Located in the vibrant suburb of St. Kilda, the Acland Street Revitalisation project involved intense collaboration between designers and stakeholders, seeking to integrate accessible public transport infrastructure into a new community plaza, prioritising pedestrian traffic, sustainable transport and community input. The enhances the local character of St. Kilda by providing a community canvas, offering opportunities for events and festivals that St. Kilda is already known for, with the Vibrant Acland Seed Grants providing funding to those wanting to initiate activities in the new plaza.
Following the findings of extensive community consultation by PTV and City of Port Phillip, the tram terminus was positioned just short of Barkly Street, creating a flexible plaza space to be activated by the community. This plaza space balances the needs of everyday use whilst providing a flexible and open space for the community to create new opportunities and events on Acland Street.
The arrangement of circular, bluestone paving arose from a contextual positioning of the journey along one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes, route 96. The journey to Acland street begins in the CBD, within the rectilinear rigidity of the Hoddle grid. Upon arrival at Acland street, you are greeted with contrasting vibrancy, both geographically and contextually. We wanted to announce this contrast by deconstructing the memory of the Hoddle grid by creating an arrangement of circular patternation, a new symbol for a context opposed to rigidity.