Central Park – The Public Domain Design

Photography credit: Images courtesy of Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia

It was in 2007 when Jeppe Aagaard Andersen and Turf Design Studio (JAAA+TDS) were commissioned by Frasers Property to reimagine the public domain of the Carlton United Brewery site. Their first task was to work with Foster + Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Johnson Pilton Walker, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Tzannes Associates to review and refine the masterplan that Frasers Property had inherited with purchase of the site.

Within the context of highly collaborative design workshops both locally and abroad, JAAA+TDS conceived an expanded and interconnected network of new streets, lanes, parks and plazas across 5.8 hectares. Frasers Property also appointed Turf Design Studio to work concurrently with each architect on specific major projects, beginning with AJN and Patrick Blanc on the landscape concept design for One Central Park.

Since the beginning, JAAA+TDS has played a formative role in the creation of an entirely new city precinct, delivered via twelve major public domain and building projects including:

  • stages 1 & 2 infrastructure works
  • 8 new streets
  • 7 through-site pedestrian links
  • Chippendale Green
  • Chippendale Way
  • Park Lane
  • One Central Park
  • The Steps on Abercrombie Street
  • Kensington Street precinct

Construction is underway on the Brewery Yard, Connor (Block 8) on Abercrombie Street (with architects William Smart) and on Duo (Blocks 1 & 4N on Broadway) with Foster + Partners.

At the heart of the site is Chippendale Green; a north-facing park of terraced, sun drenched lawns tucked away from the frenetic pace of the city. The Brewery’s sandstone and bricks feature in the terraced lawns and flow into the shared laneways. The old is celebrated and juxtaposed with new architectural forms; exuding a relaxed yet richly connected sense of place.

It is truly remarkable how much the Brewery site has changed. Now almost 80% complete, the mix of 4200 residents and 1200 workers, supermarkets and cafes makes for a vibrant urban village that breathes new life into what was a baron and desolate stretch of Broadway. Central Park’s public domain exemplifies how a well-considered and legible public domain framework can both unite a site and re-stitch a city.

Since opening in 2012, Central Park has quickly become a much loved new addition to city life. From the everyday dog walk or yoga class, to hosting bi-monthly markets and numerous annual major events; Central Park has been embraced by the community at all levels.