Vabasis is the fusion of a two-word concept. VA is from the word valid and BASIS is from the foundational meaning of the word basis. This valid basis from which everything connects best captures who we are, across the breadth of our combined skill-set and experience in the domestic, commercial, industrial, public and retail sectors. The directors and associates of Vabasis are all registered architects. Our expertise extends beyond the design of buildings to understanding and working within the entire breadth of a project and its lifecycle. At Vabasis we actively undertake design projects across the breadth of Australia.
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CQU Student Accommodation
CQU Mackay Queensland, 2010
The modular housing system for student accommodation at Central Queensland University Mackay campus took out the 2011 MBA Project of the Year. The brief was to create a modern student accommodation building on the CQU campus within a master planned residential precinct. The building consists of 72 accommodation units of steel frame modular construction joined into a long rectangular layout with connecting elements of core filled concrete block work and slabs. Each unit includes bedroom, en-suite bathroom, kitchenette and balcony. Shared space includes common room, laundry, bicycle store and BBQ area. The task was to design a facility that could be completed within a nine month construction timetable with the primary focus on ease of use, cost, and durability.
Kent Street Residence
New Farm QLD, 2010
The brief was to transform an existing pre-war timber house on a traditional street of detached Queenslanders into a stylish and spacious contemporary home while maintaining the integrity of the streetscape. This ostensibly small house presenting a facade wholly in keeping with the streetscape, extends and grows to two levels from its cramped 9.5m frontage to reveal a striking and elegant contemporary residence six times the size of the original timber cottage. The constrained access meant using commercial construction methods. After investigating many of the panel wall solutions, the most cost-effective answer was a suspended concrete slab and core-filled block walls.
Collings Street Terraces
Balmoral, QLD, 2009
Collings Street is a contemporary medium density development comprised of eight dwellings. The intention, while still respecting the traditional streetscape, scale and built form of the suburban context, was to embrace the commercial objectives and to maximize yield. The combination of five traditional terrace homes and three townhouses form part of the neighbourhood addressing the street, rather than turning their backs in a separate semi’private fenced introspective enclave. The dwellings are located along the street frontage over two and three levels, with living areas overlooking the street. This provides both expansive city views and a connectedness to the local community.