Crow’s Nest Townhall
Sebastian Tiong & Vlad Trofimov
The brief of the project called for the design of an underground metro station and redevelopment of the surrounding urban area. The site of the project is situated in Crow’s Nest, which will be a major hub along the Sydney north west metro line. It is within an area designated as the Sydney global economic corridor, under the The Greater Sydney Region Plan.
Geopolitically, the site is at the intersection of three of Sydney’s councils. In light of recent movement toward the centralisation of local government, our project takes up the hypothetical scenario of the amalgamation of North Sydney, Willoughby and Lane Cove councils. The site is geographically central within its new jurisdiction. As well as having symbolic quality as a result of its geographic position, the site’s new interconnection within the greater health, economic and education belt will be beneficial for a programme of civic character. Thus this site is a geographically and logistically ideal location for a new civic centre and local administration programme.
Our urban intervention aims to resolve the tension in the fragmented urban fabric as well as the discordant architectural context. The diverse architectural and urban character of Crows Nest is accentuated and improved by been woven into a single uniting urban fabric. The dialogue between fragment and whole is explored through all scales within the project, from the masterplan to the architectural detailing.