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Argentum

Fortitude Valley

“Argentum” is Latin for silver, appropriately named as this is Argent Australia’s Head Office & Brisbane showroom.

Our brief was therefore twofold, create a sleek commercial podium, and a multi-residential upper that responds to the transitionary nature of the site.

We drew upon early 20th century modernism as inspiration for the simple yet bold forms of the façade. Bands of concrete frame the showroom, which is softened by a double height curved glass façade that is grounded by a garden. The curved glass wall draws residents & visitors into the entry, giving back space and volume to the street and giving a sense of openness to the street.

A simple material pallet of concrete, glass, steel, metal cladding & vegetation create a balance between a commercial aesthetic podium and a human scale level of detail for the residential component above.

We used subtropical design fundamentals including vegetation, flow through ventilation, natural light & solar control to make sure we created a high-quality living environment for the residents & commercial tenants. This includes a communal recreation space on the roof with a pool and steam room to offer a meeting place for residents.

Ellivo Office

Brisbane City

We are a firm that likes to create the architecture of what matters. Our fitout was no different. What matters to us is embodied in our new home which provides a serene environment for partnerships, collaboration and creation.

Being designers we were excited by the prospect of testing our approach to the end user by starting with our staff and clients and personifying their needs and mapping out their possible journey with us.  We soon realised that our clients and staff were all very different and this led us to create spaces that could adapt.

We created private spaces where meetings can be confidential, small meeting spaces and public spaces where people can connect. We wrapped all of these in a series of movable curtains that change the privacy and use of the spaces. We can cocoon spaces and make them private, we can adjust lighting and become more of an entertaining space. The uses are varied and practical to take us through the next five or ten years that we may be here.

AJ & Co.

Brisbane City

AJ & Co. are not a standard law firm and they are very proud of this. The experience of being their client is unique, relaxed and enjoyable and this is exactly what they wanted of their new home.

This is a very young and vibrant business, bursting with enthusiasm that we were very excited by the first time we listened to their vision for their move to much larger premises.  Taking over a largely existing floor we had a modest budget with which to create their dream – the arrival to a law firm that was to be very AJ & Co.

From the lift doors opening on level 18 of Waterfront Place the foyer opens up through their arrival area to river and city views. There is no reception welcome, just a welcoming space, iPad sign in and then onto the lounge. Complete with bar and spaces to meet and relax, the space is to be shared and enjoyed.

Nero Newstead

Newstead

Newstead is a rapidly developing inner city suburb with a rich history and diverse cultural background

Newstead is a rapidly developing inner city suburb with a rich history and diverse cultural background. It occupies an oxbow in the Brisbane River that has evolved to have a rich cultural identity. We partnered with the Panettiere Development Group, to build on this heritage and create a rich space for people to live in. People who live in Newstead seek more than just a place to live. To them, life is a rich tapestry of different cultural experiences. Nero Newstead offers a sculptural contribution  to the Newstead context offering a hotel-living experience through sleek and opulent homes.

Redchip Lawyers

Newstead

Redchip Lawyers are a medium sized law firm seeking to exude a modest and sophisticated environment for clients and staff that encompassed their values

Their desire to demonstrate integrity and openness is embedded within their new home. From the moment you step inside the front door the client area is open and has views to Newstead beyond and the newly refurbished historical Gasometer. The combination of smoky glass, polished concrete, concrete, plywood and leather provides comfort and texture in the detailing and a most warm welcome.

Arvia

Rainbow Bay

Rainbow Bay is an evolving beachfront boulevard of Coolangatta

Rainbow Bay is an evolving beachfront boulevard of Coolangatta. We partnered with our long-term client Aspect Property Group, to deliver a catalyst of exclusive living which reflects the unique assets of the site, in particular the direct proximity to Rainbow Bay beach. Our client sought to deliver to a niche of down-sizing owner-occupiers looking for a premium product. We focused on creating a timeless built form, minimising the amount of rendered surfaces was important in delivering a building that aims to look admirable long into the future.

