CREATING LIFE CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS.
COMPANY PROFILE. NBRSARCHITECTURE is a people focused,
NAME OF COMPANY:
NBRS & Partners Pty Ltd
research based studio that aims to enrich
Level 3, 4 Glen Street,
lives. By developing creative design
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partnerships, our portfolio - spanning public
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and private sectors - exhibits an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRSARCHITECTURE global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture,
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Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise.
TEAM SUMMARY DIRECTORS: Geoff Deane:
BArch, Chartered Architect, FRAIA [Nominated Arch. Reg. 3766]
BSc (Arch), BArch, RAIA
B.Arch, ARAIA Architect [Nominated Arch. Reg. 5602]
BSc (Arch), BArch (Hons), Architect [Nominated Arch. Reg. 5286]
B LArch, Landscape Architect
B Des, M Bus, Member Design Institute of Australia
ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: Robert Staas:
BArch, MBEnv, DipCons (York), FRAIA
B Arch, Dip Arch Tech, Cert PM, Architect B Arch (Hons), Architect
Assoc Dip Applied Science Health & Building Grad Dip Building Surveying & Assessment. Master Fire Engineering Accredited Green Star (ABGR)
B Arch (Hons)
SENIOR ASSOCIATES: John Baker:
BSc (Arch), BArch (Hons), Architect
ASSOCIATES: Hung-Ying Foong Gill:
B Arch, Dip PM
B Arch (Hons), RAIA, Grad Cert Bus, Prac Arch
B Arch, M. Cult Her, MICOMOS
CREATING LIFE CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS NBRSARCHITECTURE is driven to create life changing environments. We design spaces for people. We believe that architecture reaches beyond the physical construction of the built environment â€“ it is a social art. Our aim is to create environments that have a positive impact on peopleâ€™s lives. NBRS is a multi-disciplinary design practice of over 60 professionals with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, Graphic Design, Sustainability, Compliance, Strategy and Research. NBRS has been in business for over 46 years with a commitment to excellence in design and enhancement of the built environment. Our design focused team has designed a wide range of projects throughout Australia and overseas specialising in Education, Justice, Health, Seniors Living, Church and Residential solutions. NBRS undertakes a variety of work throughout Australia and beyond, having successfully completed projects internationally in New Zealand, Asia and Africa. NBRS offers a balanced energetic team with the right mix of experience and innovative creativity. NBRS aims to excel in client consultation, meeting project objectives, technical expertise, & strategic management.
CONTENTS Places for Learning
Places to Live
Places to Gather
Places to Work
Places for Wellness
Places for Justice
360 Integrated team
ORAN PARK PUBLIC SCHOOL, ORAN PARK
PLACES FOR LEARNING E NGAGING SPACES T H AT PROMOT E L E A RNING FOR LIF E
QUEENWOOD SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, MOSMAN
Particularly in education, there is an opportunity for the built environment to impact and shape the lives of its users, not only for the present generation, but for generations to come. At NBRSARCHITECTURE we understand that 21st Century learning spaces should not only encourage learning, but should provide limitless possibilities for flexible learning, conducive to various teaching methods.
EARLY LEARNING NBRS has provided learning and day care facilities for numerous community, institutional and church groups. These facilities have been in the form of pre-schools, kindergartens, child-care centres, long day care centres and early learning centres. We have also designed facilities for specialist centres providing care for children with special needs.
NBRS designed a new facility for the growing CSU Thurgoona Campus, which is co-located with the Murray School of Education and the School of Community Health. The new Early Learning and Nurture Centre offers unique opportunities for students to combine the theoretical with the practical. At the centre of the design is a multi-purpose space that can be directly accessed and viewed from all wings. The childcare wings have been specifically orientated to ensure maximum sun exposure and each opens into a generous veranda that provides a protected transition zone to the outdoor play areas, designed to encourage imaginative and stimulating play.
