Hames Sharley project 8 Street has been in the news this week, with the public release of the ambitious designs that will revitalise an iconic part of Surfers Paradise.
The Cavill Lane site is set to be transformed into an open-air, destination dining precinct inspired by Asian hawker-style markets and will activate an underutilised city laneway in a prime location.
Working within the limitations of a restricted site, the creative team have designed a series of winding laneways and delineated precincts to separate the market into zones. Each of these zones’ designs has drawn inspiration from the rich and varied geography and culture of Asia and include Beijing Great Wall, Singapore, Osaka and Taipei Night Market.
The architecture is accentuated with a selection of furniture and finishes that evoke the essence of the Asian continent to add a layer of authenticity to the project. In true hawker style, the tenancies are compact and well planned to maximise use of space and efficiencies within the front-of-house and back-of-house kitchens.
To make the most of some difficult site constraints, Hames Sharley has been working with the base-build architects PMDL, whose responsibilities include wind modelling and mitigation, and construction of the new tenancy shells, helping to enable the practice’s vision for the project.
8 Street is due to open to the public in time for the XXI Commonwealth Games which will be hosted by the Gold Coast in 2018. The precinct will act as a cultural hub for the community and will create a unique dining experience for the Gold Coast region.
See Channel Nine’s news report on the project here.