The Masterplan

Geocon, working with Fender Katsalidis architects and Oculus, has developed a preliminary planning concept for the site to leverage the potential of existing heritage buildings into a fully integrated precinct. The masterplan aims to deliver a distinct and special place with a focus on purpose-built arts spaces, design excellence and a public realm that celebrates the site’s history and context.

Stakeholder engagement to date has informed the thinking on the masterplanning potential for the site, including ensuring there are dedicated arts facilities, public spaces, commercial and residential buildings and new car parking. The team will now work with the community and stakeholders to further develop the concept for the masterplan working towards a final design proposal that meets the vision for the precinct as a distinct and special destination.

About the tender design response

'The Design Response illustrates the potential conceptual and physical form of the KAP. It has been shaped by the spatial needs of the artsACT facilities and a public realm that is both the connective tissue and generator for the life of the Precinct. In laying out this vision we have thought deeply about the nature of the public realm and the best ways to enhance the presence of the heritage buildings. In doing so we considered how the buildings related to each other in the past and how this could inform the Precinct’s future.'

The historic buildings of the power house, fitters’ workshop and former transport depot become emblematic within the precinct. The bounding new buildings will reinforce the external street alignments and create linkages, providing excellent permeability and framing views of heritage buildings and the public canvas. Connectivity to the Foreshore and Lake Burley Griffin beyond will be enhanced. New residences will work in collaboration with daytime arts, cultural and retail uses to deliver a living precinct, one that has energy in the day and night, during the week and on the weekend.