Eliza Shopping Centre
The Mount Eliza
Shopping Centre is in the middle of an area very much liked by the surrounding
residents. When I designed it, allowing the existing cypress tree to remain,
I was under some pressure to include that valuable piece of land into the
I decided (this was before CAD) not to alter the drawings, but keep them,
and redraw everything to show the amended design.
I was right - after a while, the residents
defended the tree, and I could reinstate the old drawings without much
ado. I am pleased it ended that way, because the design has a much more
human scale with the articulation of the walls and the play of light and
The boldly shaped fascia continued in the
balustrade of the stairs to the first floor space, the higher "block" of
the first floor end wall, and the extra trees planted since, all helped
to diminish the bland impact of the blank wall required as a functional
element of the supermarket.
Overall these features fit well into the character and scale of the urban
space of the wider district shopping centre.
An expansive blank
wall can become uninviting, and it is important to find ways to use this
to the advantage of the project.