Shane Plazibat Architects
ESTABLISHED IN 2004, SHANE PLAZIBAT ARCHITECTS IS A BOUTIQUE ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE SPECIALISING IN PRIVATE RESIDENCES, APARTMENT and COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, MIXED USE DEVELOPMENTS and MASTER PLANNING WORKS. WE OFFER AN INTEGRATED DESIGN APPROACH REVOLVING AROUND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT ENCOMPASSING ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN and MASTER PLANNING. OUR DESIGNS STRIVE FOR A CELEBRATION OF MATERIALS, SPACE, and LIGHT THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO POSITIVELY AFFECT THE HUMAN SPIRIT. WE DERIVE OUR INSPIRATION FROM CONTEMPORARY CULTURE WITH INVESTIGATION and PRACTICE COMBINING TO CREATE HUMANE and DESIRABLE PLACES TO INHABIT.
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Fig Tree Pocket House 2
Fig Tree Pocket, 2011
The brief for the Fig Tree Pocket House 2 requested a modern 2 storey family home, to be built on a north facing, sloping bush land site. The house is organised into 2 zones in section. Carport, arrival and sleeping upstairs and living, kitchen, pool and courtyard downstairs. An internal 2 storey linear bamboo garden traversing the length of the house along the east-west axis creates a reference point within the plan. The courtyard on the lower level creates a place and space for family events to occur with direct viewing and interaction available from the living/dining room, kitchen and pool. The house is anchored into the slope of the land in section. Using the earth against external building walls for thermal mass helps reduce heat loss in winter and maintains a steady cool indoor air temperature during summer. This cutting in also contributes to the landscape nature of the dwelling and creates the 2 storey solid wall behind the bamboo garden, which contributes to the sense of refuge in the living rooms. The 2 storey garden void also allows for the creation of 1 room deep planning on both levels to enhance cross ventilation and access to daylight.
Moray Street, New Farm, 2009
Aquila is a unique boutique residential development consisting of 12 individual apartments with each apartment occupying an entire floor. Two buildings have been established on the site, one being 10 storeys in height and the other being 3 storeys. The 10 storey building addresses the Brisbane River to the south whilst the 3 storey building engages with Moray Street and the suburb of New Farm to the north. The positioning of the 2 buildings creates a green heart to the site where recreational activities take place encompassing a common pool and gymnasium. The 10 storey building is slender in nature and separated in plan form via a linear gallery space. The 3 storey building is more compact and twists towards the view of the Storey Bridge and the City beyond. Both buildings use high quality natural materials for internal finishes with changes in the ceiling plane heightening the spatial perception of the various rooms. Highly articulated facades with elements of layered screens, sunhoods and blinds contribute to a play of light and shade during the day as well as responding to environmental factors. The resulting outcome is a building with a highly urban character which contributes to the quality of residential buildings within the Moray Street precinct.
Shafston Avenue, Kangaroo Point, 2007
The Story residential development occupies a site at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, north of Shafston Avenue looking to the Brisbane river to the north and the east. Its context is extremely varied, to the north and west 1960’s medium rise housing, surviving timber workers cottages to the east and busy arterial road to the south. The underlying concept for the project was to create a defensible urban courtyard space or urban room that was supported by a robust architecture to the street. This urban room becomes the animated heart of the project, a place accessed by all. It was also important for us to produce an architecture that provides legibility to the user and the passer by. Due to the constrains of building length and height to achieve the necessary Performance Criteria, a design solution with two residential towers, each a maximum of 10 storeys above ground level, was arrived at to assist reduce the scale of the overall development. A relationship was established with the building mass of the two neighbouring residential towers in O’Connell Street and Lambert Street. The scheme consists of five detached buildings, two ten storey apartment buildings, two three storey townhouses and a recreation building.