Gregg Winkel Architects Pty Ltd
Gregg Winkel Architects Pty Ltd has been offering commercial and residential architectural services to Qld and NSW clients since 1988. As a small practice, each and every client is assured of dealing directly with the Principal of the practice from design concept through to post-construction services. State of the art 3D/BIM computer facilities are utilised for all projects, assisting all clients to clearly “visualise” their project prior to construction, whilst also enhancing the quality and co-ordination of the construction documents.
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NATIONAL OFFICE TENANCY FITOUT
This tenancy fitout was the 1st project for this client. It facilitates the Qld and National headquarters for an Australia-wide and world-wide company, and was required to establish a national architectural identity for the business. A number of design features were incorporated to reflect the company’s corporate colours, and were also required to provide a “blue-print” for further office fitouts throughout the other Australian capital cities. Since 2003, we have completed office fitouts for this company, utilising these design features, in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Darwin. We have continued to be involved with this client in the on-going maintenance and general office layout changes to each and every office. Whilst some of the design concepts have been refined and have evolved in subtle ways, the original brief requirement for all offices to be harmonious with the client’s corporate identity has been satisfied.
ALTERATIONS TO RESIDENCE
This typical modest early 1960’s house on concrete stumps has been raised, converted to a 2 storey home, and in doing so has assumed a new identity, consistent with modern family expectations. The lower level comprises a fully self-contained home office, together with 2-car accommodation, workshop and storage facilities, whilst the upper level has retained its original domestic function, but has been modified substantially. A north-east aspect ‘demanded’ some minor room rearrangements to access the prevailing cooling breezes and the sun path, and a large indoor/outdoor room/verandah takes advantage of the aspect and views.
This is a low-cost 1st home for a young couple in an outer suburb of Brisbane. Its remote location and its 4 hectare (40,000 square metre) bush site would normally have resulted in exorbitant costs for water and power services, and sewerage services were certainly not available, so the client opted for solar power (house is not connected to the power grid), rainwater tank storage (house is not connected to town water supply), and biolytic waste treatment. Being in a bush setting in hilly terrain, the house construction and materials were also required to satisfy BAL40 bush-fire protection classification. Passive design techniques employed in this design were essential to provide a satisfactory living environment without the need for mechanical air-conditioning. 3D architectural design software was utilised to assess sun entry to the home for all seasons, so that comfort levels are maintained. A simple plan layout and building orientation have proved to be not only functional and cost-effective, but have capably performed from a climatic perspective.