Vivid 2017

April 24, 2017

The Buchan Group is thrilled to have been selected again for this year’s Vivid Festival, as artist for three installations (inSIGHT, re/FRACTION and Portholes), and collaborator for a further four (Uncovered World, MUSIC|box, 100 Ways to Say I Love You and The Big Red Button).

inSIGHT, which will be located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, recreates one of our most familiar sights--the human face--as a gigantic low-fidelity display. Strands of programmable LEDs are woven through the sculpture, creating voxels at twenty times natural scale. Ever-changing in expression, gender and character, inSIGHT will combine visual representations of sound, weather and other phenomena.

In Martin Place, re/FRACTION will fill the Lloyd Rees fountain with brilliantly glittering, refracted light. This turbulent canvas will greet festival goers with scenes, characters, colour and movement, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to see a very familiar landmark in a new, vibrant, light.

Portholes will transform a wall in the Rocks into a glimpse of the unknown, from ocean depths to planetary orbits. These marvels are revealed by projecting imagery into an array of windows, giving the observer a view into the imagined worlds beyond. Representations and abstractions will appear, shifting in colour, light, nature and culture.

Hunt Club Village cements standard for community living

March 31, 2017

The Hunt Club Village has delivered the final piece of the lifestyle puzzle for residents of the Hunt Club Estate.  The much anticipated shopping centre has cemented the standard for community living in Melbourne's south-east.

Featuring state-of-the-art schools, a children's centre and a retirement village, the wider Hunt Club Estate is founded on a range of amenities and services within a natural environment.  A sense of community is fostered through the surrounding wetlands and parks featuring pathways for cycling and walking.

Completed in 2015, Stage One of the contemporary shopping hub comprises 9,000m2 of retail facilities prominently located on the perimeter of the estate, within close walking distance for residents. 

The one level centre comprises a 4,200m2 Woolworths, 1,580m2 Aldi, 1,700m2 Dan Murphy’s, approximately 1,950m2 of specialty retail and central on-grade parking for 430 cars. 

Principal Andrew Mackenzie said Buchan’s design for the Village is inspired by the broader estate.

"The design for the centre seeks to integrate with the Hunt Club Estate’s strong sense of community and affinity with nature.

"The prominent use of high quality tactile finishes and natural timber and stone references the surrounding natural environment and provides a consistent and recognisable identity to residents."

Stage Two of the development is expected to commence shortly, further expanding on the array of retail amenities.

Northcote Hill presents residential rarity

February 28, 2017

Northcote Hill Townhouses and Apartments recently reached completion, delivering a residential rarity on the premier hilltop site.

The boutique four storey development for Landream comprises 35 townhouses and nine apartments that capitalise on the sloping site.  Positioned near the peak of Northcote Hill, many residences afford panoramic views towards the city and picturesque inner suburban Melbourne.

Project Principal David Forbes said the development offers a unique blend of luxury, convenience and privacy.

“Northcote Hill’s point of difference is the stunning elevated outlook combined with homes designed to the finest detail. 

“Add in the quiet, cul-de-sac location within walking distance to the vibrancy of High Street's cafes, restaurants and shops, and you have the ideal balance for a modern inner urban lifestyle.”

Crafted with liveability in mind, the enduring and contemporary interiors offer open plan living spaces with engineered timber flooring, European appliances and reconstituted stone bench tops. 

Each home benefits from a generous courtyard, balcony or terrace and a sense of community is derived from the central private garden.  A water feature reflects the development’s elegant contemporary design and presents a quiet, contemplative space for residents.

William Square Redevelopment

February 1, 2017

Buchan Perth have recently received Development Approval for the refurbishment of 45 Francis Street, the ATO building in Northbridge. 

The proposal, prepared for Warrington Property, will revitalise the existing building via a contemporary design approach for the streetscape facades, and re-activation of the ground floor tenancies, to allow for the creation of a new public space at the William/Francis Street corner.

The refurbishment project will coincide with the relaunch of the building as an office, retail and public precinct known as ‘William Square’.

The architectural vision for the aesthetic expression of the refurbished facades is inspired by the diverse cultural fabric and heritage of Northbridge.

