ellivo (Projects)

Places to Work & Connect

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

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

Skin Partners

West End

A warm and welcoming new home for a professional group of specialists.

Sitting calmly within the bustling and diverse West Village, the new home for the professionals that are Skin Partners is a true reflection on their approach to their profession. The brief was not a typical allied health brief and started with some beautiful imagery of modern homes. With the client’s keen eye for aesthetics, the fitout was designed around the journey of the patients and of the professionals that use the spaces and brings together the sense of calm and the practicality of the spaces.

The tenancy is bathed in natural light by day and looks through an interesting façade and beyond to gardens and Boundary Street. With limited space and evergrowing needs balancing aesthetics and space, planning became a very detailed exercise with every millimetre utilised. We also carefully considered the privacy of patients balanced with sheer curtains to allow the light and connection to the gardens to shine.

Photography by Cieran Murphy

GO2 Health

Everton Park

A new generation of medical and allied health care services; coming together to support DVA clients and residents in a welcoming space.

Situated in Everton Park, GO2 Health brings together Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Acupuncturists, Psychologists, GPs, Pathologists and other specialists - all under one roof. The team’s enthusiasm for the high level of care on offer is evident in all that they do; so we made sure that their new space would reflect and enable this further. We worked very closely with the client in the early stages of space planning to ensure the space flowed properly for both staff and patients. The space includes calm lounge spaces and ‘hydrate stations’ that allow patients to relax and chat before their appointments.

Visitors also have access to a flexible community room which enables various educational and support activities. Staff are also not forgotten in the new spaces - with a generous break-out room that can be combined with the community room if a larger space is needed. The colour and material palette reflects a homely, fresh feel, so that spaces are warm and inviting to all; and reflect GO2 Health’s approach to wellness.

Photography by Katherine O'Malley

Bornhorst + Ward

Brisbane City

Bornhorst and Ward took a huge leap when they moved to their new home in the Brisbane CBD – a whole floor, all open plan with a new way of working. No longer confined by individual offices and partition walls, the team is now connected in more ways than one.

The design challenge – to create a new home for the B+W team of engineers – called us to explore and deliver on their expectations while making big changes to their way of working. Leading the way, the directors needed us to create a space for collaboration, transparency and open discussion.

In essence the spaces are all about conversation – breaking down all barriers to encourage new connections. The fabric of the building (structurally designed decades ago by the B+W team) has been opened up to act as the conversation starter with new clients. The columns have been revealed, the concrete slab exposed and the original structural soffit was made into a design feature. The fitout exposes the way the building was put together; acting as a reference to the company’s work, as well as adding visual interest to the spaces.

The space also needed to act as a home – for the business, for colleagues to get together, for clients, business connections and so on. The expressed industrial finishes of concrete, glass and steel have been balanced with luxurious soft furnishings and curtains to create a calm and welcoming environment. As a consequence, adjacent collaboration spaces are abuzz with meetings, coffees and lunches. As there was little built form to contend with, the large open breakout spaces have also allowed for staff gatherings to continue whilst still respecting social distancing requirements.

Watch as Tanya talks about our design journey with B+W here.

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

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.

Landsborough Avenue


An exciting mixed use development featuring expansive outdoor dining under a green leafy podium which is both subtropical and coastal in its architecture.

Ellivo have worked alongside Traders in Purple to create a unique vision for a new luxury apartment building in the bayside suburb of Scarborough. The Landsborough Avenue project derives its form from the natural bays that occur along the Southern Queensland coastline.

Nestled on the leafy Lansborough Avenue Esplanade, this marquee site in the heart of the Scarborough Village represents everything that is quintessential to a coastal life style. This mixed use development enjoys a magnificent waterfront location with direct views across to Moreton Bay.

Renders by Near Visual



Alouette, is an exciting new addition to the Newstead skyline. Alouette offers luxury layouts, and all have been meticulously designed to respond to the Queensland lifestyle and create comfortable, private and liveable homes.

The fluid form and curved edges of the façade emulate a “wing like” aesthetic that is balanced by a neutral palate of materials that allows the building form to speak for itself. This refined aesthetic is further enhanced through careful consideration of screening elements, balustrades and edge details. The balustrade design has been carefully considered to provide privacy to the balconies where required and opens-up to the expansive city, river and neighbourhood view at the upper levels. Residents also enjoy common facilities including resort style pool with views to the city skyline, and covered BBQ, dining and lounge areas.

The fluid form of the external has been thoughtfully carried into the apartments. The kitchen adopts a simplistic yet sophisticated palette, with soft greys, natural stones and black contrasts. Subtle references to the curves of the building have been embraced in the kitchens with a curved feature end to the island benches, ensuring fluid movement in and around the space. Both textural and contrasting elements emphasise the palette, creating a high end and timeless feel. Where possible, the interiors have been designed with Indirect and concealed lighting, which will help create a relaxed and beautiful home.

Renders by Binyan Studios



The buildings are designed as modern interpretations of timber-and-tin construction, with lightweight materials, batten screens, awnings and metal roofs.

Located between two streets - Simpsons Road and Rosewood Street, Holm makes the most of the steep site to provide amenable, self-contained residences with views down into the valley.

The townhouses vary between 3 and 4 bedrooms, and all have North-facing living spaces and balconies to take advantage of the site’s favourable aspect. The Simpsons Rd frontage comprises six townhouses; however, they present as three residential-scale homes complete with face brick fencing, articulated awnings and screens. In contrast, the townhouses fronting Rosewood Street follow a similar character to other residences in the street – recessed into to the side of the hill, they have front entries at the Rosewood St Level, and access their backyards from the first level above ground.

Renders by Binyan Studios

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.