ellivo (Projects)

Places for Work, Connection & Wellbeing

Workplaces are a physical expression of a company’s culture and DNA (after all, we spend 10.326 years of our lives occupying them!)

How might we create workplaces that can also improve health and wellbeing, enhance organisational culture and increase operational performance?

We create
Office fitouts
Business parks
Commercial towers
Medical Suites

Q Coal

Brisbane City

Q Coal’s new home on Creek Street provides a warm and welcoming space for visitors and staff.

Working alongside the fitout contractor Apollo, and Q Coals leadership team, we set out to deliver a fresh environment for the growing QCoal team, over two floors. Drawing inspiration from the raw materials of mining, the palette was curated to include earthy and masculine tones to result in a space that is warm and inviting for both visitors and staff. Culturally the new space welcomes visitors from many nations, and encourages the Q Coal team to meet and collaborate every day. The empahsis was on providing suitable work areas which draw staff together.

The design was shaped by the client’s values and needs with a lot of importance on the space reflecting the permanence of the Queensland company. Central to the space planning was to include a large town hall where the staff can gather for team meetings and events. The outcome is uniquely Q Coal that will carry the client into the next decade.

Photography by Cieran Murphy

Ellivo Studio

Brisbane City

The new home of Ellivo represents our values and who we are. Seeking character and adaptability, our new studio has allowed us to grow and embrace the heritage of the building, while also challenging the status quo of how we work.

The process of planning and moving to our new home at 293 Queen Street, in the heritage-listed Custom Credit House, gave us a chance to pause, reflect and explore what was important to all the people who use our spaces – clients, visitors, staff members and friends alike.

In true Ellivo spirit, we knew that our space needed to have plenty of character and needed to support various activities from focused work to small and large meetings, as well as casual gatherings and more formal celebrations. The building itself informed the rhythm of the layout – breaking up different spaces, while still allowing them to be connected.

Moving to a new space allowed us to consider the changing office environment – we realised a need to create a flexible space which allows multiple people to work in different modes, and within separate areas. We identified the needs of the various users of our studio and tailored spaces to suit each of these. We created quieter meeting spaces away from work zones to allow for individual and small-group work, quiet phone seats, scrum areas for larger project team meetings and a long library and layout space along the central circulation spine – to inspire and foster team interaction. We also made sure that industry gatherings could be supported through the latest technology and design.

The Garden Bar is a great gathering space for us, as we embrace coming together again with each other and our community. We are excited to share our studio and watch as it grows over the coming years.

Aspire Airport Lounge


Aspire’s Perth Lounge is the first Australian Lounge for the brand following a long and successful presence internationally. Inspired by the nature and offerings of Western Australian context & culture the space is full of reflection points.

In years gone by families would take an outing to the airport in their Sunday best to see off a traveller, visit the viewing platform and see the swans swimming on the ponds at the airport. The viewing deck will now be home to Aspire Perth and offer their travellers an extension of their Western Australian experience.

The lounge focuses on the views to the tarmac with a variety of work and leisure spaces. Ambience and wellness flows through from the furnishings to the local food & beverage offerings. Indigenous artwork, local photography and a palette inspired by the landscape flows through the spaces that cater for all types of travellers.

Connectivity and flexibility is considered at all points throughout the lounge with the ultimate focus on ensuring the lounge is robust and adaptable to continue the Aspire reputation.

Australian Unity


Australian Unity Herston is their flagship fitout for Queensland, sitting elegantly within the heritage-listed Edith Cavell Building. Celebrating the history of its setting, the fitout provides a functional workplace, as well as a flexible place to educate and entertain.

Working with a long-established client, the brief went outside of the normal requirements for a fitout and challenged us to deliver a truly multifunctional space that could provide a fresh work environment with space for large board-meetings, as well as smaller client meetings and casual team events.

Central to the design was the context of the heritage-listed building and the existing bones, which had been thoughtfully restored earlier. The building offered amazing vistas from windows in all spaces – giving city and mountain views and an ever-present connection to the outdoors.

The fitout elements were carefully designed to sit lightly within the space, with subtle layering of materials to soften it and to provide a warm and welcoming aesthetic – all the while paying attention to not impact on the heritage building. Our design addresses the many types of meetings, presentations, and gatherings that will help to enrich the Australian Unity business and its users. As the central communal space merges from more formal meetings to champagne and information sessions, the furniture changes to enable theatre seating and cocktail tables.

