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Landlines, Brisbane, Australia

Friday 11 Dec 2009

Art as architecture

Landlines by WAN Editorial in Brisbane, Australia
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Landlines by WAN Editorial in Brisbane, Australia Landlines by WAN Editorial in Brisbane, Australia Landlines by WAN Editorial in Brisbane, Australia Landlines by WAN Editorial in Brisbane, Australia Landlines by WAN Editorial in Brisbane, Australia
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Artwork turns the mundane into the magnificent for Brisbane's public 

A stroll along Albert Street in Brisbane has been transformed by a public work which recreates an existing multi-storey car park as a large scale art-come-architecture project.

A car park for 30 years, the building was recently transformed by architects Nettleton Tribe into a thirteen level office space above nine levels of parking. As a finishing touch international studio Urban Art Projects (UAP) with artist Jennifer Marchant designed the bespoke art project 'Landlines' to wrap itself around three faces of the car park. Displaying a contoured map of Cunningham’s Gap and the Main Range in Brisbane, the work is formed of 549 powder coated, laser cut aluminum panels, all 1.2m x 3.6m.

The results are dramatic, transforming the streetscape with artistic character and veiling a potentially unsightly car park behind. The work also functions practically as a solar guard and natural ventilation allowing air to permeate the sub tropical car park, saving the client over £1million on mechanical ventilation.

The inspiration for the design came from the undemocratic nature of most tall buildings, responding to how few people get the chance to take-in the view from the top. By illustrating the contours of the surrounding landscape, ‘Landlines’ brings the view from the building down to the street level whilst also creating a visual pun that depicts a horizontal three dimensional landscape and applies it to a vertical structure.

Daniel Tobin, Principal of UAP, said: “53 Albert Street illustrates the huge potential value integrated artworks can contribute to a project, in this case saving the client money, significantly reducing the building’s carbon footprint whilst also enhancing the public realm."

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