With the Light+Co retail offering in Montague Road now full leased, developer Pradella
is confident the precinct will supplement West End’s multi-cultural landscape. With an integration of past and present, contemporary and industrial, cuisine and retail, Light+Co has continued to evolve since the completion of its two residential towers in late 2016. Inspired to create world-class communities with its designs, Pradella and its team first conceptualised Light+Co in 2014 as an apartment and retail precinct that embodied the culture of the 4101 and its landscape, while adding something new to the area. “It is important to retain landmarks which tell a story about
Brisbane’s past, while creating new and innovative spaces made to reflect the way we live today,” said director Kim Pradella. “Light+Co is activating Montague Road with new retailers who are all incredibly authentic in what they offer,” he said.
The ground floor retail space is envisioned to embody a distinctly European feel, with plans in place to make a foodie “laneway” complete with alfresco seating and menus inspired by cuisine from across the globe, he said. “It has been designed in line with the Light+Co buildings to provide a warm and inviting space for people to meet and enjoy a meal. There’s a great mix of retailers at Light+Co, who all work hand in hand with one another. There’s Monty’s Bakehouse Cafe and Bar offering freshly made European-style breads and pastries for breakfast and lunch, alongside Lupa Pizza Bar
which boasts authentic, Roman-style pizza, while La Macelleria Gelateria
is home to delicious Italian-style gelato,” he said. “For the owners of Monty’s and La Macelleria, Light+Co represents a second venture in the Brisbane market, meaning these retailers bring experience, knowledge and a proven recipe for success to West End.”
With its visually distinctive façade, Light+Co’s red-brick accents and use of steampunk materials pay homage to the building’s historic past and heritage as the Gas & Light Company, one of Brisbane’s first and now one of the area’s landmarks. Associate Director of architectural practice Rothelowman, Simon Maurice said, “Light+Co. is an interesting fusion of historic and contemporary design, with rustic brick and corrugated metalwork framing 4500 square metres of contemporary tropical gardens, including the reservoir resort pool with an expansive deck and pavilions along with a residents’ lounge and function room. The entrance features artefacts from the old gas and light company, and the industrial theme is carried throughout the apartments, with kitchens featuring a brick-style splashback, stone benchtops, an open pantry and exposed shelving,” he said. “Industrial-themed designs are on-trend, so the fit out at Light+Co is considered quite contemporary. But most importantly, we have worked hard to ensure that every apartment is comfortable and practical for residents.”