Acoustics and AV integration was critical to allow all spaces to deliver comfortable, practical, and user-friendly solutions – and we worked closely with suppliers and consultants to ensure these elements were integrated subtly into the design. The spaces feel welcoming and take the office environment to the next level for the client; supporting their company values and helping to build culture.

Photography by Mindi Cooke

Places to Live & Stay

Residential design is not just about four walls and a roof (or how many you can stack on top of each other).

(How might we create places that generate joy and delight, that inspire, that increase the quality of life, and that are respectful of their context?

We create
Student accommodation
Aged care
Private homes

Ashford Residences

Everton Park

From dairy to exclusive residential enclave.

Ashford Residences is a master-planned residential enclave in Everton Park. The estate will comprise of a combination of attached and detached residences masterplanned to create a unique offering focusing on a owner occupier market.

In its current state, the site was used to house dairy livestock and has significant biodiversity and ecological overlays. These have influenced the masterplan design with a significant parcel of land to the south being dedicated as a landscaped wetland area which will bound the existing Kedron Brook reserve. The wetland will also act as an extension of the existing Kedron Brook Reserve, blurring the delineation between the waterway corridor and the site.

The existing Heritage-listed Murphy’s Dairy residence is located on the corner of Ashmore Street and the entry driveway into the development. This residence will form part of the “Entry Statement” into the development and may house uses such as a sales office. The integration of this dwelling into the development has been vital in respecting the sites previous life and defining a modern Queensland vernacular to continue throughout the development.


Kirra Beach

An exceptional, ultra-wide, north facing beachfront site located within one of the Gold Coast’s most coveted locations.

Monterey is nestled on one of the last remaining beachfront sites in Kirra Beach and was a rare opportunity to create something truly iconic.  With approximately 50m of sweeping north-facing beach frontage and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean & Gold Coast coastline – there is no comparison.

With a tonal, textural palette of finishes, married with lush tropical landscaping, we wanted to blur the line between inside and out. We kept the hardscape natural, earthy, light, and crisp to let the colours of the landscape really pop. Strong horizontal banding, reminiscent of the layers of sand waves from tidal movement, exaggerate the curved edges to open each residence to the stunning views.

The result is 35 residences over 14 levels of smooth, fluid design aesthetic, inspired by the stunning natural landscapes that surround.

First Bay


Luxurious living with a humble coastal feel.

The coastal landscape of Coolum is characterised by eroded edges, where the ocean and tides have cut and formed the rocky landscape. The First Bay development, consisting of two interlinked buildings, evokes qualities of this varied landscape in its architecture - with solid concrete forms and soft edges referencing the rocky beach front. The material palette further grounds the building within the sloping context – using neutral-coloured stone and smooth concrete that will age gracefully and patina over time.

Consisting of 38 two- and three-bedroom units, split across two buildings, First Bay makes the most of coastal living. The buildings were designed as a curated string of experiences; each step in the journey fulfilling a need created by the location. There are showers and surfboard stores at the entry from David Low Way; and materials were selected to be hardwearing and tactile while lighting is minimal and thoughtfully-placed.

Carefully-planned internal spaces allow for cross ventilation and natural light, and prioritise the living spaces towards the breathtaking views in the East. The units address the demands and desires of an owner-occupier market, with generous living and storage spaces, and hardwearing yet luxurious-feeling material choices.

The Wellington Collection


Located in the heart of Manly, The Wellington Collection has been designed to take in the site’s expansive bay views; making the most of the relaxed bayside lifestyle.

By working with the natural slope of the site, each residence has been designed to open up to the desirable Northern orientation and Moreton Bay views; allowing for an ideal living environment with an abundance of natural light and cross-ventilation. Conceived as a series of individual homes – made up of a mix of apartments and townhomes – each residence has a strong identity, with landscaped arrival courtyards that offer a layered entry experience.

The architecture is made up of an arrangement of screens, walls and balustrades that act together to balance views, natural light, and ventilation with the need for privacy. The building edges are rounded off, which helps to widen the view corridor to the northeastern bay views. A natural, textured material palette compliments the surrounding coastal region, while also fitting in with the character of the existing residential neighbourhood.

Places To Eat, Drink & Play

It’s not just about the brand, the product or the service (it’s about creating experiences that put a smile on the dial).

(Our challenge) How might we create a feeling of delight the moment they begin their journey – when they’re finding a car park, when make their first steps toward their destination, when they’re waiting in line for their coffee, or browsing the aisle?

