Landlines is an exterior screen that wraps three sides of the of 53 Albert Street creating a ‘veil’ over the existing car park, obscuring the activity behind. Artist Jennifer Marchant initially explored concepts of fabric draping the building. To this idea she overlaid a map, expressed in contour lines, of the landscape stretching toward Brisbane’s southern mountain ranges. The resulting ‘pattern’ is fluid and undulating, but still references the warp and weft of fabric.
underlying square grid reinforces the map reference and also provides a systemised
method of construction and installation. The screen also offers environmental
benefits by providing natural ventilation to the car park and reducing the
building’s carbon footprint. Landlines has become an iconic work for Brisbane
CBD adding interest to
the urban streetscape.
Image credit: Scott Burrows