Location: Fortitude Valley
Client: Laing O’Rourke
McLachlan & Ann is an important development within a culturally significant and changing inner city suburb. The Urban Common will be a public space, located at the heart of the development that enhances the social, cultural and economic life of the precinct. The ground plane of the Laneway and Urban Common is designed as a linking space that allows pedestrian movement and activity between the James Street precinct to the Ann Street and Fortitude Valley heart. The elements include an architectural response that draws on the traditional urban form of the Valley, shaping the edges of the Lane and Common.
The buildings edges include public art and facade treatments that provide a point of reference, an address and invitation to explore and a clear message that this is public space. The buildings facades also provide a distinctive identity for the precinct through a colour scheme that evokes memories of Brisbane’s backyards, the heritage of the Valley and hidden artworks to provide a sense of memory for people who explore the lane. The ground plane and lighting strategy has been designed to evoke a public lounge, to create a sense of welcome for people.