Studio leader: Alysia Bennett

Macquarie Point in nipaluna/Hobart is one of the last large infill redevelopment sites adjacent to a working port in an Australian Capital City. After decades and numerous design ideas, construction is commencing onsite under the direction of a development plan that aims to create a new arts, culture, tourism and science precinct.

The 9.3 hectare site is being divided into parcels of land to be designed and developed by different parties. To ensure urban realm cohesion and the realisation of broader strategic and social outcomes across the site, Cumulus Studio and Playstreet are developing a Macquarie Point Landscape and Urban Design Framework. The framework will guide the composition of public space, infrastructure and the interface of future buildings on the site.

The Groundwork studio ran in parallel to the framework project and encouraged students to critique and creatively exploit gaps within the development plan via the proposal of new medium rise mixed use buildings. A particular focus was on the way that architecture could shape the urban realm in a way that could ensure community use which is otherwise absent from the development plan. In doing so the studio aimed to imagine and demonstrate the broader social possibilities that could be created from investment in the new precinct.

We wish to acknowledge and pay respect to the palawa people, the traditional owners of the land and waters of lutruwita (Tasmania) that we studied during the studio.


Back to top