Client: ARIA Property Group
Completion: In progress
Fish Lane in South Brisbane is rapidly emerging as a busy drinking & dining laneway, catering to a young, fast-growing population moving into the inner-city locale's many new apartment developments.
With this adaptation of an existing laneway edge condition, 3 meter-high existing brick walls on the kerb line are cut open to create windows onto the lane from a new dining courtyard that occupies the previously unused garden space between the walls and the existing multistorey office building.
These window openings are given a welcoming and recognisable personality by capping the modified wall with a white concrete lintel with arched heads over each opening. A flat steel sunshade slides almost invisibly between the wall and the lintel, adding texture, depth and sun protection.
The tall trees in the existing planted area are retained, passing through openings in the new vaulted roof that covers the kitchens and part of the dining courtyard. The rest of the courtyard is left open to the sky, partially shaded by the repetitive comb of exposed steel roof structure.