Multi-level carpark or Community hub? Why not both!
The Canopy is an ambitious and impressive initiative by Lane Cove Council to activate a previously under-utilised site into a much-needed community hub. The project is essentially a 500 space multi-level underground carpark, two major supermarkets, community parkland, adventure playground & all-day dining precinct – all wrapped into one site with an inherent focus on sustainable principles.
Coles and Aldi supermarkets are located beneath the park level, accessed via travelators or lifts from the carpark and signposted by the sculptural metallic snaking ‘periscope’ named Reflections envisaged by Supermanoeuvre. Reflections mirrors the green vertical garden walls and reflecting light into the retail void below.
Eat Street at The Canopy offers a diverse selection of all-day dining venues with laneway and parkside frontages along with alfresco dining options. There’s also takeaway picknicking on the park and relaxed family BBQ facilities by the kids playground. The Canopy is home to many new sustainability features, including a living, breathing green wall, 230 solar panels, rainwater harvesting, electric vehicle charging points and a bespoke galvanised solar arbour as a world first experiment in conjunction with the University of Newcastle. Find out more here on the university website.
Launch opening night kicked off with Diesel playing on the entertainment stage making use of the state-of-the-art sound facilities and a fireworks display after dark.
Design Clarity is engaged as Retail/Hospitality Design Manager for The Canopy by Lane Cove Council. Responsible for general ongoing project design advice, quality control, fitout guidelines, reviews and approvals, our primary role has been the seamless delivery of the F&B tenancies through to trading. Despite the challenges, changing restrictions and program setbacks due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the full line-up of restaurants now open is diverse and attracting lots of attention from locals and visitors.
Dining choices at the The Canopy include:
Masala Kitchen – with Gin Bar, Afternoon Tea Lounge and Restaurant spaces inside and out. Also at EQ and Penrith riverside
Peanut Butter Jelly – Street food, graffiti street art, music, good vibes and the most eye-popping desserts. Also at Manly
Garcon – French-inspired bistro concept with an eye-catching ceiling of greenery. Also at Tramsheds Glebe
Sugarlane – Transportative South-East Asian flavours. Executive chef Milan Strbac, ex-Longrain, opens sister restaurant to Coogee’s Sugar Lane
Sunset Diner – Miami memphis vibe serving burgers, shakes and more. Also at Avalon
Watch The Canopy project video by ADCO here.
See an article reviewing The Canopy in Shopping Centre News
Photography credits to Masala Kitchen, PBJ, Sugarlane, Garcon, Sunset Diner, The Canopy & Scott Carver
Project Architect: Scott Carver
Contractor: ADCO Constructions
Design Manager: Design Clarity
Client: Lane Cove Council