Below the park sits the key supermarket offers and supporting retail. This location ensures the convenience of large retail offers without visually dominating the street. Subtly sitting below the ground plane, the design solutions were critical to creating a sense of an extension to the Lane Cove Town Centre, rather than a competing form. A key element of this aspect is the entry feature canopy, designed in collaboration with supermanouvre.
After winning the competition for the canopy project, the two practices have continued to work closely towards the realisation of this project, with supermaneourve taking the lead on the modelling and construction rationalisation of the canopy design. The design of the awning provides an iconic gateway and functional roof to the supermarket entry atrium and restaurant precinct, “Our design was conceived of as a ‘periscope’ that visually connects the supermarkets and parking below ground with the restaurants and highly public areas above,” says Dave Pigram from supermaneourve, “The canopy both supports and expands the Scott Carver architecture and landscape design, while offering a striking spatial element that cohesively unifies the public domain,” he adds.
The awning’s form serves many needs – creating visual connections via targeted reflections; providing shelter and shade, signifying the entry, cohesive wayfinding and supporting retail infrastructure such as heating, lighting, signage and roller blinds to restaurants. The periscope canopy is built upon a simple and highly repetitive structural steel frame, which makes use of many standard elements as possible to create a geometrically rich and unique form. The material palette for the canopy includes chromed steel circular columns, mirror polished aluminium shingles, marine plywood sheets, and a standing seam Zincalume roof with fanning trays to follow and celebrate the curved forms. The design team developed a bespoke design approach to enable the development of the canopy’s form and construction in dialogue with the principle contractor ADCO Construction, “The parametric design model developed ensured all key design and fabrication constraints could be embedded within the generating logics of the roof,” explains Dave.