South Bank has plenty of picturesque picnic areas that are open to the public all-year-round. Spaces are surrounded by shady trees, have stunning views of the Brisbane River and city skyline, and have close access to Brisbane’s cultural facilities. Street + Garden had the pleasure of working in close collaboration with Gamble McKinnon Green (GMG) to design a product that is truly unique and enhances the experience of visiting South Bank.


The Liana is a long-stemmed woody vine that is rooted at ground level, relying on surrounding structures for support. Following this, the Liana Lounge concept binds a sinuous HDPE-clad steel structure to a precast concrete host. The green HDPE vine winds its way across the concrete, creating a vast array of resting positions, encouraging exploration and play. The precasting includes water-shedding details and accommodates LED lighting – transforming the structures by night.


Given the prominent and high-profile site set in the world-renowned South Bank public space, Street + Garden saw this project as an opportunity to explore the notion of ‘functional art’. The product is very sculptural in its form and is therefore open to interpretation by the user as to how they engage with it – sitting on, lounging together, climbing over or jumping off. South Bank Corporation was furthermore provided with a recognisable and memorable addition to its landscape, which is extensively used and enjoyed by those attending the precinct.

Client South Bank Corporation

Design Street + Garden/GMG, 2011

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