Queen's Wharf Foreshore -
Destination Brisbane Consortium
Jagera / Turrbal
Christopher Frederick Jones
The Boathouse is a new riverside restaurant at the eastern entry to Queen's Wharf Mangrove Walk.
Queen’s Wharf Foreshore is a significant public realm project along the western riverbank of Brisbane’s CBD, a part of the Queens’s Wharf Integrated Resort Development. We were selected as part of a multi-disciplinary team to design a series of shade pavilions and a café, spread along a 500m long boardwalk perched over the Brisbane River, outside the Mangrove line. The pavilions were to be beautiful and place-specific, as well as robust and flood-resilient. The Boat House pavilion is a major node along the boardwalk. Flanked by the boardwalk to the north and a riverside deck to the south, this space houses a café and a set of public amenities. Delicate, golden, folded screen structures wrap awnings that shelter outdoor seating, marking the building from a distance. The design employs various flood-resilience measures, and has successfully withstood the recent 2022 floods. All of the pavilions sit above the Q20 flood level. The materials used – steel, timber, core-filled blockwork, concrete are suitably robust. A construction methodology of bolted connections for the structure and timber screens allows for easy replacement to damaged parts. The Mangrove Walk has become a successful part of Brisbane’s riverfront pedestrian network, highly trafficked by walkers, joggers and cyclists all through the day and evening.