Location: Liverpool, NSW
Date Completed: 2005
The City of Liverpool has a vibrant core of low scaled commercial buildings. A number of small retail arcades exist within the long block structure, and these are used by pedestrians to navigate across the CBD from the railway station on the edge of the commercial core. The arcades also traverse a tartan grid of narrow rear service lanes.
The City Council aspired to improve the pedestrian amenity and urban presence of this network by sponsoring an invited design competition. TCA proposed a number of conceptual strategies that included high loggia structures to provide weather protection and visual identity, as well as the idea of a continuous red ribbon organically linking across and through the random locations of the arcades. The ribbon was chosen for its synergies with an Asian cultural character that permeates the immediate urban environment.