Australia based Cottee Parker Architects is a multi-disciplinary practice founded in 1989 by Rob Cottee and Geoff Parker. With studios in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, they have a wide national presence. Cottee Parker Architects hold a diverse portfolio with projects in different sectors such as commercial, residential, mixed use-urban design and hospitality to name a few. With over 35 years of experience, the team at Cottee Parker Architects is committed in delivering not only commercially viable projects but also provide environment centric, culturally relevant, sustainable solutions. The firm also renders services such as BIM management, Hotel Technical Services, Master Planning, and Virtual Reality Experiences.

Here are 15 projects by Cottee Parker Architects, Perth:

Panoramic view of the Queen’s Wharf, Brisbane/ Source: Cottee Parker Architects ©www.cotteeparker.com.au

1. BREAKFAST CREEK LIFESTYLE PRECINCT (MERCEDES-BENZ AUTOHAUS, NEWSTEAD)

Location: Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead.

Autohaus Newstead located at the Breakfast Creek Wharf is a first of a kind multi-story motor dealership that houses a sophisticated showroom for Mercedes, multiple service bays, a riverside café, a rooftop bar and, a Mercedes History Museum, creating a novel retail experience for the customer. The structure, designed with a massive glass curtain wall façade, overlooks the wharf and provides a peek into the workings of the building. With the river abutting the site, a well-planned promenade ensures easy public access to the frontage. Contemporary design and modern materials mark the project as a landmark in the Breakfast Creek skyline.

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Interior view of the motor dealership Photography by Andy Macpherson © www.com
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The motor dealership presents a magnificent backdrop to the kayakers in the wharf Photography by Andy Macpherson © www.com
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Wharf Side view of the motor dealership Photography by Andy Macpherson © www.com
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Side View of the motor dealership showcasing its impressive façade and roof Photography by Andy Macpherson © www.com

2. QUEEN’S WHARF, BRISBANE

Location: Brisbane CBD

Queen’s Wharf is an integrated resort and entertainment precinct development project located in Brisbane. This unique project aims to reconnect the city centre to the Brisbane river and rejuvenate the previously unused riverfront. Cottee Parker’s contemporary proposal derives inspiration from within the city and provides urban context. The elevated Sky-Deck offers spectacular 360-degree views of the riverfront, drawing inspiration from a ‘Verandah’, an integral element of the vernacular ‘Queenslander’ style of Architecture endemic to Brisbane. Once completed the project promises to boost the tourism industry in Brisbane and improve the quality of living by creating multiple public interaction avenues.

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View showing the elevated Sky Deck connecting the towers ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Artist’s Impression of Queen’s Wharf precinct ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Panoramic view of the Neville Bonner pedestrian bridge connecting the banks of the Brisbane River ©cotteeparker.com.au

3. BOURKE ROAD COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Location: Bourke Road, Alexandria
Site Area: 5,033 sq. meters

The Bourke Road Commercial development is a commercial office project, located in Alexandria, an inner-city suburb of Sydney. The project design augments the natural light filtering in,  by connecting two four storey buildings with a lobby thus minimizing the need for artificial lighting during the day. The rooftop offers views over Perry Park and Sydney CBD. Interconnecting staircases, large break-out spaces, and a courtyard are some of the features of this project. Solar arrays and Water Harvesting are integrated into the design to generate a sustainable solution. The project aims to achieve a high rating of 5.5 NABERS [National Australian Built Environment Rating System] once operational.

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View showing the interconnected staircases inside the office ©tipalea.com.au
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View from the landscaped surrounding showing the commercial development structure ©tipalea.com.au

4. FABRIC, TENERIFFE

Location: 29 Teneriffe, Brisbane

Fabric, aptly named after the historic wool industries in the riverside suburb of Teneriffe, is a retail and residential development. This 7-story mixed-use building enveloped by a curved apex façade creates the illusion of fluidity. The building crowned by a recreation deck includes a yoga retreat, a pool, and a private dining area. Retail outlets and public dining are located at the podium level. The project skilfully melds the suburb’s history with contemporary design.

