Hiding in plain sight
The provision of public amenities is a fundamental component of any truly public space, however, they are often marginalised as essential and therefore neglected elements. These issues inspired Hobart’s Lord Mayor to instigate a policy of improving existing public toilets and building new amenities throughout the city.
It was important that the Princes Park Amenities acted more as a contributor to a public space agenda rather than as a purely functional object. This was particularly so given the heritage of the park itself, which reaches back to early colonial settlement and the construction of an artillery battery on the site. The design, which literally sweeps the amenity functions under a pre-cast concrete element adjacent to the main circulation path, balances their prominent location with a form of invisibility, ensuring the existing quality of the park prevails.