Client: Capital Estate Developments
Completed: February 2019
Building on the existing architectural commission for Denman Village Shops, Capital Estate Developments (CED) engaged AMC Architecture to provide interior design services for the townhouses, base building facilities and fit out of the commercial and retail tenancies.
Pivotal to the success of the development, is a world-class IGA supermarket which anchors the mixed-use precinct and has become a shopping destination within its own right. From the outset of the project, CED was determined to secure a major retail operator that shared its commitment to the local community with a focus on providing a high-quality and positive shopping experience – qualities which they identified in Steve Smith, owner of the Yass Supa IGA. The IGA is a 1,000m² supermarket offering unique, exceptional fresh produce to the Molonglo Valley within an inviting and high-quality setting.
Underpinned by a pragmatic and discrete servicing strategy, the supermarket’s rectangular tenancy is buried deep within the building to ensure an active retail frontage for a range of other offerings including a chemist, café, allied health centre and gastro pub, amongst others. The inviting and voluminous entry foyer is accessed from a central recessed plaza featuring high-quality landscaping and public seating around a contemporary art installation designed by ANU Fine Arts Student, Naomi Taylor Royds.
The generous ceiling heights, driven in part by the loading dock arrangement, creates a spatial experience that belies the relatively small tenancy footprint. Noting the compact entry arrangement, fresh food displays are arranged to present strongly to the entry plaza and are complemented by natural/warm floor materials, ceiling treatments and a vibrant signage strategy. The finishes palette takes its cue from the off-form concrete and semi-industrial architectural character, offset by black powdercoat shelving, feature tiling, custom signage, copper rails and an extensive use of timber elements throughout. Elements such as base building services were meticulously detailed to be fully integrated into the design aesthetic. The neutral materials palette speaks to the Denman aesthetic while the addition of planter boxes, green barn lights and green tiling reflect IGA branding.
A feature glazed stairwell / lift volume, adjacent to the entry, creates an evocative built form that augments the pedestrian experience and provides a connection to the townhouses on the upper level podium. The interior design concept for the IGA was workshopped thoroughly with the operator and CED to achieve consensus between, at times, competing view-points. Key challenges included the accommodation of the trolley bay within the supermarket tenancy to maintain an attractive pedestrian plaza. This was an important space planning consideration which resulted in a well-balanced solution that struck the right balance between operational efficiency and a positive customer experience.
Constructed by Cockram, IGA + Liquor at Denman Prospect was officially opened in January 2019 and has already become a destination for Denman Village residents as well as discerning shoppers from further afield who value exceptional fresh produce and an enjoyable shopping experience.