Forbes Residences

Applecross is known for quiet leafy streets and neighbourhood charm. Inspired by its surroundings, this project does not eat up the leafy, green suburbs. The design keeps everything that is charming about Applecross – the Jacarandas dripping with purple flowers, the beautiful gardens, the backyards and barbecue pits – and envisages the building as an environment, creating gardens that extend into the sky and a seamless connection between exterior and interior.

Forbes Residences is designed, not as a stand-alone urban object, but as a three-dimensional “vertical suburb” that contains liveable, generous homes, shared facilities, common spaces within gardens, natural light and fresh air that weave throughout every level. The building reads as four organically shaped towers, connected via a series of sky gardens. It is expressed as a landscape, with residences akin to villas within that landscape and a façade inspired by the limestone formations around the Swan River.

“Hanging gardens” drape the podium form and extend up the roof. They preserve the garden suburb quality, create greater privacy, frame views, and enhance sociability. They also perform meaningful environmental services that benefit not just the development site, but the district – reducing the heat island effect, reducing noise and dust, preventing glare, and providing a habitat for biodiversity.

When the Jacarandas are in bloom, the building will be covered in a canopy of vibrant purple flowers. The leafy greenery that characterises Applecross will flow seamlessly through the building, capturing the essence of the neighbourhood.

Forbes Residences is a next-generation residential project, a development that generates greater amenity along with its higher density. It is a building that enhances its environment, enriching the quality of life for all.


The Hedberg

The Hedberg is a new 8000m2 Academy building for the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian State Government, that brings together Australia’s oldest functioning theatre, the Theatre Royal with a new performing arts centre and the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music. Located in the historic, mixed-use, port-side Wapping district of Hobart, Tasmania Australia, the Academy is within walking distance to the city’s water front and historical city center. In addition to the existing 750 seat Theatre Royal, the new development houses 3 new major public performance spaces, a 350 seat recital hall, a 285 seat studio theatre, and a 150 seat salon along with a full array of recording, rehearsal, and practice facilities.

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443 Queen Street

The design of 443 Queen Street tower explores the potential of passive, low-technology, high-ambiance design for the sub-tropical climate.

Urbanistically, the development opens itself up to the city. At the river level, the pedestrian realm flows under the giant umbrella of the hanging gardens, to the cafe and restaurant which inhabit the base of the building.

The cluster form of the tower allows further views through the site and allows spatial relationships with the diverse surrounding fabric to be developed. The units fully exploit their access to views, light and air.