Plus architecture is an Australasian award-winning master planning, architecture, and interior design firm founded in 1997. It’s very first to headquarter was established in Melbourne, Australia. At present, it has seven studios across Australia and New Zealand, in major metropolitan cities of Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Christchurch, Auckland, Perth, and Gold Coast. The establishment is headed by a group of directors incorporating Ian Briggs, Rainer Strunz, Jessica Liew, Amit Julka, Jaimin Atkins, Danny Juric, Rido Pin, Luke Henderson, Glenn Cowdrey, Sarah Townson, Patric Przeradzki and William Schofield. The company is involved in commercial, residential, hospitality as well as community sectors.

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1. 66 Eagle Street

It is an iconic tower located in central Brisbane, Australia. The team of Plus Architecture was involved in refurbishment and extension of the building’s lobby. The team was responsible for creating a refined and inviting entry lobby for the commercial building which would perfectly compliment this quintessential building.

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2. 182 St Georges Terrace

The project aimed to make a lobby space that would be light and welcoming which would be both functional with basic amenities for the users as well as an intuitive space for pedestrians. The building has a very distinct identity. Keeping that in mind the lobby was designed in such a way that it would perfectly match the building.

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3. Webb Dock West Roro Terminal

The project got selected for the final round in 2016 ‘Banksia Awards’ for ‘Sustainable Cities’ category and also received a ‘6 Star Green Star’ design rating from Green Building Council of Australia and also acquired an ‘Excellent’ status from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia.

The building is ‘minimal and modernist’ in design with a flat roof and large picture windows standing steadily on fine slender columns. Recycled concrete has been used in the construction of this project along with glass, concrete, and steel, located in Melbourne.

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4. St Martins Community Centre

This single-story building with a pitched roof is approximately 200 sq.m in area, located in Christchurch. Recycled bricks have been used which were acquired from the houses destroyed due to the earthquakes. This building acts as a healing place for the community which suffered great loss due to the earthquakes and has a library, meeting rooms, and other community facilities. The bricks are laid in patchwork quilts which draws the community together.

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5. Soccer 5s Dandenong

A clubhouse away from the chaotic city in the suburb of Melbourne is designed to complement the surrounding area with its tough industrial aesthetics. The clubhouse contains 10 five-a-side soccer pitches and car parking areas. From a distance, the structure may look like a super-size box but as one gets closer the structure breaks into the human scale.

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6. Moonah Links Clubhouse

An example of a fine balance of distinct and utilitarian design located in Fingal, Ireland. It is a contemporary clubhouse featuring an efficient spatial design and welcoming atmosphere based on the design principle of ‘symmetry’ and ‘balance’. The most striking feature of this building is the inclined columns.

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7. Black Hide Steakhouse

The interior was done in such an away so that the customers could experience a lavish and unique dinner. The restaurant seats 126 patrons and includes a 12-person private dining room which appears both simultaneously extravagant and intimate. Dark tones were used for the theme and the concept used here was paddock-to-plate.

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8. Element

The building is 11- story high comprising 83 apartments and retail space on the ground floor in Elsternwick, Australia. The building is much taller and has given a high-intensity aesthetic compared to the small existing buildings in the neighborhood. To lower its impact and to merge the building with its surrounding yet keeping its unique identity intact, a 3- story walk-up model as inspiration was used thus reducing the scale of the building to a more relatable size. To soften the impact of the building, plants are planted in a spilling manner so to clearly define the division between each form.

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9. Gardin

Keeping the Art Deco in mind which is the prominent style of the area the structure was built drawing the inspirations from trees in a reverse position located in Hawthorn. The building has various units of varying heights and is designed in a way so the privacy is maintained for both the residents and the neighbors.

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10. Lantern

This masterpiece by Plus Architecture is located in Collingwood and has three horizontal blocks each draped in white envelope creating an effect of the veil. The vertical ribbons wrapped around the horizontal blocks give it a dramatic effect and makes it stand out from the crowd. It has 84 premium apartments.

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11. The Eminence

Inspired by the urban culture of Melbourne’s CBD as well as the serenity of Carlton’s suburb. It is a 14 story tall building with 3 towers consisting of 193 apartments and 2 retail spaces. The main priority is given to functionalism and the entire corridor and staircase are naturally lit and well ventilated, there are also mechanically operated louvers and the grand entry lobby consists of a lounge and a fireplace.

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12. Luminary

It is the epitome of luxury and sophistication consisting of 20 apartments and 4 penthouses located in Hawthorn. It was aimed to have large apartments and outdoor spaces inspired by the buildings surrounding it to give a laid back vibe dipped in lavishness.

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13. Scape Toowong

This ongoing project situated in Toowong, aims in building spaces for students belonging from different communities to have a sense of belonging, brotherhood, and unity. It is a 17 storey project having a unique feature i.e. stepped terrace. The building has laser-cut veils which will help in reducing the noise to get inside the building as it is situated across the busy lanes.

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14. Scape Pharmacy

The main aim was to encourage community lifestyle via a series of buildings built together to form a village located in Tooronga, Australia. The community consists of 297 apartments and all the basic amenities like grocery shops, cafes, and plazas with gardens within its compound. The character of the building is defined by two elements- podium and tower.

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15. Cabramatta East

This on-going project situated in Cabramatta, Australia is spread over 15, 290 sq.m of privately held land. The aim is to harbor foot- traffic and revitalize the area with pedestrian activity in this mixed-use urban renewal.

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Plus Architecture is a team of dedicated and creative people. They are known for their innovative and creative design ideas and drawing inspiration from around the world. Each project executed by them is of the highest quality and craftsmanship with the best materials and featuring the latest technology which brings architecture to life.

 

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