Arena

South Brisbane

Arena is a collective response to the context of the people, the site, views, orientation and ground level activation

Arena is a collective response to the context of the people, the site, views, orientation and ground level activation. We partnered with Galileo, to deliver something unlike anything else is South Brisbane and its strong bold form makes a real statement in the vibrant South Brisbane community. The central courtyard defined by the expression of the podium form, is the heart of Arena and is host to active public gathering areas, and private retreat and refection nooks.  The rotated podium and tower form takes advantage of the expansive view lines, allow views for neighbouring buildings and creates an urban courtyard that contributes to both the public and private amenity.

C2 House

Fairfield

The site of Corso House occupies a unique oxbow in the Brisbane River in Fairfield that provides for uninterrupted river views.

The site and client held three key criteria, design for flood immunity, design for ultimate privacy and design for openness and light. The contrasting requirements for achieving privacy in a light filled home formed the framework for the project. As each step up toward the house protects it from potential flood waters, the gardens that surround its entry step into the house. Our clients were our co-creators of this new home. Being retired empty nesters, this was a place not only for them to call home, but a retreat for their extended family and friends. With this in mind we focused on provided flexible living spaces, which could accommodate activated living and entertaining as well as private play and sleep out guest rooms.

Hive

The Gap

With character-filled wooden homes, leafy streets and a hilly aspect, The Gap is a convenient home for established professionals and active families.

Drawing inspiration from nearby natural attractions such as Mt Cootha, and taking cues from the values and attitudes of the local community of residents within The Gap, we partnered with Lantona group to create a unique development in the heart of The Gap with a focus on community and the natural surrounds.

Hive aims to create an idyllic lifestyle providing refuge and a sense of belonging as a retreat from the pressures of modern life. The homes seek to strike a balance between a sense of privacy and a sense of community, taking advantage of the leafy surrounds and native plant life.

Providence Sales and Community Centre

Ripley Valley

The Providence Sales and Community Centre embodies the values of a vibrant new neighbourhood precinct located in the Ripley Valley

The Providence Sales and Community Centre embodies the values of a vibrant new neighbourhood precinct located in the Ripley Valley. The Centre serves as a welcoming gateway, reflecting true community living while holding a strong connection to the landscape in which it is sited. Situated amongst vegetated nature reserves, the design seeks to connect and blur boundaries between the inside and outside, unlocking views across the adventure playground and mountain ranges beyond and balancing the requirement of an open accessible ‘pavilion’, while engaging with the landscape. The design is accessible, welcoming and familiar and enhances the existing features of the site for all visitors to share and enjoy.

Fortitude Cafe

Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is located on the fringe of Brisbane’s CBD and showcases a mixture of heritage brick buildings, art and nightlife

Fortitude Valley is located on the fringe of Brisbane’s CBD and showcases a mixture of heritage brick buildings, art and nightlife. Fortitude Café embraces the ‘Valley’ vibe with pops of neon, colour and memorable graphics which pay tribute to the locality and history of the area. The café sits on the ground floor of a large office building, and is directly accessible to office workers, passing pedestrians, construction workers and nearby residents. We took our clients on an identity and branding journey, working in partnership to create the logos, graphics and stationery, which has given Fortitude Café a truly unique identity.

The fitout is light filled and open-aired, balancing a refined yet edgy personality. Featuring pops of pink neon lettering (‘The F. Word’) - sitting above a pink velvet banquette in the lounge, hand glazed emerald green tiles, distinctive Patricia Urquiola triangle breeze blocks, herringbone terracotta tiles, the design emphasises our client’s passion for their work and has created a distinctive living and dining area.

Peel St Kitchen

South Brisbane

This vibrant, new restaurant and bar is located in the heart of South Brisbane’s trendy and emerging arts district

This vibrant, new restaurant and bar is located in the heart of South Brisbane’s trendy and emerging arts district. We were was tasked with designing a flexible yet welcoming and engaging venue that would accommodate breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as casual cocktails and privately hosted events. In such a pedestrian-oriented area, it was necessary for the design to draw people in to compete in an already bustling area. The fit-out includes approximately 400sqm of interior space as well as a small exterior seating area. Inside, the designers created a dazzling new bar and lounge, full-service dining area, private event space, back of house kitchen, and all required amenities. The interiors aim to create an engaging and non-pretentious venue to enjoy the modern Australian cuisine and unique cocktails while also encouraging visitors to admire and enjoy their surroundings, creating a truly unique and dynamic dining experience.

