360 RIDING RD
LIVE -WORK UNITS
360 Riding road is a multi use development with a twist. The design resolution explores the possibility of a hybrid development on a residentially zoned site. The site is situated on an important intersection as one enters the suburb of Bulimba.
It acts as a filtering device for the harsh, Brisbane sun in the summer and allows users on higher levels to visually interact with the public functions below.
The two main built forms join at the northern pedestrian access point of the site. The space between the two converging built forms is articulated by a powder coated steel pergola. This pergola’s function is two fold.
The other 20% is filled with a commercial retailer and public urban thresholds. The commercial entity is placed on the most northern part of the site to allow public to activate the commercial entities.
One of the key form giving factors that contributed to the design was the triangular shape of the site. With two roads converging on the northern threshold of the site public interface is ordered to allow full activation of existing pedestrian crossovers.
The complexity was not rooted in the design approach itself, but rather in the unification of various private and public sector entities in a single project on an extremely sensitive and controversial site.
2 Oxford St is the last site within the Brisbane city plan that is a rivers edge site zoned for commercial development. Its co-location to a heritage listed ferry terminal and the Brisbane City councils envisioned use for the site makes for a tough development brief.
On a high level the idea was to create a design resolution that created a platform where the various parties meet. A design approach that seeks to join the ferry terminal, the river park and the commercial development as inter-dependent entities that compliment and draw from each other.
This parkland on the ground floor acts as centre piece to the whole development. Surrounding tenancies and terraces borrows from the rich green amenity, blurring the lines of internal and external spaces.
In turn the design seeks to embrace the uniqueness of the site by hero-ing the river and the built-form’s engagement with it. The design is informed by the surrounding pedestrian infrastructure and the ambition of making a ‘River Park’ on the water’s edge.
MIXED USE RESIDENTIAL
The 12 Maud St Multi-residential block was a fast turn around project for a developer that we had done a previous project for. The new built form is located next to an existing heritage listed vacant building.
The existing building has been vacant for some time and the developer sought the opportunity to refurbish the existing and with this build a new addition on the co-located site that would be in-line with the Brisbane city council prescriptions.
The critical development aspect was to create a new built form that incorporates and pays homage to the existing building while at the same time being a development that is financially feasible.
At eye level the new building introduces new building elements that resonates with the existing orders and scales of the old building. The idea was to create a pedestrian thoroughfare between the two forms to stimulate the intended commercial entities in both the old and the new. This thoroughfare also acts as a ‘breathing space’ between the existing and new. This space acts as a device in which the proposed respects the existing while introducing a new order at the same time.
This order is articulated by a circulation colonnade of vaulted arches that introduce a contemporary order based on the existing buildings built form, its scale and architectural elements.
37 Osterley rd, Brisbane is a single residential dwelling that has a planning arrangement that is directly influenced by the sloping site it is located on. The site has a slope from its access point (which is the highest level) towards the back of the allotment.
This in turn negated a plan that has access with garages and a guest suite on ground level with living room, kitchen and dining on a lower ground floor. On first floor 3 bedrooms, a rumpus room and a study overlook the city towards the east and the backyard towards the west.
In effectively directing a user through the arrangement, visual links and sight lines are used to highlight and join critical aspects of the houses planning elements. As a user enters the gatehouse at highest point on the east, an opening at the very end of the built-form draws a person through a long circulation spine. This spine has a number of pause points overlooking green courtyards that orientate the users journey through the spine of the house.
At the end of this walkway the user has the opportunity to either move down towards the living room or take the staircase around the main internal courtyard to the bedrooms on level 1.
In the lower ground floor entertainment area, a series of basic internal elements are placed in relation to specific architectural elements to visually link a users experience of the interior of the house with elements on the outside. A seat in the TV area is lined with timber casements that can be opened and slided away to link this space with an exterior boma area.