The Riverbank Lane
Located in the heart of Hamilton, The Riverbank Lane is a mixed-use destination that is home to a selection of boutique operators. Originally opened in 1978 as The Riverbank Mall, this property stood largely vacant for nearly a decade before selling in early 2014.
The Lanes refurbishment stitches itself into the urban fabric of Hamilton and aims to encourage a new way of thinking about tenanted spaces and inspire a fresh look at the potential of similar opportunities throughout the CBD.
2014 - 2019
The lane has transcended its primary function as a thoroughfare and become a complex space with a charming ambiguity. It creates a framework for people and tenancies without a clearly communicated definition of space or its ownership. We share this space. Cheerful eaters of Duck Island ice cream spill out of its tenancy to sit on the bleacher seating while their toddler enjoys a ride on the train. Others take five for coffee from SL28 with a book from browsers. Some just stroll in a take a selfie.
Victoria street has historically been a single thread of linear space with building facades lining each side and continuous canopies limiting the experience to a sequential experience of shopfronts. Breaking the canopy was a distinct design strategy to create an interruption in the elevation and signifies the entrance. Its double height encourages the guest to look upward and perceive the built form as a whole.
While the individual tenancies have their own distinct feel, the design has sought to create a language that unifies them. Tab signage, planting, and ingenuity contribute to the “Lane feel”. As each tenancy has been fitted out, the various designers have caught on and maintained the authentic and tactile experience. All obey the unspoken rule; “ceiling tiles are not welcome here”.