History has left some unsightly scars (and buildings) along the most prominent edge of the Paradise Centre shopping mall. This contentious edge is currently being leased from council, who are eager to deliver it back to the public. Our challenge was to spark a dialogue between council and our client in the hopes of revitalising the site, to the benefit of both parties.
Given its proximity to an internationally iconic beach, the precinct presents a powerful opportunity for the Paradise Centre to reinvigorate the Surfers Paradise neighbourhood and enhance its presence as a premier tourist destination. The site includes a beachside dining experience, away from the rowdy bars and nightclubs that Surfers Paradise is known for.
Scott Carver worked closely with all stakeholders, made up of the Gold Coast City Council and the client, to develop a design strategy to enhance the site that has seen numerous failed development attempts over the past 17 years. We focused on creating a family-friendly dining experience with much-needed respite from the local clubs and bars at night, and shade for those brave enough to venture onto the hot tarmac from the beach during the day.
The project’s design successfully struck a balance between the communal and spatial requirements of a public plaza, with the leasing requirements of our client.
The public plaza was designed to accommodate anything from markets and live concerts, to yoga classes and lunchbreaks.