The Plaza, Brisbane Showgrounds

This expansive plaza space adjoins the Royal International Convention Centre, and offers valuable outdoor event space as well as shade and respite from the hustle and bustle of the Ekka and other events. The Plaza’s organic terraced form responds to a complex layering of level change, event space requirements, shaded rest places, pedestrian connections and stormwater capture.

ClientLendlease & RNA

LocationBowen Hills, QLD

Date2010 - 2013

Brisbane’s much-loved Ekka has attracted generations of locals and visitors through its gates almost every August since the first 'Queensland Intercolonial Exhibition of 1876'. The Plaza signified the start of the $2.9 billion regeneration of the Brisbane Showgrounds precinct – the largest brownfield development of its kind in Australia and the biggest urban renewal project in Queensland.

The Plaza is the front door to the new Royal International Convention Centre (RICC). Its flexible design supports a variety of exhibition and event overlays while establishing high quality public space for the emerging inner-city community within the Bowen Hills Priority Development Area. It establishes critical pedestrian connections between King Street, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and rail and bus infrastructure.

In order to achieve an extensive and useable area, a raised space was created with a terraced edge that provides seating for events. The design integrates stormwater capture and cleansing into the gardens of its lower edges.

Lat27 were the lead consultants for the design and documentation of The Plaza, the first key public space to be delivered within the Brisbane Showground’s redevelopment. LLPM&C constructed the plaza on behalf of the RNA and this exciting new space welcomed visitors for the very first time at the 2013 Ekka Show.

Lat27 was also responsible for the design of the Porte Cochère canopy structure which sits respectfully adjacent the heritage facade of the RICC and frames the entry to the Plaza. The structure references the historic forms and materiality that are characteristic of this heritage precinct.