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While the commercial focus for River Quay was to create a premier dining precinct, central to the success of the project was providing an amphitheatre of open space, delivering a dynamic public realm for the community of Brisbane.
Conceived as an extension of the broader landscape, River Quay optimises the prime waterfront location opposite the CBD—one of the few remaining public riverfront sites in central Brisbane. A classic example of contemporary Queensland architecture, the River Quay building provides a spectacular base for five restaurants—including the Arkhefield designed Stokehouse and Jetty. The River Green opens the site to the public and river, restoring the natural edge to the riverbank.
Responding to the client’s vision to create an experience and expression unique to Queensland, the linear building reinforces the fluid movement lines of the pedestrian promenade and river. Vernacular roof forms define the spatial experience and create a distinct presence. Celebrating subtropical dining, each restaurant features a distinct outdoor room, engaging with the landscape beyond.
Location: South Bank
Client: South Bank Corporation
Scale: 13000m2 – 5 Retail Tenancies + Public Open Space
PIA Australian Award for Urban Design – Small Scale
AIA Qld Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture
AIA Queensland Karl Langer Award for Urban Design
AIA John Dalton Building of the Year (Brisbane)
AIA Brisbane Regional Commendation – Urban Design
AIA Brisbane Regional Commendation – Commercial
UDIA Queensland Small Retail / Commercial
UDIA Queensland Consultants Excellence