Super Whatnot +

2012 AIA Regional Commendation for Small Project Architecture

2012 AIA State Award for Small Project Architecture

2012 Australian Interior Design Awards Shortlist

While Australia’s lane way phenomenon has been primarily about Melbourne, a small bar has just opened in Brisbane that attempts to put a pair of shoes on the casual barefooted bar culture of the Sunshine State.
Super Whatnot is located in Burnett Lane in the middle of the CBD. Surrounded by alternative EMO youth and hobos salvaging cigarettes it’s the perfect destination for a serious lane way bar. Housed in the loading dock of an abandoned beauty college, it is a place to retreat from the glossy finishes of the shopping frenzy in adjacent streets. With 4 meter ceiling height the space feels more generous than the 100 m2 footprint and offers three distinct seating options. A sunken lounge with barn door style window spanning 3 meters and supported by a walking caster wheel, mid-level bar featuring insitue concrete bar top above hexagonal mosaic tiles and a loft verandah of loose outdoor garden furniture amidst lush plant life and assorted curiosities.
Offering a rotating range of craft beers, original cocktails and unique bar food, Super Whatnot might not appeal to your average knee scratcher but that’s precisely the point. Brisbanites can now enjoy the unexpected delights of lane way culture.

Burnett Lane, Brisbane
Completed 2011

Project credits +

Project Team: Angus Munro, Ceirwen Burton, Lachlan Nieilsen

Builder: Nielsen Workshop

Photography: Alicia Taylor, Florian Groehn