Goodness Gracious Cafe

Graceville

Goodness Gracious Café is a beautiful boutique café in the quiet and leafy suburban setting of Graceville

Goodness Gracious Café is a beautiful boutique café in the quiet and leafy suburban setting of Graceville. The existing building was originally an old Queenslander style home and then a corner store before being converted into a café. Our clients wanted to create a homely café with the possibly of extending into the neighbouring house in years to come. We worked closed with our client and also Brisbane Commercial Kitchens to achieve the most efficient layout possible in a small space, as the menu and food produced in this kitchen was very important. The design and layout of the kitchen was very important to not only cater for the patrons now, however with the possibility of catering for a larger space with the future extension in mind.  The palette was clean and simple with feature materials and finishes. Rustic finishes including warm timber floorboards and a concrete look counter benchtop provide texture and provide a sense of familiarity. A simple white gloss subway tile was laid on a 45-degree angle to create an elegant look. The white tongue and groove ceiling through-out and feature profile panelling used helped to pay tribute to the style of the original building. This palette was set off with industrial features like the feature pendant over the counter, coffee machine, and open black ceiling hung shelves.

Aerocare

Newstead

Rosalie Focal

Rosalie

With steep tree-lined streets, colourfully renovated Queenslander houses, and boutique bars and restaurants, Rosalie is a compact, attractive pocket of Brisbane that is a well-kept secret of the locals

With steep tree-lined streets, colourfully renovated Queenslander houses, and boutique bars and restaurants, Rosalie is a compact, attractive pocket of Brisbane that is a well-kept secret of the locals. We were approached by the client to deliver an eye-catching office building for the under-stocked Rosalie Village Centre. Our response was to compliment the eccentric character of the Rosalie, providing workers and visitors with a unique commercial and cultural experience.

Place

Bulimba

Hotel L.A

Petrie Terrace

Petrie Terrace, wedged between the CBD, Milton and Paddington, is rapidly becoming a hot spot for after-work drinks, evening dining and weekend catch-ups from young professionals to inner-city workers

Petrie Terrace, wedged between the CBD, Milton and Paddington, is rapidly becoming a hot spot for after-work drinks, evening dining and weekend catch-ups from young professionals to inner-city workers. Growing tired of the existing ordinary hotel offerings, visitors seek a dynamic, elegant yet acquainted answer to their short-stay accommodation. We felt it only fitting to pay homage to the cultural background of Petrie Terrace. The articulated building form and selection of materials including white tiled archways and classic red brick, nod at Petrie Terrace’s industrial past and highlights the elegance of the surrounding heritage brick and stone buildings.

The Village

Yeronga

Baskin Robins

Uni Lodge

St Lucia

The Pad

Kelvin Grove

The demand for student accommodation has boomed on the back of Councils drive to make Brisbane one of the most desirable higher education centres in South East Asia

The demand for student accommodation has boomed on the back of Councils drive to make Brisbane one of the most desirable higher education centres in South East Asia. As the demand has grown, a wide range of developers have answered the call to house a diverse demographic into facilities near our educational hubs. The Pad in the Kelvin Grove Campus precincts is one such facility, catering primarily to the post-graduate market. It has walk-in / walk-out” convenience - bring your suitcase and basically everything else is provided. You can have WIFI access almost instantly and a comfortable, quite place to study and socialize.  

All Sports

Indooroopilly

Our brief was to create a space that will balance function, utilise natural light, deliver the best out of their modest budget and provide a welcoming environment for staff and patients alike

Our brief was to create a space that will balance function, utilise natural light, deliver the best out of their modest budget and provide a welcoming environment for staff and patients alike. The clinic sits on the second floor of a large office building and is easily accessible with onsite parking. As you enter through the ground level, there is the option to choose either the lift or use the entrance to the grand staircase that leads to two different receptions on to the floor plate which is over 1000m2. The fitout is light filled and open-aired, balancing a refined yet young personality. Featuring pops of colour to retain branding, feature timber panelling and wall dividers for warmth and directing clientele, and feature lighting in the stairwell and reception all create a more homely feel for staff and patients.

La Vida

Newstead

La Vida is an extension to this energetic community.

