Seafarer’s Rest


Seafarer’s Rest

LocationNorth Wharf Precinct, Melbourne, VIC
ServicesLandscape Architecture, Urban Design
Site Area6,400 sqm (68,900 sqft)
Date2010 - Present

Seafarer’s Rest Park sits within the North Wharf Precinct of Melbourne—around 1.2 hectares (2.9 ac) of reserved and unreserved Crown land. The precinct includes the historic Goods Shed Number Five; a length of 200 metres of wharf (660 ft) and Seafarers Rest—a 3,620 sqm (40,000 sqft) public open space.

In 2010, Asset1 commissioned OCULUS as part of a team with Cox Architects to prepare a proposal for Seafarer’s Rest that integrates the existing Mission to Seafarers building (an international mission concerned with the welfare of seafarers) and Shed 5 with the proposed development of 20,000 sqm (215, 300 sqft) of office space and 3,200 sqm (35,000 sqft) of commercial space that is adjacent to Jim Stynes Bridge.

The proposal seeks to establish this reserve as a new arboreal space on the North Wharf that will enable passive, and flexible occupation, respite and public amenity. Within this urban-scaled tree grouping, a series of three spaces are provided to facilitate events, exhibitions, installations, and the display of art. The design allows for integration, connection, and activation of the adjacent edges and Northbank corridors.

The project required wide engagement and consultation with State and Local Authorities that resulted in a successful rezoning to Capital City Zone Schedule One, allowing for more diverse activity in the area.

Image Credits: Image 3 - Renders by Cox Architecture (permission received to use)