2013 in Review | December

Döderhultsviken | Oskarshamn Sweden | Mandaworks, Adept, Hosper Sweden and WSP
After years of changes in the port industry , demands for larger areas and harbor depth has moved much of harbor industry out of the inner harbor and onto new quays further from the city center. With the goal of developing new visions for their inner harbor, Oskarshamn municipality invited 3 teams to develop proposals for city’s inner harbor.

Tempelhof Parklands Proposal | Berlin Germany | McGregor Coxall
The design intent was to deliver a project that would not only address the briefs need for a long-term vision, limited budget and flexibility but also provide an icon for Berlin, both for those arriving by the air and those on the ground. The design solution engaged with the sites historic terminal, a heritage building that was designed in the Nazi era by Ernst Sagebiel.
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Biomimicry Discovery Park | Newtown Landscape Architects
Landscape architecture is increasingly being recognised as a broad cultural, ecological, and artistic practice. Our approach is a ‘far cry from the old-fashioned idea that design is whimsical and subjective, that planning is objective and fixed’. It illustrates ‘that [landscape architecture] is a vastly expanded field of practice, demonstrating skill and expertise in understanding the context with which the development processes is to take place in order to shape the environment.

Tempelhof Parklands Proposal | Berlin Germany | McGregor Coxall

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The use of the word “hof” within an English translation refers to a courtyard, farmyard, halo, quad or even corona. Historically the roots of this word traditionally translated as “temple”, none the less each describes a state of enclosure and sanctuary. McGregor Coxalls proposal for conversion of the Tempelhof Airfield in Berlin, Germany strategically integrates this poetic understanding with the sites existing built form, history, infrastructure and broader urban context.

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Albion Place | Sydney Australia | McGregor Coxall

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Building upon the existing vibrancy of Sydney’s southern entertainment precinct Albion Place has been regenerated through the installation of finely detailed stainless steel seating terraces fronting the heritage brick facades of adjacent offices, galleries and restaurants. Planter boxes integrated with the seating terraces break down the longitudinal space of the lane providing well proportioned separated dining places alongside the cinema wall.
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Parramatta River Urban Design Strategy | McGregor Coxall

Parramatta River Urban Design Strategy | McGregor Coxall
This Urban Design Strategy for the regeneration of Sydney’s second largest CBD encompasses 31 ha on the Parramatta River foreshore. The project analysed key development sites, heritage items, ESD, open space, water and cultural assets as a basis for building a new city brand and waterfront.

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McGregor Coxall Wins International Waterfront Design Honour Award for Ballast Point Park Sydney

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Philip Coxall of McGregor Coxall and the project client, Di Talty of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority were presented the award in Baltimore.

McGregor Coxall a leading Australian Urban Design and Landscape Architecture studio from Sydney was awarded the highest honour for their 2.5 hectare Ballast Point Park project in Birchgrove on Sydney Harbour. Director Philip Coxall of McGregor Coxalland the project client, Di Talty of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority were presented the award in Baltimore.

The Annual International Waterfront Centre Award was announced in Baltimore USA on the 5th of November at the Urban Waterfronts International Conference on Waterfront Planning, Development and Culture.  Benchmark waterfront projects from around the world including England, China, Canada and the USA were recognized for excellence.

The winning Ballast Point Park project, completed in 2009 is located on the former contaminated Caltex lubricant production facility site on the Birchgrove Peninsula in Sydney’s inner western harbour suburb of Balmain. Owned by Caltex from the 1920’s until 2002, the site has a rich history from aboriginal occupation, the privately owned gentleman’s residence ’Menevia’ of the 1860’s, to a quarry for ship ballast and finally an industrial lube oil facility.

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