Cr Newman stated “We have a really broad cross-section of designs here from futuristic glass and transparent buildings, to traditional palms and ponds. Other special features from the designs included brightly coloured shade sails, a sundial, a translucent structure with glass turrets and retail spaces, an amphitheatre, a new arts and museum space at the rear of the Square, a water cascade, and formal landscaped gardens. A couple of the concepts also suggest reinstating the original stairs leading up to City Hall, while others make use of geometrically aligned ramps and staggered levels to traverse the difference in height between Adelaide and Ann Streets.”
The short-listed entries are from the following designers: Brian Dudson, Architect; Pseudoland; UrbisJHD; Suters Architects; HBO+EMTB Urban & Landscape Design; and DesignInc. “The six concept designs will be on public display in the foyer of City Hall for six weeks. King George Square is an important community space and I encourage all residents to come and view these designs and have their say on the future of this landmark space,” Cr Newman said. Shortlisted design firms will now commence detailed design and construction plans, with the winning design to be selected by Council in late August. The winning design will be constructed in conjunction with works on the Inner Northern Busway.