Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City

April 19, 2016

A collaboration between Buchan and Lendlease Design, the expansion of Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre has transformed the centre into a leisure destination that offers more than just a diversified retail mix. The centre is integrated into the surrounding community, creating a true lifestyle experience for shoppers.
The expansion includes a new Myer department store, approximately 95 local and national retailers and the revitalisation of Station Square, a vibrant new al fresco dining precinct that has improved connectivity to the existing rail and bus interchange.
Buchan’s design for the redevelopment draws upon a greater city related master plan, strategic environmental responses and a subtle recognition of the original landmark architecture.
The design relationship between the exterior and interior of the new expansion seeks to create an innovative and dynamic retail architectural solution which is complimentary to the original shopping centre, whilst creating a new contemporary aesthetic specific to the community and Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City.
A distinct and striking visual geometry and angular disposition defines the centre, and internally, the main fashion mall delivers a refined and environmentally responsive aesthetic featuring suspended sails designed to control and disperse natural light.

Buchan’s former studio site reimagined as residential apartments

April 12, 2016

Planning approval was recently granted for a major residential apartment scheme on The Buchan Group’s former studio site at 133 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne.  The new development paves the way for an exemplary, highly-considered architectural form within the industrial fabric of the area.

The 9 storey complex, for Starland Pacific Group, delivered in conjunction with Development and Project Managers, PDS Group, will comprise 165 apartments and 150 basement carpark spaces. The Buchan Group continues to play a major role in the evolving story of our former office site, proudly providing Architectural and Interior Design services for the development.

“Our aim is to create an exciting and cohesive new residential development that brings a positive addition to the emerging architecture of West Melbourne,” said Principal – Head of Delivery, Nick Nigro. “We are thrilled that the project has received Planning Approval and look forward to its progress.”

The proposed scheme sensitively responds to the surrounding urban grain and context of the area. A robust selection of materials has been carefully considered to provide a sense of depth and grain, capturing the essence of the site’s industrial context and imbuing its historical DNA in the design.

Buchan presents to future designers at University of Melbourne

April 7, 2016

A lecture on the pathways to becoming a registered architect was recently held at The University of Melbourne, giving third year Construction Design students an insight into the realities of becoming a practicing design professional.

Buchan Architect, Matthew Cosoleto, discussed ‘how to become a registered architect in under two years,’ exploring the perception and the reality of professional practice.

Matt touched on his own journey to becoming a Registered Architect and presented some of the innovative and striking projects he has worked on in his two years of professional experience at Buchan.  The developments include Sands Cotai Casino, Macau; Woodgrove Shopping Centre, Melbourne; BMW Cycles Showroom, Melbourne; as well as the delivery of our own studio in the old Mail Exchange building in the Melbourne CBD.

Matt concluded with an insight into the effervescent culture of Buchan and the inspiration drawn from the next generation of progressive thinkers with a passion for design.

Of his fellow designers, he said, “Our objective is to educate and excite a stagnant design industry culture with a collaborative left of field approach.”