Queen's Wharf Foreshore -
The Mangrove Walk
Destination Brisbane Consortium
Jagera / Turrbal
Christopher Frederick Jones
These pavilions offer opportunities for gathering and quiet reflection amongst the distinctive Mangroves of Brisbane city’s western riverfront.
Queen’s Wharf Foreshore is a significant public realm project along the southern 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 pavilions were conceived as ‘islands’, each a unique micro-space, offering a variety of moments to pause along the river walk, shaded from the sun or rain, and appreciate the views to the river and mangroves. The pavilions are each different in scale and design, but share a consistent architectural language including timber screening, black metal work, concrete bench seating, and metal roofing. The design employs various flood-resilience measures, and has successfully withstood the 2022 floods. All of the pavilions sit above the Q20 flood level. For floods greater than that, the strategies are to employ robustness and easy-replacement for quick recovery. The construction minimises any cavity spaces where mud and silt could collect, and robust fixtures and fittings have been selected. A construction methodology of bolted connections and fixings 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 throughout the day and evening.