GroupGSA reinvigorates Footscray’s Little Saigon Retail Precinct
GroupGSA has completed its $12 million project in Footscray’s Little Saigon Retail Plaza and Carpark building as part of the ongoing Little Saigon Precinct Revitalisation project championed by the Maribyrnong City Council.
Little Saigon Precinct is vitally important to commercial life in the Footscray Central area and has strong vibrant social and commercial connections with the local Vietnamese community. As architects and landscape architects for the project, GroupGSA has delivered a full service from design to completion to reinvigorate this important public precinct in the heart of Footscray.
The brief was to create a multi-level car-park integrated with retail offering and a public plaza to tie together the whole precinct. GroupGSA worked closely with the Maribyrnong City Council to design an outcome that engages with and matches community vibrancy at street level while playfully cladding the car parking structure.
The resulting 5700-square metre project has converted the existing on-grade carpark into a landscaped, open plaza with lighting and services for events together with a pavilion café. Other additions include the creation of a four level, 142-space carpark on top of a retail podium and upgrades to the Byron Street road conditions between Leeds and Nicholson streets.
Working with council-engaged, local community artists, GroupGSA has skilfully incorporated graphic art and pattern motifs into illuminated canopies and shop fronts. Local artist Khue Nguyen, Group GSA and the Council worked together closely to deliver printed lit glass façade to the retail areas in modern Vietnamese style design. Custom-made planters and a commissioned art clock face add extra interest. Perforated steel car park cladding panel designs echo patterns and themes using GroupGSA’s algorithmic modelling BIM technology.
A Sustainability Management Plan has also been incorporated into the design to bring the Little Saigon Retail Precinct up to the latest standards in environmentally-aware construction.
Images courtesy of Trish Nicol Agency.