The practice of architecture is one of longevity. The buildings themselves are usually intended to last a long time, but the process to get the buildings built is also a long and often complicated one. This page looks at works currently on the board and tracks the process of these projects.
The stages within the practice of architecture start well before construction. From the early briefing the original design is critical to ensure the success of the end product. How well does the concept suite the brief, the site, the budget, the aesthetic requirements and more are all vital for the next phases within the project. What happens with those concepts during the detail design, costings, and construction is an interesting journey that is often overlooked for the final glossy building image. This page aims to track the process to reveal the journey behind the building.
We are very pleased to be working with ACU on another fit out project. As part of their major works to co-locate the school of nursing teaching spaces, the second floor wind of building 207 has been freed up for alternative uses. The new works constitute additional sessional staff facilities including 35 desks, breakout spaces, 3 new teaching rooms and 2 new meeting rooms. The new works opens up the existing wing with an extra wide hallway incorporating built in seats and benches with GPO and USB outlets to encourage students to inhabit the movement spaces. This space hugs the northern wall with existing windows (complete with terrazzo windows jams) and links through glass doors to the sessional breakout zone.
Entries to the teaching spaces are highlighted by door recesses with large common space whiteboards and a feature squiggle light. The meeting rooms are accessible to the wider campus and include writtable glass walls and much needed teleconferancing facilities.
Our own house in the gold coast hinterlands is an ongoing project that will explore design ideas and techniques over many years. After recently moving into a somewhat neglected 1920's weatherboard house on almost 3 acres we aim to slowly transform it into our oasis. This will be a long process with most of the work exploratory and hopefully self constructed.
The first urgent project was the deck. There was an existing deck that was rotten with holes in the floor and large sections of the balustrade missing. With a 2 year old in the house this was a priority to fix and needed to be completed without experiencing the local changing climatic conditions. With the deck on the south and eastern side of the house we needed to roof most of it for protection but keep the north section open to allow the winter sun to penetrate. We removed everything to reveal the floor framing (which was kept), removed the central columns to allow cars through underneath and built up from there. New spotted gum decking, open balustrade and roof sloping away from the house to maximise the views framed off secondary beams to avoid roof penetrations and provide soft strip uplighting .
The infloor hammock is an idea to provide a bit of fun and provide a relaxing space to take advantage of the northern sun and the incredible view. Finding someone to make it however was a challenge. In the end we had a sail maker rope the net to size and installed this ourselves through SS eyebolts fixed through the decking joists.
Set on an acre in the Western suburbs of Brisbane this is the house the client has been dreaming of building for years. With a large family intending to stay around for a while to come this house needs to provide a lot of space for a large number of people. While combining traditional formality and modern aesthetics this house is meant to provide a hotel feel with some homely warmth. Watch this space as the early concepts develop into a finished product.
Set within councils heritage control areas this subdivision required the new townhouses to reference existing aesthetics of the neighbourhood. While trying not to replicate traditional details this design takes on elements to tie into the existing house, such as roof pitches, eyes on the street and general massing, all with a slightly modern feeling. As a developer driven project this design seeks to maximise yield while maintaining quality of space, including privacy, open plan living with covered outdoor areas on the north and back to the street. Each townhouse includes 3 bedrooms with Multi function room on ground floor directly accessing the north facing courtyards. The garage is set back to allow secondary car park and the existing house built in underneath to maximise functionality while opening onto the yard.
We are very pleased to have been working with ACU at the Brisbane (MaCauley at Banyo) Campus on a number of interconnecting projects. ACU recognises that a successful modern university campus is as much about the common space activation as it is the teaching space. Providing healthy, active environments that encourage student engagement and interaction is key to enhancing the education experience and retaining student numbers. The relatively new campus has fantastic academic facilities but has under utilised its extensive grounds and incidental gathering and co-curricular spaces. Identifying potential Hubs, Active Edges and Retreat spaces throughout the campus Resonance d+a is working through design concepts to enhance these areas with the provision of shade, seating and services. As part of the activation works we are also decentralising the coffee and food distribution. The inclusion of a coffee outlet within one of the shade structures outside the lecture halls will assist in re-vitalising the north facing courtyard and will provide charging and wifi capabilities in the building surrounds.
All of these works are now complete and available for viewing in the education section. Below are some of the works that did not proceed.
Following the successful completion of Stage 2-4 Resonance d+a has been continuing to work with Aquinas College on developing the next phase of the master plan. Stage 5 includes a new and revamped administration building and resource centre that aims to re-invigorate the original 60's building while providing a contemporary interpretation for the new works and a new face for the college. The concept design proposes to demolish the small 70 and 80's single storey 'add ons' and open up the original 60's entry. A new 2 storey building at the front of the site provides a street frontage and lightly links into the existing building while framing the entry promenade.
Problematically the new layout brings the public reception closer to the heart of the school with a twin faced reception (one side for public and the other for students) to create a clear delineation of space while providing efficiency of space. The management team is housed in offices facing each other across a private courtyard that forms the link between the old and new buildings. Open plan staff offices are further removed to provide separation from the students for retreat, with the staff rec room on the second storey with views to the gold coast and incidental viewing over the street frontage for surveillance purposes.
Set on a rural residential property the EL house is designed with family in mind. The second dwelling on the family property this is all about lifestyle and external living. With the land gently sloping North the L shaped house allows all rooms to open to both the east and the north and overlook the north facing courtyard. Set underneath a few large existing gum trees the courtyard is enclosed by an open fireplace and pizza oven. A perfect setting for music and campfires under the trees the outdoor room completes the house merging with the on grade living room.
The upper level consists of the bedrooms and messy spaces. Overlooking the northern courtyard the open study and kids space flank a void over the kitchen / dining and allow light and breezes to penetrate deep into the heart of the house. A roof top viewing deck within the treetops affords glimpses of the gold coast and back into the active central courtyard.