Central Plaza One’s The Annex to get a new lease on life with laneway development
There’s something so satisfying about seeing someone – or something – get a second chance. Time is often unkind to buildings, rendering them dated or with spaces that are underused. This is why it’s so exciting to see spaces in our city being repurposed and renovated, bringing them into the future for everyone to enjoy in new ways. A Brisbane City icon has been put forward for a new lease on life, with the proposed development creating some brand-new opportunities for the space.
You’re probably aware of Central Plaza One and its adjoining tower The Annex – the two were built back in 1988 and have become lovingly associated with the Australian Bicentennial and World Expo ’88. Designed by Japanese architect Kurokawa Kisho, the Central Plaza complex is made up of three buildings in total with the third tower – Central Plaza Three – completed in 2008. ISPT has submitted the proposal that plans to breathe new life into the complex, enlisting architecture firm Cameron & Co. to put it together. According to the development application, the project plans to make the most of some untapped potential on the ground level foyer space of The Annex by refurbishing the lower levels. Six small to mid-sized retail tenancies are in the works, hopefully to be used for food, beverage and shopping outlets.
The redevelopment of The Annex isn’t just freshening up the underutilised space – a new laneway will be created to connect Queen Street to Eagle Street and also Central Plaza One. The food and drink offering will be expanded with terraces provided along both the Queen Street and Eagle Lane frontages, pitched as prime alfresco dining spots that will take advantage of our famously subtropical weather. Other additions put forward in the proposal include a removal of the former ground-level water feature in favour of better access, lush planters and paved terrace areas.
Want a closer look? You can read the development application in full here.
Renders appear courtesy of Cameron & Co.