OMA’s Australian office has designed its second suburban mall for outside Melbourne, unveiling plans for a $ 100 million town center in Sunbury South.
The Dutch firm unveiled its design for the first city center in Wollert in 2020, having opened a permanent office in Australia following the delivery of the WA Museum Boola Bardip in Perth.
The Sunbury The south project is larger than the $ 40 million Wollert compound and will be delivered in stages from 2024, with the first stage to include a supermarket and discount department store, retail space and retail, restaurants and outdoor amenities, including a pedestrianized environment, urban interfaces, green spaces, seating, covered areas and wetlands.
OMA regional director Paul Jones said the overall vision was to prioritize pedestrians and the public realm to give people reasons to visit beyond just shopping.
“We definitely sought to reinvent the concept of the city center, ”he said. “We have consolidated the uses around very clear public distribution strategies; rather than spreading the uses widely around the neighborhood, we are tightening it and bringing it closer together, so that there is a better focus of use, activation and connection for people.
“We use good urban principles and good planning strategies to bring together urban design, architecture and landscape to achieve a completely different kind of result – I don’t think there is anything like that.
“The sequence of different uses and buildings will be broken down, instead of being singular and monolithic in form – they will be humanized, and the connection between indoors and outdoors will be vastly different from what people are used to. “
Sandhurst Retail and Logistics, which is also the developer of Wollert Town Center, says the project will be supported and complement the projected population growth in the suburbs which is expected to more than double over the next 20 years, from 42,494 in 2021 to 86,640 in 2041.
The developer has submitted an urban design framework for Sunbury South to the town of Hume.