UNDERUSED SPACES IN URBAN PLACES: THE TAFE
In modern cities, land is at a premium, leading us to challenge the way in which certain pockets of land are being used. The strategic importance of the TAFE, both in terms of central location and sheer building mass, is not reconciled with its use. For extended periods of the year, the buildings sit empty and generate little activity. This project seeks to test the overlaying of complementary residential program onto the existing building mass, in order to facilitate year-round activity. Inhabitation of specific residential typologies by diverse user groups is seen as a way to generate multiple layers of usage and interfaces between occupants. It aims to serve as a model for rethinking underutilised spaces in urban centres with a view to inner intensification.
- Robert Randell
THE TAFE AS AN URBAN CATALYST
The project draws upon an opportunity to transform an education hub into a new knowledge exchange precinct. The introduction of collective housing to include young families, elderly citizens and recently founded businesses presents the unique opportunity to form a dynamic urban catalyst. The collection of different socio economic genres together with a wide age spectrum installs a wealth of knowledge readily accessible by all residents. The precinct extends to the wider public to include spaces to facilitate the local primary school while also providing semi private spaces for the residents.
The location of the project on the main access line to Cremorne along Balmain Street acts as a catalyst to rebrand, and strengthen this key axis of the urban strategic plan.
- Robert Rosamilia