Client:Port of Brisbane

Location:Northshore Hamilton

Disciplines:Architecture, Interior Design

Industries:Public Realm


Winner Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Award 2009

About the Project

PDT designed the award winning Northshore Hamilton Riverside Café and surrounding parklands to provide a social and recreational stop along Brisbane’s Riverwalk at the Port of Brisbane.

The cafe and surrounding parklands have been designed to have a strong connection to the site’s unique seaport history and to promote a subtle maritime flavour through materials such as copper timber, aluminium and glass. Artistic references to the site’s human and natural history are blasted into the pavers at the front of the building, forming a feature element in the river walk, while natural materials link the building to site through careful detailing. 

Reference to indigenous plants and animal species through interpretive and engaging artwork promotes the unique history of the site
Nathan Clausen Associate/Partner and Landscape Design Manager

Project Team

Annie Yang

Senior Associate | Head of Interior Design


Northshore riverside café and the surrounding parklands have been transformed from an industrial area into a popular destination and venue which form part of the significant urban renewal of North Shore Hamilton. The project has successfully maintained links to the sites historic past while providing a beautiful and energising place for the local community and visitors.  Sustainability has been considered throughout the Architecture and Landscape design with roof water harvested from the café and the use of recycled materials including site-salvaged shipping bollards and recycled dock timbers.

This project was a collaborative design approach between PDT Architects , PDT Landscape  and Vivo (Landscape Architects) and Urban Art Projects (public art and urban furniture).


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