108 Wickham Street Fortitude Valley

POMO was engaged by principal contractors Buildcorp to undertake the detailed design and fabrication of a number of placemaking elements at 108 Wickham Street Fortitude Valley Brisbane.

The public space between two commercial buildings was being revitalised be lead designers AECOM and POMO worked alongside AECOM to inject meaning, history and locally appropriate stories and overlays into the space.

Some of the outcomes included:

>signage and horseshoe impressions in the pavers which told the story of Captain Wickham, after whom Wickham Street was named, who would ride his horse down the once muddy street each day.
>customised concrete lunch tables with acid etched chess inlays
>gobo lighting featuring nighttime poetry projections which portray aspects of life in Fortitude Valley
>a historical walk through of key dates and events in the history of the Valley etched into decking timbers
>text recessed into concrete seating that identifies key moments in the history of the Valley such as the 90’s “Save the Music” movement and the bombing of the Whisky Au-Go-Go nightclub
>an artist painted ping pong table that represents the MV Fortitude boat which first brought European settlers to the area

The placemaking elements seamlessly integrated with the larger landscape design to bring a subtle element of storytelling and place-driven narrative to the public space.

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