We create
Cafes & Bars
Retail fitouts
Shopping centres
Lifestyle centres
Graphics & Branding

Miele Experience Centre, Adelaide


Miele Experience Centres are the pinnacle in luxury appliance shopping. The Centres in Hilton (Adelaide) and Claremont (Perth) are the most recently completed projects in a suite spanning Australia and New Zealand.

Working alongside the Miele Architectural team in Germany, both the Perth and Adelaide Experience Centres were major refurbishment projects of existing fitouts. The joinery and finishes palette were designed to highlight the appliances, and lighting was carefully considered to enhance the visitors’ experience.

The spaces were designed to be free-flowing and flexible – allowing shoppers to see the different areas from various vantage points. A demonstration area is central to the design; where users have the opportunity to see the appliances in action for the creation of a full three-course dining experience.

Both spaces were pared back and carefully considered to organise how the display may change over time. Finishes were detailed to allow easy transition to new displays; with a focus on reducing landfill and disruption to the staff and users.

Photographed by David Sievers Photography

One50 Gaming Lounge


Warm, reflective materials are combined with luxurious velvet and brass elements to create a truly unique and intimate venue for various events and audiences.

Situated on the second floor of the One50 Public House in Bundall, the new gaming and cocktail lounge offers patrons a sophisticated evening venue with views of the Gold Coast skyline. The client wanted to improve the experience of their gaming lounge and expand their entertainment options, so the existing gaming lounge was relocated to the upper level, and accompanied by a new cocktail lounge, private dining room and a bar and kitchen to service the new spaces.

Designed to cater for various events and audiences, the lounge offers various spaces that each have a different feel. Finely-detailed joinery elements divide the gaming and cocktail lounges; while each area has a variation on the fitout’s overall approach to lighting and finishes to create distinct spaces within the larger floor plan.  The cocktail lounge is complete with luxurious, plush velvet seating and dimmed lighting, inviting guests to relax and enjoy the quiet intimacy. The gaming area on the other side makes use of timber batten screens, dark coloured materials and full-height timber joinery to create smaller, quiet zones among the bright flashing lights.

Supporting both these spaces is the bar – the heart of the venue. The materiality and lighting here is distinct, warm and reflective with a copper counter top, timber batten detailing and shimmering splashback tiles.

The Whistle Dixie

Fortitude Valley

The clients decided on ‘The Whistle Dixie’ for the name of this café/bar fitout – in reference to a quote from a Clint Eastwood movie. This playfulness set the tone for the design, and we worked with the client to inject fun into everything we did.

The Whistle Dixie sits on the ground floor of Aurizon’s sleek 15-storey office building in the Fortitude Valley. In a playful nod to the building’s main occupant – Australia’s largest rail freight operator – we used trains as our departure point for inspiration. The main counter represents derailed carriages with train tracks hung above, a light box portraying the ‘X’ train stop sign is seen in the front window, and the floors feature recycled timber sleepers that have been recessed into the concrete. These touches are mixed with luxurious, high-quality finishes that help to create a space that can cater for patrons seamlessly from the early morning to the late evening.

The client wanted the space to be flexible in how it could be used through the day – they needed it to be light and open during the morning when the venue was a café, while also being a warm and intimate venue come nightfall. We achieved this with large, mobile, curved velvet lounges under high-level planting, subtle leather and brass touches, and full-length curtains that allow users to create smaller function spaces when needed.

The name ‘Whistle Dixie’ came from a Clint Eastwood movie, which injected some fun into the fitout - not just in name but also in touches throughout all the branding. This was a true reflection of the clients’ attitude, which we were able to highlight as we took them on an identity & branding journey. It was extremely important that the venue’s interior design and the Whistle Dixie brand worked seamlessly together. We worked closely with the client to create the logos, graphics, signage & stationery, which has given the restaurant a truly unique identity.

Photography by Mindi Cooke

Miele Experience Centre, Newstead


The Miele Experience Centre at Haven is nestled amongst culture and energy of Newstead that extends well into their showroom space. The flagship store set a benchmark for the brand within Australia and as a shopping experience for their many clients.

This is the first experience store of its size in Australia which commanded attention from all stakeholders from Australia to Germany.  Miele wanted to envelope their brand in an interior space that complimented the fabric of the building and this is where Ellivo came in.

The existing shell was challenging and exciting and made for a complex design. With such a refined brand and strong graphics we decided to use the angles, voids and existing concrete fabric to act as the stage for the experiences. The customer journey was carefully planned out amongst the architectural elements to create a space that can adapt with product developments into the future.