BATEMANS BAY is a location of great potential. Situated at the junction of the Batemans Marine Park and the Clyde River National Park, it is also located at the intersection of two major highways: the coastal Princes Highway linking Sydney to Melbourne and the Kings Highway linking the Far South Coast to Canberra.
The surrounding Mogo, Bolaro and Benandarah State Forests provide a picturesque framing to the town. The mountain views from the town centre are complemented by views out towards the Toll Gate Islands that sit at the edge of the bay and the Tasman Sea. As a place of junctions, both constructed and natural, it is fitting that the most recognisable structure of the town is its iconic vertical lifting bridge, opened in 1956. Batemans Bay features several key urban and ecological features that characterise the town centre. The street pattern provides numerous pedestrian throughways between the waterfront and the retail and commercial areas of the town. A significant but overlooked natural feature is the Watergardens, with its waterway connection back to the bay.
In this INTERSTATE TRAVEL STUDIO, students will be envisioning Batemans Bay through the lens of public domain. The new public domain will act as an interrelated network to project BB towards an exciting and resilient future.
CYS! studio mondays 2 - 5 pm thursdays 3.30 - 6.30 pm public domain CSY! markus jung
XPACE architecture + urban design with SWA (Simon Whibley Architecture), Revision of Building Heights for Batemans Bay Town Centre
In 2015-2016 we were commissioned by the Eurobodalla shire to study the Revision of Building Heights for Batemans Bay Town Centre.
To ground our study, we did further investigations of Batemans Bay, its wider context and environment.
Our aim was to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and constraints for Bateman’s Bay development. Thorough testing of options, though models and collages, allowed us to look beyond the pure building massing, to include thoughts about the improvement and activation of found pedestrian spaces. We focused on existing urban and natural assets of the town; the shady passageways, the scenic foreshore, historic cemetery, the secluded Water Garden boardwalks, the Clyde River wetlands, which collectively form an incredible asset for Batemans Bay’s long-term development and a base for a possible future climate proofing strategy.
These spaces led us to consider whether existing urban and natural environments could profit from being more interconnected; allowing the different aspects of Batemans Bay to come together in form of a scenic ‘loop track’. They could provide pedestrian and bike pathways throughout town, for both residents and tourists, connecting to a more efficient parking provision located at the entry points of the town. They would visually connect the town to a larger environmental context of natural parks, and cement its role as the heart of a fascinating region. At the same time, integrative vegetation, drainage and absorbent surfaces could provide passive cooling and flood control mechanisms to respond to accelerating environmental challenges.
These reflections form the base of an ongoing academic investigation that drives further study into passive flood control and climate adaptation strategies.
Stephanie Leyton and Tristan Broadway, Foreshore Head
The Foreshore Head area to the north of Batemans Bay’s town centre plays a key role in anchoring and connecting the town to its historical and ecological context.
Based on site investigation and research undertaken throughout the semester, our project focuses on developing a strategic framework that preserves the pristine nature of the Batemans Bay Clyde River Estuary and its ecological qualities, while also seeking to provide quality public space. Working with existing site conditions, our proposal to introduce floating wetlands and water catchment systems aims to lessen the potential impacts of climatic challenges, such as erratic storm activity and sea level rise. In addition, it will assist in maintaining and supporting the existing delicate mangrove ecosystem. This ties into further re-zoning and conservation strategies that surround the desire to champion the site’s green potential.
As an urban gateway to new public spaces, the project also proposes a water’s edge multi-purpose facility, featuring an oyster bar/restaurant, take-away food venue, education and function spaces, surrounded by park facilities such as BBQ picnic areas and children’s “explorative” playground.
Gamze Oguz, Jake Wilson, Foreshore North
Link between the people and the site: Enhance the efficiency and usability of the existing program and inject new activities into the site to create a more vibrant, accessible and user-friendly space for both locals and tourists all year round.
Link between land and water: Forge a stronger interface between the river and the land of the site visually, physically and atmospherically, whilst also providing protection from potential flash flooding and future sea level rises.
Link between Foreshore Head and Foreshore South: Deliver a physical, visual and atmospheric connection between the Foreshore Head and Foreshore South sites of Batemans Bay (north and south of Foreshore North) to help generate a more seamless and useable waterfront.
Xueting Wu and Chinq Heei Goh, Water Gardens
Charlotte Hobson, Siying Xiang, and Hiu Wa Wong, Town Heart
Olivier Petite, Town Park
Emma Berton, Matthew Smith, and Jesse Oehm, Foreshore South
Sienna Tardini, Giulia Virgato, and Jonathan Fung, Leisure Precinct