In The Hanging Garden
In the Hanging Garden is stage zero of a broader vision for an inner-city, multi-venue precinct.
Rather than a pre-determined masterplan, in collaboration with DarkLab, the approach was to start small and provide an infrastructure for food and beverage, performance, and other cultural uses. Expanding on experiments conducted in activation created a precinct with an authentic story and identity from the ground up.
Working with existing buildings integrated what was already there with what is new. Thought and planning went into how best to manage the flow of people into and around the adjoining venues as well as how these venues interact with each other. As was providing shelter from inclement weather and marking the site for visibility through narrow entranceways, repurposed from old service lanes.
Intentionally raw and unfinished as a temporary ‘pop-up’, steel portal frames with a pleasantly surprising open greenspace with gardens hanging above create a gathering space serviced by containers fitted out with a bar, kitchen, and toilets.
Space has been left over for a variety of food truck operators to expand the offering. The adjacent gravel car park at a lower level has had a roof of cathedral-like proportions based on the Golden Mean placed overtop.