Railway Street in Fitzroy North sits perpendicular to Brunswick Street and directly parallel to Holden Street. The street contains private residences on the northern side and public parking along the southern side which abuts a public green space and cycling track.
What attracted me to this quiet, one way street was the potential of the underutilised grassed area next to it. I was curious about the remnants of an old railway line which sporadically appeared within the green space, like a wound splitting the ground.
I questioned the apparent lack of interaction with this public grassed area from residents whose properties line Railway Street. The consideration of this grassed space as an extension of Railway Street led me to also include the adjacent section of Brunswick Street in my analysis and future proposal space.
There are 17 dwellings along Railway Street, however only 6 of these have a Railway Street address. The remaining residences face onto Brunswick, Holden or Porter Streets. Opposite Railway Street is a heritage listed former electric railway substation. Up until recently the building functioned as an elderly residential village, Casa Elda Vaccari hostel, run by Southern Cross Care. The building was sold in June 2014 and has since remained vacant.
The following images are a series of mapping studies representing the characteristics of the street:
- Architect and academic, Nigel Bertram, gave a lecture recently (18th August 2014) for the Australian Institute of Architects, entitled Urbanism: The Fine Grain. In it he spoke about his project, Box Hill Gardens, a small scale urban design project that repurposes bricks from an existing building on site. This project is a strong example of embedding the history of a site into a new masterplan.
- Railway Street, sourced from Streets Without Cars; Nicholls Ward analysis.
- Unused railway track, copyright of author.
- Brunswick Street, sourced from Streets Without Cars; Nicholls Ward analysis.
- Former Casa Elda Vaccari building, 863 Brunswick Street Fitzroy North, copyright of author.
- Street dimensions, this and subsequent images copyright of author.
- Car, bicycle and pedestrian lanes.
- Car parking.
- Building types.
- Building footprints.
- Street and private trees.
- Parks and gardens.