VISION Issue 31 - Page 25

25 Aren’t they rather strange bedfellows—a community boating harbor and family services operating out of the same building? It is, but it provides a strong community focus. Its intensity is about community. What were the key ambitions of your client and practice? To provide an intense community focus on the intersection of Collins and Bourke Streets. Therein lies a question how it addresses that intersection on dock square. It's a pioneer for the narrow, wharf-like part of Victoria Harbor. It's really built on the wharf and marks a transition in scale. It’s meant to be used extensively around the clock to activate the park and present itself as an accessible, inviting community building. This lightweight form along with the new library you designed with the Clares, rather than the monumental type transplanted from the CBD, appears so much more successful and appropriate. It is a shed that speaks of the Mechanics Institute and Country Women’s Association. It's the type you find in small towns or around Melbourne such as scout halls where people gather. It comes from humble origins. It's the type you find in small towns or around Melbourne such as scout halls where people gather. It comes from humble origins. ROBERT STENT, ARCHITECT