PRIMARY & SECONDARY NBRS has extensive experience in the design of primary and secondary schools and understands the importance of designing a
safe and caring environment for children to transition from the home to the broader social community. NBRS has designed Oran Park Public School – a new “Core 21” Primary School with Special Needs facilities. The new facilities include 16 home-bases and 6 special educational homebases, a Communal Hall, Canteen and Covered Outdoor Learning Area, a Library, Administration and Student and staff amenities. NBRS designed a new state-of-theart sports and aquatic facility for the existing science building at Queenwood School for Girls. The refurbishment of the existing facilities also included the modernisation of 6 classrooms, 5 laboratories, a 108-seat theatrette and staff facilities.
INTERNATIONAL SCREEN ACADEMY, WATERLOO
NBRS understands the importance of higher education and aims to create academic environments that not only provide students with limitless possibilities, but also allow teachers to effectively communicate and pass on information. NBRS was engaged with International Screen Academy to create a stimulating environment where the challenge and joy of acting and production could merge to produce real opportunities beyond the academy. Detailed delivery of design was achieved through highly specified studio environments with controlled acoustics and all the state-of-the-art lighting and connectedness for a contemporary learning environment. The studios are highly controlled environments and this is balanced with a generous sense of space, transparency, light and colour where collaboration is promoted. NBRS has been appointed to transform the Macquarie University E7A Building to support the innovation, learning and research pursuits of the departments within Science and Engineering. The new spaces will increase building utilisation [productivity], bringing together all staff and administrators, while proposing an innovative workspace design, providing a highly stimulating environment for the next generation of academics.
INTERNATIONAL SCREEN ACADEMY, WATERLOO
INTERNATIONAL SCREEN ACADEMY, WATERLOO
PLACES TO LIVE A ES T HE T IC A L LY PL E A SING A ND F UNC T ION A L SPACES
HOTEL 1888, PYRMONT
NBRSARCHITECTURE understands that the best housing is integrated with social services as well as connected to the urban fabric and the wider community. Contemporary housing solutions should be designed to provide better security and more light, common spaces, recreational amenities, facilities for support services and spaces that foster wellness. They should reach beyond their role of mere residential accommodation (housing), with a broader scope of addressing inhabitantsâ€™ holistic wellbeing (habitats). NBRS aims to provide environments that exude these principles and offer high quality design, amenity and quality of life for inhabitants.
1888 HOTEL â€“ HERITAGE ADVICE This project involved the adaptation of a fivestorey heritage-listed warehouse with office fitout into a boutique hotel. The brick and sandstone facades, internal timber structure and one of the cart ways were adapted and conserved as part of the project. NBRS provided heritage advice to the project architect to develop an innovative design that removes intrusive elements, exposes the most significant parts of the building to public use and conserves the significant fabric with a long-term viable use.
SYDNEY MANSIONS NBRSARCHITECTURE have revitalised a significant heritage warehouse into a vibrant city apartment building. Sydney Mansions, in Surry Hills, originally constructed in 1922 as part of the Mark Foys department store group, has now been converted into 110 apartments of distinctive contemporary design. In order to maximise the allowable floor space, four additional floors have been added to the top of the building. Apartments on the top two floors have been finished to meet the needs of a new style of cosmopolitan living. Retail fitout was included to complement inner city living requirements with parking for 84 cars, swimming pool and gymnasium facilities.
HOTEL 1888, PYRMONT
HILLSONG CITY CAMPUS, ALEXANDRIA
PLACES TO GATHER SPACES T H AT BRING PEOPL E TO GE T HE R
HILLSONG CITY CAMPUS, ALEXANDRIA NBRSARCHITECTURE understands the operations and commitments of local councils and has recently commissioned projects with North Sydney Council and Albury City Council to deliver spaces that bring the community together and deliver great visitor experiences. NBRS was appointed to provide Architectural services for Parraween Street Mixed Use Re-development (North Sydney Council) and finished design services for the refurbishment of Murray Art Museum Albury [MAMA] (Albury City Council), which re-opened in October 2015.
HILLSONG DOODY STREET CAMPUS NBRS have recently completed a vibrant new community centre in Alexandria. The new â€˜Hillsongâ€™ community space is a converted warehouse that includes a 900 seat church auditorium with state of the art AV technology, several breakout meeting spaces and an edgy, welcoming entry foyer. In this project a tiered auditorium has been inserted into an existing warehouse shell. Layers of complex design resolution can be found in the delivery of the best outcome for acoustic definition and telecommunication environment. The auditorium is a controlled space with highly technical requirements for AV connectedness.
