Beyond conceptualisation, architecture has the ability to rejuvenate and reshape communities. Devonport Living City is the realisation of this potential; the birth of a new highly activated public and commercial space. Our design rose to meet the needs of a community who craved public spaces they could take pride in. As the host to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, Devonport had potential for tourism and economic growth that was yet to be harnessed. Together with Devonport City Council, we worked on an ambitious masterplan that is magnifying Devonport’s potential and enriching the city’s social, cultural and economic heart.
The city’s investment transcended more than local infrastructure and public space, sending an important message to the community: we are investing in you and your future. Our design is the living proof of this. It creates a reciprocal loop where the community is inspired to invest and engage with their city and as a result get more from it in return. From the consolidation of key public services for improved accessibility, to stimulating local culture through the investment in an open plan, fresh food market, Devonport Living City Stage One has inspired pride within the local community and ignited a thriving tourism industry.