- Facade Architect
- Specialist Engineer
Urban Art Projects
- Artist consultant
- Interior and Retail Design
The Buchan Group
The brief for the new facades to the three street frontages of the Wintergarden Shopping Centre in central Brisbane required the creative application of a coherent identity and architecturally holistic sensibility in order to realise a multitude of intentions - to create an entertaining and engaging retail experience, a lifestyle destination and a 'must-go-to' meeting place and thoroughfare - at the heart of Brisbane's city centre.
Our response to this brief was to build upon the deep cultural collateral and public good will that resides in the site and the name 'Wintergarden' and create a radically experiential composition, a complex and beautiful study of nature, geometry and layering that communicates the rich diversity of life.
It is not an 'illustration' of nature nor is it merely an abstract pattern. The depth of engagement with these façades lies within this irresolvable ambiguity.
冬季花园幕墙是一座复杂的，综合了美学，自然生物学，几何学以及层次学的作品，它传递了对生命丰富多样性的探寻与渴望。这座三面环街位于澳大利亚布里斯班市中心的幕墙建筑融合了独具特色的建筑创意理念，带给了当地居民和游客一系列视觉上与感官上的冲击， 让人们对当地的购物娱乐以及生活体验更加丰富。设计师立志将冬季 花园购物中心打造成为一个全新具有标志性的生活时尚中心， 一座游客及本地居民‘必到’的都市聚合点，。
The main visual ‘structure' of the façade is created by the trees that run (beyond) each side of the façade. As with looking into a forest the first glimpse is of a dense complexity that is almost ‘barrier-like'. Then on closer inspection gaps appear and substantial depth is read. Details emerge and the rhythmic activity of life and light energises the scene and captivates the imagination.
As the position and strength of the sun changes from day to day and season to season so the folds, cuts and textures of the façade generate new patterns of highlights and shadows, and as night falls the lighting within the façade creates yet another reading. A low resolution integrated lighting system has been created that can change from a snowstorm through to the bursting of spring, into summer and finally into autumn, all within a single night.
Rain, sunsets, storms and fireworks are other examples of this systems expressive capabilities. In short, the façade is similar and different but never the same. As well as being functional the façade is also engaging and entertaining.
Every panel and layer in the 4,000m2 façade has a unique design that is fully expressed through the dynamic, experiential interplay between a considered but expansive palette of colours and a rich language of cutting, scoring, folding and lighting all of which coalesce as a rich, coherent, cultural experience.
Our work on Wintergarden has enriched the studio's knowledge in the fields of screen geometry, cutting, folding and panelising to the point where the most complex elements of design and construction are converted from creative potential and idealism to practical achievability.
Viewed from the street corners at Edward and Elizabeth, and Queen and Edward the new façade clearly establishes Wintergarden as the undisputable ‘living heart' of this busy urban thoroughfare.
The Wintergarden facade is
a radically experiential composition,
a complex and a beautiful study
of nature, geometry and layering
that communicates the rich diversity
Every panel and layer in the 4,000m2 facade has a unique design that is fully expressed through the dynamic interplay between an expansive palette of colours and a rich language of cutting, scoring, folding and lighting.