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TONIC Design
7 Hynes Street FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006 Australia

Since 1996, TONIC have been providing outstanding architectural design services across Australia, and most recently have identified a network of affiliate offices across Auckland, Bali and Hanoi. TONIC’s studio is led by Director Matt Riley; his team is comprised of design professionals who have a commitment to innovation and creative vision. The studio has a vast body of projects both built and in progress which has attracted praise from its peers. TONIC’s architects and designers believe that exceptional design, connection to the environment and dedication to an idea are paramount, as they are catalysts for unique people-orientated architecture.

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NEST Restaurant + Bar, Hotel Jen

Brisbane , 2015

This refurbishment of an existing hotel restaurant + bar is located in an elevated position near the City’s transport hub. It seeks to provide inviting visual connection to the inside spaces from the outside pedestrian walkway, as well as enhancing the natural attributes of existing views out to the park and street. Styling is subtly modern Asian which reflects a sleek street food appeal. While the use of references to the name branding through the internal central feature ‘Nest’ of timber and in the external rope screens, forms a reference point for the style of the food, beverage and service offering. The planning centres around activating the street by locating the bar so that it is directly connected to it with opening windows, activating an internal and external street entry and creating an internal flowing space. The venue has several locations to sit and be seen and also to look out from. A fung shui master was consulted to ensure the planning and material palette was complimentary to the theme and operation of the venue.

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Abbott St House

New Farm, Brisbane, 2013

This addition to an existing pre 1946 residence is located on a small lot in a tree lined Character Residential Street in New Farm. The brief from our client was to create a home which maintained a cohesive combination of spaces flowing from the existing residence into the new additions, all on a relatively modest budget. Our design philosophy was to enhance the beauty of the existing house and its’ period features without making major structural changes and to use the new spaces to form visual and spatial connections to and from the existing building fabric. A pivotal point for these connections occurs via a transitional void space which provides a spatial and physical link between old and new. Budget considerations ensured modest spaces and considered connections to the external spaces both to within the site itself and to the broader neighbourhood. These connections both inside and outside served to form a heightened sense of space without the need for a larger floor area.

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Carson Woolstore

Teneriffe, Brisbane, 2014

The Client requested TONIC to assist with a complete interior refurbishment of this ‘warehouse’ apartment, located within Carson Woolstore at Teneriffe. The desire was to have large open living spaces for entertaining combined with private areas for retreat, enabling the client to enjoy the unique architectural history of the building with the comforts of modern living. The existing mezzanine levels within the apartment needed stronger connections to the main living space, spaces and their public private connection needed re working and a re think of circulation paths connecting the spaces needed consideration. This led to the reconfiguration of spaces and their function, removal and addition of existing and new stairways, refurbishment of bathrooms and re working of the main kitchen, living, dining and terrace space. The clients desire to have exhibition space for their collection of artwork and display and storage space for personal items was also a priority. Careful consideration was given to specific opportunities for hanging and viewing of artworks and also in the design of custom joinery pieces. The resulting spaces enhance the industrial history of the existing warehouse space, creating a modern home which reflects the personality of its’ occupants.


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