Narrabeen Beach House under Construction

What a nice treat, to get out of the house and visit our project under construction in Narrabeen! Due for completion in August 2020, this 5 bedroom beachfront house, is a minimalist modern box, with sweeping views of Narrabeen beach.

You know I still get an adrenlin rush, walking around site and seeing a building come to life! This site visit was no different. Very exciting and very happy with the work done by Buildworx.

Looking forward to watching this one progress, the first high end housing project to be built, since starting our practice in 2018.

Manila back streets

From the depths of Manila back streets, rises a tower, searching for the sky.

To understand the context of our development in Ermita, Metro Manila, we explored the city back streets, giving us a feel for the area, it’s people, the traffic and the distinct smell of the wet season. This photomontage, shows the northern elevation of our proposed 40 level mixed-use, residential tower. The top 15 levels of the tower afford panoramic views of Manila Bay to the west, famous for it’s stunning evening sunsets over the water.

I like this photograph because it shows the fine and gritty grain of old Manila. The traffic, the variety of buildings, pot plants on the road, electrical wires everywhere, people, motorbikes, Jeepnees and the looming prospect of rain. I particularly like it, because it tells a story. Maurice (To the bottom left of the picture), my business partner and friend, was our photographer, taking hundreds of magnificent pictures for a potential photomontage extravaganza. Unfortunately, when our photographer got back to Sydney, he realised he had lost his camera at the airport, the photos and camera, never to be seen again. This photo, Maurice’s only lasting memory of his beloved camera….. Luckily we had a few shots left on my phone.

A tropical life in Suva

Located within 200m of the ocean, this development was designed for the humid climate of Fiji and to capture the epic views of Laucala Bay. The development comprises 8 premier grade townhouses with garden and pool facilities, nestled amongst the exclusive, tropical setting of Suva.

The distinct landscape setting amongst the palm trees, provides an ideal back drop for a building that is responsive to the environment. Deep shadow boxes adorn the facades, providing shading from the sun and glass louvres in combination with breeze blocks, naturally ventilate the townhouses from an extremely humid environment, minimising the requirements for air conditioning.

The site area is 1,100m2 and the townhouses are designed over 3 levels. There is Ground level parking, Level 1 living and dining spaces and Level 2 bedrooms. Both level 1 and 2 capture amazing views of the ocean, over palm tree canopies. The townhouses are a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings, with construction due to commence by October 2019.

Another project working with Nuno Fernandes and Maurice Mandalinic – AURORA Design

Narrabeen Beach House Approved

Our Narrabeen Beach House was determined by the Northern Beaches Council last month. Very happy and relieved to finally receive Development Application Approval. A long process due to a Submission at the final hour of the Public Notification Period, from a resident living 2 blocks away from our site, regarding View Loss. Interesting, considering the adjacent neighbours supported our proposal and council’s feedback, following our Pre-Lodgement meeting was complimentary and supportive. You always get one! The process involved, community consultation, an independent planning assessment, erection of height poles, a View Loss Analysis submitted as part of the DA Documents, and presentation to an in-house Planning Panel at Northern Beaches Council.

Looking forward to seeing this one come out of the ground over the next 6-8 months, working with Maurice and Nuno from AURORA Design! Also a big thanks to Natalie Nolan from Nolan Planning Consultants who provided a fair and thorough independent assessment of the submission and to Northern Beaches Council for supporting our project.

WISH. Retail experience

The entire western edge of our WISH. development comes alive with a pedestrianised promenade along Thynne Street offering landscaped areas and a diverse array of bars, cafes, restaurants and retail. Enjoy a drink or alfresco dining with friends and family while soaking up the last rays of afternoon sun. Then pop into the supermarket on your way home for those last-minute essentials. Stage 2 completes the 250m long entertainment promenade created in Stage 1.

WISH. Bruce – A new destination for Canberra!

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