Maitland’s newest landmark, the Maitland Riverlink, doesn’t try to reinvent the image of the country town, instead complimenting the existing character while re-establishing the connection between the city centre and the Hunter River.
Designing a structure with the purpose of becoming an essential part of the community identity requires an architectural team to develop a strong character for the project while fitting into the established style of the town. The team at CHROFI – working closely with McGregor Coxall, designed a landmark which augments the character of Maitland, rather than overshadowing it.
“The architecture is intended to act as a civic set piece in a street full of great buildings with enduring materials. It also must have a strong architectural form to register as a landmark when viewed from the levee bank, from neighbouring Lorn and the Belmore Bridge. We imagined a ‘sculptural gateway’ in which the material scale, grain and texture was consistent on all sides of the frame, even though the ceiling and walls couldn’t have been constructed from the same material.”
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“The timber, when the colour fades, will look similar to the light coloured brick from a distance giving the building a more singular appearance. The materials also provide a human scale; the tactile materials invite a visitor to touch the building and the precise angles of the walls, ceiling and floor, twist and distort the central space, to subtly slow movement through.”
CHROFI and McGregor Coxall
Simon Wood Photography
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