RMIT University Master of Architecture Graduate Project 2015
Supervisor: Dr Michael Spooner
Maggie land contends with the future of Victoria Park through an aggregation of existing structures and found conditions into a new complex comprised of a community leisure centre, library, public housing, community support facilities and public square.
Victoria Park is a record of the founding and expansion of the Collingwood Football Club, historically narrated from within by the core social, political and moral values of an Irish working class who fought for their suburb, club and community. The relocation of the club activities elsewhere is an opportunity for an architectural and urban consideration of the club and grounds.
The original conditions that served as line between the city and the game are celebrated to realise relations across, over and between the perimeter of the site and oval, drawing comparisons to a city wall through the modes of occupation and resilience of the edge.
This project is a cultural bulwark. On one level it satisfies the City of Yarra’s desire for protection and production of public and community spaces and a necessity for a densification to accommodate population growth. On another it gives cause to a collective memory of supporters. This is architecture for a future Collingwood.