January 29, 2015

Madame Hanoi opened to acclaim in a gala evening at Adelaide Casino on January 22, 2015. Designed by The Buchan Group to evoke the French colonial era in Vietnam, the restaurant’s theme was chosen by its chef, Nic Watt, as the setting for an offering of  French and Vietnamese-inspired flavors found on the streets of Hanoi. Buchan’s design for the space maximises the volume and heritage features of the 1925 former Adelaide Railway Station. The coffered ceiling has become a focus, as have the 1920s ticket booths which are used as features near the espresso bar.  Dominating the richly layered and detailed space is a soaring mural by Adelaide artist Emma Hack, depicting Madame Hanoi.

Madame Hanoi Bar & Bistro comprises a café, bar and a restaurant over two levels. A mezzanine level was introduced, adding drama to the double height space. A Parisian-style entry from the street leads to the café, while ornate wrought iron screen doors provide access from the North Terrace casino entry lobby. 

David Forbes led the architectural team, with Architect Tristrim Cummings, Interior Designers Bruce Dickinson and Emily Perkins, and Paul Harrison as Project Architect.


January 27, 2015

Two of The Buchan Group’s recent retail developments have been short-listed in the 2015 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards, in the category for Best Shopping Centre Development.

The GPT Group’s $300M North West Precinct development at Highpoint Shopping Centre is a world class development that has already won the Best Retail Architecture in Australia category at the 2014 Asia Pacific International Property Awards.  Principal and Project Director for The Buchan Group, Joe Genovesi, said:  “The Buchan Group’s long and extensive retail experience added value to the project that has attracted David Jones and international brands such as Chanel, Zara and Apple to Melbourne’s west for the first time.”

QIC Global Real Estate’s $150M expansion of Woodgrove Shopping Centre at Melton more than doubled the size of the Centre.

Grant Withers, Head of Design and Project Director for the Woodgrove development, said:  “Woodgrove is now a leading shopping, entertainment, dining and leisure destination.  The quality of the design and the strong retail and leisure offer have created a retail and lifestyle hub that was embraced immediately by the local community.”

The Buchan Group has designed every stage of Woodgrove since its acquisition by the client in 1996.


January 19, 2015

The Buchan Group of architects has been ranked 60th in the 2015 World Architecture Top 100 Architects Global Survey. The annual survey ranks practices around the world by total fees earned and number of professionals, as well as fees earned within particular regions and fees for individual major work categories.

The Buchan Group rating was achieved on its billings of between $50 million and $59 million in fees in 2014. The firm achieved a global ranking of 5th within the Retail sector, behind four US practices, and was described as one of the top practices in the world for retail design. 

Within Australasia, The Buchan Group ranked third overall. The firm remains a leader in the local Retail sector, and is increasingly active in Residential, as well as Mixed Use, Hotel and Hospitality and the Commercial Office sectors.