Mooloolaba Concept Design

Creative Placemaking Design for the redevelopment of Mooloolaba Foreshore

We were asked to create a series of place-driven design concepts that would tie in with the landscape design of the Mooloolaba Foreshore. These concepts took everyday objects and elements that were to appear in the revitalisation and applied a place-driven artistic lens to their design. This process occurred after a place analysis was conducted and local themes and narratives were identified for expression.

Concepts included:

  • a custom concrete seat inspired by the topography of the local landscape and shaped like a whale bone. The seat would be placed in a location where whale sightings were common at certain times of the year
  • a retaining wall treatment including a handrail that reflects the design and patterns from 1960’s caravan culture
  • a playground wall with fossilised metal sculptures taken from animals that existed in the local area in prehistory
  • a concept for embellishing a standard playground swing with prehistoric fish and plants - artistic metal fabrication
  • a handrail treatment that was designed to create a tactile surface that mirrored the surfaces on the nearby rock. This was created so users that are unable to access the rock due to mobility or age could also have a tactile experience.
  • a wayfinding sign made from aluminium and timber inspired by traditional boat building techniques
  • a garbage bin treatment with a butterfly that is unique to the area
  • a surface embellishment for standard tables that graphically tell a range of local stories

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