The Corner Store

The Corner Store

The Corner Store is located on a prominent site within Launceston’s semi-industrial city fringe and accommodates a mixed-use program with offices on the first and second levels and a retail space on the ground floor. The site has been vacant for many years, since the removal of the original corner store, which inspired the project’s name. Our design response draws heavily on local precedent to produce a thoughtful and sensitive addition to the streetscape. Significant cultural and industrial buildings characterise the immediate precinct and analysis of materiality, scale and the urban context were all key drivers in the conceptualisation of the building. The scale of the building carefully responds to the adjacent Alfred Harrap & Sons building on the opposite street corner, without challenging the Albert Hall for landmark status. A robust material palette, derived from the gritty, industrial context is adopted, with brick selected as a sustainable and contextually appropriate cladding. Throughout the project, we balanced the client’s brief to create a building with a strong aesthetic identity, with our desire to create a subtle building that sits harmoniously within the existing context.


LXN Architecture


Cowan Building


Structural engineer   JMG Consulting Engineers

Building surveyor   Green Building Surveying

Services consultant   EST Engineers



Jonathan Wherrett


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