Design Competition, Cronulla, Australia
‘In the Loop’ proposes a Cronulla Circuit that is continuously transformed to simultaneously be an event and stage a range of scheduled events in order to activate, connect, and celebrate Cronulla.
A new striated surface is coded through its glow in the dark lane markings and dot matrix. This coded surface acts as the host and organiser for the mobile set of components that organise the dynamic space in response to the yearlong calendar of events. The mobile components consist of unique tree planters and benches moved by an automated ‘walkie trolley jack’.
The dynamic choreography of the space can be organised in a range of ways that inform events, support local business, enable a greater outdoor dining experience during the day and night, and create a safe, unique, and enjoyable experience. It can respond to seasons, and climate to provide shade and more intimate spaces, or open up for huge crowds.
Three major events are described in the accompanying drawings. The ‘Urban Forrest’ is the most common setting of the space in which the tree planters and benches are scattered through the space to provide a range of intimate spaces bathed in moments of shade and sunlight. This setting compliments the outdoor dining of the various cafes and restaurants existing in Cronulla Street, and is intended to catalyse more so as to become a unique and prosperous dining destination during the day or night.
The shared one way car and pedestrian lane running through the spine of the space is utilised out of hours for the servicing of the commercial spaces, maintained for emergency access, and may be scheduled to open at specific times – such as the evenings of the working week – to bring a controlled presence and activity back into the space.
The space transforms to host the existing monthly ‘Cronulla Market’ by shifting the tree planters and benches into colonades of shade and respite where people can meet, and enjoy the food and festivities of the market. The space now made vacant by this organistiion holds ranks of market umbrellas. The market is to occur in the primary Cronulla Street Precinct, may extend all the way to the Train Station, and connect to Perryman Square.
For a large scale music festival, that may have a number of music stages in the Pavillion at the north end of Cronnula Street, a stage on the event space at the intersection of Cronulla Street and Purley Street, and another at Perryman Square, the space would be opened up by moving the tree planters and benches to the edges to form rows that protect the store spaces and make access paths separated from the throng of music goers.
‘Pavilion C’ is proposed as a biannual event. Every Two years the pavilion design is to be judged through an international design competition. Similar to London’s Serpentine Gallery, ‘Pavilion C’ is to attract international architects, designers, and industry sponsorship to re-invent and re-construct the pavilion and therefore transform the space. The pavilion is proposed to launch in November, and be christened in the following February music festival.
Light Towers march through the space at 25m intervals. These towers add to the safe and effective lighting of the space, create identity of place, and act as locality markers. The towers also act as water storage tanks. They collect the rainwater of the roofs of the commercial buildings, filter the water, and store it for the irrigation of the vegetation in the space, and contribute to a sustainable community.
The simple paving ‘strip’ that glows in the night, can be adapted beyond Cronulla Street to be incised into local paths in order to extend and identify the new loop. Critial to the new Cronulla Circuit is to connect pedestrians to Gunammata Bay, through the Station, up Cronulla Street to ’Pavillion C’, around to Perymen Sqaure, along the board walk to Cronulla Beach and then loop back through Beach Park Avenue. Carparks, playgrounds, dedicated bicycle paths and bicycle parks have also been an important consideration of sub-loops within the major Circuit loop.