Indooroopilly State School, KO&Co Architecture, Education Architecture, School Design, Queensland architect, Wiley construction, Karen Ognibene, Louise Booth

Our first State School project almost complete

The first of five school projects under construction this year is nearing completion. The new multi-storey learning facility will include 16 classrooms, amenities and staff facilities. We look forward to sharing some photos when it is complete later this month.

Congratulations to Wiley Construction who were nominated by the Australian Construction Awards (ACA) for their Health and Safety Solution in delivering this project. You can see a video below of their efforts in helping the school children understand the safety procedures during construction.

Cornwall Street Woolloongabba, Brisbane Housing Company, BHC, KO&CO Architecture

Cornwall Street project breaks ground

The Cornwall Street project in Woolloongabba broke ground this week. Designed for BHC and built by Stokes Wheeler, the new affordable rental housing will provide 32 apartments for youth and key workers. This development is the first to be constructed under the Queensland Government’s Partnering for Growth initiative.

Located on a small yet prominent site, the 9 storey apartment building will include a mix of studio and one bedroom apartments, designed to respond to the Brisbane City Council’s ‘Building’s that Breathe’ design guidelines.

BHC’s Rebecca Oelkers and Eloise Atkinson, were joined by the Hon. Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier and Treasurer, the Hon. Mick de Brenni, Minister for Housing and Public Works and Annemaree Callander from Brisbane Youth Service for the sod turning.

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Nundah House

We are proud to announce the opening of our Nundah House building – a new short stay, residential care facility for Queensland Health’s mental health sector. The opening by Minister for Health Stephen Miles was featured in Brisbane Times on 11 April.

Photograph courtesy of Kate Mathieson Photography.

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View House

View House, the stunning collaboration between KO&Co Architecture and our passionate and determined clients Roze and Sash featured in the Brisbane News today. Thank you to Roze and Sash who gave us an interesting and challenging brief and worked tirelessly to bring the design to reality.

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Sydney’s Starchitects Part 1

American Starchitect Frank Gehry has “graced” Australia with his presence with the new business school at the University of Sydney. Reminiscent of Gehry’s Fred and Ginger building in Prague, the building blends surprisingly well into the surrounding brick streetscape of Ultimo. In fact, if it was not for the custom shaped bricks made by Austral bricks for the project to achieve the sinuous curves, the building might have been somewhat underwhelming. The devil is really in the detail.

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Scarpa’s genius

Yesterday I was viewing a friend’s photographs of a house he recently completed and one of his details reminded me of the creative genius that is Carlo Scarpa. Scarpa’s meticulous yet elegant details, his use of materials and his discipline in execution is incomparable and a constant source of inspiration to many. I conceived the idea for the Hill House staircase after a visit to the Olivetti Showroom in Venice. Whenever possible, I strive to achieve his elegance in my work. This photo is courtesy of my dear friend Nadia Watson, who saved the day when my camera battery went flat!

 

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Tapestry of light

In keeping with the theme of exquisite quality of light, Sanctuario Dom Bosco by Carlos Alberto Naves is a less visited, but equally inspiring church in Brasilia. The modernist (almost brutalist) concrete exterior is a complete contrast to the delicate sensation of the interior. Made from 7,400 pieces of Murano glass set into lead, the windows are a tapestry of colour and in some areas, openable as louvres.