Democracy needs public spaces, not architecturally constructed illusions.
How democratic are the City of Melbourne’s public spaces? The Melbourne Town Hall, our most public democratic building, has become a function center. The City Square, through significant change, has become a garden to the adjacent hotel and Federation Square Pty Ltd is not a publicly owned democratic site.
In the City of Melbourne today, the role of public expression through the use of democratic space has been compromised. This project aims to reinstate City Square as a public site by creating an exchange of strata between the existing Westin Hotel and the proposed Melbourne Metro. It aims to reinstate City Square as a public building through the proposal of a new public hall, public forecourt and adjacent public program.