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14 Dec 2012 Comments: 0

Small post to acknowledge some great design. Check it out here

Nice work Andre Kikoski.

Andre Kikoski Guggenheim Restaurant

Andre Kikoski Guggenheim Restaurant

11 Dec 2012 Comments: 0

Propertyoz.com.au reported yesterday that Australian superannuation investment fund managers have not recognised the impacts climate change will have on investment portfolios. It found that Sydney still tops the nation as being the most expensive as well.

ABM Architects continue to integrate Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) initiatives in design. A simple example is cross ventilation. According the article since 1952 all major cities have experienced an increase in average maximum temperatures of up to 2º Celsius. Thus a simple initiative could go a long way in future proofing planning and design.

The article can be viewed here

10 Dec 2012 Comments: 0

Work continues forward for next year’s deadline. Contractor maintaining momentum on site and ABM working seamlessly with project team.  Streetscape face-lift underway!

07 Dec 2012 Comments: 0

ABM Architects are proud to see the ground breaking and major works begin.

The projects aim is to improve the existing facilities and make the transition into modern in this multi stage project.

 

05 Dec 2012 Comments: 0

 

Recognizing this opportunity for training. ABM Architects took staff to explore the various stages the Holland Park Site had reached.  The first stage of this exciting project, ABM are proud of the efforts of all involved.

These visits are a part of the ongoing commitment to provide experience to staff to view an active construction site and provide opportunities to better understand this process.

 

16 Nov 2012 Comments: 0
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Breaking ground... and rock!

Breaking ground… and rock!

Early works are underway at Padua College on the new Arts and Science Precinct.

Breaking ground has been essentially that with the amount of rock experienced on the site.

14 Nov 2012 Comments: 0
Part picture of banner for the End to End Offices in Easey Street Collingwood. Photo: Justin McManus

Part picture of banner for the End to End Offices in Easey Street Collingwood. Photo: Justin McManus

Architect Avi Belling has created a novel idea of reuse in Melbourne.  As Chris Johnston reported in The Age,  Melbourne’s two big obsessions are public transport and architecture.

ABM Architects are glad to see Architecture getting a mention. We hope the debate spreads to all states.  The commentary below this article stands to measure it will.

Read the article here

13 Nov 2012 Comments: 0
Screenshot of Building Information Model (BIM) of the Padua Project.

Screenshot of Building Information Model (BIM) of the Padua Project.

ABM Architects recently completed documentation on the new Arts and Science buildings at Padua College in Kedron.  Among many environmental sustainable design (ESD) initiatives, ABM incorporated a large number of photo voltaic (PV) panels. These solar panels will generate just over 11% of the electricity needs for the two new buildings containing the following rooms.

BUILDING 1

  • 5 Science labs,
  • 2 Art Rooms,
  • 1 outdoor Art Practice room,
  • 1 major and 1 minor Science Preparation room,
  • Junior and Senior Drama Rooms,
  • Film and TV General Learning Areas (GLA )
  • State of the Art Digital Studio

BUILDING 2

  • Staff Room
  • Uniform Shop
  • 4 GLAs
  • Choral Music Room with 3 Practice Rooms
  • Instrumental Music Room with 3 Practice Rooms.

Electrical Engineers Medland Metropolis provided a Solar Power Feasibility Report to analyse the typical power generated for the two major buildings proposed and compare with the amount of power generated with the proposed cells.

ABM Architects are proud to work with Padua College on these initiatives.

26 Oct 2012 Comments: 0

The photographer quoted, “The village is taking shape.”

The first 3 buildings of Emporio Maroochydore are now complete.  ABM Architects are pleased with the outcome of the collaborative effort with RCQ to produce this result.

ABM Architects were commissioned to realise the client’s vision of a mixed use precinct in the future Town Centre of Maroochydore. Buildings 2, 5 and 7 now stand as the first stages of this project.

ABM look forward to Building 3 coming adding vibrancy to the Emporio streetscape and are proud of this project and what it represents for the future of this beautiful region of the Sunshine Coast.

19 Oct 2012 Comments: 0

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Peter Hannam’s article in The Age today reports that electricity demand is beginning to wane.

Is this the outcome of years of energy efficient design across all sectors of construction, retrofitting of solar systems, increasing insulation and ultimately higher energy costs?

ABM Architects pursue energy efficiency in design where possible.  The additional guidelines and deemed to satisfy provisions of Section J of the Building Code of Australia assists in obtaining these objectives.  One would think that Section J in general has contributed to some degree to this outcome.

Judging by the comments following the article, the topic has generated a lot of interest.

Read the article here.

15 Oct 2012 Comments: 0

Size of a Bar Fridge? (2 units shown we guess)

ABM Architects recently read ‘The ZEN of battery storage breakthroughs’ and are impressed with the advantages it presents.  We liked the ability for households to use off peak power rates to ‘charge up’ for the house to use over a 24 hr period.  ABM Architects have worked in areas where peak load issues presented design problems with the Electrical Engineers.  At least this idea presents a real chance for consumers to counteract the additional design requirements (which effectively take up additional floor area).  Click here to see article.

03 Sep 2012 Comments: 0

ABM Architects were awarded Silver from the National Trust of Queensland for the St Columba’s School.

The award was for Adaptive Reuse.  The team at ABM were very proud of the result.  ABM Architects are passionate about adaptive reuse.  Recent projects enlisting these specialist skills were Villa Maria Brisbane, Padua College Kedron and Whytecliffe House Clayfield.

More images to come from the nights events along with before and after pictures.

29 Aug 2012 Comments: 0

ABM Architects went to the construction site at Holland Park last week.  This is part of the ongoing commitment to provide experience to staff to view an active construction site and provide opportunities to better understand this process.

Recognizing this opportunity for training.  ABM will endeavour to provide additional opportunities during the construction of the first stage of this exciting project.

16 Aug 2012 Comments: 0

Progress continues at Holland Park.  Concrete trucks are tested for their reach.  Some of the exciting finishes are starting to show.  As a part of our ongoing internal professional development, ABM Architects will be visiting the site soon so view progress and provide site experience to staff.

07 Aug 2012 Comments: 0

ABM Architects have taken a journey in exploring portions of previous projects and viewing them as art in their own right.

More to come…

Architecture as art...

Architecture as art…