Newstead a suburb in transformation – converting from a warehouse district into a hip, inner city hub with no shortage of shopping, dining and nightlife options. With Brisbane CBD, New Farm’s James Street and Fortitude Valley just a short stroll away, the site is at the heart of the entertainment and lifestyle precinct. La Vida is an extension to this energetic community. Together with Bekaa group, we sought to deliver a sleek and contemporary expression of the suburb, providing residents with resort living amenities with a luxury touch with views to the edges of Brisbane. These large, open, spacious apartments are designed with luxury in mind while still being an entertainer’s dream.

Photographer: Scott Shirley

Ellivo Office

Fortitude Valley

The 2011 design of Ellivo’s new office fit-out has provided us with an amazing opportunity to demonstrate our core values and creativity to our industry

The 2011 design of Ellivo’s new office fit-out has provided us with an amazing opportunity to demonstrate our core values and creativity to our industry. The new facility in the centre of Fortitude Valley is designed to embrace who we are, what we enjoy creating and ultimately to provide a professional environment for design. Our spaces connect with our clients and staff challenge and inspire them on an ongoing basis. We sought out the space as an empty shell as this allowed us flexibility in our design and maximum expression of ourselves.  The space provides our key requirements of natural daylight, street presence and accessibility to our clients. The fit-out represents us as a firm, where the work space is energetic, bright and alive. There are numerous different volumes and types of meeting spaces that combine many ideas and capture the different ways in which we function as an office.

Rochedale Lifestyle Centre

Rochedale

Rochedale is located within the middle ring of Brisbane and is known for its friendly community, rich farming history, relatively low density and abundant nature reserves

Rochedale is located within the middle ring of Brisbane and is known for its friendly community, rich farming history, relatively low density and abundant nature reserves. Its well connected locality has seen the suburb develop rapidly with new master planned estates. We partnered with Aveo Group to create a catalyst for a community’s wellness, fitness and connection. With resort style living a key component to the brief, it was hard not to have fun on this project. We studied the context, site opportunities and various building materials, to create a unique cultural feature of the area.

Hyatt Coolum Visitor Centre

Coolum

The Hyatt Coolum Visitor Centre for Lend Lease welcomes visitors with expansive walls of glass capturing views to Mount Coolum

The Hyatt Coolum Visitor Centre for Lend Lease welcomes visitors with expansive walls of glass capturing views to Mount Coolum. The light filled open plan space caters for functions, openings and a permanent sales display with associated offices. Copper clad walls and an earthy patina to the subdued material and colour palette, settling the building into its golf course location. The floating roof is accentuated by effective lighting by night to give the appearance that the whole form floats lightly over the ponds beneath.

Greystone Terraces

Enoggera

Located in the heart of the well-established Everton Park community, Greystone Terraces responds to a demand for low-maintained high-end living to down-sizing retirees and inner-city professionals

Located in the heart of the well-established Everton Park community, Greystone Terraces responds to a demand for low-maintained high-end living to down-sizing retirees and inner-city professionals. We partnered with Mirvac to provide a varied portfolio of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes catering to the varied Everton Park community. Together, our approach blends elegant, considerate architectural design. The success of the Greystone Terraces, with all homes sold out within weeks of release, was owed to a close working relationship with the client, consultant team and project builders. We are thrilled to have been a part of this catalyst project.

Vantage

Benowa

Vantage is located in the Royal Pines Gold Precinct known for its PGA Quality Golf Course and Carrara Stadium

Vantage is located in the Royal Pines Gold Precinct known for its PGA Quality Golf Course and Carrara Stadium. Nestled between Southport and Nerang, residents enjoy the close proximity to major Gold Coast hot spots and major golf courses, while also having a peaceful buffer away from the hustle and bustle. Ellivo partnered with the Rayjon Property Group, to maximise the potential area’s nature assets and create a rich community for people to live in.

Oxy

Stones Corner

Less than five kilometres from Brisbane CBD, Stones Corner is a well-connected inner south-eastern suburb of the city nestled between Greenslopes and Woolloongabba

Less than five kilometres from Brisbane CBD, Stones Corner is a well-connected inner south-eastern suburb of the city nestled between Greenslopes and Woolloongabba. With a strong history, this gazetted nook is growing as a cultural and lifestyle precinct. Being a major residential destination for Brisbane’s young professionals, Stones Corner residents seek a dynamic home which enhance the existing offerings of the area including its connections to Hanlon Park and Bikeway, and the active Stones Corner retail strip.

