Maribyrnong Billabong, Australia

Michael Spooner & Matthew Bird

Competition Entry into A City Symbol Loved by Residents, The Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition, Japan, 2014

We were moved to address an outpost of the city. An attempt was made to tackle an impervious gunpowder storage facility, a symbol of Australia’s colonial legacy. The project sought to curate the historical artefact and render its presence legible amongst the advancing suburban growth of Maribyrnong. The new leisure precinct is intended to invoke the zodiac, but is more mysterious. New bluestone walls were whitewashed to match the bark of the surrounding Eucalyptus trees. The interior was imagined as a Martian billabong. The project is established as a symbol upon which Maribyrnong might claim a new horizon for dreaming the present.

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