Fish Lane

Urban Design & Masterplanning
Brisbane City Council

Archipelago was commissioned by Brisbane City Council Urban Renewal to undertake a public realm concept design for Fish Lane in South Brisbane.


Archipelago developed a masterplan approach based on a well-structured site analysis and stakeholder workshop to inform the design response. Individual strategies that dealt with the observed conditions combined under a unifying concept of the ‘Laneway of Lost Things’, referencing the work Australia’s award winning children’s book author and illustrator, Shaun Tan.

A more detailed concept design was developed for the first part of Fish Lane – Fish 1. Fish 1 has a chance to be two things for the city – It can be typically activated and occupied as a narrow street where pedestrians have supplanted cars with a chic café, cute button shop or the best-kept secret patisserie….

But it can also unfold itself, reprogramme its space and become a large urban event – a market, a rock concert, a festival, an outdoor gallery…