Cowes Cultural Centre

Cowes is the main town on Philip island, a stunning landscape located south-east of Melbourne. This island simultaneously houses a small and well-connected community and is home to a range of large scale events from the annual Motorcycle GP to one of the world's most famous penguin parades.

This nexus between local community and global events is not resolved in the public infrastructure on the island.  Cowes, like most towns on the island, has a small collection of municipal buildings providing accomodation for essential services but with limited capacity to act as host for major gatherings.

This proposal for transforming the centre of Cowes involves both the refurbishment of existing buildings and the reorganisation of key public functions around a new "Great Hall" that formalises an existing laneway through the site.  The hall will act as a catalyst for connecting the town’s main street through to a new transit centre and community services planned to the east.

Linking to other "third space" projects by TERROIR - where we take an existing brief and create new spaces that unite private and public functions - the power of the Great Hall is in the indeterminate programming opportunites it generates. This space enables new modes for the residents of Cowes to interact and to engage with the many visitors to the island.