Lord Mayor Campbell Newman recently announced six short-listed designs for the redevelopment of King George Square, one of Brisbane’s key public spaces and home to the iconic City Hall. He said he was very pleased with the quality of designs which demonstrated a wide range of innovative subtropical landscape design trends and incorporated commuter access to the new King George Square bus station - part of the extensive Inner Northern Busway.
Cr Newman stated “We have a really broad cross-section of designs here from futuristic glass and transparent buildings, to traditional palms and ponds. Other special features from the designs included brightly coloured shade sails, a sundial, a translucent structure with glass turrets and retail spaces, an amphitheatre, a new arts and museum space at the rear of the Square, a water cascade, and formal landscaped gardens. A couple of the concepts also suggest reinstating the original stairs leading up to City Hall, while others make use of geometrically aligned ramps and staggered levels to traverse the difference in height between Adelaide and Ann Streets.”
The short-listed entries are from the following designers: Brian Dudson, Architect; Pseudoland; UrbisJHD; Suters Architects; HBO+EMTB Urban & Landscape Design; and DesignInc. “The six concept designs will be on public display in the foyer of City Hall for six weeks. King George Square is an important community space and I encourage all residents to come and view these designs and have their say on the future of this landmark space,” Cr Newman said. Shortlisted design firms will now commence detailed design and construction plans, with the winning design to be selected by Council in late August. The winning design will be constructed in conjunction with works on the Inner Northern Busway.
Also in UDFQ 74: June 2006:
- Promoting transit-oriented development
- Urban Design Toolkit
- Broadmeadows Central – Proposition 3047
- Competitions - East Darling Harbour
- Conceptual Tools - Understanding Urban Regions
- Designing the Small Lot Suburb
- NZ Government raises the bar
- Organising Australian Urban Designers
- Developer’s dollars vs good urban design