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View showing the roof recreation deck ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Close-up view of the façade ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing the curved apex facade of Fabric ©cotteeparker.com.au

 

5. GREAT BARRIER REEF HOUSE

Located in Townsville, a coastal city in Queensland known for its expertise in marine science, the Great Barrier Reef House project has been meticulously designed to provide modern facilities for research, education and culture. The site is strategically located between the Cultural Museum and the Reef HQ. Perched along the prime water-front, the development consists of offices, restaurants, an amphitheatre, and a public plaza. The project aims to be transformational to the precinct.

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Night time view of the Great Barrier Reef House ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Waterside view showing the Great Barrier Reef House ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing the louvers on the front facade ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing the waterfront promenade along the Great Barrier Reef House ©cotteeparker.com.au

6. PERTH CITY LINK MICRO-BREWERY

The Micro-Brewery, located in the new redevelopment project of Perth City Link. The 500-seater brewery has an open terrace, informal lounge areas and an 8m long bar. Steel arch vaults that form the structure of this project take inspiration from the HorseShoe bridge in Perth. The entrance has 8 m high glazed windows with fold-up panels that open up to blur the boundaries between outside and inside. The material palette of polished concrete, brass inserts, recycled timber sleepers add to the industrial aesthetic of the brewery. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding urban fabric is an underlying feature common to all Cottee Parker Projects.

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Interior view of the microbrewery ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Wide angle view showing the approach to the microbrewery ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing the horse shoe shaped steel vaults ©cotteeparker.com.au

 

7. CALEXICO

Calexico is a premium boutique on James Street in Queensland. The project entailed the refurbishment and expansion of the existing boutique. The brief given to Cottee Parker was to retain the “approachable and relaxed atmosphere while showcasing the merchandise in an environment more aligned with its premium value” as mentioned on the firm’s website. The material palette is a juxtaposition of textural materials such as unfinished concrete, exposed steel against velvet fabrics, walnut wood, and polished brass. This contrast creates a luxurious yet inviting setting for the boutique.

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Walnut brown wooden reception desk ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Image showing the staircase going to the mezzanine floor  ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Changing Rooms with green marble flooring ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Image showing the brass clothing rails standing out against the unpolished concrete walls  ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Entrance to the boutique ©cotteeparker.com.au

8. MAHALA APARTMENTS

Mahala Apartments is a 25-storey resort-style apartment tower located at Mermaid Beach, Queensland. The concept of the project is to offer to the clients, resort lifestyle in the comfort of their apartments. Some of the unique features of the project include a rooftop pool, surfboard and cycle storage, a dog-wash area, and a secure parcel delivery room. A solar farm is placed on the roof to make the building more energy-efficient. Additionally, electric car-charging points, passive air circulation design to reduce air conditioning dependency, energy-efficient appliances are few of the salient features that make this project an environmentally conscious design.

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Interior view of the apartment ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing the rooftop recreation deck and pool ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing entrance to the tower ©cotteeparker.com.au

9. STOCKLAND BARINGA

The Stockland Baringa development project, located in the town centre of Caloundra South, includes a 2000 sq. m supermarket, new headquarters for Stockland, 900 sq. meters of retail space, a medical precinct, a swim school, and, more than 300 car parks. The design is environmentally sensitive and undertakes a full solar power system, on-site rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, and HVAC management system.

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View showing the façade elements of the project ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Rear View of Stockland Baringa ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Entrance to the supermarket ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Roadside view of Stockland Baringa ©cotteeparker.com.au

10. THE TERRACES, PADDINGTON

The Terraces is an integrated seniors’ facility project in Sydney which is a part of the redevelopment of a non-operational heritage hospital building constructed in 1848 and an existing four-storey nursing home. The design proposed by Cottee Parker includes apartments spread across five structures and a two-level basement parking. The onsite services offered at the facility include a pool, a wellness centre, gymnasium, function halls, a café as well as a library. The muted material palette of the structure creates a feeling of a home away from home for the elderly.

