We have been working away at a Masterplan for the Southside Presbyterian Church. The project involves the re-purposing of warehouse/commercial building to house the growing church's needs. The complex will eventually accommodate a 500 seat auditorium.
Kelder Architects have been working with RotheLowman Architects and ARIA Property on some small scale retail projects. This one in the heart of South Brisbane is due for construction early in 2015.
Brisbane Racing Club are looking at refurbishing their Doomben Central roof structure. The proposal will house new portable bookies stalls, semi outdoor lounge seating and high quality bar, coffee and food service areas. It will become a premium multi-function venue for hosting a range of exciting events.
Our Hamptons Style house is under construction in Hawthorne - Brisbane. The KA site sign gives a good impression of what is to come.
We recently completed some concept work for a cafe fit out. A limited palette of inexpensive materials and the minor alterations to the existing space creates a unified interior with a pared-back expression of the existing structure and services. The additions to the ceiling plane and the material variation are used to define smaller rooms within the larger space.
Maximising views and Light is a priority in this new room and deck addition to a house in Hamilton. The proposed high level glazing scoops in light from the north to brighten and transform an otherwise dark south facing living space and deck.
Kelder Architects recently designed a multi-residential building for ARIA Property. 5 apartment levels with ground level parking, a total of 25 x 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom units all with city views.
From this mornings measure-up - Classic Brisbane
A small renovation project in our local area - remaking the front of an 80's brick home with some versatile interventions for multi-generational family living.
V - Plan Concept
We have developed 2 x concepts for a new house on a rural site in Northern Queensland, more from this project coming soon.....
L - Plan Concept
We have made the move from Indooroopilly to a new studio space in Bardon, our new contact details are below.
One of our most recent commissions is a small autonomous house on a secluded site near lake Somerset. Essentially a weekender and an occasional holiday retreat for a couple who are keen to escape the city routines. The site already has a very basic house and large shade structure, but instead of a renovation the couple have decided to simply build a brand new house that better suits their needs and takes advantage of the site and surrounds. We presented two options a courtyard scheme and a fully contained square house. Concrete is readily available in the area being very close to Somerset Dam.
The Site Location, 'off grid'
The Courtyard House Option viewed from the North.
The courtyard option viewed from the existing house
The square option viewed from the north.
The square option viewed from the existing house.
The scale model is a bit of a dying art in the commercial world of architectural practice. This is mainly because the act of making a model takes so much time, and in some practices integrated 3D CAD modelling has largely taken the place of physical models for 3D representations.
Arguably, nothing communicates a project more efficiently and clearly than a physical model. Not to mention they are great design tools that amongst many other things give a very real sense of scale to a project.
While holidaying in beautiful Tasmania this Christmas, we took some time to make a scale model of the Two Courtyards Farmhouse.
......we took some time to make a scale model of the
Two Courtyards Farmhouse.
With the help of Mark & Tom, a creative media and graphic duo based in Tasmania, we decided to record the assembly of the scale model in a short time lapse film.
The short film records the act of assembling the models parts that we pre-cut before we began shooting. The end result is a compressed frenzy of activity; the gluing, cutting, adjusting, sanding and fine tuning of a very fiddly 1:200 scale balsa wood and cardboard physical model.
......thanks Mark & Tom
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This is a little house (shack) we have been working on for a site on Macleay Island in Moreton Bay east of Brisbane. The modest budget demands that the materials and construction details are simple and conventional. The plan of the house adopts a 'Long House' typology with the main living areas of the house having a single room depth. In this way the main rooms of the house are open to the landscape on both sides and have perfect cross ventilation and orientation.
Here are some images of a Child Care Centre we have been working on. The Centre is designed to accommodate a licenced capacity of 75 Children and has also been designed in accordance with the Queensland Child Care Regulations and Section MP 5.4 of the QDC.
The Centre is comprised of four indoor play spaces that step into the communal outdoor play space. The outdoor play space is conceived as a large courtyard garden that provides protection, light and a connection with nature for the children and carers.
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Work in progress...watch this space
The site is located in the heart of a working farm situated 15 minutes north of Bundaberg's city centre. Surrounding the existing house is a Macadamia Plantation and further afield the land is used for intensive sweet potato farming. The existing pre-1942 timber house has had a number of additions over the years. To the rear of the house, a collection of corrugated steel clad sheds have accumulated to keep the workings of the farm close to the house.
The new extension appropriates the language of the existing ‘Queenslander’ and adds a new living wing to the existing house. The old house is reprogrammed to accommodate the private functions of sleeping and bathing. The new open-planned addition accommodates the social and communal requirements of the growing family. The rooms are open to the north and to views of the macadamia trees beyond. Solid walls and windows are carefully positioned to block views to the working sheds and maximise views to the sky, the garden and the macadamia plantation.
The Villa Mairea is one of many highly informative pieces of architecture that we visited by the great Finnish architect Alvar Allto.
This building embodies the essence of humanist organic modernism and was designed to harmonise the relationship between people and nature.
While the house was designed over 70 years ago it has an enduring relevance to human occupation of landscape and space.
Nothing in the building's materiality or appearance is ostentatious, yet the journey through and around the house moves the human spirit, and also heightens the relationship between occupant and nature.