David Walsh's Museum of Old and New Art has given Hobart global attention, and now the museum will play a key role in shaping the public space for a nine-hectare development on the River Derwent that incorporates Hobart’s old rail yards.
MONA signed an agreement with the Macquarie Point Development Corporation at the end of October to confirm the two organisations will work together on the site's public spaces, which include the Goods Shed Plaza, the Goods Shed Park and the former cold store site.
The two groups said their approach to the public spaces would "offer an alternative experience to ‘public realm’" and "challenge conventional thinking and expectations."
Macquarie Point Development Corporation released its masterplan for the development in June.
The Macquarie Point masterplan includes a reconstructed round house with a central courtyard, a structure called the Red Shed, pocket parks, a covered public space called the Goods Shed, the Goods Shed Park and the Goods Shed Plaza – described as "the gravitational heart of Macquarie Point." Around 40 percent of the development area will be made up of open space.
The design team includes John Wardle Architects, 1+2 Architecture, Leigh Woolley Architecture & Urban Design, Inspiring Place, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Village Well and Navire.
The 11-stage project is set to be completed in 2030.