A plaza that connects two worlds
The generous curtilage around the new Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) – designed in collaboration with John Wardle Architects – opened up a new street edge, forecourt and the previously off-limits water’s edge. Even with a new building and surrounds, IMAS’ entry level was somewhat austere and its extent limited by the adjoining port authority boundary. In response, TERROIR developed a forecourt design consisting of two key interventions to invite a livelier form of engagement by the public.
the existing concrete apron resulted in a hostile environment for those visiting the building, while at the same time being fundamental to the quality of the place – not just here but across the entire Sullivans Cove in Hobart of which this site is part. The two new elements – triangular prisms and large seat-bollards – were combined to create a new set of spaces and experiences without imposing a material or formal repertoire from elsewhere. The prisms literally pry open the apron while the bollards are simply inflated versions of those along the water’s edge.