Rosalie Church Refurbishment

Rosalie Church Refurbishment

Paddington, Queensland, Australia

Status: Complete

Set within the quaint Rosalie ‘Village’, amidst a timber and tin context, is a modest and quirky brick church.  Lacking the impressive dominance of its neighbouring Red Hill ecclesiastical monuments, the existing building was not without its own charm, sitting proud within its suburban context.  The broad, brick-faced gable frontage commands a certain presence to the street; however, constructed with a familiar 1970’s slap-dashery, it was in desperate need of a face lift.

The juxtaposition of crisp, shiny white metal insertions against the weathered masonry form enhances the charm of the old church rather than trying to emulate it.   Sharp-folded metal sun hoods reflect the opposing workers’ cottage window awnings, whilst the veiled cloister entry references the post-war screened balconies.  The entry promenade sets the pedestrian experience between the strong brick buttresses and a delicate metal screen, on the threshold between old and new.

This project was committed to giving a tired old building a new beginning, rather than demolishing it. With a modest budget, this was a game of silk purses from sows’ ears.  Leaving behind its religious heritage, the building is reinvented as a set of boutique city fringe offices.  Whilst many of the Christian references have been removed, the memory of its former use is retained through the lofted ceilings, blue glass windows and the deliberate retention of buttress and gable.

Builder: Abri Homes

Photography: Cathy Schusler

Elements of Byron Resort – Summer Salt AO Pool

Elements of Byron Resort – Summer Salt AO Pool

North Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Status:  Completed

Summer Salt Adults Only Pool is the latest embellishment to the internationally renowned resort, Elements of Byron Bay.  Nestled within the Australian bush, it offers a retreat and haven for adults within the resort.  Both exclusive and communal, it offers a Lagoon Pool, swim up bar, lounge deck and food van.  Summer Salt Pool Bar is as much interior as it is exterior.  It is uniquely Byron Bay, a part of the world where it is entirely possible to live outdoors all year round.  Here, the lounge is on a timber deck under the shade of an ancient Gum tree, and the dining room under a twinkling catenary lit sky.  Summer Salt was the result of a very successful collaboration between the Resort Owner, the Resort operations, and an experienced consultant team.  The vision was simple – to provide a haven for adults in a family resort.  The result was something so pure and so authentically Australian.

Builder: Elements of Byron
Interior Design: Myers Ellyett, Alexa Nice Interior Design
Branding: Alexa Nice Interior Design

Photography: Department Group

Elements of Byron Beach Resort – Stage II

Elements of Byron Beach Resort – Stage II

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Status: Under Construction

The stage 2 Masterplan is the second stage of the North Byron Beach Resort.  Stage 2 seeks to expand upon the Resort’s aspirations to develop a place which integrates with its very special and unique natural landscape. The project offers unique sustainable living and holiday experiences within an integrated natural and built environment.

The stage 2 masterplan encompasses the delivery of 96 resort cabins, a central recreation centre and an eco-centre. Expanding the concepts of the existing resort, the cabins are open to nature, encouraging outdoor living through orientation and design, whilst remaining sensitive to their natural setting. The recreation centre is a fully immersive landscape experience centred around a lagoon pool and flanked with open pavilions including a café, lounge area and terrace. The eco-centre seeks to reuse an existing on-site cottage offering a centre to showcase the site’s natural ecologies and provide a venue for communal gathering.

Builder: Elements of Byron
Structural Engineer: Westera Partners
Interior Design: Lockhart Interiors, Coop Creative

Photography: Alicia Taylor

Rosalie Village Retail

Rosalie Village Retail

Paddington, Queensland, Australia

Status:  Complete

The proposed extensive refurbishment of this 1970s corner building, which previously housed a not-for-profit aged care organization, has focused on activating the main street frontage and orienting to the Baroona Road axial alignment. The proposal seeks to establish a western gateway development to the Rosalie district by introducing an articulated, contemporary extension, which orients itself both to the corner and down Baroona Road. Careful material selection and bold formal gestures add to the texture of the project and enhance the character that is an intrinsic part of the village. Conceptually, this building is the big brother scheme to the gateway project on the corner or Bayswater Road and Baroona Road, which looks to provide the missing formal bookend to ‘the strip’.

Builder: Hutchinson Builders
Structural Engineering: ADG Engineering
Town Planning: Dennis Brown
Landscape: Seed Landscape Design

Photography: Cathy Schusler

Rosalie Pavilion

Rosalie Pavilion

Paddington, Queensland, Australia

Status: Complete

The Baroona Road precinct in the inner city suburb Rosalie in Brisbane is well known for its village character. The area includes a polyglot of shops and commercial buildings of many eras existing in a strange discordant harmony. For many years, the prominent corner at the entry to the village was known for an unusual dilapidated two-storey brick and stucco building. The extensive refurbishment of this 1940s/50s corner building, which previously housed a doctor's surgery and small flats, has focused on activating the main street frontage.  The refurbishment included a new dining pavilion, integrated via a landscaped courtyard with the refurbishment of the ground floor for a new dining tenancy and the conversion of the upper floor to a boutique office space.  The work carefully weaves together the elements, reusing existing materials wherever possible and employing new materials of a similar nature, whilst clearly identifying the old versus new.  An almost domestic scale, with considered detailing, adds to the texture of the project and enhances the character that is an intrinsic part of the village.

Myers Ellyett with Shane Thompson Architects

AIA Regional Awards | Small Project Category | Award 2014

AIA State Awards | Small Project Category | Award 2014

AIA National Awards | Small Projects Category | Commendation 2014

Photography: Peter Lee