built-up edge into a softer landscaped condition which benefits the community as well as the river itself. The constructed wetlands filter and cleanse the river, creating a more enjoyable and beneficial waterfront.
- Shigeru Iijima, Thu Le + Jie Zheng
Cremorne is fortunate enough to be situated on one of the most prestigious addresses in Melbourne, the Yarra River. Currently, the Monash Freeway acts as a severe physical barrier separating the suburb from the river, and its surroundings. The project attempts to reconnect back to the river by building above the freeway. Optimizing space to its full potential is fundamental to increasing density in existing suburbs. The unoccupied space along the freeway provides a suitable location for high-rise
residential towers which Cremorne will need to accommodate future population growth. The towers will sit on a platform which will feature a series of connected open spaces with public program. The platform will connect back to ground level through a number of staircases at existing streets of Cremorne, more specifically, the Rosella Factory strip and the new leisure centre. The south-east corner of Cremorne is an integral part of the overall network of pedestrian connections.
- Lauren Geschke
SECTION THROUGH PARK