- AMP Capital
- Marrickville, New South Wales
- + An authentic, vibrant and eclectic village + A space that people love, want to go to and spend time at + The heart of the community + A destination for cultural, sensory food experience + A place that celebrates diversity, individuality and creative expression
- Project Website:
- Visit the project's website
A vibrant new destination for the Inner-West
Praised for its rich and diverse culture, a strong community focus and a creative spirit, Marrickville and its surrounding suburbs represent one of Sydney’s most unique and eclectic urban village communities. Therefore, designing for this community must be done in a way that brings to life the area’s heritage and originality that celebrates the local culture, and seamlessly integrates the new while still maintaining a sense of the past.
As part of the expansion and revitalisation of the existing Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre, the site of Smidmore Street – previously the old Shelley’s Drinks Factory – is being transformed into a new restaurant arcade and terrace filled with a variety of eateries. The new development is set to become a key destination for cultural, sensory and food experiences in the Inner-West.
Because the old Shelley Drinks Factory is such an important and meaningful site to the community, Hames Sharley, with AMP Capital and the Project Team, decided to retain the brick walls of the old warehouse as part of the strategy to celebrate the site’s raw industrial heritage and reflect the character of Marrickville. New openings into the restaurant colonnade are cut into the old factory brick wall in sympathy with the existing structure and lined with steel architraves; while canvas canopies shelter north facing restaurants and cafes to create a new character for the street. The aesthetic motivation was driven by simplicity and authenticity; surfaces remain unadorned, while building function is unapologetically exposed.
Overhead, the new shopping centre is clad with galvanised steel in a nod to the area’s manufacturing heritage. A new pedestrian bridge connects the old shopping centre with the new extension over Smidmore Street; a paper-thin walkway suspended from a concealed truss.
Reflecting the creative spirit of Marrickville, artwork will be used to enliven and colour the façade, with blank spaces have been commissioned in collaboration with the Inner West Council through a unique site-specific Creative Program, to local artists as a way of encouraging ownership and a sense of pride for residents.
The extension positions Smidmore Street as a vibrant, bustling centre at the heart of Marrickville; a community village where locals meet and feel at home, as well as a destination so dynamic it attracts visitors from outside the area.