The point of departure for this project is the following assumption:
Once port operations are moved to the Port of Hastings in the not too distant future, Webb Dock will become a key urban-renewal area. This precinct will continue the trend of Melbourne’s CBD growth towards Port Phillip Bay via the provision of a medium-to-high density urban design scheme. This has already begun with the extension of the Hoddle Grid into the proposed masterplan for the Fishermen’s Bend precinct and it is proposed that the CBD will continue to bleed through the Webb Dock site until it reaches the water. Soon the CBD will meet the sea.
From here onwards, the scheme examines the edge condition and the boundary between the land, the water, the city and the sea via the provision of a seawall that runs along the length of the entire site - helping to alleviate future flooding as a result, as well as providing a range of amenities along the waterfront for the future residents of the re-developed Webb Dock precinct.
The emphasis is on a set of experiences that the seawall provides through a sequenced procession that runs along along its course, utilising water as a spatial element.