Yep, it was completed in 2014. It looked ok for the first couple years, but has steadily degraded since then. It looks especially bad currently not because of the decay but because the plantings have all been ripped out and the new ones are poorly selected & not yet established. The initial plantings weren't super clever either (gums in front of the festival centre vista?!) but at least it was leafy. Anyway, expectation vs reality:claybro wrote: ↑Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:47 pmIs that the finished product of that feature?! even if it were maintained...Cheap, tacky and totally unbefitting of its location. I do hope this precinct ties together a bit better once the casino tower is complete. Its starting to look like a dogs breakfast, given how much is crowded into this one spot. The buildings individually look impressive, but have no common theme. If anything could tie it all together would be decent cohesive landscaping, and I don't mean some transplanted Mallee scrub and rubble. Not looking promising.SRW wrote: ↑Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:29 pmGreat photos Andy!
Sorry to hijack this particular one, but that water cascade and staircase adjacent the footbridge is yet another example of public space upgrade been left to disrepair. What's the point of spending the money if things won't be maintained? I understand the plantings were replaced recently (I think in tandem with the Malthouse opening), but the rust and calcification to the stonework has been ignored. Given the (poor) state of Elder Park generally, I wonder if it's because there's some disagreement between the council and Riverbank Authority over who's responsible.
My other bug bear with the Riverbank is what they've done where the Festival Centre amphitheatre used to be. Although now somewhat grassed, it's basically a series of pointless ramps. Most frustratingly, the outlook is now 3 scattered utility boxes! I can't figure why they were placed there, and if they had to be there, why they weren't grouped together so they weren't so damn obtrusive? I don't know if the area will re-attended to once the plaza reopens, but either way I think Jan Gehl needs to brought back to Adelaide to update his 2002 and 2011 reports to council & state government, because obviously the wisdom of designing public spaces for public use has been disregarded.
(Mods, happy for these posts to be shifted to Riverbank or footbridge threads if too off topic)