The Yarrabah Retail Centre is a critical catalyst project to help consolidate and reinvigorate the Yarrabah community. The project includes construction of a waterfront retail and commercial precinct. The facility will generate local business and employment opportunities while providing a focal point for the town centre and a welcoming aspect for visitors.
The project consists of a 600m2 supermarket, 520m2 of commercial space (for government-funded service providers), 400m2 of general retail space including food outlets, and potential retail art space together with associated amenities.
Cottee Parker’s design responds to the areas tropical environment by careful selection of materials and large overhangs providing ample weather protection. A simple building form has been chosen to address the site constraints. The building is wrapped in a decorative screening to allow sections to open up and close, while reducing opportunities for vandalism. Locally created art has been integrated into the building fabric promoting a sense of community ownership.