Cumulus Studio has released a vision proposal for Castray Point in Tasmania. The announcement was made at the Destination Southern Tasmania Summit following the proposed relocation of the CSIRO laboratories.
The architect and design studio worked alongside Destination Southern Tasmania and Tourism Industry Council Tasmania to prepare a series of potential options designed to activate and enhance the historic site.
Director and Principal Architect, Peter Walker said the team’s aim was to encourage Tasmanians to start thinking about the proposed relocation of CSIRO and the extension of the Salamanca esplanade.
“Opening this site to the people of Tasmania presents a ground-breaking opportunity to reshape our waterfront, our city and our state,” he commented, “by embracing our maritime history, world-class produce, cultural identity and visitor economy, we can create a uniquely Tasmanian infrastructure that enhances our global brand.”
The new vision for Castray Point includes three options ranging from adaptive reuse of existing buildings to major redevelopment of the site. The plans represent a series of vibrant, engaging public spaces, which will be fully brought to life by Tasmanians and welcoming to visitors alike.
The design proposal for the site includes a year-round market, a maritime museum and water-edge swimming pools which revolve around activating the site and reconnecting it with the waterfront.
The proposal has caught the eye of Peter Gutwein, Tasmanian Minister for State Growth.
“Investment in Tasmania has grown by an amazing 32 per cent for the quarter and is up 44 per cent compared to June 2017, with the value of projects in Tasmania jumping by $2.4 billion across the year,” the Minister said.
“The tourism industry’s vision for the Castray Esplanade area is well worth considering, especially as we continue discussions with the Federal Government about the development of a major science and Antarctic precinct as part of the Macquarie Point development,” Gutwein shared, “it’s these sorts of projects that are driving our economy and confidence levels to new heights in Tasmania and we will continue to encourage innovative ideas like this, which are underpinning a golden age for the State.”
More information on this project can be found here.