MURRAY ART MUSEUM ALBURY [MAMA], ALBURY
MURRAY ART MUSEUM ALBURY [MAMA] NBRS recently completed a $10.5M refurbishment of Murray Art Museum Albury [MAMA]. The Art Gallery, located in the heart of Albury’s central business district and adjacent to QE2 Park, forms part of Albury’s Civic and Cultural Precinct. The project consisted of the refurbishment of the existing heritage-listed Art Gallery building (circa 1910) and the adjacent Burrows House building (circa 1870), together with the provision of a new twostorey addition at the rear to accommodate major touring art exhibitions.
NORTH SYDNEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS North Sydney Council engaged NBRS to develop concept designs for the upgrade of Staff and Councillor accommodation at their Council Chambers. The office improvements are part of a long-term plan for the rolling upgrade of staff accommodation. NBRS aimed to reactivate this unique heritage space by creating innovative, staffcentric spaces that support a range of ABW spatial concepts. This initiative supports Council’s commitment to leading innovation and improving services whilst achieving maximum staff and Councillor satisfaction and enabling increased collaboration and participation throughout the enterprise. The design solution signals a significant change for the Council and helps to bring the community of the organisation together. The desired outcome is to better motivate staff, who will ultimately improve services to Councillors, Business Partners and Residents of North Sydney.
MURRAY ART MUSEUM ALBURY [MAMA], ALBURY
PARRAWEEN STREET MIXED USE RE-DEVELOPMENT, CREMORNE
PLACES TO WORK C ON T E MP OR A RY SPACES T H AT GE NE R AT E P O SI T I V E PRODUC T I V I T Y
JORDAN SPRINGS SUBSTATIONS, JORDAN SPRINGS
NBRSARCHITECTURE aims to create contemporary work spaces, specific to each client, that encourage productivity while fostering innovation. NBRS has extensive experience designing a range of work spaces from industrial buildings to office buildings. Our previous experience includes office areas with workstations for up to two hundred staff members, executive offices, dining/conference rooms, computer training areas, warehouses and reception areas.
NBRS has extensive experience working seamlessly with infrastructure clients to
achieve their goals whilst aiming to improve our built and natural environment. We have designed a series of safe and efficient Energy Zone Substations in a number of rural areas that sustain urbanisation.
JORDAN SPRINGS SUBSTATION Posed with the challenge to produce an articulated, fragmented form with human scale and sculptural interest, NBRS designed an energy substation for the new Sydney suburb of Jordan Springs. The Jordan Springs Substation forms and building character have been designed
unique for the site and delivered with careful consideration of highly technical services coordination. The streetscape appearance has been delicately considered along with maintaining or improving neighbouring amenity. The design quality and the proposed finishes respect the longevity of this infrastructure project. The new substation is a functional, operational design completed with careful consideration of composition, materiality and articulation.
HOME HQ NORTH SYDNEY, ARTARMON
ALLOWAH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, DUNDAS
PLACES FOR WELLNESS IN V I T ING SPACES T H AT E NC OUR AGE HOLIS T IC WE L L BEING
HOSPITAL FOR SPECIALIST SURGERY, NORWEST BUSINESS PARK, NSW
Particularly in health environments it can be challenging to combine contemporary design with health structure requirements. NBRSARCHITECTURE aims to design comfortable spaces within Health and Wellness environments that provide a ‘homely’, uplifting atmosphere for the users who encounter them.
specifically designed to de-instutionalise the building and to make it as friendly, inviting and ‘homely’ for children, families and staff. The dormitory wing has been designed as a series of brightly coloured coded rooms along an animated corridor with curved walls with an abundance of natural light.
ALLOWAH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
HOSPITAL FOR SPECIALIST SURGERY
The alterations and additions to the Allowah Presbyterian Children’s Hospital at Dundas have transformed an existing basic facility into a state of the art hospital for children with a ‘homely’, vibrant and uplifting environment for all. The concept has been
NBRS was posed with the challenge to convert an existing six-storey office building into a large private hospital, while maintaining its character and aesthetic. The leading-edge facility incorporates 10 operating theatres inclusive of dedicated
day surgery ophthalmology operating rooms, dedicated day surgery endoscopy units and short, intermediate and major surgical operating theatres. The facilities also include specialist post-operative in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation facilities; a specially designed onsite hydrotherapy pool; specialist onsite consulting suites; specialist onsite radiology and pathology, with a state-ofthe-art design allowing efficient movement of patients throughout the facility. In addition, it boasts high quality international conference facilities with 300 parking spots available onsite and extensive landscape works.
