The history of the site is steeped with energy as it provided riverfront access to Ipswich coal via rail. The vitality of the surroundings has endured the growth of Brisbane with Tennyson Reach being marketed as Brisbane’s ultimate lifestyle address with amenities that provide residents with a well balanced and healthy lifestyle. The prominent ground floor location of Kings Cafe is pivotal in its connection with the public parklands and river.
This geographical setting pushed for a flexible programme capable accommodating local residents and visitors. Bifolding doors and windows fully open the width of the cafe at each end creating seamless transitions between inside and out. The design allows for a boutique bar with casual outdoor seating overlooking the river and a sophisticated meeting point opposite the Queensland Tennis Centre entrance.
The layout of the spaces also allows for flexibility based on off-peak consumer periods and private functions. Colours and textures used mimic the surrounding gabion walls, gum trees and reflective light from the river yet the richness of the materials is balanced by the simplicity of the design.