In Partnership with Lantona, the design of Oxy aims to be complementary to its context by using a material palette that is sympathetic to its surroundings, while providing a high level of private and social amenity. Materials such as weatherboard, timber palings and brickwork provide a sense of familiarly. The weatherboard façade pattern represents the roof form of the traditional Queensland Cottage – a nod to the historical vernacular.

Jade

Gold Coast

Jade is one of our most iconic and memorable projects

Jade is one of our most iconic and memorable projects. Everything about the project was exemplary. The vision for the project was to attract an international clientele who would be using these for permanent residences or for holidays. This understanding informed the project at every level, from the flow of the floor plan to the detailing of the understated but opulent finishes. The result is pure luxury but with genuinely Queensland sense of relaxed living.

Timeless architecture is difficult to achieve, but there is no doubt that this project still remains one of our most recognised and enduring projects.

Fish Lane

South Brisbane

As a gateway to South Brisbane’s laneway culture and a stone’s throw from the cultural hub of West End, the site on the corner of Fish Lane attracted residents that were searching for more than just a place to call home

As a gateway to South Brisbane’s laneway culture and a stone’s throw from the cultural hub of West End, the site on the corner of Fish Lane attracted residents that were searching for more than just a place to call home. We identified the need for an alternative design vernacular in contrast to the existing commercial provisions in the South Brisbane precinct.  We placed a focus on connections with the outdoors, activation of the ground plane network of bustling cafes and bars, and providing visual connection to neighbouring precincts of West End and the CBD were essential components of their living criteria.

Enclave

Wynnum

Designing for the specific characteristics of a place and its people is a mantra in our studio

Designing for the specific characteristics of a place and its people is a mantra in our studio. Enclave at is a great example of how an understanding of these elements can make a great place. Our client recognised the limited offerings for medium density options in the Wynnum Manly area. Our brief was born out of the area, its residents and the characteristics that define bayside living. Three buildings offer three types of living, from townhomes to generous apartments. The key elements of the design are views, bay breezes, and a level of accommodation that appeals to owner occupiers. It also has to “fit“ in the local area. The materials and scale were driven by the desire to embrace and reflect the scale and feel of the neighbourhood. The central timber boardwalk reflects the nearby mangrove boardwalks. But the most important ingredient is to create the spaces that reinforce community. This is not a gated community, it provides security but contributes to the streetscape and provides great communal spaces for the owners.

Paddington Residence

Paddington

What is the appropriate response when designing a contemporary family home in a sensitive and historical setting? Minimal and raw yet textured and welcoming, the Paddington Residence is an exploration of space and materials for a rigorously contemporary family home in a historical setting

What is the appropriate response when designing a contemporary family home in a sensitive and historical setting? Minimal and raw yet textured and welcoming, the Paddington Residence is an exploration of space and materials for a rigorously contemporary family home in a historical setting. Beyond simply satisfying the client’s spatial requirements, the design explores how to create layered spaces with edges that offer privacy and flexibility.

The challenge within this brief was to deliver their spatial requirements on a small 400 square metre site with heritage neighbours, a very steep slope and ensuring protection of the significant tree. The design response has been to imagine the home as a procession of 5 distinct spaces, each with their own function, transitioning from the historic Moreton Bay Fig Tree to the west and the views to the city to the east.

L'etage

New Farm

This multi-award winning development provided New Farm with one of the first one per floor penthouse developments and created a benchmark for luxury homes in the inner city

This multi-award winning development provided New Farm with one of the first one per floor penthouse developments and created a benchmark for luxury homes in the inner city. Recognising that high end purchasers came from large homes all areas were designed with entertaining and an overall feeling of space in mind. Internal black reflection ponds create a divide between living and the Master bed, but also assist in creating space and luxury within.The palette reflects the traditional Queenslander with warm timber and travertine throughout and compliments both modern and classic furnishings.
Awards: HIA National Award, Project of the Year (2005), QMBA Project of the Year (2005), >QMBA winner residential building $2 million – $10 million (2005), HIA Housing & Construction Award for Res. Buildings over $10 million (2005)

Centra

Toowong

Photographer: Scott Burrows

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