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Architects Revitalize Australian Downtown in Winning Master Plan

Architects Revitalize Australian Downtown in Winning Master Plan
Architects Revitalize Australian Downtown in Winning Master Plan, Courtesy of Competition Team
Courtesy of Competition Team

The Downtown Q 2025 Design Ideas Competition, aimed at revitalizing Queanbeyan, New South Wales’ downtown area, has just selected its first place winner. A collaboration between STEWART ARCHITECTURE, Stewart Hollenstein, and ASPECT Studios, the winning proposal focuses on increasing pedestrian traffic, creating more green spaces, and taking full advantage of the town’s riverfront property.

The core principle of the team’s design is to make the river the heart of the downtown area. Main street will run over Queen’s Bridge, connecting the two halves of the town separated by the river. This street will be capped on each end by two major town parks, drawing pedestrian traffic from either side of town. The bridge itself will be expanded to include large promenades on each side of the traffic lanes, creating a place for events or sight-seeing. The jury has said that the “subtle level changes along these walkways embrace the waterfront, create a myriad of spatial opportunities and generate positive relationships with the Riverside Plaza and foreshore parks.”

Courtesy of Competition Team
Courtesy of Competition Team

Pedestrians will also be able to take advantage of stairs and ramps connecting directly to new park spaces along the riverfront. Extensive landscaping and the addition of bike paths in this area will centralize the river, making it the go-to destination for visitors and residents alike. The proposal also allows for more intense development on the properties closest to the river, allowing architects and contractors to build higher buildings to take advantage of the view.

Smaller public areas will also be fitted into the existing town structure. A new town square will be created in front of the local movie theater, while the nearby parking lot will be transformed into a “transitional shared zone,” being used for outdoor gatherings when necessary. Sidewalks along main streets will be widened, while some of the parking spaces will be taken up by tree plantings.

  • Competition

    Downtown Q 2025 Ideas Competition
  • Award

    First Place
  • Project Name

    Rivertown: Queanbeyan 2025
  • Architects

  • Location

    Queanbeyan NSW, Australia
  • Architects in Charge

    STEWART ARCHITECTURE, Stewart Hollenstein
  • Landscape Architects

    ASPECT Studios
  • Project Year


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Cite: Connor Walker. "Architects Revitalize Australian Downtown in Winning Master Plan" 27 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884