The scheme for 17 Byres St, Newstead incorporates a series of versatile workspaces addressed by a generous central atrium – a four-storey space that presents a rejuvenating experience of abundant landscape, natural light and views to the sky. From the street, fenestrations are filtered by shading screens, views into the atrium are more immediate, attracting the observer to the public aspect of the building. The resolve is to distinguish the public and private nature evident in the two façades of the building.
The design is conscious of the value of permeable landscape and accordingly integrates generous planting to the eastern and western elevations. The atrium frames the public aspect of the building, it is transparent, open – an interactive space that encourages a sense of community both within the building and from the street. The building aspires to provide a workplace that fosters enthusiasm, a sanctuary for its occupants and a destination for its visitors.
Project delivered in association with Hogg and Lamb.
Awards – Commercial Architecture (Commendation) – Australian Institute of Architects, Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards, 2021