This large scale urban proposal in Sydney’s north west incorporated a variety of new buildings to form a civic hub for the City of Ryde. Thought of as a stage, a vibrant day long performance was envisaged across the site activated by residents, workers and nearby shoppers. The design incorporated a new council building, ceremonial events space, community meeting rooms, performance theatre, shared co-work spaces, traditional commercial spaces, cafes, apartments, a bus interchange, an adventure playground and sports facilities.
The buildings and landscape were designed to mediate between the density of the adjacent Top Ryde shopping centre and the low-rise residential areas to the north. The sculpted buildings helped to define a variety of outdoor spaces across the site. Two languages of building were developed – tall filigree towers and solid pitched roof volumes.
The tall filigree buildings, inspired by Victorian verandas, have thin concrete columns and wraparound balconies. This language extends to the ground plane where colonnades appear, defining pedestrian routes across the site.