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PLACES TO GATHER. ENVIRONMENTS WHICH BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER

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MURRAY ART MUSEUM ALBURY A L BURY CI T Y C OUNCIL , A L BURY

“A first-class art experience in a regional centre” Jacquie Hemsley

The Art Gallery is located in the heart of Albury’s central business district, adjacent to QE2 Park, and it forms part of Albury’s Civic and Cultural Precinct. The project consists 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 two-storey addition at the rear to accommodate major touring art exhibitions. NBRSARCHITECTURE worked in close collaboration with the staff and future users of the Gallery to establish their detailed requirements, and to create a facility that the Albury community will embrace.

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A large curved Foyer links the different elements of the project together and invites public access from both the main street and QE2 Park. The design provides a contemporary glass and metal clad addition, while at the same time respecting the heritage character of the two existing buildings. The addition includes large flexible spaces for the exhibition of art, with adjustable daylighting, controlled environmental conditions and movable walls. The permanent collection will be housed in a series of smaller galleries within the refurbished existing buildings. The finished project incorporates a kinetic facade system, light sculptures, and interpretive art works, all designed to engage the public. Other facilities include a Gallery Shop, a Cafe/Restaurant with an outdoor Terrace, a Youth Members’ room, two Workshops for public participation and an extensive Collection Store.

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GRACE CITY CHURCH GRE E N S QUA RE , NS W

An urban church that would be welcoming, transparent, engaged and connected with an urban population. 6

The inner city area of Green Square has regenerated from warehousing to high density residential. Along with the population pressure has come the need for social and community focus. With this backdrop, only 18 months ago, there came the drive to establish an urban church that would be welcoming, transparent, engaged and connected with an urban population. Within that time, the team at NBRS partnered with Grace City Church to create a design on paper from the dream, a DA lodged and approved, detailed designs, and construction a reality. Reitsma Construction has just completed the building work.


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HOME HQ NORTH SYDNEY F RE DE RICK S T RE E T, A RTA RMON, NS W

Heritage interpretation throughout the retail complex provides customers with a unique shopping experience.

NBRSARCHITECTURE provided heritage consultancy services to the project architect to adaptively reuse an existing heritage listed former brickworks, manufacturing site (Federated British Engineers Building) and Council depot as a home ware complex with 3-level basement carpark. NBRSARCHITECTURE Heritage team provided heritage advice to the architectural design team and prepared support documents for the development application including Statements of Heritage Impact, Heritage Interpretation Strategy and Plan and advice on conservation works throughout construction phase.

Significant faรงades, roof framing and industrial elements were retained and reused. Internal modifications created functional retail floor space sympathetic to the industrial nature of the building. Heritage interpretation throughout the retail complex provides customers with a unique shopping experience. The change in use from industrial to retail reinvigorated a largely unusable building without detrimentally changing the industrial character of the place and its surroundings. Home HQ North Sydney was awarded the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Award of Excellence 2010.

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NEWLIFE ANGLICAN CHURCH, OR A N PA RK , NS W

The NewLife Anglican Church in Oran Park Town was recently completed and opened on 2 May 2015. NewLife Church is set in a location easily accessible by walking or cycling and offers a transparent and open design.

“An inviting and welcoming space that extends to the community; the glass tower a beacon on the hill”

The design was based around a community-focused church and included an inviting forecourt, transparent worship centre, and a colourful cross-structured tower. Set in the forecourt is the dynamic 20 metre-high coloured glass tower. Symbollically, the tower’s many colours represent the mix of people forming this new community, a symbol of identity for Oran Park Town.

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The church interior is an open and sunlit space with visual connection to the outside. The foyer and auditorium are open and exposed allowing the sun to infiltrate and offering a direct view to the internal activities. The orientation of the worship space to the platform is a landscape format to allow the congregation to be in closer proximity to the worship leaders. The interior spaces seamlessly flow to the exterior through vast, transparent doors, creating a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor space. The forecourt isunfenced and extends to the kerb line giving a sense of community ownership. The result is an inviting and welcoming space that extends to the community; the glass tower a beacon on the hill.

