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This project was designed with a 5-year lifespan, so that it could be removed and relocated when this central West End site is redeveloped. The clients are particularly interested in preserving small scale businesses and the arts and complementing the existing commercial and cultural value of the area. Ground floor boutique retail tenancies start as small as 13m². These are modular and connect to commercial space above. We utelised extensive solar panels and varied the orientaion, offset and colours of the containers to achieve rich articulation along Mollison Street.
This small studio office is inside Factory 1 of the Absoe Site in West End. Formerly the factory floor of Peter’s and Pauls Ice Cream, the multi-storey concrete warehouse now houses a mix of small independents, including video production, web design, fashion design, media, architecture, art studios and a bar. This fitout was done on a very tight budget and we went for a mix of bright and playful elements with industrial brutalism.
After extensive study of the local wineries’ production and tourism industries, a scheme was developed which responded to and expressed the delicate, co-dependent relationship between the two. The first aim of the building was to facilitate effective observation and participation by a large crowd, in what is essentially a delicate and dangerous industrial process. The strong tectonic crumpling of the front wall of the winery volume is an outward expression of the internal interaction between tourist and production line. Tourist interaction with the process is controlled by the cranking of this double height wall, varying one’s height and proximity to machines, guiding large groups through each stage of production, ultimately delivering tourists to a tasting room and retail space. Its lightness, trasnsparency and permeablity stand in deiance of its counterparts, and allow glimpses of the process within, from the road. In addition to the winery, the brief included dedicated orchard space for native fruit and nut trees, space for dairy animals, production space for conserves and cheeses and guest accommodation.
This concept project sits on a prominent corner of Brunswick Street, in New Farm. It is zoned for centre activities and this projects includes ground floor retail and commercial, with upper floors of both short term and permanent residential. We are playing with the contrast of heavy rectilinear form of the containers and lightweight amorphous screening elements, and how this responds to the street corner. The scheme chooses not to comply with the adjacent buildings, which meet the corner with firm, full height, right-angle masonry.
This concept project begins in a 6-block precinct of the Brisbane CBD, bounded by Charlotte, Alice, George and Edward Streets. It is a precinct distinguished both topographically and programmatically but more notably by the richly varied volumetrics of its interstitial spaces – a product of the tight coexistences of towers, their podiums, and adjoining heritage controlled warehouses and laneways. The high frequency of heritage buildings in this area of the city offers sites which resist the formulaic tower and podium type development, but could house slivers of program which compliment it, providing places for production, creativity and community exchange. This scheme grows out of the rich morphology of adjoining volumes, bounded by service edges and blank podium walls which form an internalised avenue running along the centre of a city block. The proposal can be read as a collection of parasitic interventions, each of which display a varying degree of occupation of the host building. Each aims to activate the existing interstitial space and preserve a finer weave in the fabric of the city. As the parasites multiply throughout the city, a pedestrianised community circulation network is established, secondary to the street grid, and liberated from it, while certain interventions at its edges, become apertures which mediate between the two systems