RETAIL KIOSKS & CHILD CARE FACILITY, HELENSVALE.
This Helensvale-based centre will offer local residents and visitors a new shopping experience in an environment that breaks free of the conventional shopping centre configuration that predetermines many modern centre designs.
Here, the centre is turned ‘inside out’, with a network of ‘walkable streets’ allowing the modern Flaneur to shop in an inviting and naturally ventilated environment. Given the centre’s setting in a coastal suburb, interaction between the centre and its surroundings is an important part of optimising community use, and creating an external retail Laneway.
Parametric modelling has been used for our sculptural awning to streamline the workflow from the schematic design to the finished product. By modelling our form on a parametric platform, we could control the exact curvature and dimensions of this organic form.
Our manufacturers are now able to create an exact replica of our parametric model at a small and full scale. By partnering with a Gold Coast based production company, we were able to minimise transport times and expenses.
The form will be created in segments, transported to site, then erected in place. The new sculptural form will provide a shady edge to the underutilised library plaza.
The centre’s offering will also broaden to include the Education sector, with a second storey Childcare centre proposed above these retail kiosks.
Further to all this, Helensvale community members now have an added incentive to linger longer on the site, with a landscaped urban space proposed beside the centre. A local Artist has been employed to adorn this space with a sculptural art piece that pays homage to the cultural history of Helensvale.