ASPECT Studios in consultation with RABA ((Richmond Asian Business Association), have been engaged by the City of Yarra to provide three design concepts for gateway themed enhancement to Richmond’s famous Vietnamese cultural precinct on Victoria Street.
The Premier John Brumby recently announced this streetscape transformation will be backed by $1 million from the Brumby Labor Government to the City of Yarra under its $12 million Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund. This fund supports projects that enable Victoria’s most captivating and exciting precincts to remain sustainable and attractive for investment, cultural and tourism activities, promoting greater use and access by Victoria’s diverse communities.
Mr Brumby said, “This project is an example of how we are working with dedicated community organisations and councils to preserve our multicultural heritage by developing or enhancing community infrastructure and cultural precincts.”
The concept provided by ASPECT Studios aims to capture the metaphysical experience of the space and the shared history that migration to Australia has for all non indigenous inhabitants. In particular, the gateway the concepts celebrate the Vietnamese community who have contributed significantly to this precinct, using elements influenced by Vietnamese mythology and culture. Through an innovative use of lighting and reflective materials, Victoria Street will be become a multi-functional and enlivened public space, transformed at night by the use of theatrical lighting.
The project is currently in design development stage and construction is due to commence in 2011.
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