Beach House | bureau^proberts

Beach House is designed to deliver the amenity and sophistication of a private beach house while defining a new architectural type: the whole floor apartment. The architectural expression celebrates the organic forms of coastal landscapes, shifting sands and waning tides. Influenced by Gold Coast’s early beach house architecture, characterised by broad verandas, open breezeways, and a connection to the outdoor environment, the development breaks away from traditional compressed apartment layouts to create internal vistas capturing views from east to west. Large balcony decks to the east, create an extension to the living space and allowing for maximum coastal engagement. As an abstraction of the sweeping Gold Cost Coastline, the tower’s expression is defined by curved, bullnose slab edges and the vertical rhythm of blades encircling the perimeter. Embodying the essence of the natural environment, Beach House emerges as a distinctive and carefully crafted form that seamlessly integrates with its coastal surroundings.

Redlands Satellite Hospital | Fulton Trotter Architects with Architectus Conrad Gargett

Fulton Trotter Architects provided design and documentation services for the Queensland Satellite Hospital Program which saw the delivery of Redlands Satellite Hospital, a major healthcare facility within the south-east Queensland for Queensland Health. The project had a fixed project budget, fast tracked program, and required comprehensive consultation with a large number of stakeholders. The facilities offer minor injuries and illness care, as well as medical day, cancer care and outpatient services.

Guiding design principles were implemented to create a healthcare facility that is an accessible community space, with an emphasis on wayfinding and user wellbeing. These principles considered the journey from street to clinic and connections between inside and outside. The design features include bringing external materials inside, corridors with views to landscape, high-level windows, and courtyards encouraging daylight and views to deep within the plan.

Riverway Library | Counterpoint Architecture

The Riverway Library project breathes new life into a beloved community asset for the Townsville Community. The Thuringowa Library has been relocated to the existing precinct, seamlessly integrating with the Lagoon, Art Gallery, Sport Facilities, and Parklands. The transformed library occupies spaces formerly used for a performance venue and features a Café, bookable meeting rooms, a Changing Places Adult Accessible Change facility, and the innovative “MixHaus Makerspace.”

Overcoming design challenges, the project opens up the previously dark performance space, allowing natural light and views of the swimming lagoon and river. The library offers diverse spaces for quiet contemplation and collaborative work, including reading nooks, collaborative booths, and meeting rooms strategically placed with river views. The architecture embraces organic forms, with a unique curving ‘curtain’ defining the library space, paying homage to the former stage curtains while blending with the river landscape.

The Greenhouse | Blight Rayner Architecture

The Greenhouse is designed to be a ‘jewel box’ within the dense, high rise context of West Village. It is an 8 level office building located on an inner site originally intended as an apartment building but changed to offices in order to create increased daytime activation to the precinct. Its form is designed to act as an organic counterpoint to the adjacent historic, masonry St Peter’s Ice Cream building – the existing jewel of the precinct, so as to maintain its singular identity.

The building is elevated above basements and a ground level that already existed, creating a new upper ground level and laneway that adds to the precinct’s existing network. Using diagonal columns to land on existing load points, the building base recesses to create breathing space for the old factory and extensive greenery that enriches experience of the upper ground plane.

VIDA | Hollindale Mainwaring Architecture

Vida is situated on a hemispherical shaped site within the urban inner ring of the CBD of North Lakes a satellite city north of Brisbane. Offering an alternative to high rise urban consolidation it is a centrally located low-rise medium density residential enclave of 40 dwellings per hectare. It is an ‘urban island’ surrounded by urban connector roads, bus station, parks and lakes and consists of 96 town houses with 10 different typologies. The varying floor plan configurations giving demographic diversity and response to varying context, aspect, orientation, vista opportunities and home office synergies. The architectural tectonics responds to these considerations. Besides privacy and sun-control, external ‘giant’ perf louvres, colored screens, shade patterning and varying articulation provides visual activation to the streetscape.

Vida is a transit orientated development with a bus interchange immediately adjacent to the SE. Acoustic attenuation was applied to the town houses affected by the bus location.

Urban Utilities | GHD Design

The head office fit out for Urban Utilities in the new Lumina building in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, embraces today’s hybrid environment and expresses the water company’s purpose of enriching the quality of life. Its progressive design supports business activities to occur in a way that best suits each individual or group activity and ultimately seeks to lift creativity, productivity and customer satisfaction.

As home to one of the largest water distributor retailers in Australia supplying drinking water, recycled water and sewerage services, Urban Utilities’ workplace is highly sustainable, flexible and technology enabled.

Cairns State High School Multipurpose Hall, Bou-wa | TPG Architects

Cairns State High School was founded in 1917. The new three court multipurpose hall, accommodates learning, performance and community space at the gateway to the center of Cairns.

Principal Chris Zilm said, “Important to the school was that the building could perform in a variety of configurations as well as define a new aesthetic for State School buildings, sensitive to the story of the local people and environment. From a stage for the 70-piece orchestra or a whole school assembly for the 1670 students for the first time in the school’s history. Designed in consultation with First Nations students, staff and community members, our architects interpreted the brief with creativity and commitment to quality. The end product has exceeded our expectations with custom design and fabricated features integrating in a simple colour palette.”

Bou-wa has become a destination for international training and aims to welcome Olympic Teams in the future.

The Porter House Hotel | Candalepas Associates

Located in the heart of Sydney, the Porter House Hotel is composed of a 10–storey podium wrapping around the south & west of heritage–listed Porter House. The hotel’s reception, guest & patron facilities are located in Porter House while the guest rooms are housed within the podium.

The design is based upon a delicate interplay of heritage and modernity, evoking a sense of elegant sophistication. A distinct appreciation of craftsmanship pervades throughout, stemming from the site’s rich and layered history.

The podium is composed of arches & apses, a uniform & simple expression that contributes to a sense of urban activation at street level. It includes an art installation designed in collaboration with artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso.

Public spaces integrate heritage interpretation, enhancing visitor engagement, while private rooms prioritise comfort & connectivity to the exterior architecture. The room planning emphasises privacy and intimacy, resembling apartments more than hotel suites, contributing to the overall architectural composition.

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