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.
November 21, 2016
Design and refurbishment projects at three world-class resorts in Fiji are currently under construction and due to open during the next 18 months. The resorts include the existing Sheraton Resort & Spa at Tokoriki Island and the Westin Resort & Spa in Denarau, along with the new Momi Bay Resort.
The Buchan Group’s Brisbane Interiors Team was appointed to the Sheraton Tokoriki and Westin Denarau resort projects in 2013 to conceptualise and implement the interior design and refurbishments of guestrooms and upgrades to central facilities and outdoor areas. Some of this work has needed to be redone following damage caused by Cyclone Winston earlier this year.
Originally owned by Starwood Hotels, both the Sheraton Tokoriki and the Westin Resort & Spa are now part of Marriott International group.
The concept design of the Westin Resort & Spa Denarau transforms garden view guestrooms into luxury spa suites with separate dining and pool areas from the main central facilities, as part of the resort’s exclusive new spa offering.
The first option includes the merging of two guestrooms to create large one-bedroom suites. Our second design will see the extension of the ground level suites to include large ‘indoor/outdoor’ bathrooms complete with a five-piece offering, as well as a private deck and plunge pool.
We also undertook the concept design and refurbishment for the Sheraton Resort & Spa at Tokoriki Island’s existing 3,632sqm of central facilities and pool areas, as well as the conception of the resort’s new honeymoon suites. The resort is due to reopen on 1 February 2017.
Since Fiji is one of the world’s most well-known honeymoon destinations, we were tasked to undertake the interior design concept for the resort’s new luxury honeymoon suites. The design for the Honeymoon Suites at Tokoriki Island combined contemporary design and natural materials to achieve the desired aesthetic of ‘relaxed elegance’.
A modern take on ethnic artwork and artefacts was incorporated into various elements such as screening to pay homage to local culture and history. This was designed to make the hotel more appealing to international guests.
In the coming months, construction is expected to be completed on the new five-star AU$70 million Momi Bay Resort, designed by the Gold Coast team at The Buchan Group.
The 250-room resort, to be operated by Marriott, is located at Momi Bay, 45 minutes from Nadi International Airport. It will become one of Fiji’s main overwater bure resorts and is centred on a 21-hectare lagoon.
Across all our resort projects in the Asia-Pacific region, our designs aim to deliver exceptional comfort and amenity, embrace local styles and materials, and highlight the surrounding natural beauty so that they entice and delight visitors from around the world.
November 17, 2016
Felicity on Felix is an $18M, five-story, 36 apartment building in Lutwyche.
The complex boasts one, two and three-bedroom apartments, featuring flexible, open-plan living areas and large private balconies to take advantage of natural light and ventilation. Located only six kilometres from the CBD, the complex also features ground-floor retail space to enliven the street and engage with the community.
Each apartment features carefully designed kitchens with stone benchtops, double sinks, energy efficient cooktops and European appliances, while each bathroom will boast full-height tiles and frameless mirrors.
Buchan Group Director Gerry Holmes said Felicity on Felix’s open-air style design in both the indoor and outdoor living zones made the most of Queensland’s favourable climate.
“Our brief was to produce a quality apartment complex aimed at both investors and end users. To achieve this, we’ve created a striking north-facing exterior with integrated landscaping that gives the building a contemporary yet welcoming feel, while an open atrium with an overhanging garden creates an ideal communal and social area,” he said.
“One of the most enticing elements of the building is its internal private courtyard designed to encourage interaction among occupants. This courtyard features an extensive outdoor barbeque area with an open-air roof laced with overhanging greenery.
“Each apartment has been designed to optimise living and outdoor space. Here residents will enjoy premium finishes that highlight naturally lit spaces to deliver a tranquil ambiance and invite the outside in.”
November 15, 2016
Construction of the $300M Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre in the New South Wales Hunter Valley is entering its next phase, upon completion in May 2018, the retail destination in East Maitland will boast a combined 69,300m² of retail space, a 900-seat cinema complex and approximately 3,100 car parks.
The Buchan Group was appointed to the project in July 2014 by Stockland Property Group and Brookfield Multiplex to manage the design development, document and construction services for the project.
Since construction commenced in January 2016, the multimillion-dollar project has already seen the part-demolition of the existing complex, allowing for reconfiguration and expansion of the existing retail level, and the opportunity to add an additional level of retail space over the new part of the lower level.
The additional 45,000sqm of retail space will see the project double in size to welcome major retailers David Jones, Target and H&M, and make way for the region’s largest Dan Murphy’s. An exciting eight-screen, 900-seat cinema complex will also be included over the western end of the new rooftop carpark, with direct links to the retail and food precincts below. The existing basement parking will also be expanded and the existing on-grade parking will be replaced with additional multi-level covered parking and roof top car parking.
Buchan Group Senior Associate Alan Polden said the redevelopment would see the new additions seamlessly join the retained portion of existing single-level retail space. “Stockland Green Hills is already one of the most successful shopping centres in the region, so we are confident that this redevelopment will ensure the project remains a bustling retail hub for many years to come.”
November 11, 2016
Principal, Andrew Mackenzie recently joined a panel of industry specialists for the Property Council of Australia’s retail briefing focused on Place Making in the 21st Century.
Andrew joined moderator Sue Say, Director at Urbis, and speakers Vincent Zawodny, Vice President of CallisonRTKL and James Stewart, Partner at Azurium, in delivering a forecast of the cutting-edge design trends that will shape the retail experience in the next two decades.
With over 23 years of expertise in the planning and design of retail and mixed use facilities, and two decades of involvement in the phenomenal Chadstone redevelopment, Andrew provided an Australian perspective around retail design trends.
November 8, 2016
Associate, Abhijit Parasnis will present a case study on the phenomenal Chadstone redevelopment at a Mecca Melbourne event on 9th November.
The Buchan Group has worked on the centre’s dramatic transformation over the last three decades, seeing it morph into the Southern Hemisphere’s largest retail centre and Australia’s number one shopping destination.
Having worked on the project since the early design phase, Abhijit will provide insights into the complex design challenges and innovations behind Chadstone’s evolution into the world class Centre it is today.
More on the Mecca Melbourne event.