New shopping centre's 'striking architectural statement'
WHAT will greet travellers in the near future driving on a major thoroughfare of one of Australia's fastest growing cities has become clearer with the revealing of the design details behind the long-awaited three-storey food and retail hub, Yamanto Central.
Yamanto Central will be Stage 1 of the future 25ha Yamanto Town Centre, and the 20,000sq m shopping centre - on the corner of Warwick Rd and Pisasale Drive in Ipswich - is currently in the leasing phase of the development.
Architecture firm Buchan's senior associate Barry Neocleous said Yamanto Central will create "a striking architectural statement" befitting its location at the centre of one of Australia's fastest growing regions.
"Inspired by the history of the region's industrial activity and incorporating materials and aesthetics from the local area, the centre's design supports the significance of the location," he said.
"The Warwick Rd facade will be vertically articulated by a number of solid and perforated three-dimensional elements to enable vertical gardens to complement the local environment,"
"The facade is designed primarily to respond to Warwick Rd's medium speed zone with the placement of material elements and features deliberately positioned to complement the commuter flow.
"The articulation of the elevations continues along Pisasale Drive and is punctuated by an outdoor dining canopy protecting the indoor/outdoor dining precinct - Central Eats.
"The outdoor precinct adjacent to the main entry will feature a large green space, and planting flowing into the covered dining zone."
Buchan was appointed by JMK Retail, the retail arm of Kelly Consolidated Pty Ltd, and development partners DMA Partners to carry out masterplanning and architectural design services for the project.
The centre will incorporate a full-line Coles supermarket (3920sq m), major discount department store Kmart (6600sq m), more than 50 supporting speciality stores and a food and market precinct called Market Central.
The outdoor component of Central Eats has been designed to accommodate stages for future expansion.
Yamanto Central will have more than 950 car parks, and travelators at each end of the centre for convenient access.