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Badge : Brisbane Office

Wright, Natalie, Dawson, Peter , Harris, Brant , Geldard, Kelly , Meehan, Lachlan , Strasser, Ingrid , & Azzarello, Diana (2009) Badge : Brisbane Office. [Design/Architectural Work]

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This two-storey office building and upper floor interior fit-out, completed for the 25th anniversary of Adelaide-based construction firm, Badge Constructions, is a signature building for the client, and its recently established Brisbane-based operations, and a showpiece for their commercial and industrial construction prowess and dynamic, collaborative and transparent work ethic.

Situated in the industrial precinct of Bulimba’s Oxford Street, the building is a continuation of the street’s nearby commercial heart, whilst its architectural language references the adjacent industrial structures. The building’s shed-like skillion roof and western wall have been considered as a folded plane, allowing space to be considered as the inhabitation of the inner surface of this plane. The analogy of a lined garment, tailored to suit its wearer, clarifies the relationship between the western façade plane’s unadorned, monochromatic outer surface and the coloured and patterned inner surface, celebrating inhabitation. The use of typically external construction materials are re-positioned as an integral part of the building’s interior fit-out, alluding to Badge’s construction repertoire, and weakening traditional barriers between interior and exterior commercial space.

In reference to its Queensland context, the external glazed line of the building is pulled back from the street, providing an eastern verandah edge and a northern court, as a part of the public realm. The upper floor office incorporates a cantilevered outdoor mezzanine within the northern court, whilst the adjacent reception area and stairwell utilises clear glazing in order to visually connect to the street. The building is designed to take advantage of natural light to the east, whilst shading habitable spaces from the north, a building strategy that reduces solar heat gain and energy consumption. Placement of the building’s amenities core to the west provides substantial bracing and allows maximum activation of the north and east street edge.

A collaborative design process has resulted in an affordable commercial building with a high level of design resolution and relationship to its Brisbane context, while also challenging the traditional relationships between exterior and interior commercial space, and informed client and consultant team of allied disciplines.

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ID Code: 48605
Item Type: Creative Work (Design/Architectural Work)
Additional Information: Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Regional Commendation Award 2009 for Category 5: Commercial Architecture Research Background This project was driven by efforts to materialise a signature building for the client, Badge Constructions, as a showpiece for their commercial and industrial construction prowess and abilities in working collaboratively with an extended consultant team. An exercise in context, the building’s form and robust material selection references the site’s continuing industrial history, and contemporary commercial architectural elements position the building as an extension of the nearby vibrant commercial heart of Bulimba, Brisbane, with its working retail showroom interior showcasing a dynamic, collegial and transparent work ethic. Research Contribution The building’s shed-like skillion roof and western wall have been considered as a folded plane, allowing space to be understood, not in terms of inside and outside, but rather as the inhabitation of the inner surface of this plane. The analogy of a lined garment, tailored to suit its wearer, clarifies the relationship between the plane’s unadorned, monochromatic outer western facade and colourful, patterned inner surface, which celebrates inhabitation and weakens traditional barriers between interior and exterior space. As a direct reference to an industrial idiom, the use of profiled steel sheeting and other typically external materials, including concrete block and textured plywood, are re-positioned as an integral part of the building’s interior fit-out, alluding to Badge’s construction repertoire. This approach is exemplified in the reception area, where steel coil reinforcement, normally used in concrete column construction, is re-purposed to create a bespoke pendant lamp. Research Significance This project was a true collaboration between the client’s preferred consultant team and the client themselves, who contributed value management and build ability expertise. This process resulted in an affordable commercial building with a high level of design resolution and relationship to its Brisbane context, while also challenging the traditional relationships between exterior and interior commercial space and informed client and consultant team. The project won an Australian Institute of Architects Regional Commendation Award 2009 for Category 5: Commercial Architecture.
Funders: Badge Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd.
Material: Built Architectural/Interior Design Work
Measurements or Duration: 800m2 GFA, 1500m2 Total; $2.7M Total Project Cost
Number of Pieces: Two-Storey Office Building and Upper Floor Interior Fit-Out
Publisher: bureau^proberts
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Location: From date: To date:
Bulimba, Brisbane 2008 2009
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Keywords: Interior Design, Built Work, Architecture, Commercial Office, Construction
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2012 08:29
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:37

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