A beach life

One of the last vacant beach lots in Ocean Street Narrabeen, our site is an architects dream. For starters, the site has direct frontage onto Narrabeen beach and we work with a wonderful, design savvy client, who wants a modern, minimalist home for her extended family to enjoy. Modern materials of precast concrete and timber, combined with large expanses of glass are used to create spacious interiors, flooded with natural light. The house takes full advantage of uninterrupted views of the ocean and sits comfortably in the northern beaches context and lifestyle – Healthy living, fresh air and the captivating roar of the ocean.

Our narrative is that of discovery. Our design consists of 2 offset rectangular boxes that respond to the context. At the junction of the 2 boxes are the circulation spaces, running along a lineal spine and framing a spectacular view of the ocean from the entry. Private spaces are located in the southern box and entertainment spaces in the northern box, including a Japanese style private courtyard with water feature. An open and spacious design, large windows slide and doors pivot, to allow the outside to merge with the inside. As you enter the building you are drawn down a corridor that opens up different experiences, from the internal courtyard to the feature stair & skylight, arriving at the elevated kitchen and living spaces, orientated to capture the stunning views of Narrabeen beach.

Another Design Collaborative with Maurice & Nuno from AURORA Design.

Manila Bay Modern

A design collaboration between Philippine and Australian architects, including AURORA Design and the “m design collaborative”

Concept Ideas

The Process

A new destination for Canberra

Our masterplan for Bruce injects a series of highly crafted mixed-use buildings and townhouses into the Canberra market. The striking forms strengthen the urbanscape, through the creation of sky terraces and a vibrant public promenade designed in a bush setting. Modern offices saturated with natural light and air and a ground floor abuzz with the spice and flavour of cafes, restaurants, bars and speciality retail – A new destination for Canberra!

A design collaborative inspired by the vision and experience of TP Dynamics & AURORA Design.

http://www.wishbruce.com.au/

Macquarie University Incubator

We visited the Incubator at Macquarie University this week. What a stunning timber facade with internal spaces designed for creativity, to inspire our future entrepreneurs.

https://www.mq.edu.au/about/about-the-university/offices-and-units/macquarie-university-incubator

Brisbane River Tower

Only a few months to go before Crone Partners “180B” signature commercial development, reaches practical completion. 180 Brisbane is a 34 level commercial office tower, with 3 levels of retail and 5 levels of basement parking and estimated construction cost of $300m. Crone Partners designed the building in 2010 for Japanese client Daisho and construction giants Watpac. The project is due for completion November 2015. Crone architects have worked collaboratively with Watpac on a number of significant Commercial Office buildings in Australia, including the Telstra Tower at 275 George Street Brisbane and 333 George Street in Sydney. 333 George Street is also under construction and due for completion this year.

180B is ambitious, gutsy and a highly intelligent building. The tower will be Brisbane’s first 6 Star Green Star V3 certified office building and aiming for a 5.5 Star NABERS Energy Rating. This is the highest sustainability rating attainable through the Green Building Council of Australia’s rating system and described as “World’s Best Practice”.

The structural design is innovative using a side core to straddle the Brisbane railway lines that run directly under the site. The lift cores act as a beam to span over the railway tracks. Crone worked with Hyder structural engineers to develop the structural system and a series of large diagonal trusses to support the typical floor plates. This strategic thinking helped unlock the opportunities of the site. The resulting floor plates are regular in shape, open planned and saturated with light and spectacular views. It was through this innovative thinking, Crone were able to win the project through a Design Review Phase, against 6 major architectural firms in Australia. Other key issues that informed the design where overshadowing of King Georges Park, the requirement for a through Site Link and Wind Amelioration.

The Brisbane River super graphic, so dominant on the facade and no doubt controversial, becomes a theme throughout the development. It’s a signature to the building easily recognizable from a distance. A very bold idea, the Brisbane River is pix-elated on the North Eastern facade of the building through the use of a Frit on the glass. The Frit on the curtain wall panels is a rain drop pattern, following the theme of water and sustainability. The building itself has already been nicknamed the “Brisbane River Tower”

When complete this iconic building will truly transform the CBD and set a new standard for commercial buildings.

Below are aerial images of the building under construction;

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Photos courtesy of Ethan Rohloff Photography.

You can watch a marketing video and fly-through for 180B here;

180 Brisbane fly through from 180Brisbane on Vimeo.

108B is also on wikipedia!;

wikipedia – 180b