Design reflects rainforest vision

Published: 22 Dec 2017

The Lake Street carpark’s new façade features a stunning rainforest-inspired design created in-house by Cairns Regional Council staff.

The 30-year-old parking station was originally designed by respected Cairns architect Bob Cleland. At the time of construction, the carpark won commendations for its innovative design.

“Unfortunately, time had taken its toll on carpark,” Acting Mayor Terry James said. “It needed updating to meet modern expectations and standards. That included its appearance.”

Cairns Regional Council’s Landscape Architecture team was tasked with creating the vision for the revitalisation of the carpark.

“It was important that the design be compatible with the works that had already been done in Lake Street and Shields Street,” Cr James said.

Taking inspiration from Cairns’ "City in a Rainforest" tagline, Council’s talented design staff created bespoke aluminium screens depicting birds, spiders, butterflies, flying foxes, snakes and tree kangaroos in a tangled scene of lush rainforest.

Comprising 175 individual panels, the screens were fabricated in Cairns.

“The thought and the work that has gone into creating the façade is just incredible,” Cr James said. “It truly is work of art.”

Council’s Landscape Architecture team also oversaw the selection of new finishes to balance the carpark, ensuring that everything from the security screens and external finishes to the new lifts and vibrant, colourful way-finding signage, contributed to a facility that was light, bright and safe for patrons.

“If you think this is just a carpark, I’d encourage you to take a closer look and appreciate the effort and pride for our city that has gone into the project.

“We are continually impressed by the talent that exists within Cairns, and particularly within Council’s own workforce.

“On behalf of Council, I’d like to thank everyone involved in the refurbishment of the Lake Street carpark.”

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Last updated: 22 December 2017