_ARCHITECTURE is not always concerned with the generation of newness and invention. Innovation can indeed also be found in the chaotic and disorganised urban realm we already inhabit and through carefully planned incisions into the existing condition of the city, new life can be breathed into old institutions.
_THE PROPOSAL for the redesign of the circular quay station involves a re-imagining of the solidity of the existing sandstone form, transforming the heritage monolith into a porous structure. Retaining all of its columns, the building does not immediately permit vistas of the harbour, but rather, offers a series of framed, momentary glimpses. The Opera House shifts in and out of focus, and the harbour is never truly revealed to the visitor until they enter the promenade.
_A MINIMAL INTERVENTION into the cityscape aims to maximise and heighten a previously unloved structure, focusing on a dialogue between the historic fabric and the city in the face of an ever changing modernity. The resulting steel structure and gentle vaulted roof aims to provide a complimentary vision to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, addressing these iconic structures without engaging in competition. The result is a series of spaces which allows efficient transit between modes, enjoying the vistas of Circular Quay and providing the final piece in the connection of Sydney's Cultural Ribbon.
A short two week precedent and site analysis study, investigating a new urban masterplan for Sydney's greatest arrival point, Circular Quay. This project aims to redevelop the foreshore into a more user friendly and open place, while also proposing a redevelopment of the Circular Quay railway station and Overseas Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal.
Investigations completed as part of a team: J. Tor, M. Wong, H. Lam