PLACES FOR JUSTICE T R A NSFORM AT I V E E N V IRONME N TS T H AT E NC OUR AGE P O SI T I V E CH A NGE
LODDON PRISON, CASTLEMAINE
Often the challenge with correctional centres and prisons is de-institutionalising the design of the facility, while maintaining the necessary security requirements. NBRS seeks to integrate contemporary and innovative design elements to create environments that promote rehabilitation for the users who encounter these spaces.
Located in Castlemaine, in regional Victoria the 260 bed Restricted Minimum Security Prison is a standalone annexe to the main Loddon Medium Security Prison. The new facility includes a range of services for prisoners of this classification, including a visits centre, health facility, education and program delivery spaces, recreational facilities and a large industry workshop. NBRSâ€™ design intent was to create a rehabilitative, campus style facility with a focus on open space reflective of community based non-custodial facilities, whilst maintaining a secure perimeter, sight lines and staff oversight of prisoners at all times.
LODDON PRISON, CASTLEMAINE
360° INTEGRATED TEAM 360° INTEGRATED TEAM As a multi-disciplinary design practice, we are able to work as one 360° integrated team, with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, Graphic Design, Sustainability, Compliance, Strategy and Research. Our ‘One Team’ approach allows the best possible design outcome to be achieved, with seamless collaboration between our range of service studios throughout the design process. The resulting designs are cohesive and considered from all angles. This consolidation of specialists also allows for increased efficiency for the client in the management of the project team.
Our creative team of architects work to produce award winning design solutions for each unique site and condition.
Our heritage studio has specialist expertise in providing conservation and heritage planning advice, in addition to adaptive-reuse design. We have experience in the identification and management of built heritage items of all types and periods and in design documentation and project administration of projects for both government and private sectors.
Landscape Architecture is an amalgam of art and science. As designers, Landscape Architects are required to be careful interpreters of the natural and cultural conditions of a site. Our Landscape Studio seeks to create attractive, meaningful, usable, connected and equitable spaces that embody sustainable design principles - Places that bring joy to users, and connections between and to the landscape.
With a commitment to cutting-edge design and a uniquely client focused approach, we work continually at achieving an outstanding aesthetic result that meets the functional needs of the end-users. We are committed to delivering innovative projects of all types and scale which can only be achieved through extensive client consultation, meeting the project objectives, having sound technical expertise and competent management. Situated within a full-service firm, our team of architects is able to work closely in creative partnerships, considering all facets of a project from its earliest stages.
COMPLIANCE We provide consultancy services in BCA, Fire Safety and Access. Strategic advice is provided throughout the design process, with a focus on the seamless integration of design and functionality, to provide a complete package that meets the needs of the users and stands the test of time.
INTERIORS Our Interiors Studio is passionate about achieving a seamless connection between interior design and the whole architectural concept. We think deeply about how interior spaces are used and create innovative design solutions. Our Interior services include space planning, detailed fixture design and the selection of furnishings.
URBAN DESIGN Our cross-disciplinary team is well equipped to design urban spaces. Paying careful attention to positive and negative spaces in the urban landscape and the juxtaposition of built form and open space. Our experience has provided an understanding of high volume pedestrian and vehicular movement.
We are continually improving strategies for the implementation of ESD principles into all aspects of the design processes, designing buildings to maximise efficiency with the use the latest technologies and concepts.
We engage in research to ensure the relevance of the spaces we design. We have authored several publications & hosted conferences in a wide array of sectors including education, health, worship, community spaces, the workplace and affordable habitats.
PLACES TO LIVE PLACES TO LEARN PLACES TO WORK PLACES TO GATHER PLACES FOR WELLNESS PLACES FOR JUSTICE
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Published on May 25, 2016
NBRSARCHITECTURE is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships, our portf...