Which building, precinct or public space in Geelong do you find most engaging and why?
With a design bias for the expression of structure, artistic engineering, craft and materiality, Geelong’s maritime industrial heritage and wool store buildings with lofty spaces, exposed structural componentry and raw material palette provide the greatest level of appeal. These characteristics and spatial qualities highly influenced our design Wurriki Nyal, which openly displays the building’s mass timber structure, services and materiality, and features expansive vertical interior spaces including a six-storey glazed atrium signifying the building’s entry.
In an urban context, the Green Spine linear park project on Malop Street connecting Johnstone Park and Eastern Park is an inspiring example of transforming the existing public realm into a vibrant, liveable green space, that activates the streetscape, encourages community interaction and a healthier, more sustainable urban environment.
What impact will good design have on Geelong at an urban scale over the coming decades?
Achieving ‘Design Excellence’ provides generational benefits, with a universal intent to enhance Geelong’s liveability and the overall quality of life for its residents. Overall, good urban and building design in Geelong is poised to transform the city into a more vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive community, setting the stage for a prosperous and resilient future.
Initiatives such as the Green Spine, energy-efficient buildings, and sustainable transportation, not only mitigate the city’s carbon footprint but also contribute to its future climate-resilience. These initiatives also promote well-being and foster a stronger sense of community, resulting in better public health outcomes.
This urban metamorphosis will further position Geelong as an appealing hub for businesses and tourism, catalysing local economic growth, and defining itself as an educational and innovation hub fostering a knowledge-based economy and vibrant cultural scene.
Geelong Design Week launches 19-29 October, running over 50+ events, talks, exhibitions, installations, experiences and more. Visit the Geelong Design Week website for the full program details.