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Parasitic CBD Interventions

By July 9, 2013 No Comments

page3This concept project begins in a 6-block precinct of the Brisbane CBD, bounded by Charlotte, Alice, George and Edward Streets. It is a precinct distinguished both topographically and programmatically but more notably by the richly varied volumetrics of its interstitial spaces – a product of the tight coexistences of towers, their podiums, and adjoining heritage controlled warehouses and laneways. The high frequency of heritage buildings in this area of the city offers sites which resist the formulaic tower and podium type development, but could house slivers of program which compliment it, providing places for production, creativity and community exchange. This scheme grows out of the rich morphology of adjoining volumes, bounded by service edges and blank podium walls which form an internalised avenue running along the centre of a city block. The proposal can be read as a collection of parasitic interventions, each of which display a varying degree of occupation of the host building. Each aims to activate the existing interstitial space and preserve a finer weave in the fabric of the city. As the parasites multiply throughout the city, a pedestrianised community circulation network is established, secondary to the street grid, and liberated from it, while certain interventions at its edges, become apertures which mediate between the two systems

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