Join Fieldwork’s co-director Quino Holland for a guided tour exploring the robust architectural outcome that is the first precinct of its kind in Australia. The tour concludes with a presentation by artist Channon Goodwin.
Designed by Fieldwork to harness a physical space that fosters collaboration, Collingwood Yards is the first precinct of its kind in Australia. It delivers a vibrant, mixed-use space for the arts – a place of cultural and artistic production with an open interface to the public.
Collingwood Yards reworks the institutional buildings of the former Collingwood Technical School, built in stages from 1913 on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. The existing buildings, including the 1945 Percy Everett designed Administration building, are of social, historical and architectural significance, however by 2016 the site was a vacant remnant of changing vocational training trends.
Today, anchored by a selection of gallery spaces and working artist studios, and entwined with design-centric retailers, cafes, bars and meeting spaces, Collingwood Yards consistently articulates a respectful approach to urban planning. The expansive site inspired Fieldwork to undertake a strategic analysis of the suburb’s urban ecology, informing a permeable approach that better connects the community.
In designing Collingwood Yards, Fieldwork has set a new standard for creative communities in the country – positioning architecture as a medium to foster new ecologies and welcome the public into the process of artistic creation on a granular level.
35 Johnston Street
At level, no-step, access to the courtyard is via entrance 35A Johnston Street and 30A Perry Street. Both paths have sections with even cobblestone paving . You can also gain access to the courtyard from entrances 35B and 35C Johnston Street and 30B Perry Street via the taking the Perry Street Lift to Level UG. Best paths of access are marked on this map.
The central shaded portion of the courtyard is a gravel surface. The surrounding area is paved and wheelchair accessible, however shade and cover is limited.
The closest accessible toilets can be found off the service corridor inside Level UG of the Perry Street Building. These toilets are fitted with grab rails.