MORE INFO for
your submission and an some explanation of modernist architecture :- scroll down ....
PROCESS : Two Information sessions were held this year on the current plans - one evening one and
one on a weekend in March and later two workshops in May
March 2014 - Info Sessions
In March this year, Council released the Civic
Precinct Draft Master Plan, which provides the guiding framework for the future of the Civic Precinct on Upper Heidelberg Road.
Residents were dismayed to see :-
1. - much Council
owned and current car park land allocated to private interests and housing
2. - the demolition of the current 3 Storey Modernist Library;
- and all despite several years of reminding Council that the CIVIC site was to remain ONLY for CIVIC purposes
(- Earlier rumours of a motel and convention complex destined for the site. caused a strong
public reaction against such a move earier - in 2008 a large meeting held by Council condemned such ideas ) BUT actually the current Plans look somewhat similar ? ..
Above: The atrium reading
area of the current Library
May 2014 - 2 Workshops
These became quite agitated though - when residents started realizing how much of the Plan seemed to include
privatisation of COUNCIL LAND and also that the current modernist style, purpose built, 60's Library with wonderful CITY VIEWS was to be demolished and relocated further to the north on the site ( against the current STATE HERITAGE LISTED
Residents were also concerned with the large number of proposed NEW USES on the site and the very moderate extra parking envisaged.
The two consultation workshops, provided the opportunity to discuss THREE main issues -
parking and traffic management, heritage, and public space. The priorities and concerns of those who attended were recorded and will potentially inform a revised draft Master Plan to be
sent to Council on June 23rd - we were told
Concerns at these workshops were mired in some confusion at times, - as many attending had NOT been to the earlier info sessions in March, and were still gaining an understanding
of the Plans during the sessions .. - Similar issues to the earlier sessions were, in the main, raised, but with more time available - in much more detail.
Despite having quite well organised worksops, the
degree of EVEN GREATER PRIVATISATION of PUBLIC LAND was probaly NOT COMPLETELY appparent. Most attendees probably did not realize this at all, and some only discovered this AFTER the PUBLIC workshops were OVER. - SOME SITES
to be privatised in the Plans were actually OUTSIDE of the Civic Precinct area and in spaces to the West and South across Ivanhoe Parade People really thought they were discussing the current Civic Site Only . - YET these areas outside of that
site MADE UP PART OF THE PLAN ( when you actually read all of the Documentation !
Residents were in much dispute over the proposed plans and many feel very unhappy that there was actually NOT a sincere consultation where residents views
are really being taken seriously. ( IE Many aspects of the Plan appear LOCKED IN ) It is hoped that Council will find that the consultation needs to be expanded and worked through in more deatil for this site
Local Councillor input
The Local ward Councillor does NOT appear to have a proper understanding of the architectural and design significance of the CURRENT library.
CR Mulholland seems to be advocating for far too many uses on the site as well.
The site is an island site in the main, and hemmed in closley by narrow residential streets. Safe car access to the busy arterial of Upper Heidlebrg Rd is
a limiting factor for the site which has not seriously been contemplated - in suggesting so many high intensity uses
WHERE TO SEE THE PLANS
recent configuration of the lower floor showing one of the two staircases and the rear west wall = which would be suitable for expansion
TO SEE the Plans for the Civic Precinct go to Councils website at http://www.banyule.vic.gov.au/Services/Planning/Activity-Areas/Ivanhoe-Civic-Precinct-Master-plan Please
especially read the last part of the document to find a matrix showing significant changes from Public to Private Land Use
Despite having missed the closing date for submissions - Fairy Hills Ivanhoe encourages you to send a submsiion to Council before the June 23rd Council
Meeting The COUNCILLORS and the relevant staff - can be reached via the Councils enquiry email firstname.lastname@example.org Ensure
you detail the intended recipients in both the subject line and in the body of the email EG to all Councillors OR to Ivanhoe Project staff or BOTH !
Opposite Right -Talk at
the top level of the Library - CR Mullholland speaking - A large meeting room and a smaller space ( still with city views ) with coffe facilities is available
WHAT ARE THE MAIN CONCERNS ?
