Inspire : Public Works Sept Oct 2014
STREET FURNITURE When the Boroondara Council looked at the dull, service-only laneways in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell, it saw an opportunity to refect the character of a community. What it ended up with had even greater potential: a blueprint for laneways that could revitalise the wider municipality. An initial trial took place in Market Lane, a thoroughfare leading from Burke Road to a car park, which hosts the Camber well Fresh Food Market from Tuesday to Saturday each week. "It started as a thoroughfare where traders and the Rotary Club wanted to do something to liven it up and make it more useful," says Boroondara Council Senior Landscape Architect Katie Williams. "There is a lack of public seating in the area, so we engaged Street Furniture Australia." ADDING CHARACTER One limitation was a lack of space. The narrow path required a design that could run along the wall while still allowing public access. Street Furniture already had a product in its catalogue that ftted the description: fuid, playful seats that could be customised in a linear fashion to be run along the wall of the lane. Another challenge was the privately owned buildings on either side. The council needed solutions that would make the area vibrant without, say, mounting canopies to the building walls. Instead, local artist Nicole Tattersall was commissioned to create a mural along the theme of playfulness to tie into the relationship with the Camber well market. She created a colourful storybook mural, telling of two children who go fshing near an orchard and dream of apple pie. PUBLIC CONSULTATION The Council has also invited the public to offer further suggestions for other laneways as part of the Camber well Laneways Discussion Paper, which asked the public to consider how the spaces might be used differently or what attributes they would like to see. 27 CHANGING LANEWAYS Street furniture breathes new life into Camberwell laneways. BY CHELSEA WALLIS The narrow path required a design that could run along the wall while still allowing public access. Architectural benches by Street Furniture Australia provide the nishing touch.
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