The existing Loreto Tower will be removed, significantly enhancing the corner identity and improving visibility to release greater retail potential. This space will be protected from the elements by a striking glass canopy, some 8 metres above floor level. A second glass roof, mirroring that at William Square, will convert the previously barren forecourt on Francis Street into a habitable space for the enjoyment of the public. The minimal geometry of the new canopies seeks to offer a calming counter balance and a ‘connecting ribbon’ to the rich expression of the façade screens; their scale and volume bringing visual significance to establish William Square and the refurbished Forecourt as new major public gathering spaces.

The office foyer will be refitted with new quality finishes and furniture, and activated by adjoining food and beverage tenancies. The existing lightwell that currently stops at first floor level, will be extended to the lobby level to provide natural light into the ground level foyer to the newly introduced lobby planting.

New two storey perforated aluminium façade screens are proposed along the William Street and Francis Street elevations to improve the building presentation on this prominent corner, providing solar protection for the office spaces behind, whilst maintaining views. The screens will be lit at night to provide a dramatic backdrop to the lively Northbridge nightlife.

The geometric pattern of the Francis Street façade screens take inspiration from the area’s strong Greek cultural heritage, whilst the golden hues of the proposed William Street façade screens reference the impact of the gold boom era on the precinct.

The heavily tinted glass and precast concrete panels of the first two levels of existing building façade overlooking the forecourt will be replaced by contemporary clear floor to ceiling glazing to extend views to and from the internal spaces and the newly refurbished Forecourt.

The textural detailing of these new public spaces are laced by a raw and slightly gritty urban  material palette of natural timber, concrete and stone, to fit within the contemporary Northbridge context, which is notably in contrast to the nearby more formal and corporate CBD location. 

The redevelopment will create worthwhile urban spaces, a destination for public use and enjoyment, with a distinct character which engages with the evolving Northbridge.

Marco Melbourne delivers new level of luxury to Southbank site

January 31, 2017

The signature dual towers of Marco Melbourne recently reached completion, creating a prominent presence on Melbourne’s skyline and a residential address of exquisite style and quality within the heart of cultural Melbourne.

The striking development, by Golden Sunrise Developments, offers a high level of luxury and the ultimate in modern city living in its prime Southbank location, with the spoils of quintessential Melbourne on its doorstep.

Project Architect Jacqueline Loh said the design capitilises on the exclusive site.

“Marco Melbourne offers easy access to a plethora of dining, entertainment, leisure, and lifestyle opportunities in the midst of the world’s most liveable city.

“The design responds by providing breathtaking views, quality living spaces and luxury amenities worthy of the surrounds.”

The 36 and 40-level towers rise above a common podium and accommodate 433 luxury apartments in a range of configurations.  Each balcony has been orientated to take advantage of stunning views across the CBD, the Botanical Gardens and Arts Precinct, and to Port Phillip Bay.

The podium offers exclusive access to residents who benefit from an array of first class service, leisure and entertainment spaces overlooking the city. All residents enjoy access to a pool, gym, private dining room and cinema, adding to the exclusivity of the building and creating an opportunity to socialise.

“The high-quality amenities were designed to not only create a sense of opulence, but as important social spaces to foster a sense of community amongst the residents,” said Jacqueline.

Buchan’s interior vision for the development captures the style and prestige of a fine hotel with an expansive grand entry lobby featuring marble floors and a sandblasted art pattern glass feature wall.  Contemporary apartments are defined by dramatic angles combined with polished white walls and full height clear glass windows, and feature stylish finishes and quality materials throughout.

Buchan ranked number five in Retail globally in World Architecture Top 100 2017

January 17, 2017

The Buchan Group has been ranked the fifth largest architectural firm in Retail globally, and has retained its position as the third largest practice in Australasia in Building Design’s (BD) annual World Architecture 100 list for 2017. 

Buchan climbed three places from 2016 to be ranked 55th globally in the list, which is based on an annual survey of the world’s largest practices ranked by the number of fee-earning architects they employ.

