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Old shore precinct


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Old shore precinct

  1. 1. ♪╠ DeBOX_DeGRID Architecture M. John Latham 03 6265 1420 PO Box 54 SORELL 7172 © Copyright M J Latham 2004 (distribution copies okay) 1/2 H O B A R T W A T E R F R O N T P L A N S PROPOSAL - T h e O l d S h o r e P r e c i n c t UPDATED 29.01.04 The Old Shore Public Landscape and Cultural Heritage Precinct;  Would Include; Franklin Square, the bottoms of Elizabeth, Argyle & Campbell Streets, the rear of the Town Hall, HCC’s Morrison/Argyle/Davey property, Mawson Place, Marine Board Building site, space between Davey Street & the old Secretary’s Cottage, Dunn Street site, Grand Chancellor frontage and out to Hunter Island.  Would Enhance; Local education and identity of place (the continuum from beyond human history to the contemporary).  Would Establish; o A precinct that crosses and transcends Davey Street and is a clear central threshold transition and interest between the Outer CBD and the Waterfront. o An urban/natural presence of public place that is strong enough to carry a fair degree of the traditionally fickle designs of private developments. o A tourist fascination to challenge Port Arthur.  Would Re-establish; The perceptive psychology of direct open air link and breadth of access down the Elizabeth embankment to the river and beyond. In particular this will enhance; o The central and historic pedestrian approach to and from the Waterfront. o Interpretation of the site, nature and locational logistics of the original British encampment, the ensuing buildings and the seeding of Elizabeth Street. o Outlook from Franklin Square, the rear of the Town Hall, other buildings (including the TMAG Annex if modified, HEC Building [potential hotel]) and conversely from the water and docks toward the city. In addition the endemic link to Mount Wellington, the Domain, Rosny Point and South Arm will be enhanced. Thus reintroducing some strength of presence of the broader landscape and river banks.  Would Diminish; The “Davey Street barrier” concept. The public psychology of this “barrier” is worst where the pedestrian is most detracted from her perception of the approached amenity of the Cove, by the loud announcement of “barrier”. This worst
  2. 2. ♪╠ DeBOX_DeGRID Architecture M. John Latham 03 6265 1420 PO Box 54 SORELL 7172 © Copyright M J Latham 2004 (distribution copies okay) 2/2 place is the crossing at the Elizabeth western footpath. As in the other places that announce the “barrier”, street-furniture design can subdue the announcement. Pedestrian comforts, screening, distractions, & focus controls play down the bitumen expanses, close noisy vehicles and other detractions whilst playing up simple comfort & the beckoning and anticipation of the Cove amenity being approached. The designs would in effect be marketing with appropriate packaging and salesmanship. Note how the HCC Art Deco building at pedestrian level discourages crossing with a cold hard face, an anomaly in the stroll to the Cove past sandstone and garden. It’s more fun to cross in the return direction, despite the uphill. Why is the “barrier” issue milder at the Campbell Street crossing? There are logical design tricks to significantly reduce the “barrier” perception from both sides of the road. The making of a prominent transition by defining the old shorescape is one – hereby denying the concept that Davey Street is the transition. Using street designs is another.  Would Indicate; o The Original Shorescape of the area as a landscape complement to the built ‘Wall of the Cove’ and as a contribution to the diminution of the “Davey Street barrier” concept. This would be done by some reinstatement of endemic trees (and footpath pergolas and other design devices) at Hunter Island, Grand Chancellor (Davey/Campbell), mid-(modified) Campbell Street, Dunn Street Site, at the old TMAG entrance and Macquarie corner, part of the Town Hall Argyle garden, part of the rear of the Town Hall, mid Elizabeth Street, the Davey Street corner of Franklin Square and mid Davey Street. Adjustment of some relatively minor priority conventions will be necessary (as always when innovation is truly progress). o The urban placeTransition between the Cove and the Outer CBD – moving through a glade of casuarinas, wattles, gums, sculpture/pavings, pergolas. This transition also modifies our visual perceptual psychology and thus the impact of the Davey crossing. This perspective will be further enhanced with design cues that relate the ‘floor of the new precinct’ to the embankment such as coordinated street furnishings and paving.  Would Provide a supportive context; o For Thematic Commerce such as ‘The First Jetty Café’ and the ‘Wading Bird Gallery’ in Council’s waterfront buildings, ‘Settlement Museum and The Rooftop First Tent Tea Rooms’ at rear of Town Hall. ‘Nibbaloona Sandflats & Causeway Garden’ at the Grand Chancellor. Whole of precinct tourist commerce and spin-off to the greater Cove and the CBD – including indication of first convict camp near Elizabeth Mall and its relationship to Port Arthur inmates. o For Vitalising Public Places such as a Franklin Square viewing deck, relating also to a small landscaped interpretation site (and potential new building with decks) at the Town Hall, which in turn, by design, relates to Mawson Place and a new water-plaza at the bottom (beginning) of Elizabeth Street. Small and large native tree-sheltered seatings with interpretive sculptures and pavings at Argyle, Campbell and Hunter Streets strictly limited to endemic locations. A precinctually appropriate Cultural Centre at the Dunn Street Site that relates to the original rivulet landscape rather than the street grid. A huge encouragement for highlighting Hunter Island as the umbilical of Hobart. A huge plus for giving the bottom end of Elizabeth Street and Elizabeth Pier their non-‘brownboxed’ due.
  3. 3. ♪╠ DeBOX_DeGRID Architecture M. John Latham 03 6265 1420 PO Box 54 SORELL 7172 © Copyright M J Latham 2004 (distribution copies okay) 3/2  Would Cost Including new plantings, space-making and view fundamentals, minimum necessary public placemaking installations and pavings, associated developmental public relations including underpinning precinctual character development and an opening ceremony ( ie the creation of a unique place to challenge Port Arthur); Say $25 million, excluding new buildings but including removal of the big brown box (This removal will seriously lift the profile, air calm and opportunity of the adjacent heritage buildings and provide a ready-made hole for a water feature. It will also enhance the view, among others, as one enters the Waterfront by Davey Street and from Hunter Street.) From ocal, State and National funds. NOTE: This proposal is a preliminary notion that must be subjected to stakeholder, detail and specialist analysis and confirmations. ■ THANKS MJL 26.1.04