The site’s former private parking space and saw-tooth buildings have been transformed from their industrial and underused state into a vibrant Community Hub. The injection and reuse of the existing saw-tooth buildings along with new additions has preserved the history and industrial identity of Cremorne. The introduction of mixed public programs including cultural/public, educational, retail and amenities all assist in injecting new life and creating a lively atmosphere.
Drawing inspiration from the existing urban fabric and street condition, the public networks strategy is extended to create pedestrian paths through the site which provide direct connections
to the Learning City, Melbourne Park Bridge and elevated platform. The maintained human scale of the buildings encourages public social exchanges creating a more intimate Community Hub.
The integration of complementary programs allows flexibility in changing spaces and activating the space throughout the day. Its central location will ensure the space is activated at all times by locals, workers, students and visitors. The revitalisation of the site into a vibrant public space will provide the people of Cremorne with a gathering space to socialise and reconnect with the public creating a stronger community atmosphere.
- Laura Donato