2016 brought a succession of highs for Buchan, with the completion of some exceptional projects, the commencement of some exciting new developments and the emergence of a host of new prospects.   The firm’s alliance with Japanese architectural firm Nikken Sekkei, ranked second globally, presented new opportunities that will help to position the business in key market sectors and geographies.

“Buchan enjoyed a fantastic 2016, remaining strong in retail with exposure to Australia, New Zealand, China, UK/Europe, South East Asia and South America, whilst maintaining a solid presence in the hospitality/hotel and residential sectors,” said Managing Director Bruce Shaw.

“Our alliance with Nikken Sekkei has created exciting new opportunities, particularly in the transit oriented and mixed use sectors, with a range of collaborative urban mixed use development projects presenting themselves across South East Asia, China, the Middle East and Australia.” 

In retail we saw the completion of the first stage of Chadstone’s latest redevelopment in Melbourne, cementing the retail mecca’s status as the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere.  Eastland Shopping Centre Stage 2 and Pacific Werribee in Melbourne also reached completion, as did Stage 1 of Grand Central in Toowoomba and Five Mile Gateway and Northwest Shopping Centre in New Zealand.  The phenomenal $900M Castle Towers redevelopment in Sydney continues to progress, along with Galleria Morley in Western Australia, Optimum Mall in Turkey and Merdeka Mall in Malaysia. 

Both Eastland and Castle Towers are amongst some of our significant large scale projects that have employed the use of BIM software, which has been instrumental in achieving our clients’ design and delivery aspirations.

We look forward to expected project completions in 2017, including the final stages of the Chadstone redevelopment; the next stages of Toowoomba’s Grand Central Redevelopment and Robina Town Centre’s Central Malls project in Queensland; Narellan Town Centre and Stockland Greenhills in New South Wales; Belmont Forum Redevelopment and Lakelands Town Centre in Western Australia; and Xiamen Luduo Mixed-Use Mall and Raffles City Changning in China.

Buchan’s strong portfolio of residential, commercial, hotel and hospitality, transport and mixed use developments continues to prosper, with the recent completion of residential developments Marco Melbourne, Trillium and Northcote Hill in Melbourne, and the progression of the striking Adelaide Casino redevelopment.

In 2017, we expect to see the completion of Eporo Tower, Melbourne; Marina Central Royal Pines,  Gold Coast; the Melbourne Hotel, Perth;  Momi Bay Resort, Fiji; and Guangzhou Cadre International TOD Centre in China.

Award Winning Fairfield Central

January 16, 2017

North Queenslanders are embracing the award winning $24M refurbishment of Townsville’s Fairfield Central Shopping Centre.

The Buchan Group has been working with Lancini Property & Development since 2005 to complete the architecture, master planning, interior and graphics works for stages one and two of the refurbishment.

Recognising the calibre of the completed project, Fairfield Central Shopping Centre recently won Excellence in Design for the Sub-Regional Centres category at the 2016 Queensland Retail Property of the Year Awards. Strategically located between major infrastructure planning and residential expansion in a rapidly growing southern suburb of Townsville, the master plan for Fairfield Central was designed to provide local amenity and continual retail growth as the urban context grew to encompass major highway road works and increased local population.

Stage 1 of the retail masterplan was completed in 2008 and included a major supermarket and supporting specialty stores within a generous covered mall. The design featured a sweeping entry statement, colourful supergraphics and an external café integrated into the entry.

Extensive clerestory glazing allows natural light to fill internal spaces, enhanced by dynamic curved ceiling features. Good access from the existing major arterial roads to covered on-grade car parking was key to set the standard for the life of the Centre and the amenity to its growing customer base.

Stage 2 of the retail expansion project saw the existing 4,500m² regional hub triple in size. It now features 300 additional covered car spaces, a new Kmart anchor discount department store and more than 20 additional specialty shops and dining outlets. Advances in retail centre expectations and a modern food retail revolution were also thrown into the mix.

The design for Fairfield Central had futureproofed the centre by allowing for further expansion, while still seemingly completing the current centre. The unique tropical conditions of North Queensland demand a sophisticated response for any outdoor activity. At Fairfield an external dining space has been created which responds to its environment and creates a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere while maintaining a connection to the local landscape.

