Maitland Riverlink New South Wales, Newcastle Building Photos, Australian Architecture Development
Maitland Riverlink, New South Wales
Contemporary Architecture Development in NSWdesign by CHROFI with McGregor Coxall, Australia
8 Nov 2019
Maitland Riverlink by McGregor Coxall with CHROFI
Design: CHROFI & McGregor Coxall
Location: Maitland, Lower Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Maitland Riverlink wins Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design at 2019 AIA awards
AIA AWARD HONOURS FOR MAITLAND LEVEE AND RIVERLINK BUILDING
Maitland Levee and Riverlink Building has taken out the nation’s top honour in Urban Design at the 2019 AIA awards.
Designed by McGregor Coxall and CHROFI the project has won the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design.
The Australian Institute of Architects announced the winners of its 2019 National Awards at an industry event held at Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves on 7 November. 76 entries had been shortlisted across 14 categories.
McGregor Coxall congratulates and thanks everyone who contributed to this project, especially our collaborators CHROFI.
“We are thrilled to see Maitland Levee and the Riverlink Building continue to deliver as an exemplar of regional urban design and renewal in Australia”, said Adrian McGregor, Founder & Global Director of Design at McGregor Coxall.
McGregor adds, “We enjoyed working with our client Maitland City Council and our collaborators CHROFI. The Council embraced our plan that juxtaposes an elegant, high tech public domain with the City’s grand heritage fabric.”
The historic heart of Maitland had been in decline for over a decade, McGregor Coxall’s masterplan utilised urbanism strategies to revive the local economy, effectively repositioning Central Maitland as a leisure based retail activity centre. The new Riverwalk located on the flood embankment and Riverlink public building, designed by CHROFI, successfully reconnect the precinct to the adjacent Hunter River.
The national jury, led by Immediate Past President Clare Cousins, was encouraged by the volume and strength of projects in regional and remote locations across the country. “In selecting the most outstanding projects from around the country we were heartened that such meaningful and transformational work is being commissioned in regional areas where projects have the capacity to act as incubators for regional growth and to stimulate community engagement,” Clare Cousins said.
Read the 2019 AIA awards jury citation.
Read more about Maitland Levee
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30 Jun 2018
Maitland Riverlink Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards
Maitland Riverlink, New South Wales, is one of 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries:
5 May 2018
Maitland Riverlink in New South Wales
Architects: CHROFI & McGregor Coxall
Location: Maitland, NSW, Australia
Work has now completed on the Maitland Riverlink, a public project that will crystallise new value for the regional centre Maitland, both in terms of its identity and its assets. The project will support a revitalisation of the central business precinct, extending it beyond the main street to the river.
The space acts as a kind of ‘public living room’ for the community, reactivating an unused part of town and drawing locals back to the river that is a fundamental part of Maitland’s heritage, whilst bringing tourists and visitors to the town. In recent years, rural Maitland’s town centre had turned its back on the river, disconnecting it from its main commercial and community activities. A series of devastating floods meant locals no longer see the river as an asset, but as a threat to the community. Working with McGregor Coxall, CHROFI identified an opportunity to help reframe that dynamic, then worked closely with Maitland City Council to find buildings which could be purchased and redeveloped to act as pivot for the revitalisation of the centre of town.
The building unites Maitland’s two key assets for the first time – its architecturally rich High Street and the environmental amenity of the Hunter River – providing a greater experience for tourists and locals. The building is expressed as a ‘sculptural gateway’ that frames views to and from the Hunter River and attracts people to pass through the space. The timber and brick arch frames a covered space for the community use, reactivating an underused part of town. The building also houses a café and restaurant as well as public amenities.
The architecture has a strong civic presence in a street full of historic buildings and is a landmark when viewed from the river. The precise angles of the walls, ceiling and ground plane frame a ‘public living room’ that offers a comfortable place to sit, a mobile library, high quality public amenities and a café/restaurant all of which can be transformed into an outdoor cinema or theatre for special events. Handmade brick was chosen as the primary building finish to complement the heritage brick and sandstone textures of the town. The warmth and texture of clay bricks works at the urban scale and at the interior human scale to provide an enduring finish. Unique brick corners help the monolithic brick walls bend at unlikely angles giving the material a razor-sharp, abstract quality.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC says ‘It is important that we continue to invest in community infrastructure such as The Riverlink to enrich our regional cities. It is an inspiring space that I’m sure will see many opportunities for people to utilise, whether for events or spending time in the city’s heart.’
Maitland Mayor, Cr Loretta Baker said ‘The Riverlink Building is a wonderful addition to The Levee and it will really strengthen the city’s historic relationship with the Hunter River, whilst adding to The Levee’s development as Maitland’s premier lifestyle precinct. It’s a beautiful building that we are very proud of and that our community will use for generations to come’.
Five years in the making Maitland’s Riverlink Building is the work of award-winning Architectural firm CHROFI and extends a legacy of place-making public architecture including New York City’s celebrated TKTS, Times Square, The Goods Line in Ultimo and the forthcoming Ian Potter National Conservatory in Canberra. “As a practice, we have always been focused on high impact public projects that resonate with the local culture and community”, said CHROFI Director, Tai Ropiha. “We are thrilled that the building has been well received and is changing how the Maitland community engage with the river.”
image © CHROFI
What was the brief?
The brief was to crystallise new value for the regional centre Maitland, both in terms of its identity and its assets, and to revitalise the central business precinct, extending it beyond the main street to the river. Originally a return brief, CHROFI proposed a ‘public living room’ that offers a comfortable place to sit, a mobile library, high quality public amenities and a café/restaurant all of which can be transformed into an outdoor cinema or theatre for special events
What were the key challenges?
In recent years, rural Maitland’s town centre had turned its back on the river, disconnecting it from its main commercial and community activities. A series of devastating floods meant locals no longer saw the river as an asset, but as a threat to the community.
What were the solutions?
Working with McGregor Coxall, CHROFI identified an opportunity to help reframe Maitland’s relationship with the river, then worked closely with Maitland City Council to find buildings which could be purchased and redeveloped to act as pivot for the revitalisation of the centre of town.
Maitland Riverlink in NSW – Building Information
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 2
Landscape: McGregor Coxall
Images: Mark James, Matt Abbott, Simon Wood and CHROFI
Maitland Riverlink near Newcastle, Australia images / information received 050518
Location: Maitland, NSW, Australia
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