Ringwood is part of the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and has grown in the last decades from a small high street into a dense urban conurbation, dominated by cars. The new master plan for Ringwood has sought to create a true regional town centre, with an upgraded urban train station, a new public square, restaurants and a new civic library, art gallery and education building.
▼城镇广场，the public square ©Michael Gazzola
The Realm building was designed as a shaded box of knowledge and learning, books and digital information, floating above an open and transparent civic ground floor. The building sits as a pivot on the corner of Maroondah High Street and the new urban square, and is designed to be a visually permeable, inviting the public into the art gallery, café and reading areas. Ascending a central staircase, the more private and quiet functions of the library reveal themselves culminating in a tall open plan top floor, complete with reading and study spaces.
▼图书馆外貌，exterior view of the library ©Michael Gazzola
The library’s façade is a fading mosaic of openings, developed to control the amount of direct sunlight entering the building throughout the day, with a pattern carefully optimised based on the interior divisions of functional uses. Seen from the streets, the openings create an abstract pattern, disguising and unveiling the life inside. At night, the box turns into a lantern, illuminating the square and providing a visual anchor to the new public heart of Ringwood.
▼博物馆立面的马赛克窗口，a fading mosaic openings of the library’s façade ©Michael Gazzola
▼图书馆内部，interior view ©Michael Gazzola
LOCATION: Ringwood, Australia
BUDGET: AU$ 21M
Eastland Town Square
The Shard appears in the centre of the space as a small architectural steel folly connecting the town square to the subterranean levels of the mall. The surrounding plaza is designed to accommodate changing public functions such as weekend market stalls, outdoor concerts and other public gatherings. The public space is defined by a strong pavement pattern consisting of three shades of local stone, used in varying scales to transition from large open areas to thresholds.
▼连接地下与地面的区域，the Shard connecting the town square to the subterranean levels of the mall. ©Michael Gazzola
▼广场景观规划，the landscape design of the square ©ACME
▼地面铺装营造出不同的效果，the public space is defined by a strong pavement pattern ©ACME
Grand shop-front portals frame the square, defined by solid stone pilasters which play with a repetitive minimal tectonic form to create an overall unifying identity for the square. Landscape is contained by solid blue-stone edging, curved to invite use as casual seating. Trees and lights break the scale of the space, and ensure that it feels busy and alive at all times.
▼广场四周店面，the retail around the square ©ACME
▼店面细节，detail of the frame ©Michael Gazzola
▼内部扶梯，interior view ©Michael Gazzola
▼夜景，night view ©Michael Gazzola
LOCATION: Ringwood, Melbourne, Australia
SIZE: 58,000m² retail, 4,500m² Town Square, 180m² Shard, 7,000m² David Jones Department Store
David Jones & Carpark
Melbourne is a car-dominated city, with a dense city centre surrounded by a never-ending sprawl of suburban houses. People move by car to get to work, to go to school, to go shopping. Eastland seeks to establish a regional centre in the suburbs of Melbourne that combines transport infrastructure with office work space, medium density housing, culture, leisure and retail uses. The long term ambition is that Eastland becomes one of a number of local centres that contribute to a more walkable, less car-centric society. Long established behaviours habits are however hard to change, and for the immediate future, accessible and plentiful parking remains important for the success of Eastland.
▼商城与停车场外貌，exterior view of the mall ©Michael Gazzola
The new buildings along Maroondah Highway contain a large new David Jones Department store and 1,600 additional parking spaces over 5 parking levels. The building is covered with a ribbon-like façade, designed to be seen from a moving car. It uses two simple elements to create large scale patterns responding to the speed of perception from the highway. The two repetitive types of fins are used in different densities, and different rotations to create difference and interest along the length of the highway.
▼建筑由带状立面百叶覆盖，the building is covered with a ribbon-like façade ©Michael Gazzola
▼商城内部，interior view of the mall ©Michael Gazzola
LOCATION: Ringwood, Australia
SIZE: 7,000m² David Jones Department Store, 5,600 parking spaces
▼ 场地图，site map
▼图书馆一层平面图，ground floor plan
▼图书馆二层平面图，first floor plan
▼图书馆三层平面图，second floor plan
▼图书馆屋顶平面图，roof floor plan
▼图书馆剖面，section of the library
▼广场建筑屋顶平面，shard roof plan
▼▼ 广场建筑剖面，shard section
PROJECT: EASTLAND TOWN CENTRE
EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT: The Buchan Group
INTERIOR DESIGN: Universal Design Studio | Softroom
CONSULTANTS: Seventh Wave, AKT/ Hyder, Hoare Lea/ NDY, Thinc, WT Partnership.