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Lavendra

This Concept provides the opportunity for the beautiful and inspired culinary vision of the Lavendra Restaurant to expand its expression, taking advantage of a unique and beautiful local site to become one of Sydney’s, and indeed the World’s, premier Dining Destinations.

With expansive and unlimited views across Lavender Bay to Luna Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney City, and nestled in a beautiful and bountiful patch of local Rainforest, the new designs will inspire a culinary experience like no other.

The project utilises pre-fabricated construction to reduce downtime for the operating restaurant business as well as facilitate construction on a relatively small site where builder access is somewhat compromised. This turn-key solution for a prefab project, will significantly reduce time on site, provide more certainty as to the construction time period, and through intelligent design, provide for a unique, interesting and completely bespoke architecturally designed restaurant expansion.

Chatswood Office Tower

Matthew was invited by Knight Frank Property to provide Design Concepts for a new Office Tower on a complex site within the high-density frame of Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Chatswood.

Based on the idea of a Moth about to take flight, and the unique and interesting patterns on its wings, the Façade Design and Tower form provided a unique and interesting refresh of a commercial office building. Touching the ground lightly, instead of landing on a built podium, the tower’s lower floors open up to provide interesting and unique external garden spaces and a range of staggered terraces supporting outdoor dining and retail experiences in a uniquely lush and landscaped local environment. In combination with hydration and irrigation of these garden spaces, this ground floor ‘zone’ will provide a comfortable self-regulating outdoor microclimate, year round.

Completed in under two weeks, the Project also demonstrates Matthew’s ability to work quickly with the REVIT model and hand sketching to produce reliable project yield characteristics and planning compliance diagrams, and at the same time create unique, interesting and resolved design

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ANU Campus Revitalisation

Working with Peter Tonkin from TZG Architects, Matthew provided design ideas for a new Building to be located on ANU’s central spine, and complement several major new projects recently completed there.

The design concept sought to take advantage of Canberra’s pleasant outdoor environment and provide a sense of openness, transparency and accessibility for ANU’s students. The Concept also explored Matthews interest in large span structures providing shad and weather protection, with enclosed spaces as ‘pods’ providing mixed mode, temperature controlled internal environments.

Townsville City Hotel Feasibility

Matthew was invited to assess the development potential of a large inner city site in Townsville, if consolidated with an adjacent government-owned land parcel about to come to market. The project includes a basic and workable design, suited to the budget accommodation model of the Client, as well as a development matrix that indicates project yields and built areas.

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Gold Coast Tall Tower Feasibility

This project assessed the development potential of a large landholding adjacent to Cavill Avenue at Main Beach on Australia’s iconic Gold Coast. The Project Proposal includes for an interesting and unique tower design, a set of scaled and measurable floor plans indicating apartment yields and sizes, and an overall project feasibility matrix including for all relevant development characteristics at the site.

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Mercedes HQ

Invited to contribute ideas for the Project, Matthew provided a unique and interesting concept for the new Mercedes HQ in Sydney’s Inner West. The project sought to express Mercedes design values as well as showcase the vehicles in a unique and special showroom environment.

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Enfield Intermodal Revitalisation

Matthew led the design for this design competition sponsored by a major Sydney industrial Client, that sought to revitalise and renew a key inner city logistics site, the Enfield Intermodal Terminal, improving connectivity and access for the intermodal facility, at the same time as creating development sites for satellite businesses to develop facilities and be accommodated at the site. The design strategy took a whole of project approach; working with the sites particular and unique industrial heritage, the design concept provided site brand enhancement at all levels of site facility, right from the large scale of the unique and interesting warehouse and office designs, right down to interesting and unique site lighting and site signage designs. The project concept won the competition and was adopted by the Client.

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Subaru Head Office Design Concepts

Matthew was invited to contribute design ideas for the new flagship store for Subaru to be located in Sydney’s Castle Hill. Matthew investigated the Subaru Design Philosophy to define a building brand and style that gained support from all levels of Subaru, including at Subaru HQ in Tokyo Japan. The Project now has set the design direction for Subaru Showrooms around Australia and beyond.

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Lombok Arts Village

Matthew was invited to Bali to visit an impressive site in Lombok, at Serangan Heads, suited to development as a beachside resort and hillside villas. Working closely with design architect Kim Ngoc-Tran from Sydney, Matthew provided site management strategies, concepts for infrastructure upgrades and geotechnical constraints to the site owner, as part of the creative and integrative approach for the Masterplan strategy. The site has now come to market and is selling well, with buyers investing to the Project from all around the world.

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