Architecture firm Buchan has unveiled design details behind the long-awaited three-storey food and retail hub, Yamanto Central, which will form part of the gateway to Ipswich.

Yamanto Central will be Stage 1 of the future 25ha Yamanto Town Centre, and is currently in the leasing phase of the development.

Senior associate Barry Neocleous, from Buchan’s Brisbane studio, said the 20,000m2 centre – located on the corner of Warwick Road and Pisasale Drive in Yamanto – will create a striking architectural statement befitting its location at the centre of one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.

“Inspired by the history of the region’s industrial activity and incorporating materials and aesthetics from the local area, the centre’s design supports the significance of the location,” says Neocleous. 

The prominent corner of the centre will be expressed with a three-storey architectural landmark element, which announces the precinct as a next-generation shopping destination, with a dramatic contemporary architectural presence.

“The Warwick Road façade will be vertically articulated by a number of solid and perforated three-dimensional elements to enable vertical gardens to complement the local environment,” he says.

“The façade is designed primarily to respond to Warwick Road’s medium speed zone with the placement of material elements and features deliberately positioned to complement the commuter flow.

“The articulation of the elevations continues along Pisasale Drive and is punctuated by an outdoor dining canopy protecting the indoor/outdoor dining precinct – Central Eats. The outdoor precinct adjacent to the main entry will feature a large green space, and planting flowing into the covered dining zone.”

“The area also provides flexibility to accommodate activities and entertainment for the wider community,” he says.