Wynns Day

Approximately 100 of Brisbane’s publicans, including the Australian Rugby League captain Darren Lockyer, came to Lightspace for the annual Wynns Day luncheon.  With some supurb wines on offer and a live national video link hosted by George Negus, the concept was to transform the venue into a representation of the iconic Coonawarra Estate Winery.


We’re getting famouser and famouser…

A new post on interior design website Idea Awards…


Lightspace Project: Lightspace
Design practice: Ark Atelier
Photography: Scott Burrows

Lightspace is a warehouse re-purposed as a series of flexible event spaces on the lower level and shared creative studio tenancies on the upper level. The identity and atmosphere of the building are intended to be memorable, but still function as a blank canvas with scope for endless change, allowing for any event or creative use. The internal spaces have ‘strong bones’ within volumes that retain their integrity and spatial quality even when empty.

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Qantas write-up

Here’s a recent article in the Qantas Travel Insider Magazine showcasing a few cool new local haunts.  Guess what?  We made the cut!   Follow this link for the full article or read below…
07 May 2010

Rachel Surgeoner, Editor, FourThousand

A video game bar, industrial chic warehouse and hole-in-the-wall cafe are just some of the new creative spaces transforming the city.  Serving up Genovese coffee, wholesome gourmet sandwiches and hearty delicacies with a Greek twist, Flamingo is shaking some serious tail feathers in Fortitude Valley. It might be small, but the hole-in-the-wall cafe keeps its tables filled with plates of baked eggs and brioche cinnamon toast for breakfast.

Creativity beams from the event, education and exhibition venue Lightspace. This is partially due to the venue’s open plan studio space, which offers a select bunch of entrepreneurs, artists and design teams lofty offices fitted out by OBJX www.objx.com.au. Check the website for upcoming photography exhibitions and vintage markets, or casually drop by and admire the building’s structural prowess.

Once the derelict site of a late 19th century gaol and police depot, The Barracks has dramatically transformed its heritage-listed buildings into a creative retail and dining precinct. Nestled in between Paddington and the city, the space is home to Palace Cinemas, Bittersweet ‘the chocolate boutique’ and a growing number of modern eateries including russet Spanish tapas restaurant Peasant, and – the closest thing to NYC in BNE – The Chelsea.

Nurture your inner geek and indulge in a quality drop at Australia’s first video game bar. Mana Bar is run by long time gamers and combines the latest consol experience with top shelf liquor. Decide who will get the next round with a game of Street Fighter, and make sure you drink that round before going anywhere near Guitar Hero.

New spaces

5b Winn Street, Fortitude Valley.
+61 7 3252 7557.


30 Light Street (corner Scanlan), Fortitude Valley.

The Barracks
61 Petrie Terrace, Paddington.

Mana Bar
420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley.

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This event was a while ago, but we think the photos are worth posting.   With live tattooing, a barbershop, live art portraits, burlesque dancers, The Vines and Yves Klein Blue DJ’ing it was quite a wild night, and an oldie is always a goodie.


A little bit of the country came to Lightspace with the 9 Ante Portas art and photography exhibition.   Raising money for the North Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service a big crowd turned up to purchase the works and raise money for a worthy charity.

Our New Tree

We have planted a new tree down the back terrace at Lightspace, a Queensland Kauri Pine. It’s very pretty, but weighed a lot. A big thanks to Joseph who helped with the planting, and Ben for lending moral support.