Taylor Square: Arena of Desire is a speculative reimagining of Taylor Square: the iconic intersection on Sydney’s Oxford Street that is the locus for the city’s annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

The site is marred by an overlap of pedestrian and vehicular movements, which has led to both congestion and accidents. The design manipulates the ground plane vertically as a means of restructuring and framing the movement of both cars and people through the square.

Taking its cue from the Mardi Gras parade, the site is reimagined as an arena for spectacle. The inclusion of stairs, ramps, podiums and runways choreographs pedestrian movement through the square. By lowering the level of the roads beneath the footpaths and introducing footbridges to span these roads, the design allows for the uninterrupted transit of people and cars through the space.

Year: 2000.