Design our Ryde
Design Our Ryde competition is an open call for ideas to redevelop the city center of Ryde has as a goal through Ryde an extensive program: to provide accommodation for local government council operations (Civic Centre and Civic Council); to offer a range of multifunctional spaces, both open and enclosed, to support community needs; to house office and retail space to enhance employment and service local requirements; to provide apartment dwellings; To implement improved connectivity for pedestrian access from adjacent precincts and to the Top Ryde City shopping center, its eastern neighbor; to seek improved links to bus services.
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As the main project goal is to offer a biff portion of public space, the built program is concentrated on the southeast part, where the urban scale is of bigger density, freeing the rest of the site (mainly housing and low-density area) to a park/plaza. While the ground level is mainly occupied by this plaza and also by a big multifunctional hall which connects the main programmatic elements, the roof of the big public building which encloses the southeast part of the site is used as an elevated street, thus doubling the public space and open-air spaces, providing distinctive character areas. In that sense, this elevated street is connected with the plaza through a staircase which serves as an effective lounge and auditorium space, on the top of which there is the theatre. Besides, this elevated street connects with the rest of the program and with the existing accesses to the Top Ryde City shopping center.
A big multifunctional covered space which operates as a foyer is also implemented, for multiple activities and as an entry and meeting area for all the public program, improving horizontal and vertical connectivity.
A bus terminal is created on the edge of the most traffic street thus improving the site’s connectivity.
The geometry of the main building is segmented into towers in order to potentiate the urban scale relationship on the site and with its surroundings, while at the same time it creates different views and allows an improved air circulation and natural lighting conditions.
Mixed use (administration, retail, housing, cultural)
Ryde, Sydney, Australia
Miguel Roque, Paulo Vale Afonso, Rui Santos
City of Ryde
30 000 m²
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