Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Hole In the Streetscape - Wellington Centre Hobart

 If you travel around Hobart at the moment, you may notice a few gaps where buildings once stood.  This is the case in Liverpool in the CBD where the Myer Building burnt to the ground and no new building has replaced the now empty gap.  The 'Myer Gap' has an impact on a CBD and that impact, true or not shouts 'a city in decline and decay'.

In contrast the hole in the ground in Argyle Street is not sitting vacant for long. It's being prepared for an office and retail block, including an underground Woolworths and 500 car parking spaces to be called the Wellington Centre.  There have also been ideas that would see an enclosed footbridge connecting the Royal Hobart Hospital, which is opposite, to the new shopping complex.  To view a news story and concept plans of what the new building will look like, click here.
From photographs of what once stood on the site, it looks to be a modernist functionalist art deco style building, with saw-tooth roof buildings to the rear of the complex.

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