Hansford Residences, Qld

I recently visited a project in Coombabah, on the Gold Coast, where I was involved with the re-design of the facades. I had a tour of the site and managed to take some photos during construction. I might have to re-visit once its all done. http://hansfordresidences.com.au/


Miami Brewery Project

Recently, I revisited a project I worked on about 12 months ago. What was once an empty warehouse, has been transformed into a taphouse and brewery. I am pleased to say, not only is the venue fun and relaxed, the beer was pretty awesome! The Lost Palms Brewing Co. is located at 11 Oak Ave, Miami, Queensland.

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Southport Townhouse

Matthew Dean Architects has been busy designing a number of new projects, which we hope to post soon. Here are some images of a design for a proposed townhouse development in Southport, Queensland we recently completed.


Gold Coast Airport Redevelopment

Gold Coast Airport, Australia is undergoing a $200 million redevelopment in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Designed by Cox Architecture, the focus will be on the redevelopment of the airport plaza, containing aerobridges and more space for larger planes. It’s an important piece of architecture to help promote the tourism industry on the Gold Coast.


Artist’s impression from Cox Architects of the proposed Gold Coast Airport Plaza upgrade. Picture. Cox Architects via The Gold Coast Bulletin

Read the full Gold Coast Bulletin article here.

Hinze Dam Visitors Centre, Gold Coast

I recently visited Hinze Dam Visitors Centre located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland. Designed by Architect Malcolm Middleton, composed of concrete and timber cladding and beautifully detailed, it sits seamlessly within its surrounding context. With beautifully landscaped surrounds it was a pleasure to experience and would recommend a visit. The coffee was great too!

Hinze Dam Visitor Centre 1

Hinze Dam Visitor Centre Entry

Hinze Dam Visitor Centre Waterside Park View

Hinze Dam Visitor Centre FrontHinze Dam Visitor Centre Waterside 2

The Spit, Gold Coast


Sunland unveils its proposal for a $600 million dollar residential redevelopment of Mariners Cove at the Spit, Gold Coast, Australia. Designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the project will prove an inspirational asset to the Gold Coast skyline. Read more about this project in the Gold Coast Bulletin article.

Interview with Gold Coast Architect | BDG Architects

Bayden Goddard Architects is an inspirational design practice on the Gold Coast. Stephanie McDonald’s interview with Bayden Goddard (via Architecture & Design)  is a very interesting insight into Bayden’s views on the future of architecture in our local precinct.

How would you define the Gold Coast’s architecture today?

Improving. There are fantastic examples of great architecture sprinkled all over the Gold Coast, but in particular the residential high rises that define our skyline have improved vastly.

How do you think it could improve?

As the Gold Coast continues to mature, there will be real pressure on urban planning, but as long as great architecture, a focus on recreational spaces and the soul of the Gold Coast – the coast itself – is maintained as an inspiration and lifestyle focus, we will continue to improve. We are a definite work in progress.

Albatross Residence

Albatross Residence

What do you think the Gold Coast will look like in 10 years time? 

I think the Gold Coast has started to develop its own international beachside style already and will continue to do so over the next 10 years. It’s an eclectic mix of influences that can stimulate great architecture instead of just simply imitating the past, or elsewhere.

You’ve said there is the myth that architects are expensive. What other myths do you think people have about architects? 

Where could you stop – there are many myths surrounding architects. The bottom line is architects are university trained and registered in all states to be called an architect. Like all professions, architects tend to have varying styles, skills, strengths and personal attributes so if you do your research, speak to a few and choose one you think you can work collaboratively with. The process and outcome should dispel any myths anyway.

What has been your favourite project to date?

I honestly don’t have a favourite project. We have been very fortunate to work with great people to achieve exceptional outcomes and there are many projects that are my favourite – all for vastly different reasons.

Albatross Residence interior


What is one project you wish you had designed?

The Opera House, but I am too young. But seriously, in Australia there are a few. I do really admire Ogilvie Residence and Singapore Cricket Pavilion by Kerry Hill and Whale Beach House by Alex Popov.

What building has had a profound impact on you?

Kaufman House in Palm Springs by Ricahrd Neutra is my favourite. I am consistently drawn to the 50s and 60s architecture of Palm Springs, but I also admire the modern residential works in Brazil by Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogen.

Kaufman House by Ricahrd Neutra. Image: Thom Watson. Source: Archdaily (http://www.archdaily.com/104112/ad-classics-kaufmann-house-richard-neutra/)

Kaufman House by Ricahrd Neutra. Image: Thom Watson. Source: Archdaily