Generous malls and cascading natural light offer enhanced exposure to supporting tenancies and create a feeling of familiarity and dialogue with the original Stage 1 aesthetic. The centre’s fundamental design principles held true, and the development expansion proudly acts as a buffer between the parkland residential estates and the major arterial highway.

We’re proud of the end result and how it has been embraced by the locals. Fairfield Central not only delivers an expanded retail offering but also a new node for social and community interaction.

Buchan Design Activates New Hawthorne Precinct

January 15, 2017

An old Brisbane dilapidated cottage has been transformed to form the heart of a new entertainment and retail hub called the Hawthorne Deluxe Precinct following a $3.5M refurbishment and redesign.

Located on the corner of Hawthorne Road and Lindsay Street, Hawthorne, the development boasts a new cinema offering 64 deluxe seats, a state-of-the-art sound and projection system, and a kitchen and bar. The precinct also hosts two new restaurants on the building’s ground floor. 

Since the project’s launch in 2013, Buchan has managed and implemented the design for Cineplex Australia, overseeing all master planning concepts through to construction. It also delivered the interior and graphic design components, creating a fully integrated design solution that maximises the Deluxe Precinct’s entertainment offer. 

The new precinct was designed to reflect the characteristics of the complex’s architectural surroundings, tapping into the suburb’s pre-1900 ambiance. The primary vision we had for the project was to create a precinct that captures and respects the characteristics of the area’s surrounding fabric and community. We also worked closely with the Catalano family, who have developed their entertainment business in this area during the past 30 years, which was rewarding and enjoyable experience. 

Anchored by a reused single-storey house, the refurbishment echoes the original design of the site through the use of wood and metal trimmings with exposed steel, brick work and concrete. These materials complement the original heritage-listed Hawthorne Cineplex theatre on the opposite side of the street. 

To facilitate the cinema complex’s boutique character and retail offering, the team has delivered a quality entertainment experience for cinema patrons, which will ultimately activate the area and stimulate pedestrian foot traffic to the precinct. 

Buchan also created the structural shell for the building’s two restaurants, Downtown Istanbul and British Colonial Co, which feature both indoor and outdoor dining areas to enliven the building’s streetscape. 

The redesign and refurbishment project has ensured the area is the perfect place for patrons to meet, dine and enjoy a movie in one convenient location.

Launceston Airport retail transformation takes out AAA Innovation and Excellence award

December 15, 2016

The Launceston Airport retail transformation project recently received the Airport Innovation and Excellence – Commercial award at the 2016 Australian Airports Association National Airport Industry Awards.  The airport also took out the Major Airport of the Year award.

The Buchan Group embarked on a collaborative design journey with the Launceston Airport Corporation to deliver the 600m² terminal expansion which has transformed the airport’s dining and retail offer and captured the spirit of Tasmania.

Principal Chris Ball said the award is testament to the relationship amongst the team and the striking and evocative interior design that has resulted in a reimagined gateway to Launceston and Tasmania.

“As well as being exceptionally functional, the new interior of the terminal building is truly stunning with a look and feel that proudly conveys the Tasmanian story. 

"It was a pleasure working with the Launceston Airport Corporation and project team to deliver this exceptional project and we are extremely proud of the end result.”

Buchan’s design for the terminal embraces the essence of the area through the slatted timber ceilings and expansive glazing to the terminal extension which showcases spectacular views across the tarmac to the mountain ranges beyond. Locally sourced produce in the new retail, food and beverage facilities celebrates the rich culture of food, wine and arts and crafts in the region, reinforcing the strong connection to Tasmania.

Johnsonville Shopping Centre Redevelopment

December 12, 2016

The Buchan Group has been engaged to provide design services for the Resource Consent of the redevelopment of Johnsonville Shopping Centre. The brief called for the creation of a stylish and sophisticated retail offering which fits within the context of the locale, while providing a fresh, vibrant focal point for the community which will form the core of a revitalised Johnsonville Town Centre.

The design incorporates the existing site conditions, constraints, and opportunities to provide a fully integrated retail, dining, and leisure facility which will service both the local community and surrounding area, consistent with the District Plan’s intention that Johnsonville be a centre of regional significance.

