IF we are going to create a New World City it has to look like one.
So says Michael Rayner, the talented architect whose buildings and bridges have reshaped the modern Brisbane.
A little idiosyncratic architecture here and there would help, he said.
“And there has to be a collaboration between the designers and the technologists,” he said.
Translation: The creative classes have to work together with people such as (gasp!) engineers.
“New World City started out as a brand; now I think it is coming true,” Rayner said.
“We have a sense we can create a new future led by creative industries, not the traditional ones.
“You need to be innovative, you have to be.
“Science and the arts have to marry.”
Rayner was speaking after the completion of his latest project – a series of striking ferry terminals along the Bris- bane River to replace those flushed away by the Great Flood of January 2011.
They are lovely and they are idiosyncratic and they just may entice commuters back to the joys of water travel.
And they were a collaborative effort between Rayner and Arne Nilsen, the technical director at Aurecon engineering.
They made a gangway connection to a single pontoon so it can swivel around during a flood to allow debris through.
Flotation tanks fitted under the gangway allow it to lift as the flood water rises. They go down again as the water drops.
Rayner is chuffed that the idea and all the hinges, clamps, anchors and buffers were designed and made in Brisbane.
Motorists caught in Brisbane traffic jams will be chuffed when they, too, discover ferries are a relaxing way to commute.