3 kiosks for Parramatta Centenary Square


Glowing Mirrors

Client
Parramatta Council
Year
2010s
Program
Public
Status
In Progress
Scale
Small

Church Street Mall in the centre of Parramatta was not much more than a street blocked to traffic with tired shops. Parramatta Council underwent a $5M revitalization of the space, aiming to improve connectivity and re-establish the space as the civic centre of the city.

The geometry of the street is broken to create a proper square (Centenary Square) able to cater for large community events and gatherings.

The landscape design, by JMD Design, de-clutters the existing mall and introduces a restrained, contemporary palette, focusing on a unified ground plane and locating seating and other infrastructure to the edges.  The larger open Square is subtly delineated by a change in pavement pattern and, during periods of non-events, is activated through a significant animated and illuminated water play fountain incorporated within the pavement.

To further activate the space, three kiosks will be built in and around the square. One will house an information centre managed by Council, the other two will be leased to food and beverage tenants.

While of a traditional geometry, the kiosks feature a contemporary appearance changing with the quality of the ambient light. During the day, the mirror pattern reflects the surrounding space in a distorted manner due to its circular shape. The coloured fabric roof will tint the light at the proximity of the kiosk. At night, the kiosks are glowing like giant light boxes. Their walls are illuminated from within with different colours. The mirror pattern then, will appear in silhouette.

Location: Church street Parramatta NSW 2150 -33.817372, 151.003484                    Team: Simon Howard, Thierry Lacoste, Angela Rowson, Melanie Schonfeld
Date: 2014
Landscape architects: JMD Design-Anton James, David Warwick
BCA / Accessibility: Design Confidence -Luke Sheehy
Lighting: Electrolight-Donn Salisbury, Catriona Simmons
Graphic Design: Toko -Eva Dijkstra, Michael Lugmyar
Structure: SDA-Andrew Simpson, Nick Reichinger
Electrical: Electrical Design Consulting-Larry Tan
QS: Coutts Cost Consulting-Alan Jenkins