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View showing the Terraces facility and the amphitheatre ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Night time view of the Terraces ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing the entrance to the pool ©theterraces.org.au
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View from the amphitheatre ©theterraces.org.au

11. THE TOWERS & RITZ CARLTON

The Towers and Ritz Carlton are a mixed-use complex that is a part of the Elizabeth Quay Urban Renewal project, located on the fringes of the picturesque Swan River in Perth CBD. The Towers are a luxurious 379 apartment building and offer panoramic views of the Swan River, Stirling Gardens, and Kings Park. The six-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel forms the focal point of the development and is an ambitious waterfront project.

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View of the Towers & Ritz Carlton Hotel ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Streetside view showing the skyline of Elizabeth Quay ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View of the Towers & Ritz Carlton Hotel ©cotteeparker.com.au

12. SUNSHINE COAST CITY HALL

Located in the heart of the Maroochydore’s Central Business District, Sunshine Coast City hall is the new administrative office for the Sunshine Coast City Council. With a footprint of 9400 sq. meters the project includes retail, civic and commercial spaces. The ten-story structure draws inspiration from the “mountainous rocky outcrop” endemic to the region. The integrated landscape imitates the native flora of the region. Cottee Parker Architects’ proposal takes into consideration the heritage of the Sunshine Coast and provides an ideal sustainable design solution.

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View showing the curved façade with vertical fins ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Birds eye view showing the solar array on the rooftop ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing the entrance to the city hall ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Streetside view of the city hall ©cotteeparker.com.au

13. YOUI HQ

Youi HQ located in Sippy Downs, a suburb of the Sunshine Coast, is the headquarters for the national car and home insurer firm Youi. Citing Cottee Parker Architects’ website, “the concept for this project involved ‘floating’ the building above the ground floor by merging the public plaza and landscape with the building’s ground floor functions. The two upper forms, both simple yet distinct in design, feature a variety of façades that further create a fun and dynamic design”. Cottee Parker’s design reflects the dynamic work culture of Youi. Open floor plans and light facing staircases are a few of the prominent features of this project.

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Interior view of the headquarters ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Side View showing the façade with vertical fins ©cotteeparker.com.au
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Closer view of the entrance to the headquarters ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing the distinctive front façade of the headquarters ©cotteeparker.com.au

14. INALA COMMUNITY CENTRE

The Community centre in Inala, a 700 sq. meter, state-owned facility, houses a Community Legal Services and Community Centre, and a Youth Service Centre. The structure has two wings with the entrance to the facility at its intersection. Cottee Parker Architects’ proposal is a practical and cohesive design that is a resultant of the involvement of stakeholders from within the community. The centre offers facilities such as a computer training room, multi-use activity room, and youth access spaces.

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View of the community centre ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View of the vertical fins and the surrounding landscape ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing the angular roof and façade elements ©cotteeparker.com.au

 

15. WHITE CITY TENNIS CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT

White City Tennis Centre, located in Sydney, New South Wales is a historic venue and the home for tennis in the state. The heritage sporting arena has hosted major Davis Cup events. This redevelopment project involves the revitalization of the derelict centre. Cottee Parker Architects’ proposal is a multi-sporting, cultural, and recreation facility. The new development will also include an indoor sports space for basketball, futsal, and an aquatic centre.

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Bird’s eye view of the centre ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing the multi-sports centre ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View showing the tennis court and the aquatic centre ©cotteeparker.com.au
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View of the centre from the football ground ©cotteeparker.com.au
Anushri Kulkarni
Author

Anushri Kulkarni is a 24-year-old, Mumbai based architect with a passion for green architecture. She is a voracious reader and consumes all genres with equal gusto. Apart from being an architect, she is also a budding architecture and interior photographer.

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