Date: 2nd October 2021(note: changed date due to COVID lockdown in SEQ)
Time: 9:50am - 12:20pm
Location: Start and end at Build and Design Centre, South Brisbane
9:45am: Meet outside the Build and Design centre
9:50am Board bus and depart
10am: Arrive at Otto Resturant for tour
Designer: Studio Spillane
Arkhefield architects designed a sleek new building intended for two tenants. When
Stokehouse (former) owner and restaurateur Frank van Haandel saw it, he was
immediately beguiled by what he refers to as its “stealth-like roof,” and decided to take
over the whole place.
The commanding position on the Brisbane River opposite the CBD means that its
relationship to the water is its key feature.
The building, a beautiful object in the landscape, boasts a strong sense of form that owes
much to the agile crouch and thrust of its roofline. The restaurant wraps its distinctive
architecture inside via a stacked, curving timber wall that runs through the centre of the
Rendering the space human and humane came through architectural gestures rather
than decorative solutions. A wall of stacked, curving planes faced with vertical timber
battens forms a central core that weaves together the bar and dining areas. The luscious
sweeping curve lends a mobility to the space, and reaches from floor to ceiling with
booth-like insertions for the bar, wine cellar and doorways to back-of-house. It also
embraces a hovering mezzanine dining space above, visible from below through a wall of
glass. The timber element is part of a subtle Queensland vernacular that includes wide
verandah spaces and an intangible delineation between inside and out
10:30am Board bus and depart
10:45: Arrive at ILVE Showroom for tour
Manufacturer and installer: ACLAD
The design focuses on refinement of the exterior, applying an external screening device
that follows the undulating roofline parapet, and folds along the length of the site to
accentuate key signage locations.
The refurbished facade exercises restraint, with the building form left relatively unaltered,
yet manages to revitalise the previously tired, concrete commercial building.
Hexagonal perforations in the black-gloss aluminium panels have been used to articulate
the facade and strengthen the showroom’s presence. Acting as a stencil, the lustre
material filters light through the six-sided cut-outs, creating a pattern that echoes the
geometrics of the ILVE logo in the shadows.
Orange accents on the existing window mullions inject character into the otherwise
11am: Board bus and depart
11:15am: Arrive at 25 King for tour
Project by Aurecon and Lendlease
Architect: Bates Smart
Interior Architect: Woods Bagot
A massive achievement in engineered timber
25 King is currently the tallest and largest engineered-timber office building in Australia. A
co-creation between Lendlease and Aurecon, together with Bates Smart, 25 King is a
world-class building of the future and represents the new breed of workplaces of the
Based on Aurecon’s key design principle of providing an environment that supports the
health and wellbeing of its people, the challenge was to create a sustainable design
that puts people and how they will use the building at the heart.
Infused with the principle of ‘biophilia’, the design of the structure meets the innate
human need to connect with nature by featuring exposed timber beams and panelling
that fosters a happier, healthier and more productive workplace.
Aurecon’s tenancy celebrates timber and creates a contemporary and creative studio
At the heart of Aurecon’s wellness culture at 25 King, is a wide staircase at ground level
leading to an open, communal space with booths and meeting spaces framed by
greenery and bathed in natural light. Creating spaces where people want to spend time
and engage with others, inevitably leads to a more collaborative and innovative
12pm: Board bus back to the Build and Design Centre, or make your own way back
The Registrant/Participant shall fully indemnify the Building Designers’ Association of
Queensland and the Organisers of this tour against any loss, cost, damage, expense,
liability, payments or claims suffered or incurred by the Registrant/Participant which
relates to or arises directly or indirectly from participating in this event.