Space Design Architecture
Space Design Architecture (SDA) is a team of experienced architects, designers and project managers combining both local and international experience across numerous project sectors including multi-residential, workplace, education, health, retail, community, residential, industrial and hospitality. The practice was formed in Newcastle in 2012, and is currently based amongst the boutique fashion, food and caf’ establishments of The Junction. SDA combine design creativity with expertise in material science, to create spaces that surpass basic functional requirements. We are committed to providing innovative and exciting solutions to varied client needs within a client’s budget.
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Civic Green Apartments
Newcastle NSW, 2015
Civic Green is an exemplar of inner city adaptive reuse and resource conservation. The project sees the transformation of an unused ‘pool hall’ into a mixed use development consisting of 32 apartments and ground floor commercial space. Utilisation of the existing ground and first floor structure reduced project cost, construction waste and embodied energy. The Northern façade of the development creates a deeply modelled elevation that reflects that variety of proportions in the existing streetscape. The utilisation of projecting balconies with varied balustrade treatments provide visual interest and texture to the facades, whilst acting as a unifying element that breakdown the scale of the buildings floor plates, allowing the façade composition to be considered as a whole, rather than a series of stacked floor plates. The use of colour, cascading planter boxes and street trees provide a sculptural massing that adds visual interest to the streetscape. Ground floor warehouse apartments utilise existing high ceilings and exposed structure to create unique apartments with private landscaped courtyards. The development demonstrates that inner city adaptive re-use projects can result in high quality outcomes with excellent amenity; whilst maximising development yield.
Robina QLD, 2015
This new retail fit-out was designed to portray the business values of the Greater, incorporating their desire to connect with their customers both existing and new. Historically, financial institutions have required physical separation from their customers due to security concerns with money handling. We are currently however in a period of transition where the influx in internet banking and alternative cash handling technologies allow for these barriers to be broken down. Greater Robina created an environment where the line between staff and customer areas are blurred. By transferring some of the traditionally ‘back of house’ functions into the customer area, the perception of space within the branch is increased while the overall footprint of the branch is reduced. This erosion of traditional ownership between customers and staff and subsequent decrease in floor area allowed for cost savings which have been redirected to enhancing the customer experience. With the increase in size of the customer area, it was important that the area was zoned appropriately to facilitate different functions including differing levels of privacy within the space. These zones include attract, educate, connect and transact.
Maxim Accounting & Business Advisors
Newcastle NSW, 2013
Award winning workplace expresses a unique approach to business. Maxim Workplace sets a benchmark for workplace design and the revitalisation of Newcastle’s East End. Space Design Architecture’s fit-out of Suite 101, Watt Street Commercial reflects the desire to bring new life to the city by combining quality business practices with enduring design. Maxim Accounting & Business Advisors are a multi-faceted business specialising in accounting and business development with an engaging, dynamic and transparent approach. The fit-out strives to reflect Maxim’s ethos by creating a multi-layered workplace that integrates staff and client relationships; a contemporary approach whilst respecting the history of the building and the business. The office planning is organised into zones that deliberately erode the barriers between public and private interaction. The subsequent transparency echoes the client’s business ethos with spaces loosely defined using full height glass or recycled timber screens; promoting transparency and interaction. This open planning is coupled with a layering of materials to create depth, texture, light and shade; adding a welcome softness in contrast to the usual image of accountancy.