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20 February 2019

Melbourne design practice HASSELL, in partnership with New York’s Solid Objects Idenburg Liu (SO-IL), will lead a local and international team to design a major new public space for Melbourne’s arts precinct.

Melbourne arts precinct

Artist’s impression of what the new public space could look like from Southbank Boulevard. The design team will consult with the community before presenting a concept design later this year.  Image: HASSELL + SO-IL.

A key component of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project, this will include an elevated inner-city park and new pedestrian connections into and throughout the area, enabling visitors to move seamlessly from Southbank and the Yarra, and through Melbourne’s iconic St Kilda Road cultural institutions.

The project will deliver 18,000 square metres of new and renewed open public space in Southbank, one of Australia’s most densely populated suburbs.

HASSELL is an award-winning local and international design practice with extensive experience in public space design, from Darwin’s waterfront to Sydney Olympic Park. The team is currently working on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project, as well as major new public spaces in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Based in Brooklyn, SO-IL has previously worked with New York’s MoMA and Frieze Art Fair, and is creating a new waterfront in Paris.

The team’s winning bid puts a strong focus on nature and will include seasonal gardens by world-renowned horticulturalists Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough, who transformed London’s Barbican Centre.

The new public space is just one component of the city-shaping Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project, which also includes refurbishing Arts Centre Melbourne’s Theatres Building, a new landmark art gallery, NGV Contemporary, and a new creative hub on 1 City Road.

More information at creative.vic.gov.au/melbourne-arts-precinct