An east/west pedestrian spine will link a proposed rail and bus interchange with the retail core of the shopping centre and the already busy Johnsonville Rd main street. A single-level floorplan has been incorporated, with generous floor study height of up to six metres including roof lights over the malls spaces which will be incorporated to introduce natural light into the space, also providing awareness of external conditions throughout the day.

Externally, the development provides a variety of forms along the three street elevations of the Johnsonville triangle, with a hierarchy of street frontages being created to account for differing functions and orientations.

The Buchan Group’s David Thornton highlights the importance of providing a balance of town centre context and modern retail facilities: “The development should be the cornerstone and catalyst for a strong and vibrant Town Centre which will service and satisfy the community’s needs and requirements for many years to come”.

Buchan Completes Restoration of Heritage Listed St. Brigid’s Cottage

December 6, 2016

The Buchan Group have recently completed the adaptive restoration of the WA State Heritage Listed St. Brigid’s Cottage.

The Cottage, constructed in 1913 as an orchard store for Lesmurdie House, originally comprised a single room building of laterite stone, with a distinctive Marseilles tiled roof and verandahs on all sides. Altered in 1960 for residential use by enclosing the verandahs, more recently the Cottage had fallen into disrepair, showing signs of deterioration, particularly in the verandah and roof fabric, with rotting timber columns and sagging roof framing.

The Cottage was planned for restoration/re-use in late 201, with a vision to restore the cottage to its 1913 state, removing the 1960 additions. The building was to be adapted and altered for school use as short term accommodation for visiting teachers, Sisters of Mercy and parents of children boarding at the College.

However just prior to commencement of work on site, the Cottage was extensively damaged in an arson attack in September 2015, destroying many of the original features.   New works replaced most of these features as closely as possible to the original conditions.

Specialised wood turners manufactured the new columns to match the originals with rounded and tapered main shaft together with the ‘Doric’ style capitals. The intent of the restoration was to respect and draw focus to the original stone/brickwork wall. Second hand and reclaimed timber floor boards were sourced to achieve the best match to the existing jarrah floor boards. The existing ‘Metters’ stove and brick chimney stack on the Southern external wall survived the fire, but was left in a poor state. The chimney and stove were cleaned and restored, and adapted into the new bathroom design.

An entry porch was considered a requirement to the west elevation to provide weather protection and give the cottage an “address’ facing Lesmurdie House adjacent.  The entry is of contemporary design utilising timber and glass and was approved by the State Heritage Office. 

The refurbishment reflects the original Cottage, and has brought ‘life’ back into the building within the grounds of Lesmurdie Estate.

The project was led by Director Ken Musto and Associate Director Peter Garvey.

Buchan Extends Village Lifestyle at Zuccoli

November 28, 2016

Currently under construction, Zuccoli Plaza will provide a local retail centre integrated with the adjoining park to enhance the village lifestyle for local residents vibrant community located in the heart of the new Northern Territory masterplanned suburb of Zuccoli.

The Buchan Group was appointed by The RR Morriss Group in 2014 to provide architectural, interior, graphics branding and signage design services to the project. Upon completion, the plaza will encompass a total of 3,400sqm of retail space with additional covered areas incorporating seating for residents and community groups to meet.

Zuccoli Plaza is designed as a covered gathering space where a range of community-based activities can be accommodated, further enhancing the village lifestyle of Zuccoli. The plaza’s adjoining park is further extended into the site by arbour structures which provide shade and cover to the pedestrian walkways. The terraced park interface will act as a seamless transition between the park and plaza and will provide relaxed and comfortable seating for social interaction between local residents. A range of active retail spaces and cafes are proposed to surround the plaza and will activate the space and contribute to the visual and cultural vibrancy of the new community.

Buchan Group Senior Associate Anthony Tai said the integration of the surrounding parkland complemented the Zuccoli masterplan concept of providing “a natural edge to village life”.

“The defining architectural idea of Zuccoli Plaza is the creation of a village plaza which connects, integrates, and extends an adjoining park into the site,” he said. “

Construction of Zuccoli Plaza is anticipated to be completed in late 2016 / early 2017.