Guymer Bailey Architects Pty Ltd QLD
Guymer Bailey Architects is a thriving medium sized practice with two well-established offices located in Brisbane and Melbourne. We provide integrated design services across architecture, interiors and landscape design. Our landscape design department offers services directly to clients, ensuring we provide an unrivalled and comprehensive design service. We are passionate about the creation of timeless awe-inspiring design based upon both fundamental principles and cutting edge technologies; furthermore we are committed to working in harmony with our natural environment and pursing our vision of what outstanding architecture can contribute to society.
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Kings Beach Redevelopment
Kings Beach, Caloundra, 2008
The Kings Beach Parkland Redevelopment blends modern design principles with Australian beach-going traditions, providing an abundance of shade, shelter & colour. The design objective was to create a unique identity & a memorable & timeless experience for visitors. Guymer Bailey Architects and Briggs Peterson Buhr were selected from a short tender list by the former Caloundra City Council. The redevelopment of a major precinct in Caloundra centred on Kings Beach. Guymer Bailey led the project design team. Council’s brief was to redevelop the precinct into a community and tourist focus, with a unique identity specific to the site and its urban setting. The redevelopment was part of an 11 stage development program upgrading Caloundra’s’ entire waterfront. It comprised of; a new carpark and parkland, a double stage structure, public toilets, children’s playground, picnic/ barbecue shelters, new and refurbished swimming pools, water features and a flying fox. Significant landscaping based on local gene-pool plant species and numerous advanced trees compliment the scheme A special function/plaza area, incorporating an interactive play fountain, ramp to the beach and promenade, lead out past the refurbished adult swimming pool, new children’s’ pool, playground and kiosk. A new beachfront boardwalk and shelters, which are placed to identify particular beach access zones, provide shade and shelter. The redevelopment promotes a sense of specialness that has become identifiable as uniquely Kings Beach, with designs, forms and materials that relate to Queensland’s coastal, tropical culture and environment. Photography by Scott Burrows.
Opposite Lock 4WD and Retail Showroom
Opposite Lock is a well-known name in the 4WD industry; therefore, the opportunity to create a showroom to exhibit both the brand and the associated equipment provided an exciting architectural opportunity. The site occupies a fast developing area of Townsville, surrounded by motor dealerships and a substantial homemaker centre opposite, all competing for recognition. Guymer Bailey consequently created a simple, strong building form characterised by a sense of adventure with a rugged outdoors focus that typifies the 4WD experience. This adventure is effectively crowned by a simple folded roof form for the building. Its angular nature links to the ground plane at both the northern and southern ends of the building. Profiled metal roof sheeting with a deep pan was selected, and wrapped over the building to maintain the rugged outdoor character, while the soffit of plywood accentuates the folded nature of the roof, introducing warmth into the retail space. For the comfort of potential clientele and ongoing operational costs, a large overhang to the north western elevation, insulation, and the selection of thermally efficient glazing reduce the heat of the afternoon sun, while allowing visitors clear views from the street to the showroom. Other environmental features also include the collection and distribution of rainwater for reuse for toilet flushing and vehicle washdown. To further accentuate the angular nature of the form, and the easy relation to the landscape, visual lines over the roof plane have been added to mimic the tracks left by the 4WDs as they travel over the landscape. Another critical idea used to enhance the design involves a large Danpalon display screen to the front elevation that portrays a folded map, often a vital part of planning any adventure. This screen allows filtered light to enter the building, as the screen receives the western sun, while also introducing colour and vibrancy into the retail space. Photography by Scott Burrows.
Pine Rivers Courthouse and Watch House
Developing further the model of transparency, legibility & openness in justice facilities, the Pine Rivers Courthouse & Watch House Complex utilises views & natural light to convey an ethos of honesty & integrity. This creates a calm, open environment in order to reduce the stress often associated with a Court or Police matter. Through close consultation with the Department of Justice & Police, the facility was developed to meet the current & future technological needs of the Justice System, whilst embracing appropriate environmental responsibility. The Courthouse consists of two naturally lit Magistrates Courts, associated chambers, supporting office areas, mediation facilities, registry counters and an open foyer space spilling out onto the external main entry podium. The secure environment of the Watch house contains holding facilities, search rooms and interview rooms with a strong emphasis on daylight for the amenity of the officers who occupy the facility each day. Environmentally, the complex features solar water heating, dual plumbing for the use of grey-water collected from the site, and screened manipulation of natural light throughout the building. From a site planning perspective, the building is deliberately set well apart from the intensity of Gympie Road, thus creating a spacious entry promenade and promoting a sense of peacefulness. Photography by Scott Burrows.