- We suggest you focus on
1. Whether an increase in activity is warranted on the island site and whether you can suggest parking
and traffic solutions that keep the site usuable and still be able to carry out its main civic functions as Library, Meeting Place and Town Hall
2. Whether the various parcels of land ( at least three separate ones ) should be privatised
3. Whether the valued modernist Library should be destroyed or just EXTENDED - thus keeping :-
A. its southern facade to the city - with amazing views at all
B.-Its open atrium relaxation space - and
C. - its 3 level drop southern glass windows = which offer ideal lighting for a library
All three features are in line with the Modernist Philosophy of Robin Boyd - the writer of
the iconic " Australian Ugliness " a famous and trend setting architect
Left: view of the current library
WHAT IS MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE ?
- Robin Boyd spoke always of decrying featurism ( the modernist buildings are plain and open and echo and espouse the environment
rather than decoration). He spoke of design that is :fit for purpose" and whose beauty lies in the way of realzing that objective . He also spoke of a more "democratic" kind of building that consider the public sphere as at laest as valuable as the
private and designs for that space in architecture as well as for the individual ( Hence we see views maintained from the public sphere ( Low roofs and buildings set INTO hillsides and below the public view ; transparent buildings with open carports and
undercrofts that also expose the view ) For interest have a look at the current ( MAY/JUNE ) National Gallery Magazine which features Boyds Featherston House in Fairy Hills Ivanhoe - THERE are remarkable similarities in design to our Ivanhoe Library ! - see
the word description perhaps more than the pics - BUT those who have visited the building on Open Days will have made note. A part exterior view is availble from adjacent parklands.
There are many outstanding and beautiful examples of modernist architecture in Ivanhoe _ especially within the riverine settings we have along the Yarra - where it is most valaubale for protecting the Environmant .With the main Scenic Tourist
Route running through Ivanhoe along the river - we should be taking advantage of out Heritage, NOT DESTROYING IT !
BELOW - The Boyd Featherston House Fairy Hills Ivanhoe- State Heritage Listed
View of the Exterior facing Darebin Creek - 7M drop windows / mud brown brick
/ atrium space /open plan interior /absorbing the environment and blending with it / unobtrusive in the public view ..... ( More views on the Grant Featherston US NY website http://www.archermodern.com/-archer/ )
; Images of full plans showing elevation and workspaces - State Library of Victoria website http://digital.slv.vic.gov.au ; Comments on passive design and airconditioning http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Featherston_House
Below - Interior - showing internal garden and pool, multi level open
In July 1953 Frederick Romberg, Boyd and Grounds formed a partnership. Located in a terrace house in Albert Street, East Melbourne
In July 1953 Frederick Romberg, Boyd and Grounds formed a partnership. Located in a terrace house in Albert Street, East Melbourne. The practice flourished with major commissions but Boyd especially still retained an interest in domestic
Above - the BOYD, ROMBERG, GROUNDS, - Academy of Science building
Canberra -1958 . (Grounds accepted on 18 December 1959 a commission to design the Victorian Cultural (Arts) Centre. Although the partnership had been included in the appointment, Grounds preferred to proceed on his own.)
When he died, Boyd
was Australia's best-known architect, esteemed both for his writings and his buildings. Although he declared that he was essentially a 'practising architect', his greatest contribution was as a critic of and an advocate for the profession—a social commentator,
publicist and polemicist, and an arbiter of taste and standards, who challenged Australian complacency and apathy about its architecture and environment. According to the architect Sir James Richards, he was 'a persistently civilizing influence on Australian
Excerpts from http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/boyd-robin-gerard-penleigh-9560
Above:- St Georges East Ivanhoe - Romberg and Boyd
Below right -a modernist garage (current) - demonstrates respect for the environment
and uses a steep embankment efficiently ;Below left - Robin Boyd design Warrandyte
Above - From a 60s Home Magazine - affordable and practical modernist principles
Left - current -
Breakout space at ANZ Business Centre, Docklands, Melbourne - the building’s fluid forms are inspired by its riverside setting and the external colour palette is derived from nature, ranging from earth tones at ground level to light blue sky references
at the upper levels. One of the most open and permeable banking headquarters in the world.
Right : Robin Boyd's family home at 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra. The four-bedroom house, is set around a courtyard to gain privacy and outlook,
on a small inner suburban block
Imagine an extension ? some modernist images - counterposed with the atrium relaxation area. an opportunity to preserve whats great (and tells our Ivanhoe story ) and make it even bigger...