The food court is the latest element to be completed in the multi-dimensional redevelopment of the centre. The focus of the project was threefold, rationalise the existing adhoc planning so that there was a clear delineation between public and operational service ways; address the poor amenity and experience while increasing capacity.
Our redesign of the existing internalised space focused around improving the amenity by the introduction of natural light into the precinct. This was achieved by two approaches. The first was the relatively simple task of reinstating a series of large skylights that were discovered to have been covered over in previous works; however the second gesture was more involved. Replanning of the tenancy configurations afforded an increase in tenancy numbers and allowed the central dining space to be pushed forward to the external wall, where we proceeded to remove the existing precast concrete wall panels and replace with a 5m high glazed wall, flooding the interior with natural light. This transformation has succeeding in activating the space and drawing patrons into the food court to enjoy the newfound relaxed ambience.
Complementing the reconfiguration of space we introduced new seating zones to provide for a variety of dining options while the ceiling treatments corresponded to the seating further enhancing the appeal of the food court and transforming it into a destination.