Category Archives: Resort
Ecologe is a luxury eco resort and events venue set in the mountains of Bali, near Ubud. It was developed in response to the global tourism ‘green rush’, which has seen hotels and resorts rebrand themselves as ‘eco-hotels’ by meeting the most minimal standards of green accreeditation. This project éwill be wholely sustainable. It seeks to make eco-luxury affordable, provide authentic ethical tourism, and facilitate sustainable cultural evolution. The project is constructed almost entrely from locally grown and crafted bamboo. The central events dome is surrounded by bio filtration pools, and the adaptable accomodation bungalows are arranged using sacred geometries. The project includes permaculture gardens, restaurants, bar, day spa, fitness centre, events space, conference rooms, gallery, meditation and yoga hall, temple, and recording studio.
This project, at the base of Mt. Glen Rock, just outside Esk, is anticipated to house 100 Self Sustainable Holiday Villas. The villas are set into the mountain to avoid bushfires and assist thermal performance. The Resort Community will have small scale agricultural tracts for vegetables, chickens sheep and cows. These are to be maintained by the resort community so that individual owners can come and go without concern about ongoing maintenace.
Residence/ Wedding Venue/ Eco Resort with 10 Master Suites + 15 hillside villas. 270° ocean views, Autonomous and off the grid Self-sustainable Water, Power, Waste Treatment. Multiple Level changes achieve unencumbered ocean views and avoid the need for almost all handrails and pool fencing. ($4 M) Currently at DA stage
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 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.
These schemes begin to explore some simple solutions to ornamental gardens and food production in typical multi residential applications. The scheme attempts to reconcile built form and landscape, reversing the prevailing oppression of vegetation by buildings which stand victorious over it, and exploring the use of landscape as built form. These are some preliminary concepts showing how this might occur. Each building attempts to express a different relationship between the vertical landscape and the built form, through hierarchical shifts, varying levels of maintenance, and varying geometric order. With effective rainwater storage, irrigation, and access for maintenance, horticultural systems are successfully weaved into the fabric of the building. There is a planter on every balcony which is irrigated by gravity fed roof water from small reservoirs at the roof line. Pre-grown flowering creepers are transported to site, unrolled and clipped to trellises. So creepers only have to be sustained for 3 metres vertically before they are supplemented by another soil profile. And they can be growing right from the beginning of construction so that by practical completion they are already flourishing. It is intended that each occupant may grow their own preferred plants into the fabric of the facade, introducing another layer of diversity, and promoting creativity, individualism and self-expression in a multi residential context.
Currently under construction, this project sites a range of luxury dwellings and recreational facilities into the rich topographic and ecological landscape of a former open cut mine. Serviced apartments, duplexes and a clubhouse respond to the sheer cliff faces, overland flow paths, lake, creek and island. The brief was to provide a resort-style community for retirees of unparalleled luxury and amenity which would integrate with existing care facilities adjacent. There are 140 units over 9 apartment buildings, 82 single and double storey duplex apartments, and a clubhouse with restaurant, bar, theatre, library, medical centre, indoor aquatics, lakeside pool, and serviced apartments above. Close collaboration with landscape architects saw the vertical integration of landscape with building fabric, community gardens, permaculture solutions and regeneration of the whole site. The challenges of this site demanded extensive hydrological, ecological, and geotechnical investigation, coordinated with a large dynamic team of consultants, to achieve successful, sustainable integration into the natural environment.