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Wintergarden Façade
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DESIGNER
 
 
Studio 505
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“The Wintergarden Façade is a radically experiential composition, a complex and beautiful study of nature, geometry and layering that communicates the rich diversity of life”
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Studio 505 Wintergarden Facade Brisbane
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Studio 505 Wintergarden Facade BrisbaneThe brief for the new facades to the three street frontages of the Wintergarden Shopping Centre in central Brisbane required the creative application of a coherent identity and architecturally holistic sensibility in order to realise a multitude of intentions to create an entertaining and engaging retail experience, a lifestyle destination and a 'must-go-to' meeting place and thoroughfare at the heart of Brisbane's city centre.

Studio 505 Wintergarden Facade BrisbaneOur response to this brief was to build upon the deep cultural collateral and public good will that resides in the site and the name 'Wintergarden' and create a radically experiential composition, a complex and beautiful study of nature, geometry and layering that communicates the rich diversity of life. It is not an 'illustration' of nature nor is it merely an abstract pattern. The depth of engagement with these façades lies within this irresolvable ambiguity.

The main visual 'structure' of the façade is created by the trees that run (beyond) each side of the façade. As with looking into a forest the first glimpse is of a dense complexity that is almost 'barrier-like'. Then on closer inspection gaps appear and substantial depth is read. Details emerge and the rhythmic activity of life and light energises the scene and captivates the imagination.

As the position and strength of the sun changes from day to day and season to season so the folds, cuts and textures of the façade generate new patterns of highlights and shadows, and as night falls the lighting within the façade creates yet another reading. A low resolution integrated lighting system has been created that can change from a snowstorm through to the bursting of spring, into summer and finally into autumn, all within a single night. Rain, sunsets, storms and fireworks are other examples of the system’s expressive capabilities. In short, the façade is similar and different but never the same. As well as being functional the façade is also engaging and entertaining.

Every panel and layer in the 4,000m2 façade has a unique design that is fully expressed through the dynamic, experiential interplay between a considered but expansive palette of colours and a rich language of cutting, scoring, folding and lighting all of which coalesce as a rich, coherent, cultural experience.

Our work on Wintergarden has enriched the studio's knowledge in the fields of screen geometry, cutting, folding and panelising to the point where the most complex elements of design and construction are converted from creative potential and idealism to practical achievability.

Viewed from the street corners at Edward and Elizabeth, and Queen and Edward the new façade clearly establishes Wintergarden as the undisputable 'living heart' of this busy urban thoroughfare.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Oceania
Nation
Australia
State
Queensland
Region
South East Queensland
Town
Brisbane
Address
Edward Street, Queen Street, Elizabeth Street
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Monuments, decorations, furnishings, graphics
Facades and decorative elements
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Realisation
2012
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CLIENT
 
 
ISPT
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AMOUNT
 
 
AUD $ 6,500,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 4,000
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Tensys
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STAFF
 
Art intervention
John Warwicker
Interior design
The Buchan Group
Developer
Urban Art Projects (UAP)
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © John Gollings, Studio 505
Drawings © Studio 505
Text edited by Studio 505
Courtesy of v2com

Studio 505 Wintergarden Facade Brisbane



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