Merriman Square

When downtown offices have to deal with underperforming public domain and declining occupancy rates...

…adapting natural systems have been key reactivators to a dying urban precinct.

A formerly unused public plaza in a harsh modernist environment where tall buildings had destroyed any human scale and created a hostile space that required a more welcoming environment.

So, what sort of natural systems design and place-making strategies achieve this?

• The WSUD design references the former marine landscape to evoke a strong sense of place.
• Pergolas, wharves, and jetties frame smaller spaces to provide a comfortable human scale.
• Diverse seating options and locations create a vibrant and democratic urban living room.
• Green facades and biofiltration basins capture excess roof water for the landscape.
• Riparian planting, green facades and a shaded avenue bring people and nature together.

The result – an ecologically sustainable and democratic open space that has dramatically boosted occupancy rates by creating a desirable destination in the CBD

Merriman Square has become an exemplar for how to transform stormwater systems into a valuable public amenity that was able to thrive through the City’s harshest drought.

Why not contact your local office to optimally, creatively, effectively and sensibly activate your commercial precinct?

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