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61 MARY STREET FOYER REFURBISHMENT

4 OCTOBER 2018

Our Foyer Refurbishment project at 61 Mary Street is completed this week.

Design Nest worked with project managers TSA Management and the teams from building owner QIC and building manager JLL to identify a solution for this quick turnaround foyer refurbishment. The scope included a new ceiling, new soft floor coverings, joinery and loose furniture.

The functional brief included a secure screen wall element between the lounge area and lift lobby entry which effectively split the space into two separate areas. The ceiling design created a strong linear link between these areas and played with uplit raking planes of veneer to create visual interest and a sense of height.

Finishes were carefully selected to work with the existing pink tones of the natural stone floor and walls. Feature lighting elements in brass tones create highlights and work with the soft variegated planting to add layers of texture and warmth.

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YFS JIMBOOMBA OPENS FOR BUSINESS

23 MAY 2018

It was a privilege to work with the amazing team at YFS on their new facility at Jimboomba which is open for clients this week. The centre provides counselling for victims of Domestic Violence and their families. We wish the team all the very best in their vital work and are grateful to have been able to contribute in creating this environment where victims can commence their healing journey.

The Counselling Rooms at YFS Jimboomba

The Counselling Rooms at YFS Jimboomba

Workstation areas with timber picket privacy screens

Workstation areas with timber picket privacy screens


 

GORDON GREENWOOD FITOUT OPENS FOR BUSINESS

16 FEBRUARY 2018

We were very excited to see our Gordon Greenwood fitout open for the start of Semester at University of Queensland Faculty of Language. The bespoke light fitting is already a talking point with students playing “ name that language” prior to class.
This project was all about services co-ordination with an extremely low ceiling height making the exposed slab soffit highly visible. All services are carefully tucked away and painted out. The simple finishes palette drops back to highlight the feature light.

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21 December 2017


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Happy Christmas to all our Clients, Collaborators and Friends! 

We hope you have had a fantastic year. Below is a snapshot of some of the things we have been up to in 2017. We are excited to see the below projects built over the coming months and we look forward to the different opportunities the new year will present - hopefully for us to work with you! 

We wish you a relaxing festive season and a wonderful 2018!


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Mary Street Ground Floor Foyer

Working with light neutral stone and timber finishes to create a harmonious base - this foyer concept provides new opportunities for the building occupants to collaborate or relax in the light filled ground floor garden space. Offerings include a bespoke stone communal " kitchen table", formal lounge settings as well as collaborative meeting pods. 


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Language Faculty - University of Queensland

Level 2 Gordon Greenwood is an 850 square metre refurbishment in the Languages Faculty at the University of Queensland. The design plays with light and shade to create impact in a low ceilinged space. A bespoke anodised aluminium light features a " new world" alphabet with beautiful letters from all the scripts in the world. The project will be completed for the start of the academic year in 2018.


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Residential Projects

Imagery from a few of the residential projects  we have been working on this year. A light beachy palette for the Paddington House which we collaborated on with Bligh Graham Architects, and a planning option for the Pullenvale House - a three storey bushland retreat. Looking forward to seeing how these projects come along next year.


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University of Queensland Building 69 - Faculty of Medicine

This 2,000 square metre refurbishment in the St Lucia Clinical Unit will provide both formal and informal learning environments for Year 1 Medical students. This offering will include Problem Based Learning Rooms,  a large seminar room as well as reception and academic offices for staff.  The design seeks to simplify the busyness of university environments and ensure the content of the lesson is always the hero.

This 2,000 square metre refurbishment in the St Lucia Clinical Unit will provide both formal and informal learning environments for Year 1 Medical students. This offering will include Problem Based Learning Rooms,  a large seminar room as well as reception and academic offices for staff.  The design seeks to simplify the busyness of university environments and ensure the content of the lesson is always the hero.


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YFS Domestic Violence Outreach Centre - Jimboomba

Working closely with the amazing team from YFS this project has evolved to include two narratives - one at adult eye level which includes references to domestic well being, sharing and connecting,  and then a different narrative at child eye level which is focussed on play and escape. Ping Pong balls and magnetic polypipe components will invite children to play and lose themselves in this safe haven. Finishes palette is simple and light - a reference to the iconic picket fence makes a textured lining to feature walls - subtle strip lighting will backlight the different picket tops at night time - a gentle advertisement to any would be clients.



01 November 2017

Sonda Banney Featured in Brisbane News

We are very pleased to have Sonda included in a great article by journalist Andrea Macleod in the recent Brisbane News. The article tells the story of women whose careers have influenced and helped to shape the city of Brisbane. The talented Elizabeth Watson-Brown, Caroline Stalker and Desire

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26 June 2017

Sonda Banney Returns to Design Nest

 
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After a number of years working in various national design and architecture studios around Brisbane, original partner Sonda Banney is returning to Design Nest to work with Paul Jones in their busy Teneriffe Studio.

In 2011 Sonda left Design Nest to work with Geyer as Design Lead on the iconic NEXT Hotel project in the Queen Street Mall. Following this Sonda has been Head of Interiors at Architectus Brisbane for three years during which time she worked on a number of workplace and education projects including the GMT facility in Townsville which received a commendation in the Interior Design category at the Queensland Chapter Australian Institute of Architects Awards program in 2015. 

In 2016 Sonda was invited to be a juror for the Australian Interior Design Awards program. This year, awards co-ordinator Architecture Media invited Sonda back to the program to chair a jury for workplace, retail, installation and sustainability design.

Sonda and Paul are very much looking forward to working together again on the many exciting projects underway at Design Nest.