Mount Gravatt, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
A mixed use development activating the heart of Mount Gravatt, this project is central to urban renewal in the area.
Mount Gravatt is approximately 10 kilometres South of Brisbane’s CBD and is undergoing an urban renewal transformation.
This particular site is located in the heart of Mount Gravatt Central – a key component to Brisbane City Council’s Mt Gravatt Corridor Neighbourhood Plan.
Working in conjunction with Peddle Thorp Architects, the project team delivered development approval for this mixed use project in the heart of Mount Gravatt.
This development includes residential and commercial uses and activates an underutilized area of Mount Gravatt Central to become the central hub linking numerous surrounding developments.
Landscape Architectural Intent
The landscape enhances the local area, reinforces local connections, activates surrounding streetscapes and easements and assists in softening of built form.
Identity of Place, Permeability and Pedestrian Network
Pedestrian permeability around the site maximises connectivity to the local neighbourhood. This includes reinforcing connections between the local roads including Logan Road, Creek Road and Bothwell Street.
Further permeability improvements included enhancing adjoining existing easements and integration of these with the development.
These thoroughfares are enhanced with seating, shade trees, decorative planting and finishes, planted trellises, signage and other landscape elements to reinforce character and strengthen the identity of ‘place’.
Easements and Shared Zones
Neighbouring easements provide excellent opportunities for the encroachment of private spaces onto public space. Activation of these easements will be achieved through the provision of outdoor dining opportunities and integration of commonly used landscape elements such as shade trees, planting, trellises, pavements and finishes.
Shared pedestrian and low speed vehicle zones in Bothwell Street also allow the creation of a community ‘hub’ that is active, vibrant and a local ‘destination’.
Streetscape treatment to Bothwell Street is upgraded to a ‘City Street Type 2’ in accordance with Council’s Streetscape Guidelines.
Widening of Bothwell Street provides improved parking and vehicular access as well as improved pedestrian facilities and streetscape elements such as street furniture and pavement finishes.
Treatments include full width pavement to the road reserve, shade trees, gardens, lighting and street furniture.
Building Interface & Shared Zone
The landscape treatment to building interfaces reinforces links to adjoining activities and services such as the local library and neighbouring retail uses.
The shared vehicle and pedestrian zone is defined by contrasting pavement finishes while maintaining a permeable space. The inclusion of shade trees, seating and artwork establishes a central node that provides potential for multiple uses.
Recreation Areas and Podium Gardens
Common recreation areas on multiple levels provide open space for residents of the residential component of the development. Gardens to these areas makes use of hardy planting to tolerate the western sun aspect and restricted living conditions.