The Canopy Precinct creates a vibrant new community space that is ‘More Lane Cove than Lane Cove’. The jewel in the crown is a vibrant public domain that will provide much-needed open space in the heart of Lane Cove village, central to which is the community lawn: a space with the technical design of a high intensity use sports field, that can also cater for informal recreation and major community events. Parkfront F&B activates a mixed-use public precinct with Village Square, Nature Play Areas, and BBQ and Picnic facilities surrounding the central lawn.
The design process was a hands-on, iterative collaboration with council, local community and retail owners that resulted in a considered, detailed space that encapsulates the ‘Lane Cove Aesthetic’ whilst also ensuring the design complimented the existing village centre. Additionally, detailed consultation was had with local bush care groups in the selection of locally endemic species to re-vegetate the public park.
The design inspiration was to make Lane Cove more: green, open, accessible, safe, engaging, iconic and loved. The key elements of the project include a periscope gateway to create an atmosphere, a reflective dining canopy, wonder and laneway activation, a plaza and play area, and an iconic stage/event area. State-of-the-art public open space with parks, performance space and BBQ facilities at ground level. A pedestrian bridge over Rosenthal Avenue, including lift and stairs. Infrastructure upgrades. An improved trafficable shared pedestrian zone.