March 25, 2016
A teaching facility based at the old Ithaca TAFE in Ashgrove has been transformed into a vibrant and welcoming head office for Hear and Say, one of Queensland’s most inspirational and successful non-profit organisations.
The Buchan Group provided Architecture, Interior and Graphic Design services for the landmark project which set a brief to meet the capacity and needs of future generations, providing warmth and familiarity to families whilst responding to demand for programs with the latest technology and teaching methods.
The Buchan Group developed six key themes that guided design and represent the different parts of the building in relation to the Charity’s values: The Heart, The Spirit and Soul, The Brain, The Sharing Hub, The Discovery Zone, and The Body. The wayfinding package reflects this concept using a designated background colour to identify each zone.
Signs throughout the complex identify with the ‘Hear and Say’ name with the more subtle use of an indented arrow representing ‘Hear’ on the side edge of wayfinding panels. ‘Say’ is represented by the relocation of the arrow to the underside of the panel, forming a speech bubble to provide directional information.
The rejuvenation of the previously pigeon infested derelict building has made a major contribution to the safety of the local community. The finished building features advanced acoustic design and disability-friendly access, ensuring the different sections are all part of an integrated design that maximises accessibility whilst retaining family-friendly comfort, proving key to Hear and Say’s philosophy and ongoing success.
March 23, 2016
The Merdeka PNB 118 development was recently launched by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, paving the way for a striking new icon on Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.
The 118-storey high tower and shopping mall, by Permodalan Nasional Berhad, will create an arresting landmark for the city.
The Buchan Group provided architectural and interior design services for the retail podium of the development which embraces its unique setting and is legible as a destination in its own right. Incorporating a diverse range of experiences over seven levels, the centre will provide an internally inspired retail destination offering a wide spectrum of retail, luxury brands, fashion, accessories, home wares, electronics, dining and entertainment.
Project Principal, Andrew Mackenzie, was honoured to attend the launch ceremony for the development.
“I am thrilled to have been present for the launch of this exciting project and we are very proud to have been involved in the design of the retail podium,” said Andrew.
“The mall’s organic theme with vibrant, cutting edge architecture sets the stage for a unique and inspiring retail and lifestyle experience and we look forward to the delivery of this innovative and iconic new centre.”
A sound and clear retail strategy is critical to the success of the mall and is characterised by a retail diagram consisting of well-located anchor units and appropriately spaced activities. This is reinforced by clear active routing between the anchors along with the use of filtered natural light, lofty public spaces and framed views capturing crisp, clean and modern architecture.
Located alongside Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara, a new MRT station and the Merdeka PNB 118 tower, the retail precinct will provide the perfect vantage point for visitors to relax, dine and be entertained.
The development is expected to be completed by 2024.
March 21, 2016
The Christchurch office finally has a new permanent home, having completed the fitout at 144 Kilmore Street after 4 years post-earthquake in an improvised warehouse space.
The building itself was designed by Buchan and features generous external balconies, electric opening windows, large sliding doors a dramatic copper and zinc façade.
The building is located directly beyond the North Frame River Precinct and enjoys uninterrupted views over the Avon river and south to the Port Hills.
March 18, 2016
Vicinity Centres’ $51m expansion of Colonnades Shopping Centre opened this week, creating a vibrant and inspiring new shopping experience for Adelaide’s southern suburbs. The redevelopment is the most significant for the Centre in over a decade, bringing a host of new retail and lifestyle options to the community and ensuring Colonnades continues to be a destination of choice.
The market style expansion sees the introduction of a fresh food precinct which includes a new ALDI supermarket, specialty shops and family friendly alfresco dining areas, as well as the addition of a home improvement outlet.
The Buchan Group’s design for the vibrant new fresh food precinct drew inspiration from the surrounding urban grain and rustic essence of the traditional market place. A combination of raw steel structure, recycled timbers and exposed brickwork, creates a distinct industrial aesthetic expressed in a slick contemporary fashion.
Interior Design Manager, Elisa Gagliardi, said the abiding design objective was to capture the synergy and energy of a traditional marketplace, transforming Colonnades into a lively, contemporary market style destination where the community can connect.
“We wanted to create an animated location where traders can display premium quality goods and local produce and people can meet in a casual, relaxed atmosphere” said Elisa.
“We employed a rustic, contemporary design that merges with the enticing sights, sounds and smells of a colourful marketplace to inspire a destination of choice for local residents.”
The result of Colonnade’s redevelopment is a bustling, convenient location for locals to revel in a new shopping and lifestyle experience.
March 4, 2016
David Martin, CEO of The Buchan Group, presented ‘Enabling Design Excellence’ at the Property Council of Australia’s Retail Think Tank on Wednesday 2nd March.
The event centred around how Melbourne's love of fashion and food drives retail excellence in the city.
Discussing his formula for success in retail design, David focused on the importance of having a vision and strategy. To bring the vision to life, David stressed that consideration must be given to key ingredients such as community engagement, customer values, place making and innovation.