Category Archives: Mixed Use
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 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
This concept scheme was undertaken in 2004 in response to the staged decentralisation of government services to ease congestion in the CBD and in anticipation of increasing building height and density in South Brisbane and Woollongabba. The brief was to provide commercial offices for the relocation of Queensland Rail headquarters from the CBD, and to link directly into the existing bus and rail network beneath. The scheme includes retail, food court, other commercial office space and a boutique hotel. The scheme utelises seperate foyer entries off Tribune Street to activate the narrow volume bounded by the busway terminal opposite and the rail and busway bridges above. It is intended that the strengthening of this axis along Tribune Street, perpendicular to Southbank and the river will set a precedent, helping to polarise a permeability to West End, counteracting the barriers imposed by Cordelia and Merivale Streets.