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.
>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.
When we set out to design our studio we approached it like any design project, we began by identifying the priorities and creating a strategic framework to guide the decision making.
The initial priority was to create something simple to build, something sustainable, creatively inspiring and something that was cost effective. Through research it became clear that achieving these things was not necessarily difficult.
Working with the landscape design team POMO were able to create a number of key design initiatives that would contribute to the locally inspired placemaking program and deliver on practical community needs.
POMO was engaged to design and construct a number of landscape elements. Each element was custom designed and born from the uniqueness of Palmwoods, they reference local history, using locally sourced materials and were being made collaboratively with local craftspeople and artisans.
Underlying this was a larger design and management process run by POMO involving construction design, design reporting, engineering certification, construction and project management and installation on-site. A true multidisciplinary and multi-skilled program with a wide range of stakeholders and projects participants.
The project won the Excellence Award at the 2018 Queensland AILA awards for Civic Design. It also won gold in the same category at the national awards.