Award-winning and eye-catching, we sat down with the team from Scott Craver, the architects behind Marina Square’s unique design to learn more about the beautiful building that we call home.
How does Marina Square help people live life in Wentworth Point?
It’s a place to meet and exchange experiences as well as a place for community needs and services. We thought about how to create a space that people would want to spend time in. Our ‘community hub’ encourages the social interaction of residents and visitors alike and due to the scale of Marina Square, the building plays this role for the whole precinct.
Importantly, this development supports the 700 apartments which sit above the retail centre, which are intimately linked back to the overall development.
Tell us about the design?
The flowing movement of the internal pathways mimic the floorplans of the residential towers above. This curvature is a feature of the design throughout Marina Square.
The unique atrium invites sunlight into the space to introduce another layer of drama. It also provides a sense of arrival, allowing a connection to nature from within the centre.
This sky window is one of the features which demonstrates the connection of the inside and outside.
What’s your favourite part of the building?
The urban scale awning. It acts as a ribbon, wrapped around the building, dancing with the urban rhythm and echoing the gentle water’s movement of the Bay.
Was the local precinct considered when designing Marina Square?
Over the last 15 years Scott Carver has been involved with designing the vibrant new city-within-a-city known as Wentworth Point Marinas.
Marina Square acts as a connection for people from the water, who arrive by ferry or from the Bennelong Bridge. It acts as the heart of the Wentworth Point precinct.
How did you build a shopping centre for the community?
Our team undertook community consultation meetings to listen to what the people and the community wanted. After we listened, we considered and then we adapted our designs.
Importantly, our team of experts at Scott Carver drew on their extensive retail experience, as well as their understanding of what makes successful retail and mixed developments work. We crafted a centre based on best practice thinking and insightful design.
How do you hope people feel when they step inside?
Finally. Something special has arrived. A destination within Wentworth Point that truly supports the local residents.
How many hard hats did you see on an average day during the build?
How long is the feature awning?
How many years in the making?