Windsor Plaza is a new public space in a highly contested urban realm of inner Melbourne. The surrounding area has very little open space and the council sought to create more public space on the streetscape, instead of acquiring additional land at great public expense. Two key public spaces were created around Windsor Railway Station. To the south, a new village square was reclaimed through the realignment of roads. To the north, the existing roadway was narrowed and converted to a shared street and urban plaza.
The design thinking came from a contemporary approach to the site’s historic context, its brick and bluestone materiality and the needs of the community.
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TRADITIONAL OWNERS & ONGOING CUSTODIANS OF THE LAND Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Country
Client City of Stonnington
Location Windsor, Melbourne, Australia
The furniture's brickwork is laid vertically to contrast the traditional horizontal brickwork of the heritage buildings and the traditional bluestone material is used in multiple sizes and finishes throughout the place to create texture and to identify pathways.
TEAM ASPECT Studios
AWARDS 2017 Good Design Awards - Architectural Design: Urban Design and Public Spaces
2016 AILA VIC Awards - Civic Landscape Award
PHOTOGRAPHY Andrew Lloyd
The light sculpture is an interpretation of the industrial heritage of Chapel Street and the railway, as well as a playful but thoughtful nod to the glamour and nightlife of Chapel Street. To successfully compete with Chapel Street and the railway advertising signs required something bold and challenging - but grounded in history and detail.