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RAILWAY SQUARE T HE CI T Y OF SY DNE Y, NS W

The architectural statement is a reflection of structural honesty and integration of artistic design.

The overall concept communicates the idea of shelter, arrival and gateway. The architectural statement is a reflection of structural honesty and integration of artistic design. The design is an inspiring structure set in a harsh city environment announcing the western gateway to the city of Sydney. The beauty of the structure is in the detail. The attention to connection points, soaring cantilevers, and use of material sets a strong statement appropriately identifying it’s status in the city. The idea of shelter is broken down into two main forms: the main canopy and the bus shelters.The main canopy is a covering of glass with finely engineered steel structure. The canopy comprises two roofs of angular plates portraying the dynamics of

arrival. The bus shelters follow the detail and material of the main canopy with an angular linear form. To reinforce the sense of shelter, clusters of glazed screens and seating are provided at appropriate node areas. The design includes other elements such as a cafĂŠ, the STA kiosk, balustrades, low height walls, and structural components for the canopies and light towers. The forms of these elements are derived from the angular, planer shapes initiated from the main canopy. The form at pedestrian level reflects the desire to control space and movement while reinforcing the angular qualities of the design.

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HILLSONG CITY CAMPUS A L E X A NDRI A

Hillsong City Campus (Doody Street) is a vibrant urban hub providing a platform for an energetic Christian community. The church space is a converted warehouse that includes a 900 seat church auditorium with modern AV technology, several breakout meeting spaces and an edgy, welcoming entry foyer. NBRSARCHITECTURE have expertise in the design of spaces where large numbers of people gather. Understanding people movement and navigation is key to creating the right outcome. In this project a tiered auditorium has been inserted into an existing warehouse shell. Layers of complex design resolution can be found

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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. The spaces that support the auditorium create a seamless connection of uses. The Foyer is a generous welcoming space where casual interaction is supported by a cafe type environment. The children and family facilities are purpose designed to be engaging and a pleasure to be part of. The composition of connecting spaces is easy to navigate and make being part of the church a safe and life filled environment.


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COMMERCIAL RETAIL MIXED DEVELOPMENT 15 - 17 T HE C ORS O M A NLY, NS W

Responsive to the objectives of the precinct and with the retention of retail uses at street level pedestrian activity has been enlivened. 18

The refurbishment of an integral part of The Corso has breathed life into a vibrant part Manly fabric. The design comprised the restoration and conservation of existing buildings with external fabric refurbishment to heritage buildings fronting The Corso and external fabric improvements to adjacent shop fronts in The Corso and the rear Market Place. Improved tenanted upper level office space has provided in demand commercial areas and ground floor retail spaces communicates a connectedness with the public domain. The proposal is responsive to the objectives of the precinct and with the retention of retail uses at street level pedestrian activity has been enlivened. The result is a cohesive design where conservation and restoration has been carefully arranged adjacent to contemporary uses and finishes.


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SWING GLOW V I V ID SY DNE Y INS TA L L AT ION, FIRS T F L E E T PA RK , NS W

Swing Glow is an installation created for Vivid Sydney in 2015. It encourages children into a playground of illuminated swing sets. As they soar into the air, the swings create curved trajectories of coloured light – momentary artworks set against the backdrop of the city night. In isolation, each swing creates a spectacular effect. In combination, the swings form an artwork that is even more striking. The light display is invigorated through sound; music changes pace as people take off and land. The more people enjoy the swings, the more they respond; fun, exploration, effort and release from inhibition create delightful and everchanging displays of colour, light and sound. Swing Glow enhances its harbourside site, which provides a beautiful backdrop for photographs. In order to allow the maximum number of people to participate, the lights are time-limited.

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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.

ARCHITECTURE Our creative team of architects work to produce award winning design solutions for each unique site and condition. 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 inn ovative 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.

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HERITAGE

LANDSCAPE

Our heritage studio has specialist expertise in providing conservation and heritage planning advice, in addition to adaptivereuse 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.

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL 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.

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 high volume pedestrian and vehicular movement.

RESEARCH 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.


CREATING LIFE CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS

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