Undertaken by Libby Gallagher as director of Gallagher Studio & Gallagher Ridenour, in collaboration with McGregor Westlake Architects, Redshift Art and Architecture, and Equatica
Location: Horwood Avenue, Parramatta
Client: Parramatta City Council
Project dates: 2012
Horwood Avenue Civic Link seeks to create a new street from Macquarie Street to Phillip Street and connecting two new public spaces, the Civic Square and River Square on the Parramatta River.
We explored the nuances of the site, through three key themes; flow, flux and collection and developed proposals that uncover and magnify the unique characteristics of the place. The team developed a street structure that works with the passage and flow of people and cars, the existing and evolving built form and allows for places of collection and “pooling” of activity, water and sunlight. The proposal incorporates long term visions for Horwood Avenue as well as short term interventions that embrace the reality of the ‘here and now’. On the blank eastern façade of the Roxy, opportunities were tested to develop a new seat “stage”. A four metre high stepped “bleacher” terrace facing north connects to an upper level terraces allowing for the potential future connection into the Roxy as well as creating a lower level “stage for performance and events. Housed under the terraces rainwater storage tank is housed with a small café/ or bar addressing the Avenue.