Artas Architects & Planners
Artas Architects and Planners are a dynamic and innovative team of architects, project managers, interior designers and planners. We have a wide range of experience in every facet of design including health; education; tourism; industrial and residential projects to name a few. With offices in Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne and Sydney, we have national capacity. Founded in Launceston in 1989, we have recently celebrated 21 successful years in July 2010.
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Australian Air Express Distribution Centre
Qantas Drive, Brisbane Airport, 2008
Artas Architects and Planners designed a cutting edge facility for Australian air Express at the Brisbane Airport. The architectural design of the facility was driven by a number of equally important factors. The functional requirements of this facility drove the design of the warehouse areas and hardstands. Truck turning, parking and access required generous hardstand with drive around access to a recessed loading dock. The corporate appearance and visual statement was considered important for the national status and nature of the tenant. The main approach to the facility is from 2 separate directions. In each case the office was positioned to provide a major visual reference for the project through a high level of detail articulation and the juxtaposition of light and shade through the complex sun shading design. The warehouse stands as a relatively simple backdrop to the highly articulated office. The use of natural Zinc wall cladding to the office reflects the corporate nature of the client and the importance placed on the quality of the final product by the project team. The design team were also able to deliver a number of environmentally friendly initiatives above what is typically conceived for an industrial project.
Schneider Road, Trade Coast Central, 2009
Artas were responsible for designing and documenting a new headquarters for Schneider at the trade Coast Central estate, close to Brisbane Airport. The project involved bringing into a single location the many different arms of the Schneider business (TAC, Schneider, Clipsal Nulec and Citect), providing efficiencies operations. The design co-located 7,000m2 of corporate offices, 7,500m2 of warehousing and 4,000m2 of clean factory. The project rated highly in the Trade Coast Central ESD development guidelines.
Rusden Street Residence
Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, 2008
A steep site in Kelvin Grove with frontages to two streets posed a design dilemma. Car access is possible only from the lower street whereas the upper street, a whole storey higher, offered a superior entrance. In addition the vacant plot was very tight for a three bedroom house even when laid out over two storeys. Artas Architects’ solution was to reverse the usual vertical arrangement of a two storey house, placing all the living areas on the first floor above the bedrooms. Entry from the upper street is over a footbridge direct to the living areas. Two further bedrooms, a bathroom and a double garage are located on the lower level. The house is essentially rectangular, maximizing available floor area. Its northerly orientation reduces solar heat gain, and provides abundant daylighting with very little shading required. The lightweight construction is clad in grey-green fibre cement panels and surrounding the house is slate flagstone paving and retaining walls built from solid sandstone blocks. At a detailed level the house is configured to take advantage of the microclimate by capturing breezes and facilitating cross ventilation. Careful placement of windows provides controlled views to surrounding greenery, maintaining privacy for the owners and for neighbours. A single bold skillion roof slopes the opposite direction to the natural grade of the site, a striking gesture