© 2019 QLD Architecture Group

trading as Open Architecture Studio

EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Our team brings a wealth of specialist experience and expertise to each project we work on, with senior members having designed and led many award winning projects in highly regarded practices that include Cox Rayner (Cox Architecture), Donovan Hill, Fairweather Architecture, Liquid Blu, TC Architects and Dovey Architects.

The studio's broad range of expertise in a variety of building types means that we are able to carefully design and deliver many types of projects, and we see this design versatility as a strength that allows cross-pollination of design thinking and the opportunity to generate of exciting new ways of living, working, learning and playing.

Our experience includes projects that span all building typologies:

  • School and University Buildings

  • Museums and Libraries

  • Community Centers

  • Sports Precincts and Clubhouses

  • Swimming Pools and Lagoons

  • University Campus Master Plans

  • Town Centre Master Planning

  • Regional Strategic Plans

  • Mixed Use Developments

  • Multi-Residential

  • Commercial Office Buildings and Fitouts

  • Retail Developments

 

EDUCATION

The education landscape has changed significantly in the last fifteen years. We now live in a highly connected world in which students have ubiquitous access to quality educational content and myriad ways to explore, study and interact online.

Great schools and universities are defined by the strength and expertise of their communities, and their ability to provide students with flexible and interesting ways to learn. This environment has created new challenges that are driving education design today.

  • Coomera State High School

  • Sir Samuel Griffith Centre (at Cox Architecture)

  • Translational Research Institute (at COx Architecture)

  • Griffith Visitor Information Centres (at Cox Architecture)

  • Iona College

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CULTURE

A vibrant cultural scene sets a city’s tone. When streets and public places are alive with the arts, knowledge and history, they attract life and pulsate with an energy that invigorates its citizens and nurtures community.

 

Preserving, displaying and enhancing our culture is important for creating an understanding of social values, beliefs, religions and customs, and allows communities to identify with others of similar mindsets and backgrounds. Architecture and Urban Design plays a vital role in cultural expression, and can simultaneously reflect and define culture through both large buildings that showcase national expression and smaller interventions in streets, parks,  workplaces, and educational establishments.

  • National Maritime Museum of China (at Cox Architecture)

  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Stage 3 (at Cox Architecture)

  • Logan Cultural and Civic Precinct (at Cox Architecture)

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SPORT

The settings for most modern sports have well-defined boundaries; they contain features regulating aspects of play, such as the tee box in golf or the penalty area in soccer. It is the architect's role to not only frame the on-field performances but to facilitate the preparation of the athletes and the visitation by sometimes thousands of spectators. blending this together seamlessly in amphitheaters for sporting performance.

  • Caloundra Sports Precinct Master Plan

  • Coomera State High School Multi-purpose Court

  • James Cook University Sports Precinct Master Plan (at Cox Architecture)

  • Iona College Multi Purpose Courts & Sports Fields

 

COMMUNITY

Creating places that are welcoming, open, inviting, and inclusive is an essential part of helping people to feel they can build relationships and join or start new communities. Designing places that support a sense of belonging is perhaps one of the most important ways in which architects and urban designers can help people to grow and thrive.

 

There are a number of essential design characteristics that can nurture community, and at Open Architecture Studio we aim to include these in every project we design. These include shared spaces that are inviting and attractive; an absence of real or perceived barriers; clear lines of vision and casual surveillance to reduce safety concerns; sheltered, comfortable and shaded public spaces that make active transport appealing.

  • Caboolture Farm

  • Brays Road Village

  • Eatons Hill Village (at Cox Architecture)